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The Elephant closed in October 2014 as the block it is part of is to be demolished. Perhaps Young's lack of investment was due to the fact that they knew the pub would be closing.
PostalDrinker - 5 Dec 2014 14:03
What a great pub, recently attended a party on a saturday, great atmosphere, great staff, great food, winner
samwise21 - 8 Apr 2013 12:09
The exterior of this pub didn't look too promising, and the plain wooden interior is nothing special either. Service was good however and three Wells & Young beers were on handpull - Ordinary, Special & Bombardier. I managed to squeeze past the raucous City crowd at the bar to a quieter area at the rear where there were stools around the exterior walls and a TV showing the news. There are no tables. Adorning the walls are a large picture of a station (presumably Fenchurch St) and a couple of Hogarth prints, alongside several smaller prints. The large porcelain elephant behind the bar looked quite impressive. Porcelain elephants and a friendly barmaid apart, I couldn't find anything to recommend about this place.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 13:37
Utterly disappointing and why this place is in the GBG I do not know. Only beers on were Bombardier (that you can get anywhere in London) and Youngs (very) Ordinary (which you can also get anywhere). There are at least 5 other better pubs in crawling distance (Ship, Lamb, Wine Lodge, EI Arms, Counting House).
twineyboy - 8 Apr 2010 21:56
This is a good pub which has been let down by a lack of investment from the Brewery (Youngs) especially the downstairs bar and the toilets which are in desperate need of refurbishment. The beer is always good and the bar staff friendly and generally quick to serve, it's just unfortunate that Youngs won't put it's hand in it's pocket and spend some of the million's it got from selling the brewery on refurbishing it's pubs.
sharky37 - 24 Apr 2009 10:36
What on earthn do these last two mindless entries say about The Elephant? This is not a chatline !!
peterwarlock - 13 Apr 2009 17:12
Blimey it's Helen. How are ya? Long time no see. P.s It's Lovegrove here ex of the Wine Lodge
Elpumpy - 9 Mar 2009 16:54
Blimey it's Helen. How are ya? Long time no see. P.s It's Lovegrove here ex of the Wine Lodge
Elpumpy - 9 Mar 2009 16:54
Blimey it's Helen. How are ya? Long time no see. P.s It's Lovegrove here ex of the Wine Lodge
Elpumpy - 9 Mar 2009 16:52
Hey The Pewter this is Helen you mentioned me in October. What is your name and thank you for the compliement...ha ha... Do you remember the landlady Jill? Im still working for her in a pub in NOrth London....let me kow who you are...Hx
GorgeousHelen - 18 Dec 2008 15:37
I know exactly who these three suspects are, His name is Clive and they all work in the Insurance Industry allthough it would be unfair of me to say much more than that in case they read this website. Don't drink in to many other pubs nearby although found a couple of good ones recently over in the Clerkenwell Green area although I personally have not posted any reviews yet. The SekefordeArms and The three Kings - worth a visit.
fancyalightale - 24 Oct 2008 15:36
The best to you also fancyalight ale. Do you know the horrible fat geezer I mean…? Think his name may be Clyde of something - drinks with a thinnish sort of fellah with glasses & another fat guy who wears those stupid colourful braces.

There’s been some decent barmaids in there over the years, there was one a few years back. Helen her name was, great baps if I remember correctly

BTW -what other pubs do you drink in nearby?

ThePewter - 14 Oct 2008 16:39
Great pub for insurance brokers to skive in during the afternoon ....and also to listen to former AIG employees whinging about the good old days ....cheers !!! and the beers pretty good here too.....good regular glugging pub
bigbadjon - 17 Sep 2008 13:59
The Pewter. You are actually correct it is a very fine establishment and many a long afternoon and evening have been spent in there with some great people.

Keep contributing to a great website

all the best.
fancyalightale - 12 Sep 2008 11:29
The Pewter has obviously had a couple already or he can't read. My pseudonym is "fancyalightale" not "Fancy A Pint". For the record I was one of the alcoholics who used to drink in here with my other colleagues from the Insurance Market talking about where it all went wrong. Then it went really wrong for me as I ended up working at AIG. Oh I would long for a job in a call centre. The Pewter, any chance of an interview please?
fancyalightale - 4 Sep 2008 16:54
Whats facnyapint on about, this is a great little boozer. I have been coming in here years & have never had a problam with the so called " Alcoholics who work in the Insurance Industry all moaning about where it all went wrong"

Fancy a pint is probaly one of these types & is currently working for direct line in a call centre.!!!!
ThePewter - 4 Sep 2008 13:51
Fancyalightale has this pub summed up perfectly. It would be a great pub if you didn't have to put up with the insurance nonentities who frequent it. Good pint of Youngs, though and the pies are well worth trying.
peterwarlock - 26 Aug 2008 12:54
Went to the quiz last night - we all really enjoyed ourselves! Great little buffet as well. Good news is the Management said it will be a quarterly event so hopefully will keep going! Good atmosphere in a very friendly pub.
Krissy - 24 Jul 2008 22:38
Popped in on a Tuesday lunchtime. Visited the downstairs bar, which has certainly benefited from the smoking ban. No suprise that its still a Youngs pub I guess. Not my favourite of the London brewers, but the beer's decent enough. That said though, I was on the Bombadier (Wells) which is the regular alternative choice here.

Atmosphere is fine, easy to relax. No problem with the clientele. Food limited but good and well proportioned (!). I love a menu that offers you:-

a) Half a pie and gravy
b) Half a pie, gravy, and veg
c) Pie and gravy
No room for veg with the full pie. You have a choice of fillings though. Range of sarnies too.

Worth a visit.

Mercurial - 15 Apr 2008 15:21
One pub that benefits from a smoking ban. Despite serving Youngs beer which isn't my favourite it serves a good pint. Pies are worth a look too.

A well run city pub. Message for Fancyalightale. I work in insurance but tend to talk about football.
TheHorsesMouth - 10 Apr 2008 13:24
Full of Alcoholics who work in the Insurance Industry all moaning about where it all went wrong for them
fancyalightale - 14 Mar 2008 17:07
This place is a tardis. The disabled toilet upstairs is fascinating purely for the fact that it is larger than the entire pub! The buffet selection offers a wide variety of crisps and peanuts. The manager looks like the latest reincarnation from Rocky Horror and interestingly hosts a perverts night on the last Friday of every month.
anonymous - 14 Nov 2007 11:41
I decied that instead of visiting a station bar at Fenchurch Street on my Monopoly crawl (still continuing) I should visit the nearest pub in the GBG. Frankly I was disappointed. As its Camra 2007 entry suggests the beer (Youngs Special I drank) was good, but the pub itself was so-so. I went to the Lamb at Leadenhall Market to make up for it. which was good :)
grimbert - 28 Mar 2007 00:25
Great beer but way too smokey. Roll on July 1.
Navigators - 14 Mar 2007 10:19
Very convenient as it is right next door to my office. OK pub, downstairs can be a bit smokey. Beer is always good/excellent and im not a Youngs fan. Can't go wrong with the place but nothing to make it stand out from the crowd.
TheHorsesMouth - 1 Feb 2007 12:32
Traditional boozers? It's a Young's pub, which means it is kind of like a chain pub but with real ale.

Still, to be fair, I've never rated Young's beers, they tasted cheap and bland. This was until a year or so again, when I ended up sampling a pint as it was the only ale on and it was very nice. Likewise, the "Special" here was very good.

Certainly not a stand-out pub, but a solid 5.
AleKing - 18 Oct 2006 12:57
Another quality traditional City boozer - friendly staff and splendid Youngs to boot. Note the splendid Bass mirror.
JohnBonser - 20 Apr 2006 10:59
Great to see traditional boozers still going - shame if it changes. Now doing food in the evening which is proving popular - downstairs is good for a more intimate drink with that "special" colleague! Good quality Young's!
Krissy - 11 Apr 2006 12:21
Nice beer (bottled Fullers) and a tasty Argentinian barmaid, if she would only smile once in a while.
michael - 26 Oct 2004 15:46

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