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60 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Visited quickly on a Saturday afternoon, was very busy, nowhere to sit as well. Good range of beer available.“
joe19612 414 days ago
50 /100 15 LIVERPOOL STREET
“Perfectly adequate boozer, a bit rugger-bugger, but I did find a tick here. Convenient for the station, but you're better off going to your nearest JDW instead for almost everything apart from the tellies.“
FatPhil 613 days ago
68 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“Visited mid-afternoon on Friday 7th Dec 2018. Full with Christmas party goers and shoppers, some space and spare seats around. Best cask selection I have seen in a Nicholson's pub, ever. Four hand-pulls from Siren and four others, although I had to take back one of my beers; no problem though, changed it without complaint or hassle. Didn't go upstairs, but liked the vibe of the ground floor room, high ceiling, olde worlde decor. Better option that being quashed in Hamilton Hall just down the road during busy times.“
BlackHaddock 862 days ago
68 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Used this place a few times as it's right inside/outside Liverpool Street Station and I am sometimes using the underground in the area. Always seems busy, very busy on my latest visit (Friday afternoon on 7th Dec 2018). Two floors in this high ceiling-ed square roomed pub with a large smoking/outside drinking patio, some more inter-mate seating along a small side within the place facing the station. Decent selection of cask ales, usual keg and bottle options you'd expect in a London Wetherspoon pub. Staff efficient, and they need to be, friendly enough considering the flowing customer base. never had food here, just a quick cheap pint before moving on. Decor is impressive and I actually quite like the place.“
BlackHaddock 862 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Bullicioso local en la estación de tren.“
fombe89 980 days ago
54 /100 202 BISHOPSGATE
“Almost opposite the main Bishopsgate entrance to Liverpool Street station. Have visited a couple of times now and it's alright. Busy both times, but service pretty good. Limited beer range availability (nothing interesting from Youngs) but does seem to be a regular outlet for Dorking brewery as both times I visited (some months apart) I had one of theirs. Expensive - over £5 a pint. Will visit again I'm sure, so long as they keep having at least something interesting on cask, as often use this station.“
Grumbo 1129 days ago
60 /100 125-129 MIDDLESEX STREET
“My last stop in London. Was draged here by Tom. Nice spacious place, but quite typical modern pub. Had my London Porter in London here, unfortunately from bottle. But had best ever Fullers ESB here on cask! Since it's quite close to Liverpool station might be worth to visit again in future, but it's not a tickers paradise.“
Marduk 1173 days ago
48 /100 201 BISHOPSGATE
“I don't know who entered this onto RB (wasn't me). But thought I'd check it out as close to Liverpool St station. Has a modern, industrial feel reminiscent of a Tapped but without the range of beers. Those available (about 8 taps) are from mainstream craft brewers with meantime featuring heavily plus a small number of others. Expensive. Service was fine. Pizza's looked good but didn't eat. If I go back it'll be to eat, and not particularly somewhere to go to seek out the beers.“
Grumbo 1189 days ago
66 /100
Savanna (Grocery Store)
53 BROADGATE LINK, LIVERPOOL STREET STATION
“Situated inside Liverpool Street Station, this specialist South African shop is an good source for South African beers and ciders along with occasional beers from Namibia and more local breweries (eg Wimbledon). I often pop in en-route to my train home and they will generally have something new in each week and generally about 20 South African brews at any one time. Staff are always polite and friendly. I've been to a few South African stores in uk before and not seen a better range than this. Great range of wines and meats too.“
Grumbo 1199 days ago
62 /100 72 OLD BROAD STREET
“A decent pub, generally always busy, with old fashioned booths and upstairs seating adding to the ambiance of the place. Beer range is solid with some surprises - maybe not new brewers but a couple of new beers generally always available. Over the years have visited a number of times when in vicinity of Liverpool Street station and have always enjoyed my time there.“
Grumbo 1224 days ago
68 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“So much better than the last nicholson's I went to. Very friendly service, much better beer range, nice busy atmosphere without being crowded despite being close to Liverpool Street station. Only my second visit but think it'll be a good alternative to places I normally visit for a pre train beer!“
Grumbo 1253 days ago
64 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Inside the station. Authentic old interior. Large outdoor seating. Handy when waiting for the trains.“
Finn 1266 days ago
60 /100
Bull (Bar)
4 DEVONSHIRE ROW
“5 min walk from Liverpool street station. Nice traditional English pub. Decent beer selection. I found some beers I had not tried before. Would not mind going here again. Especially when it is so close to the train station.“
Cunningham 1314 days ago
58 /100 12 NEW STREET
“Situated a 2 minute walk from Liverpool Street station. Not as good a pub as it was a few years ago when it was a destination Good Beer Guide place to visit. Beer range whilst similar in tap quantity has lost some of its range broadness and is now dominated by national breweries with only 2 or 3 regionals to choose from. Service is functional at best. Atmosphere is ok apart from when mobbed after 5pm.“
Grumbo 1323 days ago
60 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“Visited on 6th May 2017. Corner Nicholsons pub just over the road from Liverpool St station. It’s got some lovely dark wood panelling inside, it’s quite small, long and narrow with seating crammed in. It was busy with a group of Aussies seemingly intent at yawping loudly at each other near to us. It’s got a decent mix of cask and keg beers, quality and service good. Prices OK. There is a dining area upstairs but only stayed for a swift drink. OK“
WingmanWillis 1427 days ago
56 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“Nicholson’s corner pub begging for more drinking space given it’s extremely popular, although this is a given as it’s just opposite the Bishopgate entrance to Liverpool Street Station. The ground floor with its bar against its inner wall is traditional in design and is a decent space for a drink at a quiet time, but expect it to be full of suits by late afternoon on a weekday, and some do spill out into the street although I don’t think there’s an official area for this. The usual Nicholson’s selection of drinks apply with ample cask to choose from, and although I didn’t get there I believe the upstairs is for dining.“
ManVsBeer 1432 days ago
58 /100 12 NEW STREET
“At the far end of a narrow alleyway road, at the back of the police station opposite Liverpool Street Station, this is a small but pleasant Nicholson’s pub serving the current range from this brewer including its own Pale ale made by St Austell. I first ventured in here around 2003, and ended up standing in the street with my pint, which many do here, and saw the biggest rat I’ve ever seen scurrying between buildings. Having been back recently not much has changed, although the rat wasn’t spotted this time.“
ManVsBeer 1432 days ago
58 /100 202 BISHOPSGATE
“Opposite the Bishopsgate entrance to Liverpool Street station, this heavily wooden beamed pub is accessed through its own small entrance hall and is set slightly inside the building. There’s something of an olde world atmosphere in here, but it can feel synthetic at the same time. The ales were all Youngs on my visit, and given it offered nothing new to me it was disappointing in that respect.“
ManVsBeer 1434 days ago
60 /100
Bull (Bar)
4 DEVONSHIRE ROW
“Along Devonshire row, just a short walk south of Liverpool Street station on Bishiopsgate, this pub is traditional in design, but with a few modern touches and a durability about its furniture given the very changing clientele in here. Many of these are suits from the endless office blocks around this area, but that’s no different to most pubs in the vicinity. The ale selection is perhaps little better than a lot of the others though with several hand pumps occupying the middle ground between some keg ales and lagers. It’s a great place to people watch when the masses are commuting home, with a constant unidirectional flow of office workers passing the large front windows on their way to the station.“
ManVsBeer 1434 days ago
54 /100
George (Bar)
40 LIVERPOOL ST
“Just behind the Hamilton Hall Wetherspoon on Bishopgate, this too has an impressive interior with high ceilings and decor to compliment your drink - that is if you can get to the bar as this place was rammed with most people standing up in the large space between the doors in the front corner and the bar against its rear wall. The selection isn’t that good once you get there, with some regular cask and keg options you’ve probably seen many times before.“
ManVsBeer 1434 days ago
50 /100 2 EXCHANGE STREET, APPOLD STREET
“Facing the elevated walkway above the end of the platforms and roof of Liverpool Street station, this modern corner pub in a modern building has a pseudo traditional look - chainlike and arguably soulless. This wouldn’t matter if the beer selection was any good, but there were just a couple of cask ales, a couple of kegs and some very well-known bottles to choose from - nothing new for me. Its best asset is probably the outdoor area facing the aforementioned open space at the end of the railway station.“
ManVsBeer 1434 days ago
60 /100 72 OLD BROAD STREET
“Just around the corner from the front of Liverpool Street station and the road that gives it its name, this is a tight-fighting Nicholsons pub given it’s in a much smaller building than you normally associate with this chain, but is no less busy. There’s an ’L’ shape just behind the entrance with a full selection of the usual ales from their rotating list“
ManVsBeer 1434 days ago
58 /100 4 LONDON WALL BUILDINGS BLOMFIELD STREET
“A block west from the Liverpool Street tube station, this is a pseudo-German styled beer hall pub, with the beer hall in the lower section and the service area against the back will up a small set of stairs from ground level. The main problems with the place are the limited selection as it’s by no means exciting German beers, the high cost, and the fact it lacks authenticity given it seems they hired IKEA to create their look! I guess it does offer something slightly different to the many of the other pubs around here though.“
ManVsBeer 1445 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Very busy JDW at Liverpool St station. Fairly decent range of beers complimented by an expanding bottle range. Service pretty good considering its popularity. Has a quieter upstairs seated area. A good stopping off point for the station.“
Grumbo 1504 days ago
62 /100 202 BISHOPSGATE
“Stopped off here en route from Shoreditch back to Liverpool St Station. Not sure what to expect as the last review was from 2014. It strikes me as the sort of place I’d rather not be, but can make the most of while here. The cask selection was Young’s-centric (hell, even in Wells pubs in Bedford you often get Wells, Young’s and Courage), including their krafty keg London IPA (4.5%). I opted for a bottle of Shoreditch Blonde, which was one of the few interesting bottles they had. Nothing wrong with the service.“
jjsint 1512 days ago
58 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“Fairly busy as it was approaching lunch time on a week day, but we found a corner near the bar to stand. Didn’t want to go upstairs, which has tons more space, as we wanted quick access to those bar. Lovely interior, Nicholson’s know how to make a bar look nice. I think there were 6 hand-pull beers, and 5 of them were ticks, so that’s pretty good going. Staff were polite and sufficiently efficient. If I’m passing through Liverpool Street again, this is the direction i’ll run to for some swift halves.“
FatPhil 1565 days ago
60 /100 72 OLD BROAD STREET
“Flying visit, literally had less than half an hour between trains, so darted out of the station, across the road, grabbed a swift half, and then ran back to the awaiting train. Staff was efficient enough, and served with a friendly smile. Interior is a classic dark wood, sophisticated, English public house, lovely. Beer was in good condition. I think there was another pub nearby, that we didn’t have time to pop into, and I’m 100% sure we chose the better one.“
FatPhil 1583 days ago
64 /100 12 NEW STREET
“5 min walk from Liverpool street station. There are a lot of others also in this area. and can not see a big reason to choose this infront of others. Quite nice and traditional English pub. As many others quite crowded on a friday evening. Often a lot of post-work customers. Decent range of cask and quite good looking pub.“
Cunningham 1699 days ago
58 /100 4 LONDON WALL BUILDINGS BLOMFIELD STREET
“Would score this place higher if it was a food based website. As it is I like a faux German beer keller but it is pricey. More mainstream German beers. For fans of schitzels, wurst and steins rather than beer ticking.“
BeardedAvenger 1726 days ago
66 /100
Bull (Bar)
4 DEVONSHIRE ROW
“The Bull is the pub part. Upstairs is The Hide which is a gastrobub. A pretty pricey place, but I was slightly pissed already so was charmed by the bright shiny decor and smashing beers (The Kernel and London Fields are what I sampled). Very busy busy and full of office wokes, but felt lively as opposed to rammes. Certainly a place to drop in to see what’s on and fpr me preferable to the Spoons and Nicholson’s which are the main options around here.“
BeardedAvenger 1726 days ago
46 /100
George (Bar)
40 LIVERPOOL ST
“Didn’t really get the chance to take in the decor. Around 17:00 on a Friday and the place was rammed. Had to join a scrum in order to choose from a couple of ng guest beers (went for a Marston’s if I remember correctly. Not great - guess it’s just busy due to its location. Very posh loos in the adjoining hotel though.“
BeardedAvenger 1727 days ago
64 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Visited on 22nd Feb 2014. It’s a two level Spoons on the upper concourse at Liverpool St station. The bar is large and in the corner of the downstairs area. It’s really popular with rail travellers and often struggle to get a seat. The decor is pretty decent with ornate, high ceilings. Range of cask beer is decent enough plus all the usual Spoons offerings. Decent enough Spoons in a handy location“
WingmanWillis 1757 days ago
54 /100
Bull (Bar)
4 DEVONSHIRE ROW
“Very close to Liverpool St, this pub has recently stocked the likes of Kernel, Bronx and other brewers as part of their IPA fest and thus deserves a place on the map I think. It’s a decent pub inside, homely feeling. However the atmosphere is somewhat wrecked by the usual city types bellowing at each other and the rather loud music. The service was a little on the slow side as people pay for a pint with a debit card (tossers). The beers were fine that I tried but I wouldn’t come in unless I knew there was something I wanted.“
madmitch76 2025 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Easy to find. Located almost at Liverpool Street Station. If you walk out towards Bishopsgate it is just on the right side when you get out. Nice breakfast! Just been there in the morning. Relaxed and good service. Traditional nice English pub with an unusual high ceiling. 5 different cask and 4 different keg on my visit. Also some interesting bottles. “
Cunningham 2055 days ago
64 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Ventured in here once with a couple of mates to watch one of England’s group games in the 2006 World Cup during a curry night. Absolutely packed but still managed to get food and drink in good time. Don’t remember it too well other than the grandeur of the place - it looked good, although judging by its recent pictures it has definitely had a makeover since I was in here.“
ManVsBeer 2061 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“High ceilings leave impression of a huge place. Really a grand room. Good selection of casks. Decent place to have a pint if you’re at Liverpool Street Station.“
Iznogud 2069 days ago
56 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Hamilton Hall has a magnificent ceiling in what was without doubt once a magnificent room - the ballroom of the Great Eastern Railway hotel at Liverpool Street station. Unfortunately we visited on a Thursday evening and it was very noisy and crowded with nowhere to sit and few places to stand. The crowd seemed an odd mix until I remembered that from here the only way is Essex. At least the service was quick and attentive when we finally made it to the bar. We ordered from the taps we could see so I can’t really comment on what the full range of beers was like. (Visited 26 March 2015).“
Boudicca 2201 days ago
66 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Large and grand interior conveniently located by Liverpool St Station. Worth sticking your head in as there’s a good chance you’ll pass by here during a London visit. Particularly during the Spoons beer fests, I’d usually find some solid ticks here.“
nate2g 2318 days ago
62 /100 202 BISHOPSGATE
“My friend told me this was the place to go in this area for real ale in the 80s. So we popped in for old times sake and expecting only to see Youngs beers. Pleasantly surprised to see some well kept London Fields beers on. Service was poor, not the fault of the barmaid, she needed some help! I’ll probably stick my head round the door next time I’m passing.“
niquillis 2346 days ago
72 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“Much more relaxed than the hubbub of the ’Spoons at the station. 4 ales on and in good nick. Had a breakfast which was good for £5. Worth popping in if at Liverpool St.“
niquillis 2346 days ago
68 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Grand surroundings, but typical bunfightesque surroundings. Service was decent, expected a wider selection of ales in a place that must turn an awful lot of beer. Worth popping in if at Liverpool St.“
niquillis 2346 days ago
64 /100 202 BISHOPSGATE
“I had a pre-conceived idea that this place was going to be a bit rubbish because of the name. But I was pleased to be proved wrong. I like the gloomy wooden vibe inside, music is only soft in the background. Relaxing, cosy atmosphere. A few cask ales to choose from, mainly London Fields. As with all pubs in the area, it’s important to visit at a quiet time before the workers flood in.“
The_Osprey 2362 days ago
68 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Very grand Wetherspoons pub. Nice surroundings, cheap food and decent cask selection. No music or football on, nice atmosphere. What’s not to like? But the nearby Crosse Keys is a better option for a ticker. Also, this place gets very busy after 5.30pm.“
The_Osprey 2362 days ago
48 /100
George (Bar)
40 LIVERPOOL ST
“High ceiling, really liking the brown walls and coving / ceiling. Shed loads of potential, damaged by a poor beer selection and an overly nationalistic / football-related theme. Staff wearing England football shirts, England flags, Bombadier pump clips (despite there being no England football match on). Seating could be better. A few changes here and there and this could be really good.“
The_Osprey 2363 days ago
58 /100 12 NEW STREET
“Went here on a very busy Friday evening with the girlfriend and her work friends. Stuck drinking crap beer while the choice was actually pretty good. Very central so expect the prices to be what they are. Decent pub“
maneliquor 2739 days ago
70 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“One of my favourite Spoons. Very colourful and historic interior. Big curved bar. Service is normally very good. The staff look after the beer here, normally in very good condition. Upstairs is a quieter (relative to the hustle and bustle downstairs) seating area with a small bar. Service at this bar can be a lot slower.“
madmitch76 2740 days ago
50 /100 4 LONDON WALL BUILDINGS BLOMFIELD STREET
“Another german pub in London, with all the stereotypes you expect, unfortunately, as there is actually more than only oompha! Anyhow got a good selection of beers and service is efficient and german speaking. Prices are though a total joke!!! A bottle of Flensburger costs more than three times than in Germany (actually it is nearly as expensive as a full crate without deposit...) - this cannot be justified by logistics only - a definite point to change to get you back in there. Overall you get what you expect when you want oompha only.“
McWorta 2828 days ago
62 /100 UNIT 32 THE CONCOURSE LIVERPOOL ST. STATION
“Not bad as far as train station pubs go. Hamilton Hall’s a pretty large split level spoonies. Pretty standard corporate pub ambiance. Around 10 beers on cask on my visit. I tried a pale from Firestone Walker that was on cracking form. The prices aren’t bad considering the very central location. Service was very quick, no fuss.“
jackl 2847 days ago
58 /100 212 BISHOPSGATE
“Pretty standard Nicholson’s pub located close to Liverpool Street Station. Long rectangular room fitted with mostly high wooden tables. The space definitely didn’t inspire me to stick around. 7 beers available on cask, 5 of which were rotating (Doom Bar and Pride seem to be the permanent fixtures). Not an awful selection. The usual crap’s on keg. Service was fine. The prices were a bit punchy (1.95 for a half of 4% beer). Overall, perhaps worth a shot if you’re changing trains at Liverpool Street. Otherwise, spend a few minutes looking for a better spot.“
jackl 2847 days ago
64 /100 202 BISHOPSGATE
“Nice old fashion wooden interior. Had only Youngs on cask.“
Cunningham 2939 days ago
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