It’s an enormous pub, the Lauder, with ceilings so high that the cigarette smoke gathers above your head like a cartoon cloud. It’s tatty and drafty, and the benches have had the stuffing slashed out of them, and the staff are surly, and the regular clientele are either terrifying or unconscious, and the toilets are wet and smelly, and there’s nothing to eat in the evening, and the wine is hilariously bad, and the bitter is fizzy and much too Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dilly Dilly St Patrick’s Day Shirt; in other words, it’s a run-of-the-mill north London pub. We don’t come here that often, even though it’s only up the road because the bands that usually play here are the kind of abysmal second-division punk group you’d pay half your wages not to listen to.
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