We are spoilt for great local boozers in Clapton. There’s The Crooked Billet with its ping pong tables, The Clapton Hart with its cool crowd, but the Princess of Wales, well, it’s often overlooked to be honest. However after our recent visit, we think that’s all about to change.
The POW has a fab, canal side location on the River Lea – perfect for whiling away sunny afternoons, and people (or dog!) watching. It also happens to be our nearest pub, accessible by a 2 min walk from our flat, along the canal. Ideal!
The wine list is really extensive (we’re yet to sample them all!) but we love the Whispering Angel Rosé from Provence, with a very light colour, it’s the ultimate refreshing summer tipple.
Rather than traditional starters you’ll find smaller pub plates, sharing ‘planks’ with scotch eggs and sausage rolls, as well as more substantial mains like steak & chips.
BUT it’s the outside Burger Shack that’s got us super excited.
We should explain that we are proper burger snobs. Most pub burgers don’t cut the mustard for us, arriving too neat, too dry – nah mate. Not for us. Burger Shack is different. These are filthy little beasts that drip down your hand and get all over your face whilst you tuck in. Just as they should! We went for the ‘Streaky’ with smoked bacon & melted cheese and added a portion of the MEGA curly fries. Wowza, these guys are good. You can get them loaded with pulled pork too if you’re feeling mega greedy guts. There’s also chicken and a good sounding veggie option too.
Before you get too excited though – it’s only open weather permitting – no one wants to sit in a wet pub garden do they?
You’re free to order from either the proper pub menu or the shack but they run on different kitchens so will arrive at different times. Each offer something very different to the other, with burgers arriving wrapped in paper and served on plastic trays, as opposed to proper plates. So it just depends what you fancy. The buckwheat and pearl barley salad with herbed goats cheese was a surprisingly fresh, light option if you’re looking for something healthy from the main menu.
Aside from the banging burgers, the dessert game here is strong. We fell in love with the rosemary treacle tart with clotted cream and the blood orange sorbet is served with prosecco for you to pour over – YUM!
Staff were super lovely, really attentive and actually gave a shit – more than you’d expect from most boozers – we appreciated it.
Perfect for a post-Chatsworth Road pit stop, or start here before making your way down the canal towards the Olympic park, stopping of at all the bars along the way.
We could def think of worse ways to spend an afternoon.