Clapham’s newest neighbourhood pub, The Perky Nel has just opened its doors, and is the second Clapham location for independent pub group, Livelyhood.
Perking up Cavendish Parade, across the road from Clapham South station and directly opposite the Common, the new drinking and dining spot has launched with plenty to please local Claphamites and visitors alike.
Out front, the pub’s large west-facing terrace is all set for sunny days with comfortable, colourful seating for those wanting a coffee break, sundown prosecco pitstop, or weekend brunch and bloody Marys.
Craft beers including Toast Ale brewed from surplus bread, locally-distilled spirits such as Balham born Hayman’s Gin and unusual softs, such as Square Root no alcohol G&T, sit alongside people pleasing and lesser-known wines. There are also classic cocktails, which come in at 2 for £10 all day on Thursdays for the venue’s Cocktail Club.
Just like the drinks, food is done with minimal fuss to maximum effect. Expect pub classics, using British food from local suppliers and producers, but with added consideration.
Brunch dishes are available from opening until 3pm on weekdays (midday at weekends with an option for bottomless bubbles); burgers can come gluten-free, bare and bunless, or vegan-friendly with bbq jackfruit; small plates act as starters or ideal sharers; while seasonal salads and specials continually change things up.
Come the weekend and the ultimate Swingers Roasts from midday every Sunday offer all the meats, with all the trimmings on one piled-high board. There is a children's menus and daily specials, plus plenty of veggie and vegan choices.
Diners can get a glimpse of the chefs at work through the kitchen hatch at the back of the pub, framed by graffiti work from local street artists id-iom who have captured the heart of SW4 to create a large feature wall.
Through the arch lies the pub’s entertainment area featuring three large screens for viewing must-see fixtures from every angle. Tables can be booked in advance and table service can be enjoyed throughout sports action.
A summer schedule of events and seasonal parties will keep things fresh rain or shine, while come the autumn locals will be brought in from the cold for the greatest pub tradition of all - the weekly pub quiz.
The whole place is dog-friendly and there are dog bowls and treats for furry friends.
The Livelyhood family includes: sister venue to the new pub, The Clapham North, The Regent in Balham, The Old Frizzle in Wimbledon, The Mere Scribbler in Streatham, and The Faber Fox in Crystal Palace.