England > Greater London > Holborn
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 14, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Charming old pub serving Sam Smith ales on cask. While there may not be much interest in the beer itself, the pub is worth a look and I enjoyed poking around the ícubbyí holes. A few regulars at the bar too.
Leighton (574) London, England | September 4, 2012| Updated July 22, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
A pleasant Sam Smiths pub. The interior is quite ornate and "classic". The beer range, as with many - nay, all - Sam Smiths pubs leaves much to be desired, but thatís just the way it goes. The interior is attractive, though, and the draft beers arenít too expensive; the bottles, on the other hand, can be downright extortionate. The upstairs seating room is particularly inviting. There are much better options in the neighborhood.
Fin (538) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 9, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Superb pub with wonderful interior including the gents toilets! A pub that I always try to pop into when in this area of London. Beer choice is very limited i.e. only the Sam Smiths OBB as a cask choice but great range of Sam Smiths beers in bottles. Pub was busy when I visited on Tues 3rd October and I must say it was looking a little bit unkempt particularly the gents toilets.
bhensonb (463) Woodland, California | July 5, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Itís a Sam Smiths - one real ale, Old Brewery Bitter, but thatís a good one. So what else? Victorian, Victorian, Victorian. Glass, Glass, Glass. Tile, Tile, Tile. Stained glass in the Gentís. Itís close to Lincolnís Inn, so you may have to tolerate lawyers, but at least the British lawyers are tolerable. Gammell rates the cuisine as outstanding. Interesting mix of people. Donít miss this one!
imdownthepub (460) Banbury, England | June 29, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 9/20
A beautifully ornate Sam Smiths pub on High Holborn edging on Theatreland and the pub is pure theatre in itself. Gilded mirrors, etched windows, gold and red colour scheme, in the style of the old Gin Palaces with booths and screens. The gents are marble and have a preservation order on them. However, beyond the building itself, you are then left with the Sam Smithís range of beers, be very careful about ordering bottles as they are particularly expensive.
jackl (383) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 22, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
If youíre going to visit only one Sam Smiths pub, this should probably be it. The Princess Louise is a beautifully restored pre-Victorian bar located only a stoneís throw from Holborn station. The Bar is a wonderful representation of the pubs of the pre-long bar days of the 18th and early 19th century. As such, the bar is divided into sections around a central bar, allowing you a seemingly private drinking experience from other groups. The pub has been restored beautifully, thereís wonderful ceramic tile walls, stained glass, and a well appointed wooden bar. The beer is Sam Smiths, so take from that what you will. The beer isnít the draw of this pub. With that being said, the condition is usually fine, and Iíve had a good number of cheap nights out here.
chriso (368) London, England | August 30, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
A Sam Smiths house. Unlike many of the Sam Smiths pubs around London, it does serve their one remaining cask ale. Last time I visted, it also had the Imperial Stout in bottles, which is not always a given for Sam Smiths pubs. And, unlike some, it does have a genuine (if somewhat restored) interior. Mosaic floors, tiling, ornate mirrors, carved, moulded celing & panelled wood make for a truly impressive experience. The gents toilets are worth a look too. Overseas vistors may well want get their Sam Smiths fix and this place vies with the Citie of York just down the road as the best place to do so. Even for locals, itís worth a look for the architecture alone but youíre not going to be rushing back here for the a dynamic beer experience. As with all Sam Smiths pubs, the beers are very well priced (for London).
downender (296) Bristol, England | July 4, 2007| Updated September 6, 2007
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
I can only repeat the earlier comments. Visit this pub for the interior rather than its products. The Sam Smithís beers are ok but it was a better pub under the previous owners.
Bryne (293) Bryne, Norway | November 21, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
If you like Victorian pub architecture & interiors, Princess Louise is pure pub-porn. The Whole pub is a monument to the 19th-century high-Victorian craftsmanship. Even the gentsí toilets is a Victorian pleasure. For further reading I recommend the book "Londonís best pubs" by Peter Haydon. And the beers? Lovely! Samuel Smith Extra Stout was awesome. (Visited November 16th 2012)
KnutAlbert (292) Oslo, Norway | September 20, 2006
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Go there to look at the architecture, have a pint, then move on to pubs with more interesting beers!
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