Royal Sovereign, Clapton

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The Royal Sovereign was the kind of Victorian boozer unlucky enough to be in one of those inner city areas that witnessed generations of terminal decline. Consequently no-one would've been surprised the day it quietly closed and was converted into flats. In this case however it's been completely revived by a couple of local guys who took it over a couple of years ago. Despite a recent refurbishment the decor is still interesting, with plenty of 1970s style exposed brickwork and a pool room at the back. The crowd is genuinely mixed - trendy young Stokey residents, older locals, punks and eccentrics; one or two local characters have been known to be somewhat 'over-exuberant', but you have to take the rough with the smooth sometimes. Its all a little rough around the edges, but if you add the friendliest service in E5, a lively pub quiz, a great choice of tunes and barbecues in the back garden, this becomes a proper, solid local.
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10 Aug 2009
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Personally, I prefer a pub that is "a little rough around the edges". Within reason, of course. I've not seen any of the "over-exuberant" types lately. The events the management of the pub have been organising lately are top quality, attracting a good mix of people. The Spanish food on Sundays is excellent. Parent and children afternoons. DJs playing ska and reggae one night, vintage soul and R&B another, 50s & 60s rock'n'roll on another night. And with pretty decent beer too. Though I'd like to see some real ales on tap alongside the London Pride.

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64 Northwold Road, Clapton, London, E5 8RL
020 8806 2449
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Quiz night - quiz night Wednesday

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