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Brixton might be a culinary mecca, but (whisper it) there are few pubs in the area which get us properly, properly foaming with excitement. The Sympathetic Ear is one of them. The Grosvenor Arms is another.
Stashed away down the delightfully Georgian Sidney Road, the Grosvenor is somewhat off the beaten Brixton track — although seeing as it's equidistant between Brixton and Stockwell tube stations, it's easy enough to get to once you know it's there.
Since discovering the pub in 2021, we've revisited a few times, not least because there's a whacking great selection of beers and ciders on tap (25 at a time, which might include Kernel, Buxton, Mondo, Brew By Numbers — plus Westons for the scrumpy brigade).
The beery gimcrack (think Delirium Tremens mirrors, a wall blanketed with pump clips) show that these lot know their brews. They brew their own stuff too — in fact as well as slurping a pint of their Affinity lager, you can roll home a 7.5 litre barrel of the stuff, and keep the party going back at your place.
For entertainment, there's a pool table and Monday pub quiz — plus, on our visit, there were TVs showing three (!) different European footy clashes (with the sound down, so we could still chat).
Throw in some honestly-priced pizza, and you've got yourself a class act of south east London pub. For more of the same vibe, visit the nearby Priory Arms, which is overseen by the same people.
Last visited: April 2022. All images © Londonist.