The Clifton, St. John's Wood

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An altogether charming villa establishment at which the future Edward VII was reputed to engage in trysts with Lillie Langtry. Located in a suitably elegant, peaceful and tree-lined back street, the best part of a century later the pub remains exquisitely charming, combining two wood-panelled rooms plus a couple of nooks with real fires as well as a conservatory-like area, and, for good measure a few seats outside. The welcome is warm, a good selection of beers and board games are available at the bar (anyone for a lengthy session of Risk?), and food is also on offer. The Clifton is a very fine place indeed, and well worth the walk from whichever station you choose to reach it.
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17 Apr 2014
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Sadly this pub was closed and the building for let when we stopped by there last week.(April 8 2014)
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17 Apr 2014
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Sadly this pub was closed and the building was for let when we stopped by there last week.
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26 Mar 2010
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From my reasonably frequent visits to the Clifton I am bound to say that the suggestion of yet another surly landlord is not one I recognise. Certainly he appears to be so very busy on Saturday evenings helping with the food orders that he no longer has time to interact with the drinking customers, but the mostly young bar staff are very friendly and helpful. Perhaps the landlord could employ an extra pair of hands for busy evenings and leave himself more time to be a real Mine Host.
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12 Sep 2009
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The service wasn't especially friendly for us either, but the food was great. We had the welsh rare bits, tomato soup, and fish and chips.
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25 May 2009
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The Clifton's surly barman/landlord turns a visit sour.



I was rather excited to visit the Clifton after seeing its rating at Fancyapint, and the building and its location looked rather welcoming on a warm May afternoon. In tow were some foreign friends who had never visited an English pub before and who were relishing the experience.



After ordering a round at the bar, we began to make our way to the outdoor area to bask in the London sun. Although we did not order food (and did not intend to), we were rather brusquely asked if we had a dinner booking as we carried our drinks to the garden. We had made the mistake, you see, of passing through the empty, oven-like conservatory on our way outside, not realizing that the room's stifling warmth was reserved for people who booked a table in advance.



No matter-- by now we had settled at a sunny and breezy table outside, and as the clinking of our pint glasses faded, Mr. Barman/Landlord appeared again to tell us that we had to use the side door to access the garden.



Now I can understand that people who are enjoying their Sunday roast don't want to be disturbed by drink-carrying patrons, but the food-only conservatory was empty.



The Barman/Landlord at the Clifton could benefit from some lessons in courtesy, even from the likes of Den Watts or Phil Mitchell.

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96 Clifton Hill, Maida Vale, London, NW8 0JT
020 7372 3427
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Quiz night - quiz night Wednesday

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