Opposite Blackfriars Station, this is an irregular shaped corner pub with bags of ambiance and atmosphere. Typically kept traditional and historic in appearance by tis chain pub owners its a fine place to spend some time. It was summer on my visit so I sat outside in the small square between the pub and the main road that heads north to Farringdon and there’s plenty of seats available here.
Visited on 6th May 2017. It’s a lovely old stone venue across the road from Blackfriars station. The decor is pretty trad with lots of wood, nooks and crannies to hide in. It’s a bit packed full of seating making it difficult to navigate. Beer range was pretty decent with a good mix of cask and keg, prices and service OK and beer quality was good. Decent venue
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).
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 I’ve tended to pop in late afternoon as opposed to an evening.
Never eaten here but the food looks good whenever I’ve been.
At the business end not a destination pub for ticks as you won’t find anything here that another Nicholsons won’t yield but well worth trying to incorporate on a crawl for a grand old building with some decent cask action!
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.
From outside this Nicholson’s 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 – one of the greatest of its kind in London. Good range of well-kept and interesting cask ales during Nicholson’s autumn beer festival (until 18 Nov.) Nicholson’s 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).
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.
The Black Friar is an institution, and on the rare occasion when I’m using the station, it’s 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 Nicholson’s 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 can’t imagine it’s easy cleaning up after daytrippers. A good place to round off my evening, and you can’t fault the location.
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.
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!