Pub on the ground floor, theatre above. It’s a combination that’s worked well since the time of Shakespeare, though we doubt the bard ever had the chance to try American-hopped craft brews or novelty scotch eggs. In most of them, the main act is upstairs; but for a few, as much effort is put into the pub, and pub food, as there is to the performances above stairs. The Latchmere pub in Battersea changed hands a few months ago, and we’re happy to report that it’s now hugely improved: the small pubco that owns it have invested proper money in a refurb, and hired good staff, making it a destination for more than just fringe theatre.
Read on for our review of Latchmere.