Black Friar (Nicholson’s)

Mayor: Holmen1 (2) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 2
A Nicholsons pub with an extraordinary art nouveau interior.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
BlackHaddock  (611) , England | March 29, 2012
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 can’t match the superb ornamentation. It is in the money rich ’City’ 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!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb  (604) Woodland, California | August 7, 2007
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
downender  (455) 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  (434) , 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 you’re 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  (333) 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  (316) , Italy | June 13, 2014
When I used to work in St. Paul area I came here quite often with colleagues .. The bar it’s incredibly beautifull and was the reason because we popped in here but I’m talking about 8 years ago and I wasn’t so prepared about beers like today days .. Nowadays the beauty of the place it’s still the only reason to visit it because the selection it’s 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  (309) Omaha, Nebraska | June 13, 2012
The beers arent the best and there isn’t a great selection if real ales aren’t your thing, but that’s 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  (260) Tromsø, Norway | November 20, 2012
One of my favourite pubs in London. Stunning interior. Glad to see that it’s 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  (197) Stavanger, Norway | March 14, 2017
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Desverger  (191) 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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