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Palmerston's web site
The Lord Palmerston
has a potman. ''A what?'' I hear you ask. A potman, for those under the
age of 40, is generally a self-appointed, elderly, sometimes quite
miserable person who takes it upon themselves to keep the tables clear
of glasses aiding the flow of clean glasses available at the bar. Very
noble, I know, but the most popular technique among their ilk is to
place the fingers on the inside of your glass before realising you
haven't finished your pint - when this happens it's probably best to let
them have the glass anyway.
The potman in the Palmerston is actually quite a jolly, friendly man but
he does have the 'finger' technique off to a fine art... so beware!
Another traditional feature of the Palmerston is the fact that it still
has a public bar, one of four main areas. The others are the saloon bar,
the pool room at the back, which has enough room for two tables, and the
strange area underneath the rather grand sweeping staircase which on
Fridays doubles as a stage for karaoke night. There is also a garden at
the rear and tables outside the front of the building where you can take
in a view of one of the most complicated traffic junctions of E17.
As you can probably tell, this Victorian corner pub is huge and retains
many of it's original interior and exterior architectural features.
An important point is that the beer is cheap, £1.99 for a pint of
Young’s and £2.80 for Stella. The food is cheap, too, with one of the
deals being two meals for £5.
This is one of the few pubs in E17 that serves food and it's not too
bad. It's hearty, basic pub grub with the usual
selection of traditional 'Pub
Favorites' as they like to call them. Their website
is pretty informative so log on and take a look.
Sky Sports is a big attraction for the Palmerston with screens strewn
all around the bar areas. They show all the big sporting events and the
atmosphere can get a bit raucous, and be a little intrusive when you're
eating your Southern Fried Chicken in a Basket or Stew with Suet
Dumplings - not in basket, I hasten to add.
Editor March 2010