The interior is a real gem, not as spectacular as the Princess Louise, but still visually very pleasing on the eye. Absolutely packed when I went in, the customers being the usual mixture of tourists and Londoners, the bar staff though were more than efficient. Beer selection somewhat average, but my pints of Xmas stout from a Northern micro was in good condition and warmed me up on a cold day. Not many pubs are open in the City on weekends, so this worth your while for a detour.
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.
At long last, after 13 years, got to return to this gem again. It exceeds my fond memories. Got to take my Brazilian friend and she was suitably impressed. I had about four or five cask ales that were pretty good. Also had some scotch eggs that were on the lame side. The bowl of pistachios was just that, the mixed olives were good. Service was decent and they were very open to providing free tastes. Friednly crowd. And of course, the aesthetically perfect pub interior.
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 we’ve been here. Good prices.
These ratings in the 70-range are a bit misleading. And unlike the review just below mine, I’ve always had good experiences here, good enough to have brought friends here. It’s literally one minute from the entry to the Underground (Blackfriars, District/Circle), or 30 seconds in the rain.
There are all sorts of Art Nouveau ornaments and details, and a wonderful frieze above the bar. The dedicated dining room is all marble, like Grand Central Station in NYC. Have never had bad food here either. Like most English pubs, the beer selection isn’t huge, but they do offer quality. Including local micro-brews (not just Nicholsons)
A must if you’re interested in British pub architecture - an Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a pub built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican friary. Although it was very busy (plenty of lunch time customers), the service was very friendly with samples as a matter of course.
Whichever way you enter the Black Friar, it’s superb. From the south side you’re 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 (“please wait to be seated”). 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).
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.