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Pakenham Arms, Clerkenwell

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user reviews of the Pakenham Arms, Clerkenwell

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

I passed this location last Tuesday for the first time in a couple of years, and was surprised to see it had become an empty retail space. The outside has been painted white.

Sorry to see this happen as I remember about five years ago spending a Christmas eve afternoon and evening here, and it was a great party atmosphere .

However about three years ago , my father and myself had a pint here, and my father said " this pub is going downhill ". How right he was.
Leftinthepub44 - 4 Mar 2016 17:14
Went passed on Sat 29 Nov 2014. Closed and boarded up with hoarding around the building.
rpf1955 - 30 Nov 2014 16:48
As a local of the area I have to comment that the decline in this pub over the past 18 months has been nothing short of shocking.

It used to be a light airy venue at the heart of the community, frequented by a great bunch of locals, posties from Mount Pleasant and professionals and office staff. Now it is pretty much abandoned by them all, and attracts an odd clientele - a mix of die hard posties (the rest have vanished to The Apple Tree and The Exmouth Arms), professional drunks, and lost tourists.

So what has gone wrong - a light airy venue with a great atmosphere has been into an oppressive cave with dodgy cheap photos filling every possible piece of wall, and a direct contrast to the explosion of flower boxes outside. The friendly entertaining staff have mostly been replaced by a strange bunch who interact with an elite group of their friends and thats about it - when they are actually behind the bar - they seem to spend a lot of time outside smoking.

The drinks choice varies from week to week - sometimes they don't even have any overpriced white wine at all, which would appear to indicate bigger underlying problems. Real Ale fans seem to have abandoned it for some of the other bars in the area. Some days there is an appalling smell, some days not. Sky Sports and a decent sound system is long gone replaced by a selection of music that is quite weird.

Positives - they have a chef who seems inventive and waiting for a chance to shine, the infestation of rodents appears to have been sorted for the time being, and the lights in the toilet have been fixed.

It is really sad that what could be a viable business is being systematically destroyed - it is rumoured to be on the market - hopefully any new owners will breathe life into, and indeed restore this once great centre of the community back to its former status.
martinfarlam - 8 Jul 2013 23:25
First in a tour of pubs which was overall not very satisfactory, comprising the Pakenham, Queen’s Head Acton st (easily the best) Calthorpe Arms (easily the worst) Euston Tap and Doric Arch.
First visit for many a year and I was impressed with the refurbished interior, and the fact I had my ale served in a mug instead of a straight glass. That’s where the plaudits end, the beer English Pale Ale was distinctly average and one of only 3 beers on offer from the 12 handpumps, there was a blackboard in front of 4 and the next two banks of 4 were selling the same 3 ales! I suppose with more choice it would have been better, but also quite surprising was the beer was more expensive than the Queen’s Head. 5/10

Monkdawallydahonk - 8 Jul 2013 13:42
my first visit, disappointing though for all the hype in social media hype there were only 3 beers on a friday night and that included Sharps and Marston so not much imagination either ! Beer quality was top notch, service effcient and friendly. just hope if i pass this way next time there is a little more choice of ales.
moclips2002 - 16 Dec 2012 13:56
In last night, for the first time ever, which is unusual for me.

Decent, well decorated pub, with a genuinely surprising choice of ale - there was more than one from the new Botanist Brewery in Kew. Everything I tried was well kept.

The clientele consisted of posties from Mount Pleasant and tourists from the nearby Holiday Inn. I can't imagine this is enough of the right type of customer to keep up 12 ale pumps in good condition for long. Hopefully word will spread to drive up custom.

Service was a bit poker faced, but efficient enough.
Planner_21 - 31 Aug 2012 16:35
Was dragged into this pub after work a few nights ago by colleagues, expecting to find the dingy boozer I remember of not so long ago (maybe a year so). However I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. It has clearly benefited from a lick of paint (although the camouflage doors are questionable) and now has 12 new ale pumps and an array of interesting bottled beers. The pub looks clean and loved again, with fresh flowers and candles dotted about. Even the toilets seem to have improved. Between us we tried Dutchman (a bit fruity for me), an outstanding pint of Old Hooky, and a few Botanist's which the jovial barman informed us were made at a sister-pub that has a micro-brewery. Anna whom we met briefly, was chatty and made a change from the usual stand-offish managers in many pubs these days, even remembering our names as we left.

A solid 8/10: Well-kept beer, simple pub menu, relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and landlady - My new favourite watering hole!
Jim_68 - 19 Jul 2012 22:05
A nice enough pub on first impressions but actually fails to quite deliver. 12 real ales to choose from which is certainly great news for ale fans. Unfortunately they were all a bit samey. As there are 12 you can afford yourself the luxury of variety so they need to make more of the range. They certainly tasted good enough and seemed well kept.

The food was good and reasonably priced and the staff helpful and polite

The downsides are that it was rather cold. In the 4 hours I was there I still wasn't warm when I left. Granted it was a cold night out but it needs better heating. My 3 companions felt the same. The lighting was far too dim and the decor although ok was rather uninspiring.

Ultimately this place is perfectly adequate but it doesn't excite you in any way.
Dylarolla - 14 Feb 2012 11:18
A first visit to this pub and after a very cold ,sub zero walk from the wenlock arms it was a welcome sight.Had a pint of Twickenham Naked Ladies, very good. A choice of 11 or 12 beers, not a bad pub but far from the best of the day, would revisit if near but wouldn't go out of my way.
Picasso09 - 12 Feb 2012 11:52
Having a rotating selection of a dozen Christmas ales, finishing on Sunday~worth a look at the range whilst you can: it does no promotion or marketing or advertising; no one knows that it's there, so enjoy the range before it reverts to a normal-selection pub due to its not informing people of its existence.
suggestion_tryAnewBEER - 16 Dec 2011 09:55
Plus real ciders. The pub really needs to advertise: it's offering something good, but not making the fact known.
suggestion_tryAnewBEER - 11 Dec 2011 14:38
Has recently fitted loads of hand-pumps, and now sells eleven cask ales.
suggestion_tryAnewBEER - 21 Sep 2011 00:55
two caledonian ales on when popped in today(Easter Monday)both of which were well kept(6.70)fairly quiet but friendly barmaids and some benches to sit outside,food looked good and was very reasonable presuming the area,7/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 Apr 2011 14:50
Good selection of ales, I had three very good, and relatively cheap, pints of Hogsback RIP in here last week. My friend and I also ate; the food was superb, especially for the price. My burger and his pie, including chips, was all clearly homemade. Agree to an extent about the interior, we were there on a quiet-ish monday afternoon and it seemed a bit cavernous but I would reccomend the place and will definitely go back.
shand83 - 7 Dec 2010 13:25
Stayed at the nearby Travelodge and knew this pub from a wander a while ago. The Doom Bar was consistently excellent but the Gun hill was disappointing. Open til around 1 a.m. on Fri and Sat provided a great place for a night cap or 3. Excellent service too from the one person behind the bar.
keith253 - 8 Sep 2010 14:54
Clearly the post-person's local... However non-intrusive televisions, good prices and about the only palatable pint of Doom Bar consumed in recent years.
meurglys_iv - 27 Aug 2010 12:02
Maidenman does have it pretty wrapped up.. on my visit exactly the same beers (I went for the Coaster as well but wasn't overly impressed with it), cricket on all the tellies and leary postman from the adjacent sorting office doing their best as if audiitoning for a 'Lout of England' contest. Just about okay if desperate for a pint in the vicinity.
anonymous - 18 Aug 2010 18:57
Great place for a relaxed Sunday lunch. Its the type of place you would walk past if you weren't into sport - big mistake. Friendly staff, cheapest drink in the area at the moment, good quality reasonably priced food. Very impressed
liamhamilton - 17 Jan 2010 19:18
Theres not much to add to the previous comment except that the Guinness is good and cheap food is available.

This is not a pub I would seek out, but I would pop in if passing and a match was on.
Strongers - 3 Jan 2010 21:46
A large single room, wrapped around the bar. All hard surfaces, wood floors etc plus music and a busy environment make for a noisy space, but its ok. Three plasmas showing cricket on my visit competed with the music and chatter for attention.
As said before, opposite Mount Pleasant sorting office so plenty of posties in, welcoming to all though, and a pleasant lady behind the bar who expertly served three seperate orders at once!
There are two banks of four pumps, Sharp's Doombar(x2), Cornish Coaster, Adnams Broadside, GK IPA, Hogs Back TEA, and Jennings World Biggest Liar(x2). Certainly a good range and my Coaster was an acceptable 2.75.
Long opening hours to accommodate the workers, open Christmas Day too it said on a few posters. Dispensers sell sweets........I've never quite got that in a pub.
Beware the confusing steps on the way out of the gents!
Maldenman - 20 Nov 2009 18:24
The Pakenham overlooks the Mount Pleasant sorting office and I imagine it gets most of its custom from there. It's a nice welcoming exterior but the inside is somewhat disappointing - it has clearly had a pretty ropy refurbishment and the presence of two projector screens in the single room indicates that the footy rules here. Having said that there beer selection was good and it's not a bad place to drink.
murgatroyd - 18 Oct 2009 11:58
Until Royal Mail calls off its strike plans, this place should have a lock-out of it's overpaid, underworked clientele. "I'm sorry sir, I have poured your pint, but I won't be delivering it to your hand for 2-3 weeks".
topdog_andy - 8 Oct 2009 19:13
Brilliant pub which I stumbled across by accident whilst walking down Grays Inn Road. Wish more 'accidents' were like that! Always have 1 or 2 Sharps beers on offer or failing that St Austell is sometimes on.

Good pub for a Saturday lunchtime Sports viewing though it does get absolutely rammed if the Gooners are on the Telly. Great pavement seating though if this is the case.
Oakman100 - 5 Sep 2009 09:18
Have been semi-regular at this pub over the past year. I lived round the corner so I was extremely pleased to have such a good pub right on my doorstep.

Not too expensive for central London, very good for sports events (they show all the major events, and all the big Premier League games on their two TVs and projector), and the food on curry night isn't too bad either.

Good selection of beers (about five lagers and about six ales) and a pleasant atmosphere (in the evenings at least). Guiness is relatively cheap compared to the other locals (at last recollection 2.65) and Heineken isn't badly priced compared locally either (2.85).

Tends to fill up after dark with postmen as the largest Royal Mail sorting office in the country is opposite, and they're all pretty friendly considering they've been at work all day. The decor isn't traditional but not so modern that you feel like you're in a no-name Slug and Lettuce-esque chain pub.

Great pub and will continue to visit it when I can afford to walk down there for the foreseeable future! Would strongly recommend.
gregatb - 3 Sep 2009 18:29
This was pub number five of friday night pre xmas crawl. I really liked this pub.

I always like pubs witha healthy mix of clientele and this ticks all those boxes.

Good selection of ales on my visit will definitely call again if im in the area.
TheHorsesMouth - 5 Mar 2009 12:49
Having a drink mid P.M. ,so there was still the odd imbibing postie -lets hope this(and the early opening) can continue.....
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 1 Feb 2009 21:20
I enjoyed a pleasant time in here one evening last week with a few friends. The ales were in good nick and the food, although not brilliant, was okay. We were part of a mixed clientele comprising local sorting office staff, media trendies, geezers, and some oldies.
Ordinary - 30 Nov 2008 22:45
I agree with some of the comments about this interior being non descript.

There are two huge tellys for watching football, which is good. The punters are a bit rough around the edges, but harmless enough. Poor selection of ales, in case that is what you are after.

Staff are efficient.
u03cka - 26 Sep 2008 16:37
Please note that in a recent refurb they've got rid of the dartboard - don't bother if you're after some arrows.
martinblarg - 12 Sep 2008 13:59
This pub looks good from the outside, but the interior doesnt match up to the exterior, with pretty nondescript dcor and furnishings. It was very quiet during the weekday lunchtime I was in there, with only a handful of postal workers from Mount Pleasant enjoying a no doubt well-earned pint for lunch. It offered a fairly simple lunch menu, but the cheese and pickle roll I had was not good and poor value at 4. But they had four ales on: Adnams Broadside; London Pride; and Sharps Doom Bar and Cornish Coaster. I only tried the Doom Bar, which was just fine. The service was friendly enough and although I would not rave about this pub I would certainly drop in again for a pint if I were in the area.
RexRattus - 7 Jul 2008 12:30
Quite a nice local's pub in back streets behind the Mount Pleasant sorting office. Wandered in on a quiet Sunday night when many of the other pubs in the area were closed. Had a nice pint of Doom Bar - would return.
grecian - 7 Jul 2008 00:00
Rather disappointed in yesterdays visit - in retrospect, I probably picked a bad time as the Chelsea v Spurs Carling Cup Final was just about to start, so there were lots of football-supporter types in evidence, in what had quite a bit of a sports bar atmosphere to it.

Beer range seemed reduced from what I remember previously - there was no Harveys on, only Pride, Greene King IPA and 2 Cornish Beers, one of which was Doom Bar.

Older readers will probably remember this pub as one of the vanguards of real ale in the 70's - when the real ale revival started. It was then, believe it or not, part of a small chain of free houses owned by Maxwell Joseph ( of Grand Met /Watneys fame !)

I'll put yesterdays disappointing visit down as a one-off
JohnBonser - 25 Feb 2008 13:44
I like this pub and the down-to-earth atmosphere. Yes, its full of posties and locals - Personally, I'm pleased that there's few pubs left which retain some of their old character instead of being turned into duplicates of the same tried and tested formula (flock wall-paper, the odd chandelier, a pretentious menu and arrogant bar staff). The food is excellent and comes at a fair price, the staff are friendly, the posties are totally fine, beer selection good, you can sit outside on a hot day. Thank fully its not full of "like-minded young professionals" - whatever that means...
I_like_brandy - 21 Feb 2008 16:18
Eat here quite often, always been really impressed with the food. Nice changing real ale selection as well
anonymous - 5 Nov 2007 13:41
was hoping for some good food and beer with some like minded young professionals in the area but it turned out to be a pub full of postmen who didnt like outsiders.
although the food was well priced you could tell it was cheap for a reason...uuurrrgghh!!
anonymous - 2 Nov 2007 16:35
there used to be fit little barmaid there a while back, pubs ok , no that keen to visit anymore though
anonymous - 5 Sep 2007 10:23
Looks great now its been done up now without losing its charm. what happened to the chunk tree??
anonymous - 3 Sep 2007 20:36
nothing to worry about with the refurb it seems, looks impressive, it needed a tidy up, looks much nicer now
jezza82 - 3 Sep 2007 20:35
watched the Man Utd/Man City game here on the big screens, very impressed, looking forward to watching a few WC rugby matchs in here
anonymous - 21 Aug 2007 11:39
Finally a pub that sells different ales other than the normal 'Pride and Bombardier and nothing else sir!'. Had a fantastic pint of Sharps Doombar here, keep up the good work!
anonymous - 21 Aug 2007 11:38
nice little pub, closing down for a refurb it seems, I hope it sustains its present character when reopened
jezza82 - 21 Aug 2007 11:36
The manager paul was exceptionaly rude and also rather smelly when i visited on the 12.08.2007 it seems he has not heard of soap also the chef looked like a hairy dwarf definately would not like my food cooked by him ! And the amount of post men in there with a lot of bad language was enough not to make me want to go again
Robos - 15 Aug 2007 15:49
This is quite a nice pub despite lots of unhappy posties drowning their sorrow. Much better than the Union bar down the road with a good selection of ales, not just GK IPA & Pride.
adlon - 21 Jun 2007 17:31
visited this pub a while ago and was very happy with it - particulary the late night opening (though some idiot managed to upturn a table in there having had too much when we were in). A shame if it has gone into decline.
anonymous - 21 Jun 2007 09:54
Nice little place, quite buzzing when i was here with a good mix of locals, students and suits, ale well kept, had a nice pint of Hogs backs Brewery T.E.A here. nice to see a pub getting away from the bog standard ales (pride, ipa, bombardier etc) All round pleasant experience, will be back
anonymous - 21 Mar 2007 11:49
Not a great atmosphere in there at all. Possibly due to a few grumpy old locals.
Only reason to go is a beautiful pixie with dark hair serving you beer. she still there anyone?
anonymous - 28 Feb 2007 13:00
Went for a lunchtime visit today to check out the dartboard. Still there, reasonable condition.

Had a Pakenham Club sandwich - damn good at 4, cripsy and meaty - recommended.

Solid, traditional blue collar local boozer, staff seemed friendly enough. Mostly locals and regulars, particularly postmen funnily enough.

martinblarg - 17 Jan 2007 14:21
I did factor into my assessment that I may have come on a bad day. But, you see, I have been regularly popping in for months now and the situation has been similarly dire each time. A one-off beer festival aside, my opinion that this once-great pub is in decline is umoved.
anonymous - 6 Nov 2006 10:07
Have to differ my opinion from stonches, was in here yesterday and there were 8 ales on (down to the fact they are holding a beer festival the lovely girl behind the bar told me), some good beers ive never tried. good range of lagers too if thats your thing. i can only assume you were here on a bad day stonch old chum! i will agree with you on the bombardier front though, what a crap beer!
anonymous - 5 Nov 2006 16:25
I used to love this pub, I really did.
I have popped my head in every time I have passed over the last few months, and not once have I seen more than 3 of the 7 or 8 handpumps in action. Tonight it was just GK IPA or Bombardier. As I'd rather drink dishwater we moved on to the Calthorpe.

Now of course beer isn't everything and to many people as long as the barman can produce something warm and fizzy they're happy enough. But something's happened to the atmosphere too - where before it used to have a decent vibe and a great mix of posties, locals, ale lovers and others, now its a bit like the Jeremy Kyle show.

Not even going to bother poking my head round the door next time. This place has become a waste of time. To be fair it was always going to lose something when the 1am license it has enjoyed for many years became less of a distinction.

anonymous - 27 Oct 2006 23:52
Great traditional English pub (not many around now!!)
Great ales on tap all really well kept!

Atmosphere was vibrate but not O.T.T!

This pub appeals to all! Will be coming more often!
anonymous - 29 Sep 2006 14:55
the large rude guy behind the bar should concentrate on his job rather than the games box he was so focussed on, and when we tried to get his attention he acted as if we were putting him out. some of the worst service i and my friends have ever received.
jezza82 - 22 Sep 2006 00:07
was here last night, great little pub, was recommended by other bar staff in the area as a good place to go after other pubs shut, was pleasantly surprised, the place was full and lively, guy behind the bar was nice and helpful towards my american friends who wanted to try 'warm beer', and the atmosphere was fun. definately will be back
anonymous - 17 Sep 2006 12:04
Don't people usually look up at screens when they are watching football? And i take offence to the sad looking statement.
anonymous - 17 Sep 2006 11:59
Quite how this place is so high up in the Top 40 I can't really explain.

Four ales on tap on Saturday (all mainstream Pride/Bombadier etc, no Indies) which were nice, but hardly a taste sensation.

The atmosphere inside was dead, despite it being half-full. Mainly a load of sad-looking old and middle-aged men staring silently at the big screen TV. Contrasted with Wenlock Arms or the Sultan, where the atmosphere was one of lively chat and banter, this place was like a morgue.

Looks pretty from the outside, but inside is no different to a hundred other London pubs. It ain't a bad place (far from it), but it's not a great one either (far from it).
Quinno - 12 Sep 2006 19:48
Beer here not up to scratch. Sort it out
anonymous - 11 Sep 2006 00:03
A sign up here claims they are about to increase their ale selection from 4 at a time to 7. Should be good
anonymous - 14 Aug 2006 12:49
A place I like to visit before noon. Quiet atmosphere for really enjoying some british real ales. I had some of my best pints of T.T. Landlord here. Inviting flower decoration on the outside. Coming back on my next trip to London in mid September.
rune - 27 Jul 2006 19:15
I liked it, watched the World Cup final in there, good mix of people from Post Office workers (it's behind Mount Pleasant) to old geezers and young professionals.

Beer was ok, London Pride, Greene King IPA, Bombardier and Adnams, the latter not so well kept. Food good honest pub grub, good quality and a decent price. And a nice relatively unspoilt interior. Definately worth dropping in.
OldRogue - 12 Jul 2006 13:46
I don't know what everyone is complaining about! This pub is great, my friends and i go there all the time, the bar-staff are friendly and we have become good mates with Paul the assistant manager who always is ready for a chat and a laugh. the beers are always good too, i think some people want the manufactured atmosphere of an all bar one!
jezza82 - 14 Jun 2006 00:20
Beginning to like this pub less to be honest. Despite having loads of hand pumps there is often little more than GK IPA and London Pride on, they only sell crap lagers and the atmosphere is either dead or a bit lairy. This place's raison d'etre has been killed somewhat by the onset of longer opening hours for other pubs in the area. Going to start giving it a miss.
anonymous - 5 Jun 2006 09:31
Have to agree with the last comment, but not the strong comments of stoner..
punch_drunk - 31 May 2006 17:59
This place has to be the worst pub i've ever visited, I woud like to rate it as a -10.
nollysprat - 28 May 2006 16:50
I've been in the Pakenham Arms about six times in the past year and I've always had decent service from the staff. They always have a selection of real ales, the customers are mainly men, and the food is an afterthought.
clissold345 - 20 Apr 2006 16:15
I must say I have exactly the reverse experience with the staff in the Pakenham - I generally find they bite you hand off to serve you, and despite the fact most barmen in here tend to be standard issue Aussie blokes they always seem to have a good knowledge of whatever real ales are on. Puzzled by the latest reviews but I guess we all have different experiences. One of the things I have noticed since I started to plague this site with my dull reviews and obnoxious opinions is that many of the pubs I find very friendly and welcoming are precisely the ones that seem to get complained about the most. All I can think is that some pubs are very selective as to who they treat nicely.

(Sets me on to thinking that maybe the people who get treated badly in places like the Pakenham get a really warm welcome in All Bar One, where I am normally treated to unprecedented displays of rudeness from trollish bar staff).
anonymous - 11 Apr 2006 11:58
This place has a seriously good selection of real ales, in good nick too. Unfortunately, the Pakenham Arms is one of those pubs where you feel that by being there, you are causing inconvenience to the staff. Maybe a nice place for a summer lunchtime sitting outside breathing in car exhaust fumes, but I'm not sure I would want to spend a friday night in there.
ChrisF - 11 Apr 2006 10:29
Well I was eager to try this pub out having read the reviews... but ended up being disappointed. Pub was ok, beers were varied and seemed well kept... but the staff were completely obnoxious. I'm not sure they really wanted any customers. Shame... gets a low rating from me!
reedy5 - 7 Apr 2006 09:49
a real blokes boozer , proper beer and grub . saw 2 geezers nearly fall over on bog steps ... always good fun !
9ooner - 28 Mar 2006 18:30
only way to better this is for the beer to be free
anonymous - 2 Mar 2006 19:49
10/10 from - lets have a few more of the same for this great boozer and get it in the top ten.

I agree that this is pretty much a perfect pub - atmosphere is cracking, beers are great, bar staff are great lads.

Open til 1pm and gets busy every night when the posties knock off from Mount Pleasant next door. You can even get a pukka pie from the hotplate at the end of the bar when the kitchen is closed. Genius.

The comment about it being grotty may have been true once but isn't now. This place manages to be big, open bright and airy but nonetheless avoids completely looking like an All Bar One.
anonymous - 10 Feb 2006 11:50
Darts for the last 4 Friday's running.
Went in at lunch time yesterday for the first time.

Reminds me of the Apple Tree back in the good old days.

Very friendly bar staff, darts, good jukebox, sky sports on ALL THE TIME, great food. What more could you want?!

...a few attractive women to come in now and again I guess.
stoner - 10 Feb 2006 11:32
Recently changed hands and done up a little.

It's now even better than before. Fantastic beer, great food and friendly bar staff who seem to enjoy their jobs. Dart board, Sky Sports, 3 big screens.

Perfect boozer.
thebigman - 10 Feb 2006 10:06
Was definitely the place for a late pint until the recent 24hr switch. The posties are a permanent fixture as are the 16yr old wide boys when the footy is on. Friendly blonde girl working behind the bar and an everchanging selection of beer.
M_Evans - 21 Jan 2006 02:01
Great pub - the lads behind the bar are always briefed on what they are selling. A big working class contingent (posties in particular) make up the bulk of the clientele though there are no stares at the stranger here - they are used to people coming to sample the good, constantly changing range of real ales. It is open til 1 am except on Saturday and Sunday (and has been for some years) which is great. I have always enjoyed my visits here.
anonymous - 15 Dec 2005 10:40
Looks v. nice from the outside; traditional grotty boozer on the inside. Glad they still exist but prefer to avoid them.

Beer was alright, inside needs a scrub down, though.


gingerweasel - 26 Oct 2005 17:22
Good pub with excellent range of beers and atmosphere. A proper pub. Near Mount Pleasant Sorting Office, so if your mail is late in the morning, you know why !
Recommended - very close to the Pakenham Arms.
JohnBonser - 24 Oct 2005 09:52
Visited this wonderful pub last month - and was informed that one of the attractions was gone: An early breakfast. Still well kept beers!
Finn - 21 Oct 2005 21:15
Booze is a bit cheaper than normal as demanded by the Communications Workes Union I expect as the place in full of Posties from Mount Pleasant. Nice beard of hasnging baskets on the outside to.
danrkelly - 17 Oct 2005 17:17
Thank the risen Lord for the one pub in the entire area that (to use common parlance) is keeping it real.

I would think the Packenham Inn should sue Yorkie for coining the phrase "IT'S NOT FOR GIRLS". If you wanna loosen your belt a notch, fart and burp and talk about football, cricket, rugby, Tony Blair, women and the lack thereof, join a golf club....Failing that, get yerself down to the best pub in town. The Packenham Inn is where its at. The last bastion of Boozing, and no mistakin.
RebelBhoy - 23 Sep 2005 15:57
It's a mans pub!
A proper pub!

Gets a little too smokey late at night but I've never had a bad night in here.

Lacks totty but then what do you expect for a "proper boozer"

Three big screens for sport and a jukebox which you don't see that often now even if it does swallow your money from time to time without playing your songs.

My friend likes to call it the Packenham Inn - GENIUS!!!
stoner - 23 Sep 2005 11:33
If you like your pubs to be pubs and the beer to be good this is the place to go.

None pretentious. It's a pub. Pure and simple. I love this place. 3 screens for sport. Cheap drinks and i hear good food. Friendly staff.

Watched Sunderland get promoted in this pub. Fantastic.
thebigman - 23 Sep 2005 11:29
Great for an after closing pint - late licence pub catering for the Mount Pleasant posties til 3am. Fairly ordinary inside but good if you've missed your last train. 2 big screen tv's aswell.
M_Evans - 18 Sep 2005 09:47
I couldn't believe my luck when I was introduced to this place at half eleven one night. I've popped in, never before half eleven, several times since. Just great.
I think one pump for London Pride is one too many. Bleedin awful stuff.
PeterGoodman - 16 Jun 2005 21:20
I've always referred to this place as the "Skiving Postman". Beer is good when they've got any on but normally it's just one hand pump dispensing bland London Pride. Maybe i visit on the wrong nights judging by other peoples comments. Would'nt recommend it to a friend.
anonymous - 15 Jun 2005 17:38
This is a super pub. Crisp beer, clean lines, tasty food and everything is very reasonably priced. The locals are friendly and the barstaff (landlord Michael and manager Gary)are all very welcoming. Given thats it's one of the few bars in London with a 'normal' late licence - as in, you don't have to pay to get in there - it's a jewel in the Norf London crown.
TheIrishC - 19 May 2005 15:13
When i went they only have one ale on - Adnams broadside - it was kept far too warm and served in a dirt encrusted glass. The place seemed fairly run down. It was a shame because after all these comment i thought it was going to be great. Maybe i just picked a bad day. Dissapointing.
spleen978 - 10 Feb 2005 14:34
great beer

anonymous - 15 Sep 2003 13:29
Aaaah. The Pakenham Arms. The creme de la creme of London pubs. You can have your Slugs and you can even have your Lettuce because nothing compares to the experience of The Parkenham Arms.

Perhaps it's the dirt encrusted floors or the toilets that are like something out a teen slasher movie. Or maybe it the old men falling off their stools. Who knows. Who really cares. They have beer. It is cheap. And they play loads of football on the big screens. Quality.
Drunken Monkey - 16 May 2003 16:51
The Pakenham Arms is the only pub in London where you can get a drink from 9.00 am until 1.30 am, seven days a week.
The pub has eight hand pumps dispensing a selection of five cask-conditioned beers from an ever-changing list of small independent breweries including Fisherrow, Archers, Harveys, RCH, and Caledonian.

The place always seems to be busy with postal workers, locals and office workers depending on the time of day and can get crowded at weekends. Two large screen TVs and a projection screen are used for sporting events and MTV style entertainment.

Steve - 17 Apr 2003 15:51

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