England > Greater London > Bloomsbury
Fin (573) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 6, 2014| Updated October 7, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
We last visited here probably 8-9 years ago, so this visit on Saturday 4th October 2014 was a nice opportunity to visit an old haunt of ours. We used to come here in the days before we had a campervan and when we used to stop in the local area, crikey how things change the beer world in London is almost unrecognisable since that last visit. Young’s no longer brew and pubs like this even with about 10 handpumps on offer are rarely visited by the beer enthusiast, because there is a better choice and to be honest much better beers available elsewhere. However my beer a simple Young’s Gold or similar was in very good condition and I enjoyed it. The pub is bearing up well, interior wise it’s still very pleasant and from an historical point of view well worth visiting. Staff were friendly and service was good. We were followed in by a group of 6-8 Octogenarians, who were having a lovely time out, one of the elderly but sprightly gang lamenting the loss of Young’s as a brewing force and another equally elderly and sprightly individual who when asked what he wanted replied quite innocently to his friend ’a pint of Waggle Dance’ to which his friend replied, ’I am not getting you one of them’ in a disgusted tone that would have hardly been equalled if the poor chap had informed him that he had been playing away from home with the bloke’s wife for these last 50-60 years, but it was really amusing to listen to. But they were having a great time and we listened to them a little more before continuing our Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury stroll. By the way, this place is close to Great Ormond Street and stacks of other places that I could reel off but that would be going into my walk territory. I need to keep reminding myself to go to places like this, it isn’t all about fantastic beers, sometimes just a good beer in a very characterful and historic pub is every bit as fun.
caesar (300) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | August 16, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
Visited on a monday afternoon. Nice old interior, nice patio in the back. Just a couple of beers available: 3 or 4 independent and 3 youngs or something like that. Was a bit quiet at the time, but that could be because it was monday early afternoon. Ok place for a quick stop on the way to clerkenwell.
imdownthepub (511) Banbury, England | June 29, 2013
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
Famous gilded pub on the edge of Bloomsbury, lots of glass, mirrors being one of the few remaining pubs to retain their snob screens. There is a theatrical theme in here, there is probably a decent chance of bumping into the odd luvvie. The beers are brewed in Bedford now from the Wells/Youngs range.
Rune (420) Tromsø, Norway | December 13, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Not only a great Young’s pub but a perfect example of a genuine, traditional British pub with snugs, opaque glass and snob screens. Clean, tidy and well kept. No music. Friendly and attentive service. Serves decent pub food; I was very satisfied with my chicken and bacon salad. We enjoyed a Young’s Winter Warmer in perfect condition. Apart from Young’s beers on cask and bottles, Lamb also offers a few guest ales, usually from London breweries (visited 26.11.2012).
chriso (383) London, England | September 6, 2012| Updated October 5, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited in September 2012. Long ago this used to be one of my favourite Youngs pubs, and one that I would often recommend to visitors to London as the Youngs pub to visit. It was always comfortable and down to earth, decked with distinguished fixtures and fittings (snob screens and all that) but not too opulent or pretentious. Returning for the first time in a few years, I found it less appealing than I used to. The crowd (and it was crowded) seemed more twenty-something poseurish than it used to be. Three customers being served at the same time as me all ordered with the increasingly in vogue "can I get ...". Perhaps after work time on a Friday wasn’t the best time to visit. I guess it’s still as good a place as any for Youngs beers in central London but it’s no longer a stand out. Two guest beers alongside the Youngs but they were exactly the same two as at the Youngs pub I visited just before so I presume guests come from a limited range across the chain. [3/7/7/6/12=58]
Revisited on Thursday 4 October 2012 at about 4pm. Much more as I remembered the place and comfortable on this occasion. Plenty of seating room. A few regulars sitting around reading or whatever. Yeah, a pleasant little sojourn
nate2g (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | May 26, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Pay a visit for wonderful pub architecture. It’s been well preserved, paintings, leather couches and snob screens included. A Youngs pub so don’t expect anything else.
PaulW (15) Southampton, England | December 30, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
A rather pleasant pub, which was quiet when we went (29/12). Good pint of Youngs in here, although there is little else to choose from! The pub is a dark wood/greem leather affair, with lots of old theatre stuff everwhere, presumably related to the small theatre above. Would efinitely go again if in this part of London.
KyotoLefty (484) Kyoto, Japan | August 9, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful place with a great wood and glass bar like I have never seen before, lovely green leather and wood benches. Beers were in good condition, the usual Wells and Young stuff on cask. Young crowd wasn’t very interested in beer.
Chiswick (11) , England | March 21, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
A very stylish place with dark wood and glass. Has a nice hazy feel to it, but somehow I was left feeling a little bit empty and cold. The atmosphere just wasn’t that easy-going and comfy. At the time the selection wasn’t that impressive. Clients gave odd looks at us and it seemed like we were out of place. Service was decent, and didn’t leave that big of an impression. A nice place, but somehow I didn’t find it to be my own. Maybe I should come at an other time when there are less people there.
drpimento (147) La Crosse, Wisconsin | January 15, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice place, classy and lots of old fashioned charm in a non-pretentious way. Has an antique polyphon by the door that they’ll play ( and like a dumbass I forgot to request) for a donation to a charity. Has real ales, and macros plus some cider. Lots of dark wood and some very nice cut glass panels on swivels built into the bar. Friendly bar staff. ’Cept they didn’t know the dif ’twixt cottage and shepard’s pie when I asked. I said if there’s a diff and it’s lamb or beef, i’LL Take the lamb. So they sent me beef. eh. In any case, food was dece and beer was more dece. Ambiances was A1- a. I’d return.
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