Friday 3 April 2009

The Three Stags, Kennington Road, south London

Spread over two floors on a corner plot opposite the Imperial War Museum and a busy junction, The Three Stags is an archetypal Victorian pub with wooden floors, big windows and even a couple of cosy snugs partially enclosed by stained glass screens. Above the bar, which has IPA, Olde Trip and plenty of international lagers on draught, there is a display of white sculptures by London Art School. If you need to work, there is also free Wi-Fi and some electric sockets. If you need to eat, the regularly changing lunch and dinner menus have gastropub pretensions, serving fancy dishes, such as mussels with leek, dill and cider cream (£8) or cuttlefish with chick pea, bacon and saffron broth (£11.50). But there are also budget options. For just six pounds, you can get a doorstep sandwich containing sliced sausages and caramelised onions, accompanied by a mountain of greenery, plus a handful of fat salty chips with their jackets on. 7/10