Black Friar (Nicholsonís)

Mayor: ManVsBeer (3) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 2
A Nicholsons pub with an extraordinary art nouveau interior.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb  (592) 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
kassner  (93) Wexford, Pennsylvania | April 24, 2009
Stayed at the Crown Plaza just over the street so had occassion to come here several time. Great pub ambiance helped by the exterior and interior setting especially the wall decorations. Very friendly, good selection of ales and good food, except one night the kitchen closed for an emergency
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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 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 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 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer  (1929) Hebden Bridge, England | April 19, 2017
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 thereís plenty of seats available here.
70
  • 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 6/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
BlackHaddock  (581) , 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 canít match the superb ornamentation. It is in the money rich íCityí 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 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.
70
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Rune  (757) TromsÝ, Norway | November 9, 2012
From outside this Nicholsonís 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 Ė one of the greatest of its kind in London. Good range of well-kept and interesting cask ales during Nicholsonís autumn beer festival (until 18 Nov.) Nicholsonís 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).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (1031) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | February 24, 2013
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 Iíve tended to pop in late afternoon as opposed to an evening. Never eaten here but the food looks good whenever Iíve been. At the business end not a destination pub for ticks as you wonít find anything here that another Nicholsons wonít yield but well worth trying to incorporate on a crawl for a grand old building with some decent cask action!

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