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I haven’t been in this pub since Euro 96 was held in the UK in 1996!

Having found that the Albany was packed to the rafters at 9.30pm on a Wednesday night the next best option was the very close Green Man.

Large Taylor Walker owned and managed pub with a good choice of ales. I had several pints of Tribute Extra from St Austall. First time I have seen this beer and it was good.

Busy here as well but it emptied out quite a bit after the football ended.

Friendly and quick service from the bar staff, regular London prices, decent deco…all in all a worthy substitute for when the Albany is too busy.
lezford - 15 Oct 2014 15:11
Popped in for apint with a mate. Absolutely fine. Great pint of Woodford Wherry. Would definitely visit again
mjbea1 - 18 Jan 2013 23:13
I've passed the Green Man many times before on the bus. But yesterday was my first visit inside. 5 beers were on - Wells Bombardier, Morland Old Golden Hen, Thwaites Wainwright, Youngs London Gold & Woodforde Wherry. Cider was Westons Old Rosie. The interior is fairly large and was busy. But it does have some character to it. Tennis was being shown on the TVs. There's a good chance I'll pay a return visit some day.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 12:38
Fairly standard Greedy King fare. Somewhat cavernous, which doesn't help the atmosphere in my opinion, but did have 5 ales, which is good. Very middle of the road, overall.
aaroncp - 1 Jun 2011 09:58
2nd October popped in for a beer and bite on way to tube station.
Pub looks nice its large and very clean.
A good selection of ales but it was by far the most I paid for a pint while on our day in London.
Onto the food, I decided on a normal burger my partner ordered a falafel burger as she is a veggie. after we sat down to wait we were told they had run out of the falafel burgers and also the other veggie option so we cancelled the food and asked for a refund as she could not eat.
We got the refund for only one meal so I had to go to the bar and ask for the refund for the second meal which I eventually got. I have to say the barman was very friendly so I cannot fault that but it did put a small dent in our evening.
We finished our drinks and left quickly to seek food elsewhere.
CambridgeBlue - 3 Oct 2010 11:54
Nice atmosphere. Like to go back when I had more time. Had a bad experience there yesterday. Wanted to grab a quick sandwich before getting to a meeting nearby at 1.30. I ordered at 12.45 and had to ask if my order was ready at 1.20! They may have been short staffed but it was only a sandwich. Good food, good price but I had to practically inhale to get to my meeting on time.
monk1950 - 26 Mar 2010 08:56
A very good local pub, great location for meet being right opposite main tube and on busy bus routes, Basement bar Porters very hip and romantic, not always open thoough - keep trying to think of reasons to hire it!!! Staff very friendly, so dont undertstand previous comment, though there is a turnover so the 'offenders' must have left by now as management is very hands on. Food very good and fair price. Lots of space where you can have table/s away from the throng - good party and meeting venue.
jpxmonkey - 23 Mar 2010 16:27
I had a disastrous experience here yesterday when I took a number of colleagues for a drink and lunch to celebrate my birthday. There were long delays in getting served and the barmaid was appalling and got a lot of drinks wrong. For example she didn't know what a spritzer was and gave us Guinness when we asked for Heineken.
She messed up our food order and my own lunch went cold while I tried to sort it out. The barman was rude when I initially asked about the food error - he said 'nothing to do with me - SHE took your order'.
I spent a lot of money in there yesterday but rest assured will not be going back, nor will my colleagues, which is a shame as we work so nearby.
helbron - 22 Jan 2010 11:48
I suspect that once upon a time, this was a nice old fashioned boozer. Not anymore. It was another trying to look old but isn't type pub. There was absolutely no atmosphere in the place as most people seemed to be standing out on the pavement having a smoke. The bar staff were shoddy (over charging for a round) and rude (finish your beers now or I will take them away) at closing time. Even with an interesting selection of ales, this is one to avoid.
LennyBanter - 27 Sep 2009 16:33
5 ales on all brown and all ubiquitous stuff you can get anywhere like Fuller's LP, Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen.

Music was far too loud for easy conversation and one wonders if this is another pub where the staff count themselves above the punters.

Not Good.
bedfont - 13 Sep 2009 17:25
Decent enough inoffensive pub on the Euston Road side of Great Portland Street tube Station. Similar beers as mentioned by Strongers below and the Pride and OSH were OK. But have to agree with Strongers final sentiment below.
As it was a decent summers evening we took our beers outside onto the pavement, but the Green Mans location on a busy road junction doesnt make it ideal for alfresco drinking and it wasnt long before we moved on to the nearby Masons Arms which is more suited for that sort of thing.

Gann - 29 Aug 2009 09:20
Being opposite Great Portland Street Station, this pub is more of a meeting place than a final destination.

Broadside, Pride, Morrissey Ale and Greene King IPA were all available on my visit, but the Old Speckled Hen was off. There is also a selection of standard lagers, but I stuck to the Pride which was nice enough.

Half of the pub is stand up drinking with a few high tables and the rest is on a small raised level with tables and chairs set out for eating the pub fare. I found the staff to be pleasant enough, but there were a couple large groups of lads that I was glad that I didnt bump into later in the night.

As mentioned, ok for a quick stop off before finding somewhere a little more interesting.
Strongers - 10 Jun 2009 06:59
Good pint of London Pride and the fish and chips meal. Okay clean and comfortable.
KeithP - 27 Apr 2009 20:00
Boringly identikit pubco pub opposite Great Portland Street station, not likely to be of interest to anyone other than local office workers or tourists en route to Regent's Park or the Zoo. As GuideDogSaint noted, a fair few ale pumps, all serving Pride on my visit.
grecian - 14 Apr 2009 10:11
Bar staff were friendly when they delivered some other table's food to ours. Not too keen on eating it because we had been watching mice running around the edges of the room.
GrumpyGuy - 4 Feb 2009 12:53
New Landlord Paul Robson, fresh from the success of securing the the Kings Head in Bayswater 'Good Beer Guide' entries several years in a row; is likely to improve this pub over the coming months.
Graylob - 26 Apr 2008 03:52
They had six real ale pumps showing today and they said that only two were on.

When will pubs learn to turn the clips around!
GuideDogSaint - 19 Mar 2008 18:01
Slightly pricey, but a good selection of beers made up for that. Staff were great, I even managed to leave my bag there and come back the next day to be returned it by the staff.
Teskea - 30 Jan 2008 09:21
Had a cracking night in the Green Man just before Xmas, think they had new staff coz they were great, going back through the other reviews. They had a full rack of cask beers on and they were going through wine like they were a cash & carry. I noticed that they had opened on Xmas Day this year and were rammed doing loads of food !! Going to be my regular haught now !!
Newcastle - 29 Dec 2007 20:07
This pub has just been refurbished - what a revelation.
It now has decent barstaff, nice food (if a little bit more pricey), wooden floors, pale walls, a jukebox upstairs, newly painted toilets with proper locks on the doors, and decent beer. The telly and the pool tables are gone (which is a shame as there are very few places to play pool in this neck of the woods), but, generally this pub is much improved. Much as I am a champion of the old-fashioned boozer (the King's Arms virtually next door is great), when it's done badly, there's no point.
Oh, and it no longer smells of wee.

slayer73 - 23 Nov 2007 15:02
been two or three times when up in london around that area. i found it ok actually, although yes the staff can be a bit slow on the uptake.
generally ok though, didn't eat there luckily from reading some of the comments!
unclesam - 9 Oct 2007 18:38
This pub is fairly local to work. Have 5 handpumps but rarely all on. A couple of times recently they only had GK IPA. Usual suspects of Bombardier, 6X, Pride etc. Black Sheep Bitter too. Reasonable without being spectacular, normally find staff are ok.
GuideDogSaint - 7 Oct 2007 21:30
Went in one afternoon there were 2 people sitting at a table that was it,And would you believe it took about 10 mins to get served.Couldnt see any staff anywhere.Would have walked out but had to wait to see how long it would take to see some bar staff,strange.
becks007 - 10 Jun 2007 10:22
Ventured in here with a work colleauge who was giving the place a second go despite receiving a half-frozen pie the last time he ate here. Waited ages for the disorganised staff to serve us, but gave up in the end and went elsewhere.
thebunster - 8 May 2007 16:01
Had a great time at this pub. Lots of room, staff were friendly and helpful. They also had a good selection of real ales. Food was only so so but that's what you get with chains. But, the staff made up for it!

gtn - 14 Apr 2007 19:55
good selection of real ales - London Pride, Adnams Broad Side, Bombardier, Greene King IPA/Abbott - but thats hardy going to win prizes for inspiritation. Definately had pub chain "managed" feel to it. Just so-so then i guess. No rush to return.
moclips2002 - 2 Feb 2007 19:53
This is the most disorganised pub ever. If you want to get really frustrated watching headless chicken running around - this is the place for you. The staff are unhelpful, disorganised and are completely incapable of managing a bookings diary. This is nothing less than to be expected at the Green Man.
lou1684 - 1 Dec 2006 12:38
Went here a few days after re-opened - closed due to flooding. End of last week popped in again - open but the refrigeration units were broken so all the beer was warm (tried some and it was). Monday this week tried my luck again (glutton for punishement)... The place is more open and doesnt feel so smokey. There is still wood panneling all over and dark wood tables that make the place feel a little repressive. The Chinese bar staff are no more (hurahh) replaced with some english speaking chaps, who I found far more cordial than their predecessors. There was a good selection off beers 15-20 on tap and cold.. BUT half of the tap beers were not in yet and no one could give an ETA on their arrival. Give it a few more weeks and im sure they will sort out their last little problems. It certainly is an improvement on the old Green Man that I had given a rating of 2. Still only a 5 now, get the missing beers in and lighten the place up a bit and may earn a 7.
Selly - 25 Oct 2006 16:46
Went in after refurbishment on a Friday lunchtime. Place looked far more welcoming and open. Found a clean table and the selection of drinks was impressive (Erdinger on tap!)
Ordered a burger and chips - 45 mins wait I was told, not very reasonable but I was hungry and had a 1 hour lunch break...So I waited..... and waited...and waited...and waited.... and waited.... my burger came 1 hour and 20 minutes later!!!! SHOCKING SERVICE! Meanwhile one of my friends had finished hers precisely 45 minutes before mine arrived!! Bar staff kept apologising but seemed absolutely clueless. Never going back to this shambeliferous pub again!
cidered - 12 Oct 2006 11:49
I have just heard that this pub has shut down for a major refurbishment and will reopen on 3rd October with a new manager so let's hope it improves. They say real ale will be a major focus for them.
lagerlady - 23 Aug 2006 20:55
absolute pish.i think the manager is spanish,the staff certainly seem to have a manana attitude.come for a siesta at the green man!! was a great pub until 5 years or so back
holcroft - 16 Jul 2006 17:27
agree with other posters here - staff are useless!
I go there after playing footy and even if it aint busy it will take 10 minutes to get served. Just point and ask for what you want.
its common to see 3 bar staff hanging about, moving bottles around or the like, whilst one tries (and fails) to serve a few customers.
badger13 - 16 May 2006 08:50
The Thai/Chinese new management has really made The Green Man even worse then it was. I met a mate of mine today to have a quick half hour drink. I only had a fifty pound note on me, and asked this miserable, rude Chinese lady if she had change for a soft drink. She had a very bad attitude and said no. So I said could I just have some tap water then, she got it for me and I sat down. She immediately came over to where we were sitting and said, unless you buy a drink you cannot sit in the pub!!!! I said, ok, fine, we're not staying long anyway. She said I'll give you 10mins!! I ignored the silly cow. Ten mins later she comes over again and asks me to leave!!! I told her she was very rude, the old management were better, and should learn some customer service about how to run a pub!!

I have been going regularly to that pub on and off for over 5 years, but won't be going back to that sh*tpit and have asked some 30 colleagues to boycott the pub too.
anonymous - 9 May 2006 19:44
Chinese/Thai barstaff with pretty poor English. Guy getting served in front of me wanted a glass of some french wine (chateua nerf de nerf or wotnot), took him 15 miutes (im serious) to find they were out of that one. Me I just pointed at the guiness and said pint.
Selly - 4 Apr 2006 14:09
Due to the station being across the road, I really wanted to like this pub. They maintain they are an Ale pub, though on my several visits here : beer was either off or several pumps were not on. I dont know how they go about getting staff but im sure the manager looks for : inability to communicate in English, general slowness of service and awful manners as the main attributes to getting a job here. The venue in its present state lacks in any sort of harmony, intimacy or welcomeness, again, i believe this place has massive potential (aka The Euston Flyer !) - but someone needs to throttle the present management out of existence.
darloexile - 19 Feb 2006 13:19
ramrod - 2 Oct 2005 11:01
not a very friendly pub,the bar man (braided hair) very unfriendly and through a 3/4 pint (the keg had run out) down the drain, rather than give it to a customer.No sense of humour there, management not too understanding of patrons needs, rated as 1 out of 10
ramrod - 27 Sep 2005 11:54
Large anonymous one room sprawl in the turned wood and floral carpet style much favoured by Wetherspoons. But with the piped music and patterned menus it becomes clear that this is owned by the Spirit Group who also own The Fitzrovia.
The place is more functional and utilitarian than cosy and interesting, though is pleasant enough for a short stop. I was very impressed by the cask range. 6 different casks, three of which I'd never tried. This is the closest to a scooping pub in the whole of Fitzrovia. Beer condition wasn't exceptional, but was decent enough. I selected Ridley's Spectacular - a premium bitter. Apple flavours confused an already muddled ale that never clearly or harmoniously delivered the toffee or the ragged hops. A complete mess.
SilkTork - 23 Aug 2005 10:18
Very poorly kept ale but I found the barstaff OK. Too full of suits early evening for my taste but OK after about 9pm midweek if you need to be close to the tube. If you don't there's plenty better to be found nearby.
realalesnob - 15 Jun 2005 15:33
This used to be a very good pub but has recently become a bit of a disappointment. It's not the priciest place in London but you can get better beers for less elsewhere.
anonymous - 9 May 2005 21:11
Gave me a dodgy looking five pound note in my change, which I complained about. An hour later same barman refused to take it when I was buying a round. Left the beers rotting on bar and went round the corner to Smugglers.
Selly - 6 Apr 2005 17:27
Oh dear...This was, until recently, such a good pub. It is nolonger a pub but a large room filled with people clutching money & waiting to be served [ergo, it could pass for Tesco except the colour scheme is different].
As is typical of all pubs in the Spirit Group, the business has been screwed so completly that they now have no money to spend on the essentials, such as staff [either in sufficient numbers to be able to deal with the customers or of a quality to be able to deal with them in a manner which at the prices charged they deserve].
What was once my local is now the place I avoid like the plague.
The food is the "standard" pub pap ie. "Bookers / Brake Bros. / Wincanton" processesed fodder. The beers / "Ales"... if the ale includes in its name a part of the anatomy or a bodily function then you know that it contravines the trade descriptions act only in as much as it is being passed off as "Ale".
25 different wines? if its country of origin reads like a line on the eye test chart, give it a miss.
Karen Jones? Vinny Jones has more idea or running pubs.

FrancisLong - 30 Mar 2005 10:17
I have lived near this pub for 11 years and over the last 18 months it has gone downhill, the service is vertually non existant, the bar staff are rude ignorant and incompetant. As for the food it is badly cooked usually wrong and definately overpriced.
The supposedly home cooked pies taste as though they were bought from the cash and carry.
If you ever come across this pub walk past and go to the Smugglers Tavern on Warren Street.
perspero - 10 Mar 2005 22:54
What have they done to this place? The jukebox has gone, the bar has moved and turned 45 degrees and the food has really gone down the pan! When we visited the toilets were out of order so there was this mass queue for the disabled toilet next to the "new" bar. This is the pub where I first sampled Kronenburg Blanc. Since returning north I have yet to find this drink available anywhere. I think it only tasted good because of the six pints of Stella which I had downed at an earlier location! In 1994 I would have put this pub in my top 20. Now it doesnt even qualify! Bloody chains ruining good old fashioned boozers. They should have left well alone. Still its a short crawl back to the tube I suppose (a 3 second walk!)
CJB - 16 Jan 2005 21:44
A very average after-work pub. Nice exterior, all the usual beers, food and the like. Fairly reasonable (for London) prices.

A pub for local workers really, but a good alternative to those in Euston station if that's where you're heading.
Jon. Justice - 1 Dec 2004 10:18
Visited sunday 25th june 2004, terrible service, rubbish food, told that there was roast dinner then told not, girlfriend asked for mushroom and stilton pie, got chicken and stilton, then asked for roasted tomato soup, it was heinz soup which didnt come with crusty bread and butter but came with nothing, am writing to complain and that takes effort, surly manager as well. see what happens.
gary savage - 29 Jul 2004 12:38
Now it takes a lot to annoy me about a pub, as long as I can get some beer/wine/alcopop/turps milkshate I am generally happy....but I will NEVER go to this place EVER again.

Do NOT under any circumstance order any food. The Welsh Rarebit has left me tainted(and I didn't even order it!!!). It was supposed to be two slices of bread generously topped with a wonderful cheese, mustard and beer combo. HAH! One slice cut in half with a cheese grater waved over it more like for 3.95. This pub is part of a small chain and I have had food at their other establishments and have been very happy. This place though is a COMPLETE AND UTTER RIP OFF. The waitress could not care less and had a really bad attitude when I complained (though they did refund us-after taking the half eaten portion out of one my friend hands...)

They also did not have enough bar staff and those that were working were just plain clueless.

Jo - 19 Jul 2004 15:37
I was there last summer, during my holiday in london...i stayed with some friend at ISH, so it was very near...I can't say nothing bad about this pub!! we had a great time there!!!!!!! i can't wait to go back to london...!!!
!laria - 2 Jul 2004 10:48
We visited last week because we were staying nearby. Their service is a joke. The food turned up after an hour and it was cold. The staff were not at all interested when we complained and our waitress was just ignorant.
anonymous - 14 Jun 2004 14:43
Whatever you do don't order food. It will be of mediocre quality, when it eventually arrives, and there is a high probability of getting the wrong dishes.
One to avoid , at least for eating.
Anonymous - 20 Feb 2004 17:32
I spent a university term in Bath nearly ten years ago, and upon my return to London with the missus for a quick holiday, discovered this pub as being the closest to our hotel (Holiday Inn Regent's Park).

Yes, the clientele were a bit rougher trade than the upper crust in the finer London neighborhoods and a little surlier than the salt-of-the-earth types at the locals out in the countryside, but I found it a mostly agreeable place to hoist a pint glass and while away the time.

Sit by the radiator near the window and you get (1) passing traffic and (2) the nutters coming in off the street to beg a fag, but so what. Sit away from the windows and the rest of the establishment consists of punters frowning into their beer or whispering amongst themselves.

Prices? Reasonable.

Staff? Harried, but as efficient as they can be.

Decor? Seen better, but not the worst.

A quiet place to do what we Americans call "serious drinking" (not the making-merry kind, but the drink-to-forget kind), and you've got your pub.

All in all, not the best pub I've ever been to, but considering I passed many fine hours here chatting with the bar staff and some Americans who wandered in, I have pleasant memories of the place.

Keep your head about you, as the English say, and if you ever find yourself near Great Portland Street Station, you've got yourself a place to knock one back.
Andy - 20 Jan 2004 19:35
It is all of these things and more!
liits - 20 Dec 2003 00:46
Dreadful blaring crap pop, fairly expensive, tables outside if you want to sit on Marylebone Road and above all - rammed full of tossers. Preferred it when the carpet was sticky and armchairs falling apart and it had a fireplace. Avoid at all costs.
Hairmonger - 4 Aug 2003 15:19
bag stealers paradise
anonymous - 23 Apr 2003 11:45
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