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).
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)
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.
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 ....
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.
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!
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.
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.