England > Greater London > Farringdon
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stamper (1) , England | March 27, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
My mate arranged a Belgian Beer tasting here for my birthday a couple of weeks ago for tweny of my friends.
It was great. We had our own part of the bar and everything was laid on for us. Loads of different beers and glasses and food to complement. Even the girls were having a great time and I can now tell my Leffe from my Krek. Really reommmend for office groups which can be so boring. Downside only that it dodnt go on long enough, and even though it was massively cheaper than other tasting evenings on the market it was still great value.
DanielBrown (210) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | February 3, 2004| Updated February 5, 2004
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This really is a hidden jewel in Central London. Tucked away down a small alley in Farringdon, this bar has an enormous range of Belgian beers, including 14 on tap, and most served in their proper glassware. It's an unassuming place, with low lighting and lots of Belgian beer adverts on the walls. This is a great place to pick up some tasty and unusual brews, and to try and initiate wary pals into trying some delicious Lambic - Fruit beers. I try to come here whenever I visit the capital.
Stonch (18) London, England | August 4, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The last comment is rather unfair - this place has in fact been on the up recently, though Iíve always enjoyed it anyway.
The beer selection isnít adventurous, they stock what they can sell, and avoid the very obscure stuff. There are, however, 101 beers, so you wonít go thirsty. There have been a few interesting additions recently.
The food is excellent and well priced - the menu has been exanded, and they recently started opening on Sundays for roasts.
Nice staff, although as people have pointed out below, they arenít all beer experts.
This is a popular place locally, and everyone I take there loves it. The reason why? It isnít simply aimed at beer geeks and snobs. If it was, it would be out of business by now.
bhensonb (405) Woodland, California | May 23, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Damn hard to find - even with map in hand. Itís best to just count the streets and not worry about names. Of course itís no problem, if you turn correctly out of Farringdon. Otherwise it can take awhile. It did. Worth the effort though. It has its own (almost) lilttle lane. Limited to 4 seats outside. Sort of like a cave inside. Or a something darkish. Good selection on draft and in bottles. Helpful staff.
downender (227) Bristol, England | December 31, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Belgian bar with a solid beer list which, although not containing any rarities, has always maintained my interest. Decent food and friendly service helps to make this a pleasant venue to visit.
thewolf (139) Kolding, Denmark | October 4, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very difficult to find, as the address is nowhere on any of my maps :o) But we found it. Went here both before and after Beer Exposed. Before was an okay experience, their taps were broken, so theyíd sold all their bottles! Only a few cold ones left. Really great food, though - a wonderful burger with wild boar - nice! An impressive selection of Belgian beers in both bottles and on tap - very friendly staff.
ladnewton (144) London, England | June 1, 2009| Updated June 4, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I first visited this bar in March 2008 and have been back in April of this year with a group of friends.
The general layout of the pub suits diners, although drinkers-only are welcomed at all times of opening.
Great quality Belgian beers served from a draught range of up to 14, whilst a vast number of bottles are available from a comprehensive beer menu, as found in the best of bars in Belgium itself.
A comprehensive food menu is offered and what you receive for your money is rather good value. Try the mussels or the "Waterzooi" for a real taste of Belgium.
I would recommend this pub without hesitation, but qualify such a recommendation with the fact it can get crowded on early weekday evenings.
MagnumPI (11) , England | May 30, 2009| Updated June 4, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very handily placed near my workplace which isnt great for getting much work done in afternoons after lunchtime visits. The ambience is excellent although I find the service has declined somewhat in recent months. The selection is good but rarely get the glass to match the beer as you do on the continent. Food is superb though, and if you dont mind paying double for the beers you bought at half the price for your cellar then its worth the visit.
RoyceH (32) Hesperange, Luxembourg | February 5, 2007| Updated June 4, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Nice pub, drifted into here at about 3pm, and the staff were nice and friendly. Had a few beers, everything was quite normal though. By six oíclock, it was heaving and stuffy, though it was a Friday. The chips were good, but chips, mayonnaise and gueuze to drink made me feel decidedly queasy and I left quite early. OK, but the selection really doesnít hold any pearls. Iíll be back, just not on a Friday night.
Spiesy (9) Sydney, Australia | February 4, 2004| Updated June 4, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Just metres from my house, Iíve been going to this pub for years. Itís tucked away in a dark little passage that never sees the light of day. Itís struggled along for years but now its coming to prominence with the young and trendy looking for a hole in the wall to drink anomalously at. The food is reasonable Belgian style fare, mules, frits, etc. Its small which makes the inside good for the winter but itís the coolness of the passage that I seek in summer. Itís one of the best places to escape the increasing hot London summers. Beers donít change much but for the uninitiated Belgian drinker its got plenty of rates. It's also surrounded by a selection of classy rating pubs. Most notably, The Jerusalem Tavern (St. Peters Pub), the Eagle, The Well, The Bishops Finger.
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