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Published September 12th 2012
The Temperance in Fulham: for watching the football, or not
Wandering around this part of West London, you're likely to notice something; this place is a sporty neighbourhood.
Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, Fulham's Craven Cottage and QPR's Loftus Road are all within walking distance, while rowing and kayaking clubs line the banks of the Thames. Even a trip to the park is likely to yield the sight of armies of joggers, couples playing tennis and tired-looking folks working out with their personal trainers. The people around here just never stop.
Still, it's nice to know that nearby there is an ideal venue for indulging in my favourite type of sport: the armchair variety.
An old billiards hall, The Temperance features a vast interior that manages to combine big, impressive barroom space with the sort of warm, homely atmosphere that every good pub needs. The pub's size allows ample room for TV screens showing Sky Sports HD and ESPN, leaving visitors spoilt for choice as to where to sit, pint in hand, and watch the game.
Of course – while The Temperance is undoubtedly an excellent football-watching pub – there are far more strings to this place's bow. Real ale fans will be pleased to note The Temperance's policy of combining regular cask ales with new and interesting guest beers, ensuring that there's always a new pint to try out.
The Temperance also offers a wide range of other drinks options and offers, like two for one cocktails from 5pm on a Friday, including such bacchanalian classics as the Raspberry Mohito, Long Island Ice Tea and the superlatively named Ultimate Bloody Mary.
Not just a drinking establishment, The Temperance is also well known for its excellent food, in particular its unique take on Sunday lunch. Why not pop down and try it for yourself?