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Visited with a friend Sunday lunchtime 30/09/2018

Bar person took several minutes to acknowledge us even though we the only people at the bar.
Couldn't have 1st choice of meal because they had run out of ham. When my alternate choice arrived it was lukewarm. My friends meal was incorrect and had to be sent back. We also noticed that several other peoples orders seemed to be incorrect as well.
Toilets were a disgrace. The ladies was closed as it was out-of-order and the gents was blocked and about to over-flow.
The Abbot was OK but nothing special and the (few) staff seemed friendly enough though rather inefficient.
Would not go back again.
wumpus - 1 Oct 2018 09:21
Lovely little pub in the heart of London, but really need to get rid of the manager, never met anybody so rude in my life!!
beerbelliedbob - 15 Nov 2015 20:10
I hate pubs that craftily try to use beer that has run over for other customers......well the Adam and Eve tried to do it not once but twice.

Enter the pub and ask for a pint of London Pride. Within seconds they seem to have pulled a full pint.....well not quite, despite grabbing a fresh glass as if to pour a pint correctly, the bar an had used a pint under the counter and topped it up. The real give away? ...the stale looking froth. When I challenged the barman, he immediately pulled a fresh pint ....presumably the stale pint went back under for another punter.

Well twenty minutes later when I ordered my next pint, I saw them do exactly the same.

I had complained to Westminster weights and measures about another west end pub doing the same a year or so ago, clearly the practice is wide spread. All I can say is if you want a fresh pint ....avoid the Adam and Eve.
bcw - 30 Mar 2014 20:39
Another hit and miss pub in my opinion. Staff friendly enough, but something seemed to be lacking in the place. Half a London Pride at £1.93 which tasted reasonably well. Not one I'd rush back to in a hurry
ng10 - 22 Jun 2013 07:12
Needs a good manager to this pub back to how it was a few years back. Spirit Group need to invest heavily in training to bring their pubs up to acceptable standards. Most of their pubs exist because of location not service or quality.
beercritic - 25 Dec 2012 19:29
It's difficult to judge a pub on the strength of one Friday night, especially when the sun's out. No matter how hard the staff work, the place will be packed, and if it's in the middle of a big city, it will be full of total knobheads.

I had three good pints of beer in here on Friday night, and they were served promptly. At the weekend, when it's very busy, that's all you can hope for.

I'd happily go back again.
AshingdonMan - 14 May 2012 17:32
Well tonight must have been a one off judging by the last few entries; but somehow I don't think so.
Loud suits telling anyone who didn't care to listen most of their business, apparently MoJ whatever that is?
Guinness good, Bombardier and Doom Bar came out short measures and by 8pm it was empty except the camp barman ripping down the Halloween props (why were they there at all?) Coronation Street at full volume on the telly, and when he was asked if anyone was watching it (none of us 4 remaining punters) he said he enjoyed it? Never ever ever again in this place, not a pint more! I have said it about another place and indifferent (couldn't give a toss) service but this really gets the Wong Kei award for pubs. Reality TV should find this place based on tonight's experience, but it would be filed under fiction or comedy. Unfortunately the management/brewery care not a jot, but there again nor do I as I will never get in there again.
In a previous life when I worked nearby there was a very fierce and firm, but there again a very fair lady licensee who ran a great house called the "Adam and Eve." Clearly not any more.
What a waste.................................................
harrythebastard - 31 Oct 2011 23:29
Fantastic selection of real ales, and they play background music. I also read that Eric Clapton bought his three Strats that he used to make Blackie in here, so worth a visit for that alone.
SenorRicardo - 26 Sep 2011 16:07
Best pub in the area (The Old Monk aside).

Only criticism is that it is either stupidly cold or feverishly hot.

Mark Knopfler used to drink here in his younger days so it deserves kudos for that if nothing else.

drogstar - 26 Sep 2011 15:55
Great pub right next to St James's Park tube station, very friendly and helpful staff.
kev64 - 10 Aug 2011 07:37
Always busy, especially at lunchtimes and after work. Beer is fine and they do a magnificent steak and ale pie. 7/10.
alcohol1c_anonymous - 24 Feb 2011 18:51
Dropped in on a Tuesday night, very quiet. Nice pub, lacking any atmosphere but can't really judge based on one visit. Night of the tube strike, maybe that was the reason. Beer was fine, would try again in the hope a few more people and a bit of life.
phill1110 - 8 Nov 2010 23:05
Nice little pub with a great traditional wooden interior and decor.

Standard selection of real ales, four pumps were on a week ago: Fuller's London Pride, Young's Bitter, Adnams Bitter and Well's Bombardier (my favourite), I tried them all, very well kept and very well priced!

The staff was kind and the atmosphere relaxing, we felt very confortable, reccommended pub.
LessThanJake - 8 Mar 2010 15:44
The Adam and Eve is located just along Petty France from St James's Park tube and has a pretty much traditional interior. It's a pretty much square room with bar on the right and a set of high stools round a table in the centre of the room. The left hand side is given over to more traditional pub seating with some dividers in place.

For the serious ale drinker the beers are probably somewhat uninspiring but I liked the ambience in this pub. Clientele seemed to be mainly office workers and there was no intrusive music. Perhaps it gets more riotuous on Friday nights but it seemed to me a good place to come for a few pints after work.

murgatroyd - 12 Sep 2009 09:02
Apologies for the unforgivable error I meant T&J Bernard!
HTM69 - 11 Aug 2009 06:49
A TAJ Bernard House situated along Petty France, The Adam and Eve is somewhere this reviewer occasionally frequents on a weekday evening. A somewhat traditional Victorian-era hostelry, here is a comfortable enough establishment to settle for a couple of after-work sups whilst flipping through a copy of something a little highbrow, like, oh, The London Paper! Botched attempts at humor aside, what you have here, is a perfectly accommodating pub that suits those in groups or those such as I, who just seek a little solitude after a hard days slog. Interior is rather nondescript, though interesting original features such as the glassed booths and central pillars are still intact to add a little character. The flooring is part wood-paneling, part carpeted and to the rear of the main bar area is a smaller room barely enough space to swing a cat, to be truthful which, as I understand, used to be where the non-smokers could escape the fumes. Choice at the bar is reasonable with five hand-pumps on display to supplement the usual keg offerings. Ales available on my most recent visit consisted of a slightly mainstream selection of Bombardier, London Pride, Youngs Bitter and Adnams Bitter the later being served in OK condition and, at 2.76, reasonably priced. The fifth pump was unfortunately redundant during my latest stay, though Deuchars IPA is sometimes offered. Background music is appropriately sedate and unobtrusive and all staff encountered have been genial in their service, helping to create a pleasant atmosphere within To conclude: I enjoy my visits here and am glad that I have found somewhere that caters for my after-work needs so efficiently.
HTM69 - 3 Aug 2009 21:28
I can see what people are saying about the lack of interesting ales, but I still think that a choice of five is good enough and is more than will be found in a vast majority of pubs. I really liked it in here and found the staff to be very friendly.

I will definitely pop my head in when next in the area.
Strongers - 25 Mar 2009 08:44
Popped in when my mate and I somehow found ourselves by Buckingham Palace ( still don't know how! ) and had a wander down the road.Got served by who I think was the Landlady and she was very friendly and weloming. Not the best choice of ales so had to plump for Adnams. Very good though and the service was almost superb apart from being told off for not closing the back door properly! Sorry but I did not do it on purpose......honest x
bish80 - 19 Mar 2009 00:37
Can't disagree with Maldenman. I've been calling in this pub for the last 10 years whenever I'm working in Westminster, which is about one night per month. The beer is always well kept, but only occasionally does a more interesting beer appear. The thing is when one appears they come along like buses, two or three at once, and then it's back to the same old tired selection. It's always packed after the offices turn out, so perhaps they think they don't need to bother. Still a decent enough pub though.
ROBCamra - 24 Feb 2009 15:36
Potentially this is a decent pub, the greeting was friendly, the service good, and I liked the layout. Squarish main room with the bar against a side wall, a central drinking shelf with small glass screens,(are these snob screens?) seperate seating to the side also divided by screens. A small snug type room sits at the rear. lots of dark wood and a "lived in" feel. A tiny courtyard at the back caters for the smokers.

However, the ale selection was Pride, Youngs Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Bombardier and Deuchers IPA. A dull and dismal line up.
Maldenman - 14 Feb 2009 08:04
They had a terrible selection of ale when I went in,Bombardier,Youngs,Adams and Pride.The Pride wasnt served too well either.Ill give it a chance another day as the location was handy and staff pleasant.
Henners - 17 Sep 2008 09:10
A busy pub at lunchtimes but with a good range of beers and the food looked reasonable. In an area which is dominated by offices this pub is a welcome change of scenery. Pleasant staff and beer at a reasonsable price for London a worthy entry to the God Beer Guide.
ranger1485 - 26 Apr 2008 06:34
Tidy and well run pub. T&J Bernard. Good value food, range of casks with guests (Everard's Sunchaser and Caledonian 80/- on our visit), and while the refurbishment may be a bit mass produced Chas & Dave, it works for me.
SilkTork - 23 Apr 2008 20:04
A nice place. It had a decent (4 plus) range of cask ales on, the place is bright, clean and comfy. You can imagine having a nice meal, a few pints and a jolly conversation here with friends although I doubt it's the sort of place that would welcome people stripping off, dancing on the tables, downing pints in one etc but that's ok. Recommended.
anonymous - 6 Mar 2008 18:51
Perfectly reasonable London pub - nothing special, but certainly better than some of the other neraby establishments.
rpadam - 23 Jan 2008 19:57
A pub that hasn't changed in 20 years and a welcome surprise. Good beer, good service and generally good all round.
TheHorsesMouth - 9 Nov 2007 15:02
Much better than the Buck down the road and the best pub around here. The service is always quick with friendly landlady and bar staff. Good food and always a guest ale to try.
Lovely little pub, wouldn't change my work local for anything else.
anonymous - 24 Aug 2007 13:25
Beer's okay though a guest ale would be nice. Teh Young's is kept well enough.

Can usually get a seat after work, but it's usually full of people who work for Transport for London, so don't come in here if you are a fare evader/hate Ken Livingstone.
vic_of_india - 3 Apr 2007 16:43
Been coming here for many years - friendly, usually good real ales, full of office types, officer types from the barracks & tourists.
Menu is a bit standard - you find identical menus in spirit pubs everywhere - but food ok.
Not as good as it used to be when Joanna was running it.
anonymous - 29 Mar 2007 14:03
Went last night and dispite the numerous pumps all they had was Green King IPA. Well over an eigth of my pint was head.

andy.c - 25 Jan 2007 07:26
Oh, did I mention I actually liked it? Maybe I didn't and I was just going on about the beer. No, it's good, the best around here along with the Buck and the Cask and Glass (of the ones I've tried anyhow).
beeronaut - 18 Dec 2006 19:04
A wide range of beers here, if by wide you mean Youngs and Fullers which is a bit like Celtic and Rangers fans in the same pub. Does happen though. Young's Winter Warmer on song. At least nobody whistled at me here.
beeronaut - 18 Dec 2006 19:04
Friendly landlady who has pride in her beer. Food service is a bit slow. Handy if the Buckingham is too full.
WaitorseBoyz - 8 Dec 2006 14:13
A very decent central London pub with excellent beer and a good mix of custom.
mtaylor40 - 21 Oct 2006 22:32
In ther 80's and 90's was a good Pub Had many a Night of good drinkinking in this Pub....
MadKiwi - 21 Oct 2006 02:02
This is a good pub. The landlady can appear a bit brusque, but I think that comes from her having to deal with so many foreign tourists who don't know the ropes when it comes to British pubs. The guest beers change regularly and are usually sufficiently unusual to be interesting.
Dave25 - 7 Sep 2006 12:11
Was in here, not for the first time, last night (Thursday) for a few beers. Unfortunately both the guest ales were off so stuck to the predictably good London Pride that they serve here. Ate here for the first time and it was pretty decent and resonably priced. As ever the Landlady was on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly and although busy early on it became much quieter by about 9.30. A very decent pub that I go out of my to visit.
MartinRAF - 11 Aug 2006 14:47
Despite being situated close to a main tourist area (Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament etc are 5 minutes walk away), this typically old-fashioned Victorian corner pub is pleasantly refreshing in that it feels very much a locals pub unspoilt by any cynical tourist marketing programme. Despite the obvious refurbishments, the pub retains a decent amount of character with its unusual panelled windows, plenty of bare floorboards, dark ceiling and panelled walls. One side of the pub is given over to a number of carpeted snugs separated by patterned glass screens. Note also the central pillar with its extended shelf (also separated by glass screens). There is a small no-smoking room to the rear. In keeping with its basic approach, there is just a solitary fruit machine, piped music and 2 fairly inadequate TVs. Usually 2 guest beers on such as Wadworths Summersault or Holts Fifth Sense however sometimes the guest beers tend to be rather uninspiring (Spitfire is hardly a big effort for a guest beer). Meals are typical pub fare and for those in a hurry, they do a 10 minute express lunch. Food and drink prices fairly typical for the area, service generally fine and on the whole, quite a decent pub.

RogerB - 13 Jul 2006 21:06
O. My. Goodness. First time we came, I was ushered away from my seat (I was sitting on a stool, at an apparent 'chair only' table) by the barlady, despite only two tables being full and told to sit elsewhere on the appropriate seat. Odd. It didn't get better the second time, with some psycho hammered Civil Servant being totally abusive and finally being removed - about three drinks too late. Odd again. So not sure about food or drink situ, as both times (for the first and second time in my life) left without finishing the drink. However, our Sergeant-Major buddy loves it... apparently. Try it. It's an experience.
LooseVixens - 24 Jun 2006 22:39
Great pub, spent many lunchtimes in here when i was working in Clive House which is next door. Very cosy and dark but can get crowded very quickly.
Lovely pub in a nice location.
belgraviabarons - 21 Jun 2006 14:25
Excellent atmosphere. Great bartender. Quiet and unasuming.
napa710 - 16 Apr 2006 18:39
very nice pub that stands out because of the level of service. Landlady is nearly always on hand, and doesn't mind giving you those extra seconds of guidance if you don't know what to drink.

Food is always good, although can sometimes be a little small. The cheese board was truly amazing - literally a wooden board, cheese knife some cheeses, biscuits, celery and grapes. Very nicely presented!
blueallover - 15 Mar 2006 12:23
Nice location with character and atmosphere. Good food, among the best we had in our 9 days in England. (We had a lamb & apricotts pie and smoked salmon w/parsley). Very helpful manager. She took the time to guide us through the ales and helped us pick the right one. Not crowded but lively. Non-smoking room.
patra7 - 2 Nov 2005 16:16
All the comments on this pub seemed fairly positive and yet it only had a 5.3 rating (prior to my vote). Odd.

I had to work down near St James tube and this was far and away the best pub in the area. Many guest ales. Not that crowded. Cozy little non-smoking room.

Highly recommended.
RexJacobus - 11 Aug 2005 14:33
Busy early on Friday night but soon got very quiet. Excellent home-made food thru 10:30 PM! 5 real ales on draft and 5 malts.
Trev - 6 Jun 2005 10:39
Top pub. recently under new managemnt I think, and it shows. Service has improved (which may be down to the American landlady), food has got better, and they deliver your Guinness to the table. Can't ask for much more than that.
bazil - 20 Dec 2004 17:06
Great Beer.
Chris - 28 Oct 2004 14:53
After 8 days in London, and trying different pubs, this one was our favorite - good atmosphere, customer friendly, and good pub food.
Carolyn and Bill Bountress - 17 Oct 2004 03:42
The adam and eve was a truely great experence. The fish and chips was excellent and the london pride ale was superb. Most important of all the bartendors were hospitible. Cozy with english charm!
andrew laymon - 20 Jul 2004 18:14
Not too bad, not too good.
Pete - 21 Dec 2003 17:55
Allright, that's about it really!
Sammie - 19 Jun 2003 23:11
It was quiet on a Saturday night good beer and looked ok!
Matt Le Ross - 28 Apr 2003 12:25

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