England > Greater London > Blackfriars
Theydon_Bois (458) The íSham, England | February 24, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Listed building with interesting exterior and interior, a few minutes walk from Blackfriars tube station (District/Circle) now reopened after being closed for a year or so.
In the Nicholsons chain so expect their usual rotating list of SIBA micros.
Service has always been fine, although Iíve tended to pop in late afternoon as opposed to an evening.
Never eaten here but the food looks good whenever Iíve been.
At the business end not a destination pub for ticks as you wonít find anything here that another Nicholsons wonít yield but well worth trying to incorporate on a crawl for a grand old building with some decent cask action!
bhensonb (422) Woodland, California | August 7, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Get lost in the tunnels under the streets. Enjoy the copper sculptures and the fine marble. Luxuriate in the alcove. Drinking here is something of a spiritual experience. The ales are always fresh. The food is good.
Rune (344) TromsÝ, Norway | November 9, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
From outside this Nicholsonís pub looks like an isolated island from ancient times wedged between the hypermodern Blackfriars station on one side and office buildings on the other. Inside the pub displays a cozy atmosphere with its stunning interior Ė one of the greatest of its kind in London. Good range of well-kept and interesting cask ales during Nicholsonís autumn beer festival (until 18 Nov.) Nicholsonís classic beef which was served in the dining area tasted alright. Friendly service. Crowed on Halloween. Well worth a visit (together with Finn, 31.10 and 06.11.2012).
Brugmansia (342) Jylland, Denmark | August 23, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited this pub 27/12-2011, with my parents.
Being a traditionel pub in the Nicholsons chain, always a visit worth. Very nice decour and cosy atmosphere. The beers were in nice conditions and they seems to change them rather often. They have the traditionel pubmenu as well.
downender (271) Bristol, England | February 6, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
This pub stands out for the early 20th century Arts & Crafts interior, which is stunning with its marble decoration and bronze bas-reliefs of monks. Ales on offer are pretty good, the Timothy Taylor Landlord and Harviestoun Haggis Hunter I sampled were in good condition and the barman was friendly. Worth visiting.
BlackHaddock (263) , England | March 29, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
Although my scores are not brilliant for this pub, I love going to it, and showing it off, to people who have never been before.
The decor is so unexpected; when you walk through the door the place is just breathtakingly beautiful. I shall not describe it, you must come and see yourself.
What a pity the beer quailty, service and selection canít match the superb ornamentation.
It is in the money rich íCityí area, so it is not cheap to eat or drink here. The food is average at best, get it when it first comes out (it is placed onto a glass cage on the food bar), or you will end up with cold spuds like I did on my last visit!
drpimento (134) La Crosse, Wisconsin | January 16, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
At long last, after 13 years, got to return to this gem again. It exceeds my fond memories. Got to take my Brazilian friend and she was suitably impressed. I had about four or five cask ales that were pretty good. Also had some scotch eggs that were on the lame side. The bowl of pistachios was just that, the mixed olives were good. Service was decent and they were very open to providing free tastes. Friednly crowd. And of course, the aesthetically perfect pub interior.
ads135 (105) Lawrence, Kansas | June 13, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The beers arent the best and there isnít a great selection if real ales arenít your thing, but thatís not a really valid complaint in England regardless. The chief draw, and its significant, is the pub itself. Easily one of the most gorgeous places to drink beer in London, possible England. Art nouveau interior, classy, and easily accessible from the tube.
kassner (71) Wexford, Pennsylvania | April 24, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stayed at the Crown Plaza just over the street so had occassion to come here several time. Great pub ambiance helped by the exterior and interior setting especially the wall decorations. Very friendly, good selection of ales and good food, except one night the kitchen closed for an emergency
maltdog (71) Colorado | May 31, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cool wedge-shaped building... the interior is all dark wood, marble, and bronze. Only four cask ales (varies daily) and a half dozen fizzy yellow Eurolagers... plus some bottled beer, cider, and cheap wine. Staff is knowledgeable about the beer, reinforced by seeing them all sample a new product together. Typical London pub food, no different than anywhere else. The outside patio seating would be pleasant if you werenít constantly surrounded by chainsmokers. Visit for the atmosphere and photo ops more than anything else.
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