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)
Visited on friday evening. Big bar dancing, with a lot of drunken English ladies and gents. Some live music. Good fun. For the easy drinking and tasting it wasn’t a good time to pick, but the beers they serve are not brilliant anyways. Several were not available. I had a good time partying at least!
I made a huge mistake to go to Porterhouse on Saturday evening. Tons of people were inside, so there was barely the place to stand, you could only dream to sit. Great beer selection, but next time I’ll come in some more normal time.
You don’t want to go here at night this place is a zoo. A great selection of their own brews and the make outstanding porters, stouts and have a pretty solid bottle selection. It also doesn’t hurt that we ran to friends from back home when we had lunch there.
This place was a dissapointment. Sure, it has some beers on tap and an extensive bottle list. But most of what I asked for wasn’t available. It’s also jam-packed, not always a bad sign, but most customers were ordering Heineken, etc.
I liked the place. Nice combination of old english and posh. Very crowded with mainly young people. Great selection of beers and even a very good own stout. Didn’t have any food but it looked good. Friendly staff.
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.
Packed to buggery on the saturday night I was there. Full of out-of-towners on the piss. Quite how this Covent Garden drinking barn ended up having a spankingly good selection of German and Belgian bottled beer I don’t know. I had a Schneider Aventinus to start off with then a pint of their own brew Stout (average) and then an Erdinger. I don’t know what you are used too in the States, maybe every pub does 100+ beers but here in the UK this kind of selection is rare. Its a shame its in such a souless pub, and they don’t have the correct glasses. Oh, and all the good beers are from the down stairs bar, so you have to fight you way in and out.
Pretty decent beer. I particularly liked the Celebration and the Plain, but the ambiance (i-banker types) is a hassle. The bottled beer selection is nice and the building is fairly well set up, but, nonetheless, it becomes quite loud and filled with americans and the like. If you go, be sure to try the sampler tray of beers.