Saturday 12 January 2008

The Goat, Battersea Rise, Clapham, London

On the outside, The Goat is a very distinctive and distinguished building - an elaborately-tiled former temperance billiard hall. On the inside, it is a sprawling and dark pub packed with bright young things on a weekend evening when the punters at the bar can be several rows deep and service can be slow. Still, there is Bombardier, Tiger bitter, Budvar and several other renown beers on draught. The 1970s patterned wallpaper and frilly lampshades add a slightly surreal touch and a welcome change from the identikit and minimalist decor in many modern bars. 7/10