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Allsop Arms, Marylebone

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user reviews of the Allsop Arms, Marylebone

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Convenient GK pub near Marylebone and Baker Street stations.
Usually has good selection of GK and guest beers, and quite attractive food menu (which includes 'meal-and-drink' offers).
Even at weekday lunchtimes there usually seem to be tables available.
But the really notable feature is that there are always lots of attentive staff (if only Weatherspoons could achieve this), both behind the bar and monitoring those eating food.
It's a perfect place to have a pub lunch after arriving on the excellent Chiltern Railways 'Silver Train' arrival from Birmingham at 12.30, before hitting town for the afternoon!
FotWBF - 17 Dec 2014 01:06
Interesting building. Masses of people outside but they were waiting for the bus. Popped in as I was 30 minutes early for a train from Marylebone which is just along the road. Nice pint of golden hen. Sure I will be back.
Mappiman - 11 Aug 2014 22:04
Came in here late on a Saturday afternoon after being at Wembley for the rugby.

5 GK beers on the taps, Abbott, Fireside, Old Speckled Hen, IPA & Alsopp Arms Best Bitter...brewed especially for the pub.

Standard London pub with wooden floors, non-English staff that were pleasant, very quick and attentive though a couple were on the surly side

Xmas decorations were hanging from the lights and around mirros playing slightly too loud for the size of the crowd so the noise was quite loud.

Decent enougb place for a few pints but it's standard Greene King

lezford - 24 Nov 2013 14:25
Not bad; could do with more choice than the usual bland GK beers but as good as you can hope for around here. Prices and service okay, five minutes walk from Marylebone station so a good way of killing half an hour before a train.
djw - 21 Aug 2012 21:34
cracking boozer with some very friendly staff and management alike.
Feels like the manager and his assistant have been there since London was created.
Cant ask for anything more in a pub than waht you get in the Allsop.
BIGGIBBO - 28 Jun 2012 09:48
looking back @ previous post in sober light of day it should have read 7/10! soz :(
fat_beer_badger - 12 Aug 2011 17:16
a "country pub" exterior in a central London PUB 3.5/10
fat_beer_badger - 26 Jun 2011 20:31
Funny place this and has gone down hill rapidly lately,staff are mainly polish which is not normally a problem unless they are yapping in there own lanquage so much that you dont get served.
No sport any more and really just a commuter pub with average range of beers.

jackbar - 10 Feb 2011 14:14
Whilst down this way for the England/Pakistan Test Match August 28/29 my father in-law and I found this to be the most relaxing of all the pubs we visited in the area over the two days. It gets busy during the day with most people eating, but more sedate during the evening. The food was of a real good standard, with the beer & ale pie particularly tasty.

However, at 20.00 on the Sunday evening they were unable to provide three requested ales for us from the taps, so we were left to rely on the Guinness which was a sound pint. The staff during our three visits were friendly and helpful (and apologetic about running out of ales). while it should be noted that this pub does not show sky tv and that the tv is cleverly hidden by a menu board! 7.5/10
Bitterville - 5 Sep 2010 14:11
A substantial detached building which looks slightly out of place in central London - more like something you would see in the High Street of a market town. Looks quite attactive from the street, with some hanging baskets and a sensible selction of benches along the frontage. Inside, the 'L'-shaped bar has been refurbished in a fairly modern style, but this has been done quite well and retains a bit more character than many such conversions. It has some of those annoying high tables but also offers plenty of other seating and a separate dining area. Five handpumps offering a range of beers from the Greene King range - IPA, OSH, Abbot, Royal London and Tolly Cobbold Phoenix. Plenty of staff, and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Overall, much better than I was expecting.
rpadam - 25 Jul 2010 11:02
Dropped in here yesterday as it is handily placed next to the bus stop for the Stanstead pick up point. Good selection of beers and wines on offer and the bar itself while quiet, looked immaculate. The Greene King IPA was spot on. Not sure that I would concurr with the comments about the staff though. The squad that were in yesterday afternoon must have all been on their first day as they all looked genuinely confused when I attempted to order drinks. Then two of the used the till at the same time and the barman looked almost dumfounded when I questioned the demand for nearly £9 for a pint, a small cola and two bags of crisps. Some training required maybe.
FARUPNORTH - 21 Jun 2010 10:15
Good looking pub with a large range of (Greene King) beers and enough staff even at busy times. However, the beer is only middling - a reasonable IPA and a slightly dodgy Hare Raiser. Musak a bit obtrusive, too, as were drunken students from Westminster university.
shropspy - 25 Mar 2010 13:35
This pub has just been refurbished and looks great now. There is a decent selection of drinks and the staff are always friendly. It gets very busy when any sports match is on.
becky83 - 4 Feb 2010 15:42
Very friendly and helpful barstaff, cosy atmosphere and a decent pint of abbott.
Scrappydoo - 2 Dec 2009 13:10
Went there yesterday and was really impressed the staff seem very friendly and the beer and service was excellent will go again soon
Gunner1 - 5 Sep 2008 09:52
Large pub that sells decent if uninspiring ales. Actually ‘decent but uninspiring’ probably sums the whole pub up as well. You can usually find a seat although it does get fairly busy, seems to be a large transient clientele, many I suspect keeping an eye on the Greenline bus stop outside waiting for their carriage home.

Millay - 20 Jul 2008 22:36
a useful meeting place when reaching Marylebone....
nice pint of lager...
good food...
little benches to smoke ur fags on.....
bloozer - 2 Apr 2008 22:05
Wandered in here during a London visit and found it a pleasant place for a few pints and the food was good too. I'd definitely go back if I found myself in that are again.
fr21555 - 10 Feb 2008 03:08
From the outside, inside decor and clientel (pre England game) I was delighted with the quality of the ale. My lager drinking buddies were impressed with theirs too.
jameslikesbeer - 10 Sep 2007 12:00
I came in here the other Saturday and it seemed like a nice enough pub for a pint or two. I didn't find it depressing, though it was crowded as a rugby game had been on at Wembley the service was pretty prompt. As said, not a bad option for watching football. I'd still prefer to head to The Hobgoblin in the area, but I found this pub nice enough.
C.B - 6 Sep 2007 23:39
better inside than it looks from the outside.
perfectly alright place for watching football or a quick pint.
mps77 - 13 Aug 2007 13:34
I was here on a Sunday night and it was pretty depressing, to be honest. A fairly gloomy building and fairly quiet clientele, who mostly seemed to be tourists or foreign students. Not really worth a visit unless you're waiting for a train from Marylebone, I'd have though.
grecian - 30 Jul 2007 12:50
I use this pub quite a lot to watch FOOTBALL as it has several screens and doesnt attract idiots
Saying this the Landord Chris has been there well over 15 years and has a low tolerance for timewasters
Food good, Beer always good. Not a typical SPIRIT pub
FATBOY69 - 9 May 2007 11:32
I pop in here occasionally for a quick pint on my way home from work if I have a bit of time to kill before catching the train from Marylebone.

It's a perfectly decent pub for that sort of thing although I wouldn't use it for a long session or go out of my way to visit it.
Gostevie - 20 Oct 2006 10:34
Pretty average boozer! Popped in late afternoon which was quiet but no real complaints.
Wineo - 16 Oct 2006 14:58
I've been to this pub a few times and I would echo Mr Matt's comments. Good place for a lunchtime pint or a cheeky one if you're in the area.
keymon - 14 Oct 2006 13:48
Maybe I had a better experience than most, or maybe because I was there in the afternoon, but I found this pub to be a pleasant place, if not particularly memorable. Cricket on the television, decent ale, and good food. No, not worth a journey, but would drop by if I were in the area for a pint. Do agree that the barstaff's English could use improvement.
Mr.Matt - 3 Sep 2006 15:28
Tuesday pm: Much the same as all the other reviews, nothing much to recommend it, nothing really to say don't go there... except the air con wasn't very good.
Standard London prices, standard selection.
SW6 - 26 Jul 2006 10:09
Fairly drab, bland and uninviting place this one. Standing outside you run the chance of being chatted to by an ignorant American tourist, or like me, being nearly hit by a London bus intent on mounting the pavement at 40mph.
Would maybe pop in here if I lived locally, but otheriwse wouldnt make the effort.
Cannot comment on the interior as cannot remember what it looked like, was that exciting.
Moving on....
lolwood32 - 19 Jun 2006 12:10
Underwhelming and cramped bar near Baker Street which hasn't got several messages including Make Sure Your Barstaff Speak English.
beeronaut - 15 Mar 2006 14:06
Visited 11 Dec 05. There really isn't too much to be said. When the compilers of the OED were looking for the meaning of "disinterested", they visited this pub. Tired beer, poured by bored staff.
cackgsy - 16 Dec 2005 08:57
If you can find a more soulless pub in London you are a better person than me. During football matches it is full of trustafarian students talking loud nonsense repeated from Football Focus and The Guardian whilst drinking bog-standard lagers served by eastern europes most miserable ex-pats. But despite what Ruby says, it's not the weight of their wallets that worries the locals about going to The Allsop, because we all have servants to carry them for us. I'll score it three just because it is so close to my flat.
john_pudney - 3 Nov 2005 17:08
A great pub to watch football but a bit souless to spend the whole evening. The food is overpriced for such average fayre. Beer is ok.
vera_shaw - 22 Aug 2005 16:10
Decent boozer. Plenty to keep people who like pub 'entertainment' amused, with a few fruitys, nice screen for the football, and overall a place resembling something a bit more lively than the other boozers in the area - especially seeing as everyone else is going down the ponce route - Volunteer, Aristocrat and LowLife to name three within spitting distance.
aldhous - 24 May 2005 15:47
Phenomenally, phenomenally bog-standard. Adheres to the nearly always correct assumption that a very visible pub on a busy thoroughfare in central London is nearly always invariably shit.
Ok then: bog standard drinks, some ale, I recall, indifferent barstaff, no atmosphere, no real characters within as most of the locals can't make it through the front door as their wallets are weighing them down, food shat from a microwave 'cooked' by a bored foreign index finger.
Consider suicide or the Allsop. But consider hard.
Ruby - 19 Apr 2005 14:59
visited this pub twice on a saturday and sunday grub was great and freshly prepared,the pub itself had a warm atmosphere and friendly customers.
the bar staff were very nice and it was a pleasure to eat and drink in this pub, they also poured a good pint of guiness.

kennedystewart - 9 Mar 2005 23:08
A fairly standard pub. Guinness is pretty average. Whilst not a ditry pub at all, I felt the tables could have been cleaned a little more often. Not bad whilst waiting for a train or catching the end of the cricket or football after work.
marco_van_penners - 4 Feb 2005 16:30
Good pub - nice beer, lots of screens to watch footy etc. but not an overbearing "footy" pub. Shame about the excess of fruit machines ...
James - 5 Oct 2004 14:53
Why do I drink in the Allsop Arms? Because it is close to Marylebone Station, and I

spend a lot of time waiting for the train. The food is standard issue ping-cheffery.

The selection of beers and wine is fine, a mixture of standard and guest offerings.

The clientelle comprise a mixture of business people, afterworkers, occasionally

desperate regulars, and the 'Ford Super Sunday' footy crowd.

The Allsop Arms' beauty is in its very ordinariness. There is no pretension, no

coloured chalk menus, and very little fun.
Matt Richards - 28 Sep 2004 10:13
Great place to go for an after work drink as i do most nights. Friendly barstaff and Manager Chris is good fun. A great atmosphere on a friday night and for the football. Also serves lovely food!!
jo - 29 Jul 2004 20:54
A nice "slice of life" neighborhood pub - a quiet place to sit and have a few - I like the "Persian" rugs and the nice little nooks and crannies for private conversations. No one bothers you, the staff is attentive but not overly obsequious and the vibe is cool.
R.G. Hall - 10 Jul 2004 23:22
It's a great pub, it's all you can have there's nice loo's. The staff are great, there polite. The food is delicious. when you want to watch the footy they bring down a big screen i think that this pub should be rated 7.
Charlie - 26 Mar 2004 20:19
Loved this pub as my neighboring watering hole. It's got a cool vibe - very chill. No pestering. Never had a problem with the staff... but then I've never had a problem with people who serve me beer...
Dave - 22 Feb 2004 00:14
I used to visit here with staff from what was Hennelly's Champagne Bar & Restaurant (until 1990 a Berni Inn and from 1993 or so a Hobgoblin - possibly closed now?) We didn't like the staff much and called it 'All-slops'. It used to have a pleasant 'lounge' feel to it but the beer choice wasn't great and the clientele seemed a bit on the dodgy side.
congokid - 8 Nov 2003 18:56
Good for Food, Football and Swedish Barmaids! What more does a man want?
I know; toilets that don't smell as bad. It spoils a very good pub.

Up to three real ales, depending availability, changing monthly. Good range of lagers and other beers too.

Very popular with the office crowd on a Friday night. Sometimes too popular. Very busy when there is a major football game on.

Manager, Chris, is OK for a Geordie which makes a welcomed change! Assistant, Charlie, is a good man too.

Bollinger - 10 Sep 2003 18:44
This one of my favorite pubs in central London. Charlie the manager has always been pleasant to me. His beer lines are always clean, I've never had a stale beer here. His selection of hand pump ales has dwindled the last few times I've visted though.
Andrew - 26 Aug 2003 16:30
Now now... Its not that bad I used to work there and the Ass Manager CHARLIE is an asset to the north!!
no telling u - 21 Nov 2002 14:52
The Globe which is near by is much better even tough the big screen is smaller, serves the same beers but has friendlier staff
Richard - 27 Sep 2002 12:13
I aggree, that extractor fan they never turn off is quite terrible
Jason - 27 Sep 2002 12:12
Rubbish, oh so dire, probably the most boring pub in this part of London, most annoying feature is the loud A/C which they never turn off, best feature the Golden Tee Golf Machine
Anon - 27 Sep 2002 12:11

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