The best preserved Victorian pub / gin palace in the UK. That is reason enough for a visit, but of course it helps that they have a few decent cask ales on, also a few interesting bottles. And the food is good, served upstairs. A bit understaffed, though.
I’m not in Belfast very often, but when I am, this is the place I head to first. They have five cask ales as you would expect in a Nicholsons pub and a wide selection of fizzy lagers and ciders. Not a massive beer destination but this place is all about the architecture and the history. The windows, the tiled floor, the wood, the ceiling and the booths are all very special and unique to the Crown. Forget the ticking. Just come and enjoy this amazing old school pub that hasn’t changed in a long long time.
Rated based on a number of visits over the past few years, conveniently located opposite the hotel my company used. The pub interior is the main reason to visit, stunning heritage, and sitting in one of the booths (snugs) if you can find one free is a must. Always busy in the evenings, popular with visitors. The beer range was ok, always something local available I’d not had before on each visit. Ate at the upstairs restaurant once, good food and attentive service.
Just a place you have to visit.
Rare and special old place in Belfast. Quite unspoilt.
Not the best beer selection, but you will surely find something you have not tried before.
You can also eat upstairs.
Friendly staff and clean toilets.
I don’t believe I have not written this one up previously. To put it simply, this is the finest original condition (with authentic remake) Victorian pub in the British isles, which means in the world. Every bit of the design is a reflection of what used to be. It’s fab. The front bit is booze only, the upstairs is food. Sadly the beer is a weak spot. A few Whitewater and Hilden brews but the only stout big G regular. All at a price.