England > Greater London > Holborn
Albertcampion (7) , England | September 30, 2008
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful Samuel Smith pub, previously known as Hennekyís. Vast 1920s íTudorí interior takes visitors by surprise. Itís a bit like drinking in the nave of a parish church. Needs to be crowded to have a real atmosphere, but I quite like it on saturday afternoons when itís quiet. Service is patchy but generally OK - the beer likewise. A better Samuel Smith pint is to be found up the hill at the Princess Louise.
FatPhil (397) Tallinn, Estonia | July 14, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Lovely environment for a few SS ticks. Beers I had (the better ones, cask) mostly served well. Staff alas unable to cope with the idea of wanting a bottled beer that wasnít chilled to 3C.
chriso (476) London, England | August 12, 2007
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Stunning building. Sam Smiths beers, including Old Brewery Bitter on cask. Thatís probably enough to attract visitors to London (but bear in mind that the Princess Louise, an equally stunning Sam Smiths pub, is just down the road). As well as the Sam Smiths bottles, which probably wonít be new to visitors, thereís an opportunity for completists to try some of the pretty dire Sam Smiths keg beers (and cider), if thatís your thing.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 2, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
An awesome building which is the best outlet for Samuel Smith I presume. Very cheap prices are to be expected, but the beer range wonít keep you excited enough to hang around for more than an hour. Still, not too far from the Wenlock and holding pretty much the complete Sam Smith beer range if youíre looking for those.
downender (341) Bristol, England | May 12, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Only one real ale but has wide range of Sam Smithís bottles. Main selling point is the pub itself with its unspoilt interior and brewery paraphernalia. Service wasnít bad for central London. Would visit again.
bhensonb (537) Woodland, California | April 16, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Not a big selection of real ale. However, it seems to have been a "brewpub" once upon a time, and all the old casks and ceiling ironmongery are still there. Little cubbies to pair up in. Good place to stop.
RoyceH (32) Hesperange, Luxembourg | February 5, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited at about 3pm on a Friday, so it was already full of businessmen. Found myself a little booth in this old dark traditional pub. It was busy and the bar was a tad understaffed, but they were knowledgeable. Cheap, like most Sam Smiths pubs, Iíd visit again.
KnutAlbert (315) Oslo, Norway | October 30, 2006
44 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
The premises are quite all rignt, but hte range of real ales on tap is usually limited to one or two.
larsga (223) Oslo, Norway | October 29, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Huge, dark old cavern of a place at the back, with a lighter room at the front. Lots of dark wooden panelling and old memorabilia giving it an old look. CAMRA guide says itís a historic pub, and I believe them.
Itís a Sam Smith house, and has the full Sam Smith range in bottles, plus some on tap.
The food was very good. Crowd seems to be mostly city types working nearby.
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