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Melton Mowbray, Holborn

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This pub is now called "Inn of Court".
JBanana - 3 Jul 2015 15:07
£2.50 for a half pint of very ordinary cider?? ... away 'n' boil yer heid.
Pat_Bateman - 19 May 2015 14:44
Greenoberet, If the staff were so horrible with you I should complain to the Management (at Fuller's brewery). I understand they are quite good at investigating customer complaints.
malo66 - 26 Jun 2013 17:22
When I ordered food in the Melton Mowbray, I was not expecting much. However even these expectations were dashed by the grub on offer. I am ashamed to admit, I paid £6 for a fish finger sandwich, with no chips. The quality of this meal was appalling. No butter on the bread, and fish fingers that captain birdseye would be ashamed of. The staff were all mocking my name, except for one who I felt was the closest to a friend I have ever made in holborn. Tall chap, arrogant but heart loosely in the right place, nice combed over hair. However some of the other staff were consistently hurtful and made me feel uncomfortable and vulnerable.
The gentle barman I feel was deeply uncomfortable as well, and we shared some poignant exchanges over what he described as the rapid decline of quality and happiness of the staff in the pub.
Overall I feel the mood of the staff shone through and made what is already a fairly dingy, poorly-lit pub into something truly quite depressing.

- Feltham Greeno

Greenoberet - 25 Jun 2013 01:46
Great pub for beer. Food pricey and slow.
marklaw - 11 Mar 2013 14:13
Good service, awful professionals! In this pub "customers" comes last.
jlmoliner - 1 Mar 2013 11:27
Hilariously expensive.

Customers are almost exclusively boring insurance salesmen in suits who inexplicably develop loud, fake cockney accents the moment they enter a pub.

None of them wash their hands in the gents. That is not how this pub rolls.

Avoid if you have standards.
catbert - 27 Feb 2013 20:22
Popped in here for a swift one prior to catching a bus back up to St Pancras. Nice pint of Chiswick Bitter and bar staff were helpful in pointing me in the right direction of my bus stop. 6/10
ng10 - 27 Jan 2013 16:11
The nice Scottish bloke in Ye Olde Mitre suggested this to be a nice place to sit outside and enjoy a drink, watching the world go by; along with a puff on the old cigar. Very nice indeed. A Fullers House. It got very crowded from the late afternoon, but was still very enjoyable. Only bug bear was having to walk down stairs to the toilets and back; very exhausting indeed. A good pub however.
5thAugustLeo - 17 Aug 2012 21:30
Unusually for a pub in this area it was open on a Saturday. Tried the pies, but had run out of veg so had to have salad. Later on veg was served so perhaps they'd run out temporarily. Anyway ESB was good, one pint was in the ESB glass, the other in a jug. Nice and relaxing
Mr_ESB_Harry - 19 Dec 2011 07:31
Visited on Weds 9th November. Was busy outside but was served within 30 seconds both times. ESB served in proper glass and was pretty good. Will visit again sometime avec the Missus.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 15 Nov 2011 22:13
Yet again i had a lovely time in here, drinks and food was on top form and the staff were great! this is definitely a Great example of a fullers Pub! I would recommend it. it's worth a look
Clivecuss - 8 Nov 2011 13:02
Decent pub on Holborn on the edge of the City of London (the pub lies on the City side of the street). A range of ales on offer.
dpaajones - 7 Sep 2011 08:13
Had my third visit there last night. Pub can be heaving on a friday but wednesday night was very comfortable at 8pm. Had the Discovery and ESB. Surprised to see the latter served in an ordinary glass and not the special glass reserved for ESB but the quality was superb as usual. Food is the standard Fullers menu (having just eaten at the Mad Hatter we compared menus).
The drinks are expensive. Discovery 3.75 a pint and ESB 3.95. The Bus No 8 to Liverpool Street stops opposite so I was back on the train within 30 minutes. Definately recommended.
ButchEgg - 25 Aug 2011 14:16
A good pub with friendly staff and well kept beer. The Bengal Lancer was delicious and a great addition to the Fullers range.
Lovely internal decor and very clean - food can be a little expensive but hearty portions and very tasty indeed !
Music can be a little loud for the time of day sometimes , others will disagree i`m sure.
One of my favourite pubs in the area and well worth a visit.
MIKESTOKES - 12 Jun 2011 16:56
A great example of a Fullers owned Pub. Wide range of Fullers beers all in tip top nick. Chiswick was one of the best pints i've had for a while.
ahscum - 14 Dec 2010 19:17
Smashing pub: nice decor and Fullers ales, what more could you want?
malo66 - 2 Jul 2010 19:50
The cleanest pub I have been in for quite some time. Also had excellent and prompt service and well kept beers. Couldnt find anything to moan about at all. Thoroughly recommended.
eastkent - 11 Mar 2010 18:10
A well presented and maintained pub with very good service.
Staff were quick , efficient and friendly.
Beer was very good , the food was expensive but very tasty and generous portions.
They also do a good pub quiz on monday nights , though i believe it is only monthly.
One small gripe is that the music is often too,lpoud and not really matched to the overall mood of the pub.

mikestokesambii - 5 Dec 2009 21:38
As would be expected there is a decent ale selection from the Fullers range in this place which is one of their ale and pie houses. There is also a selection of standard and premium lagers and my Guinness was good, but as mentioned by others it is very expensive.

The bar is on the left hand side of the pub and it had a large plasma screen on a stand at the end of it which was showing Sky Sports News which was muted. At the rear of the pub there are some booths with a balcony area above them that seemed to have the only other people in that werent dining, although my visit was just after lunchtime.

This is a decent pub, but it doesnt stand out amongst its peers.
Strongers - 5 Oct 2009 13:39
We visited here on a Friday evening. There were more people spilling onto the pavements outside than were inside, meaning we got served straight away and it wasn't too difficult to find a table. The interior is a little dark but none too unpleasant. The clientele was mainly city types, as you would expect. The beer range was all Fullers - Pride, Chiswick, ESB and Discovery. Handy enough for Chancery Lane tube. But as previous reviewers have said, if you're happy enough to walk that little bit further, you'll find better pubs with better beers.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Sep 2009 11:29
I found the MM to be excellent for a central London pub in a busy area. Yes it's expensive but it is the middle of London.

I went in there with a friend this lunchtime which was pretty busy. We were immediately greeted by a smiling very pleasant barmaid who asked if we wanted to have a table or just a drink. We opted for a table and, yes it's unpublike, but we were immediately served by a very pleasant and efficient female who took the drinks order and later the food one.

The Pride was very good and the food was above average and arrived fairly quickly. The place, including the toilets, was very clean and they were very quick to clear and clean the tables. It may not be the ideal drinkers' pub but for a lunchtime stop off it's hard to beat.
lyeemoon - 18 Aug 2009 16:21
Are Fullers trying to put this pub out of business? Prices have always been higher than average but I got charged 3.45 for a pint of 3.7% Batemans XB yesterday and the Kronenbourg is now 3.65 a pint. The pub has got noticeably quieter over the last six months or so and at those prices its easy to see why. Ill be encouraging my regular drinking partners to find somewhere else for a lunchtime pint, theres plenty of choice.
Millay - 8 Apr 2009 13:37
Just been for lunch here. Good beer on offer-Discovery, Pride, ESB and Woodfordes Wherry, the latter we plumped for, delicious. Served by the little sexy smiley babe with piercings,she's an asset to this place.
We all ordered mains and on the whole quite satisfactory, albeit microwaved maybe. The music in the backround was unnecessary, and the noisy Germans behind us just took a bit of the gloss off a pleasant experience.
Will return though !!

KOTB - 29 Jan 2009 15:21
The quality of this pub suffers from it's position as it doesn't have to try very hard to get customers being just outside the tube station and law courts. Consequently it is overpriced and bland.

Almost 10 for half a cold soggy pork pie and a scoop full of chips is not what I consider to be reasonable, neither is average Fullers ale consistently priced at well over 3.

The interior is an open plan yawnfest and there is a slight poncy-ness lurking there in the background somewhere that you can't quite get your finger on. Not one I would go to again, especialy as it is within footslogging distance of the excellent Castle, Olde Mitre and Cittie of York.

Although not many particularly offensive features about it I can only summon up an average 5/10 rating for this bland pub.
Jay28 - 2 Oct 2008 13:34
The Melton hosted the final of the Sainsbury's Beer Competition last week. The beers all had to be produced specially for the competition (I believe) and the winner, Dr Okells IPA, from Okell's Brewery in the Isle of Man is our current guest ale. Not sure how much of this you'll find on handpull around town so it's worth popping in for a pint while it's available.
MaxPower - 30 Sep 2008 22:07
Busy three-floored pub on a main drag so it does get quite a lot of office turnover(this is like Apple turnover only not, as it were). Fullers beers - London Pride ran out so I destroyed a few brain cells with ESB. The guest beer was Adnams, priced at 'How much???'. The staff were also faffing around for ages before opening up the downstairs room which we had booked for 6 p.m. The little Belarussian barmaid who was working downstairs was an improvement however. Food was reasonable but expensive. The Mowbray being in the Law Courts area there is an accent on 'bray' from time to time.
rainlight - 8 Aug 2008 13:22
The Melton Mowbray has currently got Fullers Vintage Ale (2008 vintage) on cask. It's limited edition beer as it's usually only bottle-conditioned and is pretty special. 8.5% ABV and 3.75 a pint so it's expensive but a real rare treat. Get down and try some.
MaxPower - 20 Jun 2008 00:40
Fairly standard-issue Fullers pub, but the guest beer - Ossett Brewery Snow Drop - was excellent.
rpadam - 29 Feb 2008 23:21
The Melton Mowbray has been a reliable pub for a number of years now. Usual Fullers beers and there is often something else interesting, whether its a real guest or not Im unsure. Expensive, but then again arent all Fullers pubs. One of it's big plus points is the friendly and efficient service. Food is popular but doesnt stifle the drinking experience as it does in some pubs. This is a proper city drinking pub, and a pretty good one.

Millay - 17 Feb 2008 11:58
This week coming (22nd-26th Oct) The Melton Mowbray is having a mini cask ale festival starting with Fullers London Porter, Mr Harry and Vintage Ale (8.5% - normally only for the export market) and Castle Rock Nottingham Gold. Later in the week, therell be Tom Woods Hop & Glory and Wychwood Hobgoblin as well as the usual complete Fullers range.
The Cellar Bar is open every evening for this week, as two of the much needed handpumps are down there, and provides more of an ale supping sanctuary away from the hubbub of the City

I got the name from a hairdryer...

MaxPower - 20 Oct 2007 14:29
I agree with f90x. All a bit too automatic for my liking and the ale wasnt great either. Another industrial site which knocks out ale and grabs your cash without a thought for the customers wants and needs.
Bouzer - 28 Jun 2007 11:16
The Melton is a great pub but it has become a victim of its own success. A couple of years ago it used to be easy enough to get a pint on a Friday night.
Now its always rammed with part time drinkers.
Can be hard to get a seat most nights these days.

Still a good place though with a good mix of people. Bar staff are all great and service is quick and efficient.
Beers alright.
Gents toilets stink - really stink.
Pleasant atmosphere. Good male to female ratio.
( Any pub with all female staff is worth visiting in my book ! )

Its also in marching distance of Secrets and the Griffin.

Always busy in the summer. It's not too bad as everyone spills out onto the street to watch the afternoon parade of city girls going home.

Roll on summer..

The place is definitely better than the sum of its parts. I've had some great nights there and go all the time so my rating may be slightly biased..


herniator - 7 Mar 2007 13:44
Doesn't do much for me, this one. Just a place that sell booze. You can't miss it so good for meeting people.
f90x - 23 Dec 2006 13:19
Went in for lunch on Thursday. Got there at 12noon, and the place was empty, but the six attractive young barmaids gave me the impression it wouldn't be empty for long. Not being a 'real-ale' man, I can't comment on the ales, but they serve Grolsch so I was happy. The food was good pub food at a fair price - my cheese & bacon burger was good, and the wife had a Steak Ale pie (with a base!!) which she enjoyed very much. By 12:30, the place was packed and the atmosphere was very good. A good London pub experience, as it should be.
Blartman - 8 Dec 2006 11:40
Spacious Fuller's pub that's well worth a visit. Good beers in good condition and the price isn't too bad. Lovely dark wood decor that along with the seemingly permanent crowds adds to a cosy atmosphere. The barmaids are efficient, friendly and very attractive.
Not sure that this is a great place to spend a whole evening but dropping in for a couple if you are on your way somewhere else in the area is highly recommended.
Mr.Monkfish - 28 Oct 2006 11:02
Like an Irish Tardis this one,...looks big from the street don't it,..!
kmcs - 9 Oct 2006 15:15
Agree with below, but for ESB (always a bit cloudy but not so bad as to kick up a stink. A busy pub that suffers from ? Wish I could pinpoint what was wrong as this should be a cracker. The beer is so so and the staf are efficient but unfriendly.

A better bet seems to be the Viaduct Tavern at the moment
Norealaleinorpington - 9 Oct 2006 15:00
Not sure what they do in the cellar here, as the Pride and the Discovery (normally reliable pints) hardly ever seem to be spot on. Shame because I am a fan of Fullers ales.
Dynamo1 - 26 Jun 2006 17:07
Roomy but rammo. Always.
tanderson7 - 14 Jun 2006 11:55
Roomy Fullers pub with the usual Fullers range. Beer OK and there is plenty of space to expand into. However I had the stuffed chicken in here and it was barely edible! I suspect it was dodo instead! I can't account for other items on the food menu but none of my companions had trouble with theirs.
beeronaut - 2 Jun 2006 07:46
A Fullers pub, unusually for Central London, so was expecting a certain level of quality - Couldn't shake off of the feeling that it was like being in a Wetherspoons. For no apparent reason, I didn't enjoy my pint in here, the Guinness wasn't great and the interior was pants. Go to the Cittie of Yorke, it's a far far better pub.

Not the worst pub in the world though. And why "Melton Mowbray" - It's in Rutland?
TheGP - 22 Apr 2006 19:34
Went here for the first time in a while. Still a nice pub and was heaving when we were there but managed to get served immediately. Beer 2.80 ish but we were drinking the celebration ale which was pretty good.
The Gents could do with some work. Appalling condition.
TheHorsesMouth - 16 Feb 2006 14:03
Visited here again over christmas when the nearby Old Mitre shut early.
Once again reliable pint of Fullers and a joeval atmosphere.
Gann - 11 Jan 2006 19:23
Don't think I have ever been charged so much for a large glass of house white 5.95 and it was cool not cold! Surly staff when asked for a change. Not too busy when I was in. Food ordered was not as described on its menu. Won't be in again
anonymous - 10 Nov 2005 01:48
Have always liked this well run Fullers House. Very popular with local workers and tourists. Beer is always good.
TheHorsesMouth - 20 Oct 2005 13:57
Not unpleasant but the staff often have English as a second language, and worse, they seem to have problems keeping their real ales up to scratch.
Smelfungus - 18 Aug 2005 12:26
I liked this pub, traditional pub decor in dark wood, nice Fuller's beer, good selection of pies on the menu.
jaq - 8 Mar 2005 08:57
Excellent spacious comfortable pub right near Chancery Lane tube. Great traditional architecture, artistic and interesting modern touches. Check out the wooden horse on the top floor. Pleasant atmosphere even when crowded - it has that City buzz in a good way. Well kept Fullers beers. Not just for suits - quite a few construction workers as well. Definitely worth a visit when you're in the area.
foxski - 8 Jan 2005 15:27
Got extremly pissed here las tnight. Good pride and honey dew.. Nice pub
anonymous - 13 May 2004 09:11
Agree it's not a place to search out but if you happen to be in the area you won't be disappointed. The London Pride was slightly cold, but tasted good. The staff seemed friendly and the tables were checked for empties frequently.
Graham - 1 Dec 2003 11:09
It's a Fuller's Ale and Pie pub. It's a very full Fuller's Ale and Pie pub. All the usual stuff you'd expect from the chain and hordes of suits and legal eagles from the offices nearby spilling out onto the pavement. Not one to seek out, but it's an easy one for strangers in the area to find. Just look for the mass of people on the pavement swilling beer and saying things like "tort" and "caveat emptor" to each other.

Steve - 17 Apr 2003 16:11

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