26 Mar 2009
A huge imposing building at an ugly junction of the South Circular that looks like the sort of place where you'd be offered crack on the way in. Crept in through a back door with some trepidation only to find a cheerful crowd of locals getting gently pissed on the cheap and lovely ales. Now I haven't been to a Weatherspoons since I was a desperate student, and had vague memories of them smelling of wee and being full of aged drunks dribbling on the bar, but the Crown and Sceptre was nothing like that. Okay, the average age was probably 60, but everyone was very pleasant and the only smell was beer and chips, which is perfectly acceptible in a pub. And there is no music, which was a blessed relief after the tortous gym boxercise music they were playing at the nearby (and vastly inferior) Hand in Hand. Though we did see Reagge Legend DJ Derek there, having a couple of pre-gig ales before playing a set in Brixton. Odd. But, as I've said it's a friendly unpretentious boozer and sometimes that's exactly what you need.
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