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).
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!
From outside this Nicholsonís pub looks like an isolated island from ancient times wedged between the hypermodern Blackfriars station on one side and office buildings on the other. Inside the pub displays a cozy atmosphere with its stunning interior Ė one of the greatest of its kind in London. Good range of well-kept and interesting cask ales during Nicholsonís autumn beer festival (until 18 Nov.) Nicholsonís classic beef which was served in the dining area tasted alright. Friendly service. Crowed on Halloween. Well worth a visit (together with Finn, 31.10 and 06.11.2012).
What a gem. Not actually hidden. But I have passed it many times without anything else. Now they had a sign with beerfestival at the patio.
Popped in and regreted that I had not done it before.
Will surel visit this many times in the future. Beerfestival or not.
Lovely unspilt traditional English pub with a quite spectacular interior.
Good service. Ok toilets. Nice patio.
Decent range of beer on tap at my visit.
Highly reccomendable place.
Get lost in the tunnels under the streets. Enjoy the copper sculptures and the fine marble. Luxuriate in the alcove. Drinking here is something of a spiritual experience. The ales are always fresh. The food is good.
Visited this pub 27/12-2011, with my parents.
Being a traditionel pub in the Nicholsons chain, always a visit worth. Very nice decour and cosy atmosphere. The beers were in nice conditions and they seems to change them rather often. They have the traditionel pubmenu as well.
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.
Although my scores are not brilliant for this pub, I love going to it, and showing it off, to people who have never been before.
The decor is so unexpected; when you walk through the door the place is just breathtakingly beautiful. I shall not describe it, you must come and see yourself.
What a pity the beer quailty, service and selection canít match the superb ornamentation.
It is in the money rich íCityí area, so it is not cheap to eat or drink here. The food is average at best, get it when it first comes out (it is placed onto a glass cage on the food bar), or you will end up with cold spuds like I did on my last visit!
This pub stands out for the early 20th century Arts & Crafts interior, which is stunning with its marble decoration and bronze bas-reliefs of monks. Ales on offer are pretty good, the Timothy Taylor Landlord and Harviestoun Haggis Hunter I sampled were in good condition and the barman was friendly. Worth visiting.
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.