Black Friar (Nicholsonís)

Mayor: ManVsBeer (3) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 2
A Nicholsons pub with an extraordinary art nouveau interior.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
jjsint  (578) Cambridge, England | May 6, 2017
The Black Friar is an institution, and on the rare occasion when Iím using the station, itís a godsend. The carved panels on the walls add a bit of gravitas to an establishment that can get fairly frenzied during busier times. Beer is standard Nicholsonís range: about 10 casks plus some interesting US cans from stalwarts such as Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker and Lagunitas. A bit dirty when I came in but to be fair the staff were rushed off their feet and I canít imagine itís easy cleaning up after daytrippers. A good place to round off my evening, and you canít fault the location.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
downender  (434) Bristol, England | February 6, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud  (388) , Croatia | August 20, 2015
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty  (353) Uppsala, Sweden | January 9, 2014
This pub is worth visiting for the interior alone, but there are usually some good beers on offer too. I visited in August 2013 and sampled beers from Butcombe and Copper Dragon. As I said, the interior is the main attraction of this pub, the beer selection is a welcome bonus.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown  (329) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 30, 2016
This is a really interesting boozer. Great interior and exterior. Great location too. Selection is Nicholsons, but good Nicholsons. Worth a visit indeed.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
jorge76  (291) , Italy | June 13, 2014
When I used to work in St. Paul area I came here quite often with colleagues .. The bar itís incredibly beautifull and was the reason because we popped in here but Iím talking about 8 years ago and I wasnít so prepared about beers like today days .. Nowadays the beauty of the place itís still the only reason to visit it because the selection itís far from being good compared others place in London .. At the end of the day if you never been here come once have a look drink a Timothy Taylor and go to craftbeer ....
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ads135  (286) Omaha, Nebraska | June 13, 2012
The beers arent the best and there isnít a great selection if real ales arenít your thing, but thatís not a really valid complaint in England regardless. The chief draw, and its significant, is the pub itself. Easily one of the most gorgeous places to drink beer in London, possible England. Art nouveau interior, classy, and easily accessible from the tube.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Finn  (258) TromsÝ, Norway | November 20, 2012
One of my favourite pubs in London. Stunning interior. Glad to see that itís preserved and that the modern buildings around it have been adjusted to make room for it. The beer range has improved after the take over from Nicolsons and the food is still good. Living in a hotel around the corner and having this as our local is a dream come true.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1  (187) Stavanger, Norway | March 14, 2017
A must if youíre 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Desverger  (162) Copenhagen, Denmark | January 25, 2017
Visited on many occasions over the the years, both when working in the area and on more recent trips back on holiday (summer 2016). Love this old building, tons of character, beer selection is nothing to shout about but if in the area worth popping in to score a beer (last one was in good condition) and admire the architecture. Well worth a stop.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
drpimento  (156) La Crosse, Wisconsin | January 16, 2010
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.

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