THE PEMBURY

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You left me in Motspur Park, (F) which at least I can tell my children I’ve seen now.

Wiki tells me the area has had two famous residents; Nigel Winterburn and George Clinton. Nigel apparently played maracas on the video for “Do fries go with that shake ?“.

Anyway, too exciting for me, so I caught the train from Earl Beatty to Earlsfield (G). Bing maps doesn’t let me show the route by public transport (booo !) so you’ll just have to imagine.

Five Points

By now it was dark; you’d think a rich city like London could have solved that problem by now, it was light in Sydney till 7.59pm.

I don’t like the dark. You can’t see the architecture and street art and I always feel the blog loses a lot when it’s just the inside of pubs.

Earlsfield is one of those confusing bits of SW London. Part of the borough of Wandsworth, included in Tooting parliamentary constituency, dominated by Wimbledon and officially known as Nappy Valley, all of which are likely to be used as geographical homes in the Good Beer Guide.

Balham

The Jolly Gardeners is the sort of GBG pub you half expect to be closed for a private party, particularly in December i.e. any pub in SW18.

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Dark
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Inviting

Single room, bare boards, casual dining, two local beers.

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Very local

Oooh, Hopadelic. Surely a reference to George Clinton ?

Plus points : “Solsbury Hill”, an OK By The Horns, nice old photos of Garratt Lane

Low points : £2.50 a half (a half)

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The big vat of mulled wine has arrived

By now my phone was instructing me to leave the pub immediately and run across the road to the bus stop to catch the 5.19 to Tooting and thence to Balham.

NOTE TO SELF : Just walk next time. The 2 miles of culturally diverse Garratt Lane took 20 tortuous minutes.

Decorum was restored in Balham, with Hagen & Hyde maintaining the Antic track record of daft names and 1970s lampshades and weirdly placed tables.

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Odd place for a door

Up to ten real ales, twelve keg beers” threatens WhatPub, but thankfully Antic seem a bit more sensible than that and the Wimbledon Mild was a solid NBSS 3.

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Shoulda gone for Jaipur, says someone

Because children (well, BRAPA) may read this blog I’ll spare you the octagonal beer glass.

Or perhaps not.

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Aaagh

I also spared myself the 27.5 minutes as it was clear nothing was happening.
That was actually my last South West London tick, and I’d emerged unscathed if not exactly life-enhanced.

But I still had a couple of hours before a gig that night in Hackney’s Moth Club.

Pembury

Twenty minutes of those two hours were spent getting lost in the dark at Liverpool Street, but a rather happier time was had at the Pembury.

This is the place my local village brewery owned for more than a decade before the local outfit took it on.

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Seating chosen solely for recharging point

Milton beers have gone, but Five Points have commendable pump clips and beer names.

Everyone was on pints, bar a few escapees from the Pig’s Ear Beer Fest down the road

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Unfussy

Like Milton, Five Points make a wondrous dark beer.

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NBSS 4 for the Porter

And like Milton, their pub serves “awesome pizza” to young professionals.

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The Norma – NPSS 4

But while Milton’s pubs have quizzed and Kerplunk (probs), the Pembury has billiards. Noisy billiards.

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Proper pub games

So noisy it competes with “Cannonball” by the Breeders, and the inevitable shrieks of Christmas joy from office parties.

I couldn’t fault it.

Frankly the EOTR Christmas party at the Moth was a dud, ruined by chatterers, but if any of you can identify this track it would make me very happy.

 

EDIT: Thanks to Saimon of my own parish for identifying the Mods.

12 thoughts on “THE PEMBURY

  1. Really now, Martin, when you post a sentence like “But I still had a couple of hours before a gig that night in Hackney’s Moth Club” how can we interpret that any other way than as you playing drums for a wildly popular indy rock band you haven’t yet told us about? 😉

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      1. A pile of rubble? Or has it been reprieved following revised plans for the redevelopment of Euston station?

        Unfortunately, there wasn’t time for me to take a look the other Friday.

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      2. I was near the ex Bree Louise on Friday evening.
        Euston station had been evacuated because of an alleged train fire and so the Doric Arch was standing room only but I got served quite quickly, ESB for me and pop for Mrs TSM.
        Then we realised that we could access the station via the M&S food shop – and before long I was in the Signal Box where the Pride wasn’t drinking very well.
        I think I heard something once about travelling on Friday 13th but didn’t take much notice.

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