Mar 20 16

Effra Social, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Sunday 31 January by JB and JC

Weird and wonderful. This place was the home of the local Conservative Club before some genius turned it into a pub instead.

They’ve wisely kept a lot of the old décor, but with the addition of table tennis and table football (well, we assume they weren’t there when it was a Conservative club, anyway.)

The Social is one of those places that always seems to have something going on. There’s a regular quiz on Tuesdays, but far better than that, we once sat next to the local knitting club. Man could those needles go.

It’s also one of those places where you can keep coming back and enjoying your drink/food somewhere different. Our favourite is probably the fantastic living room with proper old leather chairs which feel like they’ve been there since the Hundred Years War, and a TV if you want to watch the football in more salubrious surroundings than usual. Then there’s the bar, which is in a room which is essentially just a big hall. Think of the place where you had your ninth birthday party and you won’t be far off.

There’s also a dining room at the back (but you can eat your food wherever) and plenty of benches in the large front garden. There’s a serviceable offering of beers for reasonable prices and they do a solid Sunday lunch.

This is one of those places that you might go to the first time, perhaps at the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend or even an untrustworthy pub blog, and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. Who wants to drink in what feels like a church hall? Shut up, that’s who. We’re quietly confident that, like us, by the time you leave after a few pints you’ll have fallen a little bit in love with this pub which manages to be quirky even by Brixton’s standards.

Definitely worth the 15 minute walk from the station, this one.

Beer: 4
Price: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5

Do they do food? Yes, good food and fairly priced.
Are they in the 21st Century? Just about. Minimum spend of a fiver. But then they only charged me £4.50 anyways.
Are there dogs? Certainly.
I want to smoke:  Big garden out front.