Visited on 29th March 2017. Patio out front was heaving full of the after work crowd, the pub is set back from Maiden Lane, it’s a huge cavernous place with several levels, and stairways and tables everywhere. It’s dark, loud and buzzing. Beer range is pretty good with a lot of beers from the Porterhouse range, a couple of Irish craft beers on keg, 3 cask offerings from South East brewers and a fridge stuffed full of cans and bottles including a few possible country ticks. Service was quick despite being busy, staff also knowledgeable about beer. Might not be one I’d dash back to but it’s got a solid beer range. Prices are at the top end but you are in tourist central.
A taproom for the Dublin based Porterhouse beers. The star here is the Oyster Stout, with the remaining taps filled with crap such as ’cold chilled to all buggery tasty lager’ and ’more shitty mass produced swill for those who enjoy the finer things in life - drink up morons! pilsener’. Beers are expensive and food is more painfully so. A pub at the bottom of my list of places to visit in London. Save the pennies and hit up the Harp down the road for a genuine pub experience.
Many visits over the years, largely pre 2009 ’before we got it good in London.com’ but popped by on a busy Thursday evening in Dec ’12 as had a works function in the area.
Love the interior here, whilst not ’trad’ its a labrynth of floors and rooms with lots of wood, brass, copper, almost like wandering through a factory in the Victorian ages!
Place is always packed of an evening, that’s one thing that doesn’t seem to change.
There are a number of bars on the different levels, the first one you come to has the most extensive range, but you are likely to wait longer here as the crowds roll in from the street and rock up at the first bar. If you go to the top level there is a bar at the back on the left hand side where you can sometimes get served straight away or perhaps wait one turn. As touched on tho’, the range will be less than half the main bar holds.
Beer range is all the Porterhouse regulars plus a few cask lines from other ’mainstream’ ish brewers. Bottle range is 100 plus and from all around the world. This looked semi - impressive 5 or so years ago, now it’s tired and there aren’t many beers you’d want to choose from it!
Not a go to destination anymore (I think I would have classed it as such 5 to 10 years ago) but worth popping by if in the area.
Solid spot. Has lots of the Porterhouse beers on draught, along with a good bottle selection. There is tons of seating space. The decor is pretty nice, although it is a bummer that they decorate with full bottles of beer. There are some AWESOME bottles of very, very old beer just sitting in glass cases. Prices are decent. I didn’t have any food. I’ll visit here again.
Dark and dingy and frankly dirty tourist pub near the market area. We were ’treated’ to rude service while we tried to choose our beers. The beers were in poor condition. No way will I be going back to this awful place again.
Porterhouse is a kind of a "superpub", which is capable to handle hundreds of guests a busy evening. Unlike other "superpubs" this Irish stronghold has both character and atmosphere. Porterhouse has some really good porters and stouts, but the lager beer selection is nothing to seek out. I visited early, came from the crowded The Harp, and Porterhouse seemd rather empty. It is not a place for lonely beer drinkers in broad daylight. Did not stay long. (Visited November16th 2012)
Welcome to real ale Disneyland! Nothing less than three sample trays, each with three ales plus a seasonal one. In addition to their own draught lagers, stouts and ales there is a quite impressive international bottle menu. Delicious food the Porterhouse Frying Pan is highly recommendable. Decent service and cosy atmosphere. Best time for sampling beers should be in the afternoon before it gets too busy and crowded (“kick-off” to GBBF, 05.08.2008)
This is a truly cavernous pub located a short distance from Covent Garden and the Strand. There’s plenty of nooks (or alcoves?) to seat yourself in. The service was merely acceptable on my visit. The staff clearly don’t care a great deal about the product. The selection included 8 or so Porterhouse beers. There were a couple of mediocre guest casks. There’s a large bottle selection, though I didn’t spy anything particularly interesting on offer. Unfortunately, the quality of the Porterhouse beers wasn’t great. The value’s acceptable given the mega-touristy location. Overall, I wouldn’t be upset if I never came here again. London’s too good a drinking city to bother with this place.
A big Porterhouse outlet in the very popular neighborhood of the Covent Garden’s market. They have many of their own beers which is the reason why you should visit, but I must say none of them was of any interest to me, being generally weaker than the rest of the English ales in quality. Considerable selection of bottled beers/imports, but you can probably find those bottles in a cosier and cheaper pub.