Pratt’s and Payne
103 Streatham High Road, SW16
020 8677 1664
It’s easy to feel like you’re walking a never-ending trail on Streatham High St, which is why good watering holes along the way are essential. A couple of blocks up from the train station, Pratt’s and Payne is a vast, modern yet homely pub, brought to you by the people behind the East Dulwich Tavern, the Dogstar in Brixton and about 20 other pubs across London.
British cuisine with a twist. You have your hand cut steak chips (£2.50) or scotch eggs (£2.50) but for people looking to go a little more gourmet there’s a wide range of foodie options available and the menu changes daily. I had a mouth-watering roasted whole quail (£11) with white wine hollandaise sauce and green beans, while my newly vegetarian dining companion enjoyed the Coley with mussels (£10.50). For dessert we shared lovely, light carrot cake with clotted cream (£3) and a spectacular Baked Alaska, a delicious igloo of meringue encasing slithers of apple slices and ice-cream (£6).
Pratt’s and Payne has around 20 beers on tap, not to mention a great selection of ales and a huge range of bottled ciders. The wine list is fairly simple but offers a good selection. You can also order wine in a 125ml glass, 250ml carafe, 500ml carafe and by the bottle.
Sprawling across an enormous amount of space Pratt’s and Payne boasts high ceilings, open plan design, an upstairs area (soon to be converted for functions) and a beer garden. The décor is kind of modern kitsch eclectic boho. Modern, clean, not cluttered but with carefully chosen randomness, like odd pieces of crockery scattered around the room and an ornamental book collection. Lounges and arm chairs mixed with regular wooden chairs and tables give the place a comfortable feel while low lighting, spread out seating areas and a dog-friendly policy means people are very much at home.
There’s a mellow energy here, which escalates as the week goes on, I’m told. Wednesday night quiz nights is one of the busiest evenings with a £50 voucher up for grabs and a bottle of wine for second prize. Quizzes start at 8pm, every Wednesday. On Fridays it’s all about live DJs, starting from 10pm and mixing everything from funk to soul to house and everything between. Saturday night offers quirky acts and live performers, including Clapham-based One Night Stan who runs a costume shop by day and performs tributes as Elvis and Buddy Holly by night.