Bright lighting and furnishings that feel familiar and old fashioned, but not outdated. The Effra is a pub that announces itself boldly at the door. It’s usually easy to find a seat (especially if you’re prepared to share).
The Effra welcomes locals to settle in for the night as well as stop-ins on their way up, or down the road for something a bit livelier. Unpretentious and non-judgmental, there’ll be no airs and graces here.
With a few too many generic lagers on tap, maybe the menu could do with an update. But it’s a simple, straightforward list of wines, beers and spirits – and the best Guinness around – suits its surroundings to a tee. Recently though, they have added Brixton Brewery’s Effra Ale on draft.
There aren’t enough pubs serving up honest Caribbean fare. The kitchen is kept busy.
At £3.60 for a Doom Bar, and around the same for a lager, you’re definitely getting one of the least pricy pints in town.
An Interesting Fact
It’s Jessie Ware’s favourite London pub.
It really does feel like a Tavern – local but not too local. Its lively atmosphere encourages interaction and behooves you to “get involved” so there’ll be no wallflowers or laptop-gazing here.
What else they got in the bag?
The live reggae and jazz on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights is probably what makes The Effra that little bit special. You can also catch the football.
The most Brixton of boozers.
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You’ll find the Effra Tavern at 38 Kellett Road, London, SW2 1EB