I am trying to detect tidal forces influence on a pendulum. I use a laser interferometer that is able to detect very tiny space changes. The pendulum never stops even after long times quiet and protected from wind by a kind of plastic box. The pendulum is 2,60 m, long, 10Kg and one of the mirrors of the interferometer is placed in the Iron cable near to the pendulum hanging point. I can see that the top energy of the pendulum changes but I am not sure of the causes.
There are a series of resources on the leapsecond.com site which specifically talk about detecting tides with pendulum clocks. It has been done by e.g. the Shortt pendulum clocks which had a master pendulum in a vacuum to remove disturbances synchronized to a slave pendulum. From the first link in the resources at 1, the order of magnitude of the change in pendulum rate caused by the change in gravity is ~1e-7 so your pendulum clock needs to be stable to a few milliseconds per day (few x10^-8) if you hope to see any tidal effects. You will need a more stable source of time such as a GPS Disciplined Oscillator (GPSDO) and normally a time interval counter to measure the stability with.