Anchor & Hope, Clapton
Traditional East End boozer that's an exponent of the 'pub as front room' ethic. It's all here: friendly if slightly mad locals, flock wallpaper that probably looked a bit dated during the Silver Jubilee and ancient vinyl flooring. There's also a dartboard where many a local has learnt the arts of darts but is placed to make a trip to the toilet somewhat challenging and considering the pub's diminutive size takes up a fair chunk of the available space. Being next to the canal it's popular in the summertime, but given its titchy size it can be a bit cheek by jowl when the colder months force punters inside. Hard to fault a place with decent Fullers ales and so many pub dogs, it's one of those old fashioned, time-warped London pubs that decrease in number every year: combine it with a trip to the Princess of Wales and a wander up the canal and you shouldn't go too far wrong.
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19 Jun 2011
One of a very rare breed that deserves wider recognition. A real locals' local, it is a reverse Tardis - seemingly much bigger on the outside than it seems stepping in. Fuller's ales have never tasted so good, making you realise the rush to get them on in central London pubs does not benefit the beer - they need a bit of a rest. The interior is cluttered but charming and the punters could be similarly described. There is little better to clear the mind on a Sunday afternoon than taking a walk up the Lea Valley and stopping off here for a couple of jars.
15 High Hill Ferry, Clapton, London, E5 9HG
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Nearest BR station is Clapton. From there it's best to have look at the A-Z. Buses 48, 55 and 56 pass through the area as well.