Visited on 6th May 2017. It’s a lovely old stone venue across the road from Blackfriars station. The decor is pretty trad with lots of wood, nooks and crannies to hide in. It’s a bit packed full of seating making it difficult to navigate. Beer range was pretty decent with a good mix of cask and keg, prices and service OK and beer quality was good. Decent venue
The Black Friar is an institution, and on the rare occasion when I’m using the station, it’s a godsend. The carved panels on the walls add a bit of gravitas to an establishment that can get fairly frenzied during busier times. Beer is standard Nicholson’s range: about 10 casks plus some interesting US cans from stalwarts such as Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker and Lagunitas. A bit dirty when I came in but to be fair the staff were rushed off their feet and I can’t imagine it’s easy cleaning up after daytrippers. A good place to round off my evening, and you can’t fault the location.
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 there’s plenty of seats available here.
A must if you’re interested in British pub architecture - an Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a pub built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican friary. Although it was very busy (plenty of lunch time customers), the service was very friendly with samples as a matter of course.
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.
What a gem. Not actually hidden. But I have passed it many times without anything else. Now they had a sign with beerfestival at the patio.
Popped in and regreted that I had not done it before.
Will surel visit this many times in the future. Beerfestival or not.
Lovely unspilt traditional English pub with a quite spectacular interior.
Good service. Ok toilets. Nice patio.
Decent range of beer on tap at my visit.
Highly reccomendable place.
The interior is a real gem, not as spectacular as the Princess Louise, but still visually very pleasing on the eye. Absolutely packed when I went in, the customers being the usual mixture of tourists and Londoners, the bar staff though were more than efficient. Beer selection somewhat average, but my pints of Xmas stout from a Northern micro was in good condition and warmed me up on a cold day. Not many pubs are open in the City on weekends, so this worth your while for a detour.
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 you’re nearby pop in for a pint by the fireplace.
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).