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I remember it back in the Courage days.A good boozer then.Not so sure now it's Sam Smith's. Bar staff could do with some training in customer service for sure
cellarbuoy - 10 Dec 2016 20:13
Ah The Angel, I used to work opposite the Angel between the ages of 16 to 20. Back then it was “an old man’s pub” & therefore extremely popular with the older chaps I worked for. I spent many a Friday afternoon in here after several pints when I should of been back in the office! The £1.50 cottage pie was legendary aswell.

So over 20 years after my last visit I popped into this Samuel Smiths pub for a couple of pints on a Wednesday lunchtime.

Having not visited for so long I had forgotten what a stunning pub internally this is, all original features with 2 sides of the bar with the side nearest the courtyard being split into 2 with an internal partition. The full range of Sam Smith’s ales and I can report that the Old Brewery Bitter was in great form.

I stayed for a few beers, the pub didn’t get too busy even though it was lunchtime but I’m sure the place still does a good trade.

While I was here it got me thinking about all of the other pubs I used to use in the area, I think I may make a trip to them all for old times sake soon!
lezford - 19 Oct 2015 15:46
A Sam Smiths house so the prices might even have been affordable for the former inhabitants of this part of London when it was a notorious rookery in the nineteenth century. Hence, choice isn't always what it could be but if is a more genuine offering than many central London offerings. Upstairs rooms are an addition of recent years and provide calm while I once saw all 3 members of the band Saint Etienne in here.
BoehmBawerk - 29 Jun 2013 19:53
Next on the Angelic crawl this is a Sam Smiths pub so you what to expect drinkwise. Friendly service despite how busy the place was. Layout of the place beyond my comprehension, too busy to explore properly. Worth a visit.
TiaMariaJim - 19 Apr 2013 18:17
Two things I've always liked about Sam Smith pubs: 1) always very traditional, unspoilt. 2) Very reasonable prices. The Angel definitely scores on the first one, but... 11quid for a bottle of Taddy Porter and a bottle of Pale Ale??? Look, I know that as a central London/St Giles/Soho/Covent Garden type of drinker I'm going to get exploited a bit, and bottles are always going to be more expensive, and I'm not going to get the same price as the Nag's Head in Chapel Allerton or the Crystal Palace in York, but 11quid does seem a little, well, steep. Extortionate is another way to put it. The brewery's pub nearby, the John Snow, also has these ridiculous bottle prices. I had thought Sam Smith's was a much better than normal company. Not at those prices (and, yes, the Old Brewery on hand-pump is cheaper, but seemed very ordinary in this pub).
What is the Sam Smith's pricing strategy now: exploit central London drinkers? We're not all tourists or on 50k a year...
derekwinchester - 9 Dec 2012 21:44
nice traditional oasis in the waste land that is st giles.
one of the many sam smiths pubs in the west end, so nice beer, but 4.30 for a lager is offensivley expensive but what can you do?

Although its been rebuilt in the gerogian or victorian era, the history of the Angel pub is brilliant. Apparently it was a stopping point for a final 'one for the road' for those on their way to the tyburn tree down the other end of oxford street. the history isnt in any way celebrated in the pub though, but its a name that pops up a lot in various history books.


CHELSEA_on_tour - 20 Sep 2012 09:11
Sean, you'd be better off in the rear admiral aye?
whisky_diet - 23 Jul 2012 16:05
I think what he meant was for the west end,it is a fairly quite corner.I can (sort of ) see what he means
tottenhamsean - 22 Jul 2012 09:24
Dont know where pocket calculator lives, but to say this is off the beaten track??? It is situated between Shaftesbury Avenue, Charring Cross Road, and New Oxford St. Tottenham Court Road and Oxford St are no more the 1/4 mile away, this is in one of the world's major cities. Hardly the back of beyond.
A great pub when run by Courage (S&N) but still great now.
cellarbuoy - 18 Jul 2012 19:27
Sean, you'll be a gaylord regardless of how many times you type it. Smirk.
Waitrose_Ernie - 18 Jul 2012 19:08
Oh and i have said it before and i will say it again...Its in St Giles in the fields, not effing Soho!!!!
tottenhamsean - 18 Jul 2012 16:28
One of my favourite pubs in a part of town with a bit of charactor,though the town planners are doing there best to ruin St Giles.Good pre gig watering hole before going to the 12 BAr just up the road
tottenhamsean - 18 Jul 2012 16:27
Nice layout, as previously mentioned, and its slightly off-the-beaten-track location is appealing, but the service has always been suspect. Moreover, today I was charged 5.50 for a bottle of cider. That's five punds and fifty pence.

That's my relationship with Sam Smith's over, then
pocketcalculator - 20 Jun 2012 17:56
Superb specimen of London pub design: with three separate bars as used to be the norm. A midwinter evening in the front bar can be cosier than your front room at home. Friday nights is too packed. Saturday teatime great. Downside: sluggish and indifferent bar service.
colonelflay - 27 May 2012 21:33
Bounded into The Angel at 6.07 on 02/03/12 at the start of a crawl of Samuel Smith pubs. Absolutely exquisite half of Old Brewery Bitter while engaged in conversation with two strapping Belgian boys, Jens and Benard.
A Top drawer pub!
Newton_Lad - 4 Mar 2012 18:40
An odd layout (or maybe just an old fashioned one?) this is a real, old pub. Go there to drink and actually hear the conversation you're having, unlike most London pubs.
drinkingfella - 8 Oct 2011 17:33
Eight of us were in on 12th sept,4couples really enjoyed it a nice quiet pub with decent choice of beers will call in again when back in london.
littlecobbler - 13 Sep 2011 20:29
I last reviewed this pub in Dec 2008 and its amazing how down hill it has gone and the simple reason is the chnage in managament. The previous Land Lord and Lady were great. Always nice to chat too, knew your name and knew what you drank. Now, the new incumbants are never there and when they do bother to show thier faces, it seems like such and effort for them to be bothered in pulling you a pint. If they cant be bothered to run this booza properly then Sam Smiths should replace them with staff who actually want to be there. There is no shortage of couples wanting to take on a pub especially a nice traditional one like this. Speaking of Sam Smiths, when are they going to finish the upstairs renovation and open thhis new up stairs drinking area which seem sto have been going on forever. What a shame. Dogbottle
DOGBOTTLE - 18 Jul 2011 16:35
Superb - proper - pub, where people enjoy conversation, a game of darts or read the paper. Serves Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter in top form. Highly recommended and deservedly 10/10 in my book.
wobblybob - 15 Jul 2011 11:59
Nice pub! Everywhere else nearby looked crap, and a quick look in the door re-assuringly revealed the standard Sam Smith's selection, so we knew what to expect (nothing life changing but you can always find something you like). As previously said the interior has loads of character and it was good to see the dart board being used. The local drinkers were the right side of eccentric, and the woman behind the bar was very friendly.
Green_0nions - 20 Jun 2011 22:12
I'm a big fan of Sam Smiths. This is my favourite of the many around the Soho area. The two rooms, real fire and dartboard all contribute to this.

Also, as it's not in the very heart of Soho, it doesn't get overcrowded like the John Snow.

Cracking pub - if you like Sam Smith's, you'll love this pub.
badbeard - 17 Jun 2011 16:45
Wonderful pub. It's a real gem and I hope it stays that way. If Sam Smiths, heaven forbid, ever sell it (to Youngs for example) then you can kiss it goodbye because some 28 year old "pub designer" will "rebrand" it in the corporate image irrespective of local tastes. People who appreciate proper pubs should visit it and savour its charming retro atmosphere. It's like being on the set of a 1950s British film when pubs were pubs.
Tewin - 13 Jun 2011 17:13
Good pub done very well. Simple as that.
theoneandonlyjoe - 13 May 2011 00:14
Another 1.99er......Still looked like it was being refurbed and could have done with a good clean. I think the surley barman is still in residence....well the one that served us on two nights had lost his bucket of smiles!!

Beer OK, but nothing special
LickeyEndBooze - 2 Jan 2011 19:41
I stop from time to time - at least once every couple of months - and the beer has been fine. When I was there recently the refurbishment seemed to have been completed, the beer was good. Though the pub still :-) isn't in Soho - it's St Giles!
zorrodp - 12 Sep 2010 01:21
We used to like this pub and popped in on Saturday having not been for a while. They're in the process of refurbishing and the front room looks gorgeous, but I'm afraid we won't be going back. The barman instantly took up some kind of 'attitude' the moment we went in, then my boyfriend took back his pint because it was clearly not right (very acidic, as you get from the bottom of the barrel). The barman responded by curtly saying 'Barrel's just been changed' and refused to change it (or smell/taste it for himself!). Get some staff who know their beer and we might come back!
urbex_horror - 4 Aug 2010 12:52
This pub shows how wonderful Sam Smith pubs are ~ their diversity is refreshing. The Angel is delightful and, apart from the odd laminated sign, could be film sets for the 60's. I kept expecting Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins to walk in. Lovely pub!
bighands - 1 Aug 2010 22:38
Went in on a quiet Sunday early evening. Looks as if a couple of the rooms are being redecorated at the moment. Overall, it is larger than expected given the reviews. Has a smart feel to the place, complimented by the usual Sammy Smith lounge chairs etc. complimenting the fairly grand Victorian atmosphere.

Although no Sovereign is offerred, they do have Old Brewery on handpull, which tasted noticeably better than the keg variety I usually avoid.

Special mention has to go to the beer garden which is usefull closed from 5.15pm each night and all day on Sunday, so I very much doubt I will ever get to use it.


race_faster - 8 Jul 2010 15:05
I've been here a few times and it's a fairly decent little boozer, with the emphasis on "little" - it can get quite cramped on busy nights.

Bar staff are friendly and know how to pour a pint (last time I checked). The plucky little manager got right in the middle of a group of complete arseholes for smoking in the side area and generally being nasty idiots. After a short while the heavies came in and scared them off, but it's good to see bar managers taking pride in their work and looking after customers.

Food is pretty standard; basically, if you take anything on the menu and imagine it bought from Tesco and cooked by your Mum, that's pretty much it. It's pretty reasonable, as I remember.
chris_g - 25 Jan 2010 16:28
Good pub. Bad tequila. Chess is a plus.
RiseburyCrisis - 1 Dec 2009 17:50
Went in recently and have to say it's a fantastic pub. And that's just what it is a pub. Nothing fancy nothing grand but serves good beer, in a good atmosphere at reasonable prices. Thoroughly recomended
theoneandonlyjoe - 30 Nov 2009 18:56
i had the cheek to disturb a team from a local business holding a meeting in the side room of the angel. it happens to be the route to the gents from the front bar. the team manager was leaning against the door post and was just reaching the peak of his david brent style pep talk when i opened the door. he tottered for a second before falling backwards through the doorway in glorious slow motion, much to the amusement of his minions. he picked himself up and smoothed his ruffled feathers and was just getting back into his stride when i wandered back from the gents, only to distrub him again mid-waffle. he wasn't a happy bunny.

one of his team came up to me afterwards, bought me a pint and thanked me for pricking his boss' pomposity.

the angel is a great institution hidden away behind centre point. as with the other sam smith's pubs in london it has no delusions of grandeur and offers the basic comforts of a proper pub; excellent beer, half decent pub grub and a pleasant atmoshpere. what more could a man want in the tourist hell of the west end of london?

oh, and my wife hates it...all the better!
porcus_volans - 13 Oct 2009 11:32
I had my bag stolen here - so be careful!
hayward1 - 9 Apr 2009 16:32
Interesting if a little cramped, this two-bar boozer has potential and my pint of OBB was in top nick. A nice touch with the Phoenix theatre posters on the wall and this pub is a classic example of Samuel Smiths and the people that go - a mixture of young and old, native and foreign. Not quite as blessed in the decorative sense as some of the other central London SS pubs, it is still worth seeking out.
ChrisP87 - 11 Jan 2009 10:17
On a rainy winters days, The Angel is the best place to go as it has three real coal fires and is really cosy. One bad thing is that the garden has to shut at 5:45 in the Summer as on a couple of miserable so-&-so's (I want to use stronger words to describe them) I want to use stronger words to describe them, complained.
Whats the point of having a Beer Garden if you cant use it on nice Summer evenings? I cant'e believe that the Samuel Smiths brewery simply submitted to them. Also Sams Smiths have altered the pub grub and you can no longer get a quick sanie. Shame on you Humphry Smith
DOGBOTTLE - 29 Dec 2008 13:33
I was in here again last Night.
Was Drinking the Bitter, lovely Stuff.and no hang over.
I think there were some pop stars in the small bar by the Toilet as well.
Exciting stuff
tottenhamsean - 28 Dec 2008 09:20
FAO Biker and Chopin
Maybe we should start a campaign group to Acknowledge St Giles as a seperate London Village to Soho(a good excuse for a Monthly p*ss up!!)

Its about time people made a stand

Anyone know of any St Giles Born/raised celebs we can get on our side?
The only ones i know are all dead!! Or ficticious(Richard Sharpe, from Bernard Cornwalls "Sharpe" Novels) springs to mind.


tottenhamsean - 16 Dec 2008 09:12
I worked for Tom and Tish back in 95. Chances are I served you a pint mccon59 if you remember all that. What a great pub. Although I never understood why you'd want to put walls in a tiny pub like that. I wonder if they still play Fiddy's.
discojen - 25 Nov 2008 11:44
This pub was the best known secret in the West End, the beer garden was open till closing time, it was a walk through pub with the fire in the middle,it catered for the MOD over the road, students from St Martin's, the musicians and actors from Blood Brothers, guys from The Borderline and The Astoria, artists who had a studio round the corner, other Licensees who wanted to have a decent pint of beer,and your ordinary joe public who wanted a decent pint (and got one) and stayed,
No music, decent food at a reasonable price, and good banter if they so chose and a nice summer evening in the beer garden.
But then Smiths went in and took over from Scottish and Newcastle who had taken it over from Courage (but at least they let the pub run as it was),
If anyone remembers Tom and Pat please puy a message up.

mccon59 - 8 Oct 2008 20:07
Stout vs Guinness - 3:2. Taste is more rich, consistence is more consistent and in general I prefer stout and cozy atmosphere of The Angel. Mike and Co are the best!!!
Mike.Y - 23 Sep 2008 21:19
The beer zombie is back behind the bar. His unsmiling, unmoving countenance doesn't stop this being a great pub. Pleasantly shabby inside, good beer and even a real fire in the bit with the dartboard.
Albert_Campion - 11 Aug 2008 13:39
Soho it aint. Neither is it Covent Garden or Holborn, or Bloomsbury or Fitzrovia.
It's St Giles
chopin - 19 Jun 2008 14:26
Ohsusyq is a fine barmaid and brightens the place. The depressing beer zombie is still there, despite a leave of absence (maybe it was to do with his Scrabble obsession). But Mike the landlord is still the star of the place, bringing his lovely smile and Northern wit and charm to warm the hearts of the punters.

I love The Angel, I just wish that other people didn't know about it. Weekends can be rather busy in the evening.
kodabar - 19 Jun 2008 14:13
ohsuzyq
You should be Proud to work in St Giles, a historic part of London,more murders in the old rookeries than most of the rest of the smoke put together :)

It has changed some what in recent years;)
Still a good pub,and proper prices....It can be done
tottenhamsean - 8 Apr 2008 10:31
Sean: I'd love to believe that I work in Soho.. But no, it's more like West End/St Giles indeed.
And there are not a lot of girls behind the bar. It's still just one, myself. But I try to be nice and friendly indeed.
ohsusyq - 30 Mar 2008 17:46
Haven't been in for ages - the miserable beer zombie behind the bar seems to be have been replaced by chatty, smiling ladies.

The interior is pretty drab, but ornately functional. You can't see in from the street, which is refreshing when so many pubs have installed clear glass. Personally, I don't care what's going on in the street when there's serious drinking to be done, and I don't want to be watched from the street when I'm drinking seriously. The atmosphere is one of time stood still from the late sixties.

This is a great pub - and the polar opposite of some of the pretentious places hereabouts. Beer is fine.
Albert_Campion - 14 Mar 2008 18:42
Was in he(as said below) last night.I love this pub.1 Pint of stout, 2 pints of Lager 6.13p, in the west end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Quality

Rather a rough looking crowd in there yesterday though ;)

tottenhamsean - 10 Feb 2008 08:33
I've said before and i'll say it again....This pub isn't in Soho, it's in St Giles Grrrrrrrrr
Stop moving the Boundaries
I'll be in here tonight for a few before a night of Classical Music courtesy of the Cockney Rejects
tottenhamsean - 9 Feb 2008 09:44
Decent traditional Sam Smiths pub - we ought to stop bickering amongst ourselves and be grateful that we have such a fine watering hole so close to the tawdry hell hole that is the Tottenham Court Road / Oxford Street junction.

Its my pub of choice when I'm in the area - always happy to pop in for the proverbial "swift half" with or without work colleagues
JohnBonser - 11 Jan 2008 12:53
Nail on the head there Mally, nice one!
matt_k - 8 Jan 2008 11:20
Rog, Matt, calm down. You are both right. The Angel is dull, but isn't that the point? A dull,old fashioned pub serving good cheap beer in the very centre of the capital. Fantastic! I took some French friends in there on a cold icy day. We sat by the coke stove and knocked back the beers.They thought that was great.And so did I. A world away from the world outside.
And Biker: you are badly wrong about the other Sam Smiths pubs that Matt mentioned.
mally - 8 Jan 2008 00:12
Well i like this pub.I was in here on Sunday before doing a stint behind the decks in the 12bar.
Nice traditional Boozer, and at 7 something for 3 drinks quite fairly priced(this is the the west end remember)
tottenhamsean - 4 Jan 2008 13:11
Ah, I see pretty much all of Roger's reviews are in a similar vein. Fair dos then. I only assumed he must be connected with this pub in some way because he was so gushy about such an average place I spose.

To address Biker's other comments...OK, firstly, I'm not "wrong" about this pub, it's my subjective opinion. Which you are welcome to disagree with. Secondly, what are you on about with this "overpriced, pretentious and full of wannabe entertainment types"? The Cittie Of Yorke and the Princess Louise? Are we talking about the same pubs?? For a start, they're both Sam Smiths pubs (like your beloved Angel) so they're dirt cheap by London standards. Pretentious and full of wannabe entertainment types? When?
matt_k - 2 Jan 2008 10:52
15 All.
RogerB - 29 Dec 2007 10:56
matt_k, You, my good Sir are 'up a tree' with your assumptions about Roger B ! Click on his username and you will see where he has reviewed before. He can't possibly be a Landlord of any pub ! You're also wrong about this pub, I worked opposite (St Giles) for years and in my humble opinion, you can stick the other pubs you mentioned - all overpriced, pretentious and full of wannabe entertainment types. Well done Roger B, good descriptive review.

Biker - 29 Dec 2007 10:26
Roger B, your comment reads like an estate agent's blurb! I particularly like your summing up line at the end, and your lovingly detailed descriptions of the decor. Are you the manager by any chance?

Basically this is a fairly dull pub, and there are far better Sam Smiths pubs in town. Try the Cittie Of Yorke in Holborn or the Princess Louise (also Holborn, if it ever re-opens that is).
matt_k - 28 Dec 2007 13:36
A refreshing change from the other pubs and bars in the area. Perhaps more of a "working mens" pub than an "old mans" pub, but also frequented by some more bohemian types and students (and never seen an obvious tourist in there). Sam Smiths Stout at 2.15 per pint - not at all bad for central London.
rpadam - 19 Dec 2007 00:58
Fairly typical Sam Smiths pub. Decent-ish beer. bit of an old mans pub really, with theatrical types scattered about.

Not somewhere I've ever been excited by, but it'll do.
matt_k - 13 Dec 2007 15:30
Fairly typical Sam Smiths pub. Decent-ish beer. bit of an old mans pub really, with theatrical types scattered about.

Not somewhere I've ever been excited by, but it'll do.
matt_k - 13 Dec 2007 15:23
Since when has St Giles High Street been in Soho??
It's St Giles!!!!!
Rant over
tottenhamsean - 7 Oct 2007 10:11
Seems the perfect place to host a dutch birthday party.
anonymous - 27 Jul 2007 23:20
Superb pub, cant understand the critism.
Had a blinding night in there before the Rejects gig last Saturday
tottenhamsean - 7 Jul 2007 09:24
A year or so since I've been here but attracted back by the OBB on handpump which has become a bit of a rarity. Seems very drab inside but not helped by the dreadful weather outside.
realmeerkat - 30 Jun 2007 22:23
Avoid this place like the plague. Went there for the first (and last) time on my 21st. The guy behind the bar was unbelievably rude, for example I ordered 3 pints of the extra stout and turned to ask the rest of the group what they wanted. About 10 seconds later he says 'what else do you want, I'm not a f***ing mindreader'. I just found it completely unnecessary. Plus the beers were all incredibly average...
Thebman - 29 Apr 2007 17:12
This pub can get incredibly smokey but that apart it has OBB on Handpump for less than 2 so you cant go wrong
lovesong - 16 Feb 2007 15:50
Fantastic pub with a good atmosphere! Managed to sample many Sam Smith's which was great until the next morning! Dartboard located directly outside the gents was slightly dodgy - Bradshaw could have lost an eye!
FTB - 12 Feb 2007 09:28
Not meant as a criticism Biker. I liked the pub. The outside needs a facelift though but that may make it too attractive.
TheHorsesMouth - 8 Feb 2007 17:12
"You seem to have to go through a dozen doors to find the toilet"

What on earth are you babbling about HorsesMouth ? Of course you go through several doors, this pub has got 3 separate bars and a courtyard area! What do you want, Belgian loos!!
Biker - 7 Feb 2007 12:22
I think it looks awful from the outside but found the inside to be quite unique. You seem to have to go through a dozen doors to find the toilet and through a number of separate bars. I know that Sam Smiths beers ain't to everyones tastes but I like them and the pint of Old Brewery I had was lovely.
TheHorsesMouth - 5 Feb 2007 21:05
I know that a lot of people who put opinions on here are really into real ale and choice of drinks available. But as someone who likes to drink cheaply, I love Sam Smith pubs, and this one has a nice mix of people in it: regulars, old men, art students and workers.
thom_s - 24 Jan 2007 15:55
Thanks for defending my honour Anonymous. But what I actually said was that it "was all one bar". It is not now all one bar because the original Victorian partitions (or reasonable facsimiles thereof)have now been re-introduced. For the record, it has never been one of those so-called drinking establishments (to protect Biker's sensibilities) whose name should not be spoken of in serious drinking company. Just to add a piece of trivia, the pub on this site used to be called the Bowl, because, being roughly mid-way between Newgate and Tyburn the condemned would stop here for their last bowl of ale in this world.
RexRattus - 27 Dec 2006 14:59
Actually it was all one bar until a refurb a few years ago. Personally I think the one bar concept worked OK for this pub (it doesn't always) but being a traditionalist I always support pubs retaining, or reverting to, their original character. Used to work in the office block opposite for several years and this was just one of my locals - but the nearest and useful if time was at a premium. You could look into the pub from my office window which could be handy, or an embarrassment, depending on your point of view. Happy days. Must pop in there again sometime soon.
RexRattus - 19 Dec 2006 18:43
Interesting interior, good to see that it hasn't been knocked into one bar. Extremely cheap bitter, though quality is variable. Quiet pub, a rarity for this area.
stevet37 - 10 Dec 2006 19:13
I only go in the right handside of this pub (there are 2 sides as you look at it from the street).

Great pub, Old Brewery is nice. You wouldn't believe it was part of the same pub chain as The Crown round the corner on New Oxford Street / Shaftesbury Avenue. The Angel is so different from The Crown, much more like a traditional pub.

Close to Denmark Street - so you often get people with guitar cases in the pub.
edrok666 - 10 Dec 2006 09:49
Can I launch a late bid for the Pedant of the Year title by pointing out that Sam Smith pubs have no music but there is no ban on fruit machines: should you desire them they can be found round the corner in the Princess Louise.
Martinl - 29 Nov 2006 20:30
Have passed many times but ventured in at the end of a pub crawl with a pal on Sunday.

Interesting interior - as with many Sam Smith's pubs. The pub is divided into three areas, saloon, public bar and lounge if I recall, with an additional tiled alleyway to one side with a few tables, closed off at either end with large wooden gates which I assume are opened in summer.

As with all SS pubs, no music, no fruities, no quizzer... cheap beer but only one real ale ...

Worth a visit if you like pub interiors, or you are skint and can tolerate indifferent bitter or rancid lager (both under 2 a pint).
anonymous - 15 Nov 2006 15:12
good traditional pub with good atmosphere spent many a good fri nights in here when I worked accross the road. Good food wonder if they still do the Tuna melt?
takethat - 17 Sep 2006 03:47
Sam Smith's need to serve more than one real ale. End of story.
anonymous - 16 Aug 2006 00:01
This pub is round the corner from anoth Sam Smith's pub called The Crown - but the 2 pubs couldn't be more different.

The Old Brewery Bitter at The Angel is really nice. Plus the pub is also handy for Denmark Street and Forbidden Planet.
edrok666 - 11 Jun 2006 17:36
Wandering the Soho area on a mini pub crawl I came upon this not to impressive looking exterior but gave it a go. What a little gem!.The whole place had a wooden old world feeling about it as if some famous figures of the past made it their regular haunt. If it is a refurb its a damned good one.Then there is the price A half of Sam Smiths for just .89p,in central London!!.There was a darts match on in the other room and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. The staff gave them what from a distance seemed a very nice supper.A real locals pub.As Swiss Tony might say: A pub is like a woman, sometimes the outside does not portray the inside, alternatively... do the rest yourself.
tinsoldier - 19 May 2006 20:46
Neglected Sam Smith's pub in neglected wedge of London between Soho, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden. Pub is ugly and boring enough from the outside to dissuade people from investigating, yet has a forlorn appeal inside. It has been refitted in typical Sam Smith trad-pub style with plenty of dark wood and Victorian trimmings. In the main bar there is an open coal fire and a deeply ornate ceiling. To the right a tiled coach house has been fitted out with chairs and tables, but no heating. This stable area leads back into a one table snug, which is simply a partioned off section of the main bar, and doubles as the corridor to the toilet. A seperate entrance outside on the left leads into the public bar with darts board.

The Angel has the typical Sam Smith's virtues of unfussy, good value food (veggie bangers and mash!) warmed in the microwave, and a relaxed conversational atmosphere. A pleasant and quiet if rather bedraggled place.
SilkTork - 9 Mar 2006 13:24
Like a quiet and introverted Holborn sister to the nearby 'Princess Louise' the Angel has a brooding external appearance. However,further investigation reveals a gem of a pub that Sam Smith has preserved to great effect on a number of levels:
The excellent ale,both in quality & value (Good Beer Guide entry should be a formality)The real fire, the unusual 3 room arrangement. The quiet,relaxed atmosphere that exists regardless of the number of drinkers. A rare place,in London or anywhere else.
mally - 4 Mar 2006 18:17
Beyond being a superb value sam smihts pub this is a quaint little place with several distinct little areas that makes it feel like a snug little rabbit warren of a pub. Its not huge but i thinkn thats why i like it.
maximcondor - 22 Feb 2006 16:33
Great place, great Samuel Smith beer served in great condition. Nice and quiet--and it's a minor miracle that it's survived where it has--if you stuck a big needle in the center of the city, it wouldn't miss the Angel by much.

I had the finest pint of Extra Stout I've had in a long while, and I'll be back there for another very soon.
Hodsthorn - 13 Feb 2006 19:48
Glad Martin the Artist still drinks there. Wonder if the lovely Dick Fiddy does too? Great location and building and even the miserable bar man is ok I reckon as he is a character that makes the place what it is. Spent many a lunchtime and evening in this place when I worked accross the road. A hidden gem.
jackdanielsqueen - 30 Jan 2006 09:14
This is a lovely pub with character and lovely deco, keep it a secret though, don't want any treny wanna be's ruining it.
s9s - 7 Jan 2006 01:27
Great pub, lots of different little rooms, something you don't see enough these days. Plenty of character and being a Sam Smiths the ale was dirt cheap, but in perfect nick. I'd definately go again.
mannyowar - 3 Jan 2006 17:26
Character, charm and cheap beer; what more can you want? How about a bizarre one table back room with the allure of a David Lynch movie. Great pub which I never fail to visit each time I'm in London. Quality.
Trapdoor - 31 Dec 2005 14:52
The misery is still there. To be fair, I have encountered him socially and his a much less
dour character than he makes out when behind
the bar. But it wouldn't hurt the bugger to
crack a smile once in a while.
kodabar - 4 Dec 2005 20:10
The Angel might be unique in central London because it's got a real fire! Hats off to Sam Smiths for their no-nonsense-typically-Yorkshire attitude to their pubs. For example, the gap in the wall that led from the main room to the bar (one of 3!) on the left was blocked-up a few years back, which if anything has added even more character to an already characterful place. Beer is cheap and exclusively Sam Smith's... i wonder of the staff ever get bored of being asked for the Guiness they don't sell? Talking of the staff... Is that miserable barman still there? He was the only drawback to this place... he had a face that would make an undertaker with toothache look like the Cheshire Cat.
Albert_Campion - 2 Dec 2005 14:06
Quality boozer for the those that like to hear themselves think - don't come here expecting a party. A mixed crowd stops things from getting too sedate mind and the layout of the place makes for an interesting atmosphere. I'm advised that in summer it's best but I can see it working as a cozy winter boozer too.
Good for: Anytime.
thenationofjames - 24 Oct 2005 13:47
Super little pub to pop into during a weekday afternoon, when the 'affected' "suits" are not in attendence - but even they are worth a smile! As usual, Sam Smiths' great beers/prices.
mikem - 10 Aug 2005 10:24
Brilliant little pub for those that like it old school, yet fills up with all types of characters, young and old. Has two entrances for the split areas of the pub, so be sure to try both if you're meeting people there for the first time. There's also a large hidden table on the way to the toilets, via that strange cold garagey bit. Good selection of beers, haven't tried the food but the menu did read of nothing that fancy. Definitely worth a visit.
Ruby - 22 Apr 2005 14:09
Interesting pub for its layout - the central bar serving several rooms and snugs but badly in need of redocation. Sam Smiths was awful (even for Sam Smiths) and the Irish Wiskey came from a bottle marked just that i.e. Sam Smiths own brand.
Odd clientele most notably the chap with the pink hair.
Best to avoid except for a quick history lesson
lout_from_the_lane - 8 Feb 2005 13:42
Nice pub tucked away from prying eyes behind Centre Point. Space is at a premium inside but it's cheap and cheerful both in terms of drink prices and decor. A real old fashioned boozer that gets it's atmosphere mostly from conversation rather than gimicky entertainment. Being a Sam Smith's pub it serves very little other than Sam Smith's beer so those looking for more familiar brand names will be disappointed but they shouldn't be as the lager is very nice indeed as are the ales.
Mr.Monkfish - 10 Nov 2004 10:33
Swift one last night, the vibe wasn't quite there even though the Denmark Street regulars were.

Still a great pub though.
MrScott - 14 Oct 2004 12:08
What a strange pub this is! I love it! Beer at 1.68 a pint (though mine was going off); completely unrenovated since the early 1960s (and probably uncleaned and unhoovered too). As well as the public and saloon bars, there's a snug bar with room for just one table and standing room for another half dozen drinkers.

And what a weird clientele! Most of them looked like they were in the Tooting Popular Front. I doubt any of them ever looked in the mirror or bought clothes outside of charity shops.

And I especially liked the two lesbians whose idea of a good night out on Saturday was to sit opposite each other at a table in the passageway, reading their books in silence - obviously married, I guess.
Mike - 20 Sep 2004 11:45
The Angel is especially notable for its serving Ayingerbrau Heffe Weisse, an excellent wheat beer and its serving of roast beef contained within a yorkshire pudding the size of the plate. Martin the artists does still drink there. The "garage" is in fact the old dray lane which has been gated off and still displays the original tiles.
5 010102 100015 - kodabar@hotmail.com - 17 Aug 2004 04:01
Great little pub. Excellent (and cheap) Sam Smith's beer and really good food too, also at very reasonable prices.
The last couple of times I went there was no handle on the inside of the gents, which meant that every visit contained a degree of uncertainty, due to the possibility of being locked in there until the next person came in.
Best spot is the tiny back room with one table. Worst spot is out in the alley, as it gets pretty nippy out there in the winter.
Johnno - 22 Jun 2004 14:11
Good cheap booze, as with any Sam Smith pub. Often a good place to go before going on to somewhere else as you can normally get a seat. Not too keen on the garage-type area though.
Buddy - 5 Mar 2004 16:37
lovely pub, one of the best in london.
katie nix - 3 Mar 2004 15:58
this used to be my local when I worked opposite. A real local out of town pub in the middle of town. Friendly people and a few famous faces spotted from time to time too. A hidden treasure. Wonder if Martin the Artist still drinks there!
Heather Henthorn - 11 Feb 2004 17:54
I love this pub and have been gere a few times recently. Alright food, cheap (for the middle of London) and nice beer and lots of little snugs and stuff. Don't tell the tourists.
MrScott - 10 Feb 2004 13:00
Cheap and cosy local which has somehow materialised smack bang in the middle of London's West End. I've spent many a happy night there drinking the high strength Pils lager and wondering why my legs have stopped working. Every drink bar none is made by Yorkshire independent Sam Smith, the toilets in the lounge have the door by a very busy dartboard and the others are outside and down a narrow flight of stairs. Which all makes for an interesting night out. Oh and the beer garden is closed as the neighbours are a bunch of whining nimbies. Which is a shame because the pub gets packed very quickly.
Agnes - 21 May 2003 17:01
Serves cheap Sam Smiths beers and decent pub grub. In 2000 this was split three sections as it was in Victorian times.
Beer garden in yard at the back.
John - 16 Apr 2003 13:13

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