Black Friar (Nicholsonís) | Blackfriars, Greater London
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Black Friar (Nicholsonís)
Good based on 22 ratings
Type: Bar

174 Queen Victoria Street
Blackfriars, Greater London England EC4V 4EG [ print map ]
020 7236 5474

Hours: 10:00-23:30 Mon-Thu, 10:00-00:00 Fri & Sat, 10:00-23:00 Sun

Mayor: bhensonb (1) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 2

A Nicholsons pub with an extraordinary art nouveau interior.

Black Friar (Nicholsonís)

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Celt Experience Jurupari , By The Horns Samba King 68, Trumanís Swift 56, Roosters Fort Smith 81, Redemption Rising Sun , Sharps Doom Bar (Cask) 40, Brains Cafe Phoenix 67
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22 reviews for Black Friar (Nicholsonís)
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  72%
 Selection  62%
 Food  71%
 Value  70%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  76%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beermenace  (38) , | November 23, 2015
The interior is a real gem, not as spectacular as the Princess Louise, but still visually very pleasing on the eye. Absolutely packed when I went in, the customers being the usual mixture of tourists and Londoners, the bar staff though were more than efficient. Beer selection somewhat average, but my pints of Xmas stout from a Northern micro was in good condition and warmed me up on a cold day. Not many pubs are open in the City on weekends, so this worth your while for a detour.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud  (197) , Croatia | August 20, 2015
Beautiful interior is the main reason why this place is worth visiting. Has really historic fell to it. Their cask selection is decent, but of course there are much better places in London when it comes to beer range. If youíre nearby pop in for a pint by the fireplace.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | May 30, 2015
Whichever way you enter the Black Friar, itís superb. From the south side youíre faced with the impressive windows of dimpled and stained glass; from the pavement patio on the west side you come in to see the magnificent arched fireplace on the left, with its bronze relief of musical monks, and directly ahead is the lovely alabaster room, now used only for dining (ďplease wait to be seatedĒ). The marble is green and brown, some of it veined like blue cheese. There are eight hand pumps with a pretty good choice of beer, the service was friendly and the music was very agreeable too. (Last visited 24 April 2015).
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter  (96) Corbett, Oregon | May 6, 2015
This place has great history and atmosphere. They had eight cask brews and 12 others on tap, those were mostly pale Euro lagers. The service was good too. Itís small so it will get crowded quickly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
tvstrategies  (5) Ravensdale, Washington | April 3, 2015
These ratings in the 70-range are a bit misleading. And unlike the review just below mine, Iíve always had good experiences here, good enough to have brought friends here. Itís literally one minute from the entry to the Underground (Blackfriars, District/Circle), or 30 seconds in the rain. There are all sorts of Art Nouveau ornaments and details, and a wonderful frieze above the bar. The dedicated dining room is all marble, like Grand Central Station in NYC. Have never had bad food here either. Like most English pubs, the beer selection isnít huge, but they do offer quality. Including local micro-brews (not just Nicholsons)
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Leeale  (15) , | September 15, 2014
Not a bad place, just a shame the selection is poor, the price isnít that fair and the service was pretty weak in my opinion.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah  (484) Utah | August 24, 2014
We visited here a few years ago and made sure we stopped by again this trip in between RBESG and GBBF. A great place to come and wind down. Lots of copper and decorations. The service was fast and friendly. Great food both times weíve been here. Good prices.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
jorge76  (213) , Italy | June 13, 2014
When I used to work in St. Paul area I came here quite often with colleagues .. The bar itís incredibly beautifull and was the reason because we popped in here but Iím talking about 8 years ago and I wasnít so prepared about beers like today days .. Nowadays the beauty of the place itís still the only reason to visit it because the selection itís far from being good compared others place in London .. At the end of the day if you never been here come once have a look drink a Timothy Taylor and go to craftbeer ....
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty  (302) Uppsala, Sweden | January 9, 2014
This pub is worth visiting for the interior alone, but there are usually some good beers on offer too. I visited in August 2013 and sampled beers from Butcombe and Copper Dragon. As I said, the interior is the main attraction of this pub, the beer selection is a welcome bonus.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | February 24, 2013
Listed building with interesting exterior and interior, a few minutes walk from Blackfriars tube station (District/Circle) now reopened after being closed for a year or so. In the Nicholsons chain so expect their usual rotating list of SIBA micros. Service has always been fine, although Iíve tended to pop in late afternoon as opposed to an evening. Never eaten here but the food looks good whenever Iíve been. At the business end not a destination pub for ticks as you wonít find anything here that another Nicholsons wonít yield but well worth trying to incorporate on a crawl for a grand old building with some decent cask action!

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