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Manor Arms, Clapham

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Great little pub! Decent ale selection and very warm and friendly ambience. Will definitely be back soon!
mikemollo - 18 Jan 2013 14:01
nice pub with a new friendly landlord who's really cleaned the place up- the german beers and ales are worth the trip off the high street (and multiple trips back to try a new one each time) and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable- can't wait for better weather to visit the beer garden out back.
p1215 - 11 May 2012 13:42
wow, what a difference a lick of paint makes.. and a clean! took my girlfriend who was happy with the wine selection whilst my attention was solely on the five ales all in tip-top condition! the new landlord is young but knows his ales and is enthusiastic and charming. nice to have a pub in clapham again!
shandyboy100 - 2 May 2012 15:11
Re opened about a month ago. On my visit 5 ales on By the Horns,Redemption, Twickenham,Sambrooks,Summer Lightning all in great nick-had to try them all!
A welcome return to the real ale trail.
sadies - 30 Apr 2012 05:51
Last post is a tad strange as sadly the pub has been boarded up and closed for nearly a month.
huntsbeer - 11 Feb 2012 02:13
A good selection of ales on tap is usually to be found here. They've usually got rugby or football on, so it's not always the quietest place but still very civilised.
mwascko - 5 Feb 2012 09:15
What a great find down a side street in Clapham. Seeking refuge from the d1@&heads looting and loitering on the High street, the only pub defiantly staying open other than those in the Old Town. Great choice of beers, I had Hullabaloo and CastleRock HPA, the Eli had Stowford Press- can't remember what the boy had fizz wise but there was a choice of around 8. Very cosy, clean reliable looking boozer. The sort of place you could send a tourist friend and know that they won't get ripped off or let down. We moved out back for the smokers into a garden through an alley way- very tardis like. In contrast to the old charm of the interior, the garden with a gazebo style affair lined with Chinese lanterns and fairy lights, with colour splashes of cobalt and Caribbean blue. Seemingly a great place to eat with a Cornish Grill every weekend. Look forward to it!
huntsbeer - 17 Aug 2011 09:48
You just know that the ales and service here is going to be good as it is under similar management as the Eagle Ale House. And so it proved today on my first visit (which will now be one of many, especially on a weekend) with four excellent real ales including Loddon Hullabaloo, Hepworths Organic Bitter, Tintagel Castle Rock and a Dark Star. The "icing on the cake" though is the superb and good value food dispensed on weekends under a separate franchise by chefs, who have worked in Michelin starred restaurants, using all fresh ingredients and the finest Cornish fare. Food of this quality at this price is a very rare commodity indeed especially in a pub and even in most gastro-pubs.
PS: No fear of ale served in hot glasses or plastic glasses here as experienced in other pubs employing inexperienced management and ignorant bar staff.
craftman - 17 Jul 2011 20:20
I found this place by accident when looking for the Bread and Roses a couple of Fridays ago. I found it perfectly OK- friendly, not too crowded, reasonable beer selection- my Purbeck IPA was fine at 3.25.
jagsfan - 10 Mar 2011 14:46
Maybe I will be back!
blue_scrumpy - 8 Oct 2010 17:12
One of Claphams best pubs just got better. They have started Beer Festivals with one coming up this Halloween, and they are soon to start up food. I'll have two Curries Wednesday please Guv. Blue_scrumpy, they now have Addlestones on draught..
daveE - 8 Oct 2010 13:57
This pub seems to have a lack of recent reviews. Hopefully this will put that straight. It has a nice location on a residential Clapham street. At front, there is an enclosed drinking patio overlooking the street where there is not too much traffic. Although the building site opposite does not provide the best of views. The interior is fairly dark with red walls, and there are actually less tables inside than outside. Wimbledon tennis was being shown on the TV. The real ale selection is good - Harveys Sussex Best, Loddon Ferrymans Gold, Downton Golden Goal & New Forest Ale and Hopback Summer Lightning on my early Saturday evening visit. Unfortunately, there are no draught ciders. For lovers of the apple and pear, Magners is the only choice. Nice enough location. But being a real cider drinker, I won't be back.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jun 2010 12:41
Packed last saturday afternoon with people watching the Lions match.Still got served quickly,beer in good condition and good selection. Will return
TonyAle - 22 Jun 2009 11:05
Great boozer.

Good points -
1. fantastic location - just off the high street so is usually frequented by people who like a good pub and not necessarily a Saturday night in Clapham.
2. friendly staff
3. outdoor space and a genius tent out the back for watching sport or having parties
4. it's got proper pub decor.
5. it's a boozer.

Not so good -
1. not sure why they painted the outside black.


juicieju - 30 Dec 2008 12:46
Decent enough smallish local, but little to distinguish - beer was OK.
mtaylor40 - 11 Apr 2008 23:01
Gorgeous Pub! Great Location....after recently moving to South London I was hoping to find a nice local!
BUT...if you are not a regular you may feel 'out of place'as I did, I was spoken to very rudely and mocked by one particular member of staff who turned out to be the owner. Not good!

Gouber - 4 Apr 2008 18:29
Great little pub - good atmosphere, lovely front seating area for summer evenings and relatively clear of the preening twunts that infest the High Street. Staff are friendly enough and the prices are decent for the area.

Coming from outside London I made it my mission when I moved to Clapham to find somewhere that had a local pub feel rather than a chain pub or bar, something that I found very difficult. One of my favourite pubs, along with The Clarence in Balham (which is admittedly a bit poncier!)

The only thing I don't get is the seating area out the back - some kind of gazebo thing but you can't smoke in it? Bit of a wasted space in winter, but hey, I just nip out the front..
irv - 11 Mar 2008 15:08
Bit prickly arn't we lads?.. No offence intended Rawnsley, just that practically everywhere in Clapham bar say the Bierodrome offer pretty much the same lager brands so no i dont think its the only way forward, just a bit dull, hence good to see more than just two handpumps and more choice generally.Just orf to whatch the Rugger rah rah, egg shaped ball anyone?
anonymous - 16 Nov 2007 14:12
Watch the rugby do you anonymous?
terenced - 15 Oct 2007 13:53
Wow, whoever anoymous is. I was aiming to get merry at least thanks for asking.. first of all, my comment was based on a pop in visit... Doombar is served down at the B&R, which was where my comment was directed at.. I had that in both, so I do drink ale, as well as lager. Your probably one of those that think that ales are the only way forward.. have a bit of broader spectrum pal.
the_original_rawnsleys - 15 Oct 2007 13:48
Rawnsley...were you drunk? Similar tap range to the B&R my arse. You must have missed the ales, but of course you probably only drink lager. This is a lovely place with something for nearly everyone. Great beer(Sharps Doombar)Great people(Gosha,Tracey)great place to chill, throw some shapes or watch the Rugby. Want food go down to the hypocrites down the road or the new "Gastropub" that started with Sundayroasts for 14 and now do a meal deal for 2 for 10.KEEP PUBS REAL. i'm off to the only other great pub in SW London, The Eagle on the other side of the common
anonymous - 11 Oct 2007 16:07
Similar tap range to the Bread and Roses down the road...

Smaller pub but cosy enough... Nice to sit outside on a not-too-bad day
the_original_rawnsleys - 1 Oct 2007 11:28
Nice enough corner hostelry with good beer and decent service.

A more down-to-earth hostelry than many local alternatives.
terenced - 1 Oct 2007 08:15
Hellish smoky. Roll on 1 July 2007.
pubconnoisseur - 13 Dec 2006 11:43
Did this pub used to have a sign up outside it that said "Traditional pub traditional values" or am I getting confused?

I assume it's been taken down now...
terenced - 1 Aug 2006 13:26
Came here last week for the first time because of some promising comments about the place I thought it was nothing special
juzza - 28 Jun 2006 13:51
This pub seems to have changed. It used to be a really nice "locals" pub, but now it's a very middle class, youung proffesionals sort of place. The wine list included whites up to 50 and champagne up to 100. The sort of place that shouting types who work in the city would like, but not those who like a quiet drink. Can't say what it's like on a week day in the afternoon though. DaveL
DavidLewis - 7 Jun 2006 14:45
Agree with John M comments, a nice friendly proper pub with a nice mixture of people, a television that sits on a shelf and don't hang on a sodding wall, chairs that you sit on and not fall into, if i want a sofa i will go to my Nan's and partake in a sweet stout thank you very much,people with proper names like Jim, Greg or john frequent here, if your names have been changed by deed pole to Tristam or troy or if you have added an X or Z to your name, walk on by, for the bierdrome up the road awaits your patronage, as for myself and others, i will pull up a proper stool at a proper bar and consume proper ale at a proper perfect pub.
clapham - 25 May 2006 14:27
My favourite pub, as below great mix, great landlord and always good fun yet relaxed, top marks

ladyluc - 5 May 2006 10:06
Great little pub, good mix of friendly down to earth people, and the pub has a nice traditional feel. Great for watching the Rugby.
scottylad - 14 Dec 2004 10:47
Great local: cheapish beer, good atmosphere, comfortable - a good sunday boozer
Andy B - 3 Nov 2004 14:29
Yeh, top pub. Not my local exactly but if I want a drink I make the effort of a 15 minute stroll to this place through a lovely residential area from Wansworth Road. It sits at the end of a quiet residential street, and enjoys a good contrast to everything else in this neck of the woods, i.e. pretentious and smug Beautiful People lounging it up with very loud and very posh accents in equally pretentious pub/bars. Intimate and cosy with very friendly staff who say goodbye and hello on entering and leaving. Cheap guest ales (1.90). Highly recommended. As a good pub searcher, this is my fave in London, and no I don't own it!
John Em - aimericdebelenoi@yahoo.com - 21 Oct 2004 13:29
Short walk from Clapham High Street, this is a superb 'local', and has none of the prissy attitude of the many pretensious over priced bars in the area.
Small front garden with Gas heaters, a large tented beer garden to the rear, and a great three sided bar sandwiched in between.
Great Ales and the best pint of Guinness this side of the Irish Sea!
The staff are superb, friendly, attentive and sexy (mostly!)
James and Dave have some really good sounds and the place is good for sports viewing, but its not a "Sky Bar".
James is a dog owner so bring your pooch during the day!
If you are looking for a chilled out session with genuine friendly people get down there (but don't tell everyone!)
John - 21 Mar 2004 10:39

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