de Hems | Soho, Greater London
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de Hems
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

11 Macclesfield Street
Soho, Greater London England W1D [ print map ]
020 7437 2494



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Beer Available At de Hems (arranged by most recent)
Veltins Pilsener 26, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier 95
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10 reviews for de Hems
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  67%
 Selection  61%
 Food  63%
 Value  59%
 Overall  64%
 Rating  70%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe  (1211) Hebden Bridge, England | January 30, 2014
Not strictly Soho, but very close, just off the central area of Chinatown. This is tourist heavy twin floored bar in a traditional design that is a magnet for the Dutch when national fever is up. You can get both Dutch and Belgian beers and ales here but if you are expecting a range similar to those in the Netherlands then you will be somewhat disappointed. Give its location it is expensive in here too. This is a Nicholsonís pub so you can expect a certain quality if you do enter here.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Bennettonbeer  (11) , England | May 24, 2013
I treat myself to a visit to De Hems whenever Iím in Soho. First class Belgium and other European beers; delightful Dutch style platters and an imaginative range of other tasty dishes served by staff who actually seem to enjoy being friendly and efficient makes De Hems a great experience. Even on a Saturday afternoon with the bar area packed, we were still served quickly and with a smile of welcome. I never tire of De Hems and thoroughly recommend it.
38
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34  (412) Chicago, Illinois | May 5, 2012
pitiful excuse for a Dutch bar, they had Vedett then the rest of the beers were Belgian staples, not worth stopping by
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock  (308) , England | March 29, 2012
In the tourist haven of Soho, just outside Chinatown. It is like walking into a Dutch bar, which is what it is! Thursday lunchtime and it is fairly full, tourists and office workers vie for the best tables, my wife, son and myself are just having a couple before a show. So a mixed bag of friendly customers really. It does get a lot busier in the evenings, weekends even more so. Service with a smile, good choice for tourist London. Not the cleanest Dutch bar Iíve been in, but not the grubbiest either. Well worth popping in, if you fancy a change from cask beer and want a Belgian or Dutch drink.
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 11/20
Pubman79  (14) London, England | September 21, 2011
Ok if a little touristy due to its location
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 11/20
ndon  (52) London, England | August 18, 2011
Cool little dutch bar in the west end. Some decent bottles, ok taps. Food is quite good here.
58
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing  (135) London, England | March 2, 2011
Great location and a pub with a great history. Also the focus for Dutch football fans during the world cup and was once the hang out for Dutch ex-pats during the war. Always busy and bustling, but I am always disappointed by the lack of range of Dutch beers on offer. Go for the atmosphere but not really for the beer.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown  (262) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 4, 2010
Iíve never forgiven this place for ditching the draft Witte Raaf, in favour of Wieckse Witte. Even so, it has a couple of nice beers available and some Dutch canape/bar snacks. Great location for Chinatown and Soho.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
rabidbarfly  (12) London, England | May 22, 2009
Good selection of Dutch and Belgian beers although they donít serve kwak in the correct glass (even though they have them) because they get stolen. Good night out in soho with tonnes of restaurants around if you get hungry.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Flyer  (50) Hartland, Wisconsin | November 3, 2007
Stumbled onto this place while going out to dinner with some business associates in Soho. (Itís right on the edge of Chinatown.) Itís ostensibly a Dutch bar, but itís the Belgians that make it worth visiting. The line-up includes most/all varieites of Chimay, Deirium, St. Berhardus, Westmalle, Rochefort, and others. Admittedly this is somewhat of a standard Belgian line-up by the standards of great U.S. bars, but itís well above average based on my London experience, especially for Soho. They also had some bizarre strawberry beer whose name escaped me but was pretty tasty. All of this is served in a classic pub atmosphere, very inviting. The Dutch connection seems largely to have been lost. This place is probably not worth going out of your way for, but if youíre in the neighborhood, you could do far worse.

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