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01-05-2010, 10:36
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While it seems there are some divided opinions on whether it’s ever OK to bring your own food into a pub (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/04/19/youre-the-landlord-2/), there are plenty of restaurants which let you provide your own booze, because they don’t want to or can’t get an alcohol licence.

This came to mind when a friend told us about a BYO Thai restaurant in Walworth in south London (Mama Thai, 235 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RL (http://mamathairestaurant.co.uk/?HOME)).

The nearest tube is Elephant and Castle. It’s a cheap and cheerful thai place without a licence (so technically BYO) but has struck a deal with the off licence next door to let you order what you want. They have a surprisingly good selection of bottled beers which you can order. Off hand, I remember there were Left Hand beers from the US, but I’m pretty sure they had a lot of Belgian, Czech and other European ones.

Given the appalling state of the beer on offer in most restaurants (“So my choice is Chang or Tsingtao (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/03/28/the-emperors-new-beer/)…?”) and how fussy we’ve become about what we will and won’t drink, BYO is the perfect solution.

Here’s a directory of BYO restaurants put together with wine in mind, (http://www.wine-pages.com/food/byoblist.shtml) but we’d be interested to hear your recommendations.

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