This pub was included by editorial choice rather than public vote. It is rather good, you see.
The most recent (at time of writing) outpost in the Craft Beer Company's London portfolio, the Clapham instalment has a cosier feel than you find at its brethren in Clerkenwell, Islington and Brixton. It opened in December 2013, refitting and renewing the old Mason's Arms.
As with all Craft pubs, this place sports an enormous selection of ales. We photographed the beer menu (see below) where you can readily see the vast offering. And that's just from the front of the bar. We clocked over 100 bottled varieties behind. Food comes burger shaped, courtesy of resident bapmeisters Forty Burgers. They're pricey but nicey.
The bar retains the Mason's old horseshoe shape, and there's still a 100-seater beer garden round the back. On our visit, the place favoured a soundtrack of maudlin singer-songwriters (the sad songs are the best for drinking to). Messrs Drake, Cohen and (Elliott) Smith all took their turns.
Those sitting in the front section get the surreal view of the gym across the road, whose large glass windows reveal dozens of conveyor-belt joggers. We'd rather be in the pub, and we wonder how many fitness fans, staring across the road at Craft Beer Co, are thinking the same.
Last updated July 2015