Crown & Sugar Loaf (Sam Smiths)

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
chriso  (700) London, England | March 24, 2017
Visited a few times over the years. Just round the corner from the Punch Tavern. In fact, I can remember when it was actually part of the Punch Tavern. Not a separate room or anything like that, just the right hand side of the island bar. The Crown and Sugarloaf was a previous name of the Punch Tavern. The story goes that the Punch was actually covered by two leases and, when the co-owners fell out (or something like that), part of the pub was walled off. A bit like that old episode of Steptoe & Son where they built a partition in there house diiding the television in half (if anyone remembers that). The closed part of the pub was eventually sold to Sam Smiths who made it into the Crown & Sugarloaf. It looks like a genuine ornate Victorian pub bur it actually wasnít like that at all when it was part of the Punch Tavern so itís a rather clever reconstruction. As far as beer goes, itís the usual Sam Smiths range - without the cask Old Brewery Bitter on this occasion. An interesting curiosity and a pleasant place to drink but not a beer destination.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
PaulW  (15) Southampton, England | December 30, 2011| Updated December 31, 2011
As this is the first rating at this pub, it would suggest that not a lot of people know this place. That might explain why, whenever I go, there are only a handful of folk in there. It might also explain why when I visited yesterday (29/12) I was informed that theyw ere closing - at 1845! Even the bloke at the bar seemed stunned!! Anyway, this is a nice quite pub. One long bar, stunningly well kept victoian place, lots of bright glass after the dark woodiness and crampedness of the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese which is 2 minutes walk away. Sam Smiths again, so I feel it difficult to penalise choice....altho the range of Sam Smiths is all here. Nice open fire warning what sometimes seems a cold pub (in winter). However, if you are sick of the íCheeseí and its touristy hey-nonny-nonny thing, pay it a visit. The OBB was excellent, and good value!!

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