Strange bar, grouped into som kind of boxes around the bar (cozy boxes) and place had lot of visitors. Mostly Samuel Smith on bottles and tap, but also few others. Counted 20 taps and 20 bottles. I was feeling the AC was making to much noice, but do not let that stop you from going there, the place is worth a visit. Visited 03.12.2017.
Wonderfully atmospheric Victorian saloon bar which Sam Smiths is taking care of. As such you’ll only find their ales here, but it’s a full range of them if you’ve not tried them before - if you have its worth at least an orange juice from the central to the building bar just to sample the place as they don’t make them like this anymore!!! Full of small tables and chairs and alcove areas it will be cramped when busy.
As others have mentioned, you come to this pub for the ground floor and the Victorian fixtures and fittings. If I am in London with any foreign friends or relatives I try to bring them here. Obviously the upper floor is just standard. I quite like the brewery’s beers so that’s also a plus. The staff are not always the most friendly. However a lovely old pub.
Classic Victorian pub with all the requisite features, tiled floors and etched glass in abundance. The extra stout at £3.40 a pint, was exceptional value in an expensive city like London, although there was only one person serving behind the bar. Very good, but marked down slightly for lack of staff.
Beh uno dei pub più belli mai visti ! Vittoriano e pomposo classico dell’era del grande impero britannico , sembra di tornare indietro nel tempo , vale la visita per gli interni ma non per la birra anche se viene servita la sempre valida Samuel Adams !
Really interesting place. Very hard to describe but worth a visit. photos don’t do it justice. Cubicles can be tricky if you’re in a big group. Of course you can sit upstairs but there’s no real atmosphere up there. Very cheap considering location. A round of 3 for just over a tenner. Good service. Only Sam Smith beers available but that’s fine by me.
If you are into mirrors, this is the place for you, if you like mirrors and cut glass, it is even better for you, if you like mirrors, cut glass and cheap beer, move in!
What a wonderful pub this is, ornate, Victorian and intact, brilliant.
The centre bar is also a wonder in its self, the wood carvings are just lovely.
Sam Smiths beers, only OBB is cask mind, the rest bottled or keg. Like all Sams pubs, they only sell their own spirits, so no Bacardi or Gordons Gin in here, but I believe their own brands are fine.
The ground floor has been revamped, the bar and mirrors are still there, but small snug boards have been erected to brake the room into little bite size chunks. Not sure I like them. The great old toilets (downstairs) haven’t been altered thank goodness and the upstairs is now a posh lounge type design, mostly for food or a quiet pint.
Lovely Victorian-style pub that oozes atmosphere. Every surface in this place has some sort of intricate detail on it. They have a very limited selection of beers though - they only carry the Samuel Smiths brand, but those are good too. And usually cheaper than what they have in most other pubs. Don’t go here for craft beers, but DO go here to see a fantastic pub whose equal you’ll only find in very few places. And enjoy a beer while doing so.