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The Clachan, London

Posted on 17. Oct, 2011 by in Pubs

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The Clachan, London

The Clachan is a Nicholson’s-owned Victorian pub located between Carnaby and Regent Street and just behind the famous mock-Tudor Liberty department store.

Brief History

According to Ted Bruning in his book, London by Pub, the pub was originally built in 1898 and was known as the Bricklayer’s Arms.

The Liberty department store, located across a little alleyway from the pub, actually owned the pub for many decades until it sold it to the Allied group in 1983.

Allied did an excellent job of retaining the interior and incorporated it into its Nicholson’s chain. It also changed the name from the Bricklayer’s Arms to The Clachan. It is not known why this name was chosen but according to it means ‘a small village’.

In the past the pub was popular with both fireman who were stationed in nearby Station No. 13 and with police officers from the Special Constable Reserve in King Street.

The Interior

Much of the interior remains including the impressive island bar that’s accessible from the front and rear of the pub along with the deep red plaster ceiling and ornate pillars. Separating the pub into two halves is a partition one side of which advertises the upstairs Liberty Bar. Towards the rear is a raised seating area which says may once have been the landlord’s parlour.

The Beer

As with most Nicholson’s pubs, you can expect an excellent selection of regular beers such as Fuller’s London Pride, Sharps Doom Bar and St Austell Tribute. Guests that feature come from all over the country and when I visited in October 2011 beer from breweries such as RCH, Mordue, Ilkey, Harviestoun and Brains were available.

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Venue Location

The Clachan

34 Kingly Street



Tel: 020 7494 0834

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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