England > Greater London > Soho
wimpyjoe (1211) Hebden Bridge, England | January 30, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Bennettonbeer (11) , England | May 24, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jrallen34 (412) Chicago, Illinois | May 5, 2012
38 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
pitiful excuse for a Dutch bar, they had Vedett then the rest of the beers were Belgian staples, not worth stopping by
BlackHaddock (308) , England | March 29, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Pubman79 (14) London, England | September 21, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Ok if a little touristy due to its location
ndon (52) London, England | August 18, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Cool little dutch bar in the west end. Some decent bottles, ok taps. Food is quite good here.
EdKing (135) London, England | March 2, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DanielBrown (262) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 4, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
rabidbarfly (12) London, England | May 22, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Flyer (50) Hartland, Wisconsin | November 3, 2007
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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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