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Inn 1888, Marylebone

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Went into this pub yesterday lunchtime. Ordered a pint of Abbot Ale. Paid £3.40 i think. A bit expensive I thought.

I then asked the barman how would I know much I would be paying for my beer before I ordered it?

He replied that they didn't have visible price lists for customers, and shrugged his shoulders when I suggested that was a very poor and possibly illegal practice,

At the very least it is extremely poor customer service not having a comprehensive price list.

A pub which clearly puts up visibly so prices of expensive wines, but does not have a price list for beers tells me exactly what kind of pub it is. It is telling me that it does not want my sort. It does not want my custom.

As for its catering, selling Thai food, that tells me everything I need to know about this pub.

I will not be visiting this pub again.

mycetes - 20 Nov 2010 13:21
The place isn't too bad as it seemed more of a pub on my visit with plenty of the old features (tiling etc) still remianing. What lets it down is the beer - bog standard GK rubbish, so I went for the Stella - which was also poor, not chilled. If you can't get the lager right then you should really give up selling beer.
anonymous - 30 Sep 2010 16:57
The beer on tap is the very bland Greene King IPA and Abbott Ale. It was in average condition but far too cold. Got the 'tut' when asking the barman to top up my pint. My friends drank the Peroni - one pint came in the nice fancy branded glass but the other one didn't. At £3.80 per pint I think the effort should be made to at least make sure it's served in the correct glass. They did say it tasted nice though! Haven't tried the food. Absolutely dreadful toilets.
TheBeerMonkey - 2 Feb 2010 13:08
The former Devonshire Arms has an identity crisis. Is it a pub or is it a restaurant? A magnificent fireplace and tiling betray it's original function while uniformed waiters hover expectantly. There were six or seven other customers but none of them were eating. GK Abbot and IPA on tap, my pint of Abbot was reasonably well kept (£3.20) Nice interior, apart from the odd positioning of the bar in one corner, but that's it.
holbornboy - 26 Jan 2009 09:54
GKIPA and Abott Ale on. The GKIPA at £3.05 a pint was expensive for a very ordinary beer that was not in particularly good – but this may have been because it was the first pint of day that had not been drawn through. There is some rather nice Victorian tiling as well as some gilded, etched and cut glass.

Bit it did not seem very welcoming. My “good morning” (OK, it was 12.05, but close enough) may have elicited a suitable response, but I did not catch it. And it was very cold in there as well – I’m glad I had a sweater on. Thai food only, but I didn’t bother to stop to eat as it was too cold. One chap came in looking for a sandwich to eat, and left when he was told the food was only Thai. It is probably worth dropping in to have a peek at the décor, but I can’t see any other reason.
RexRattus - 20 Dec 2008 11:08
As a place to get drinks after work, 1888 is head and shoulders above the nearby pubs on the High Street - though, that's not a difficult accomplishment. None the less, the bar staff are excellent. No matter how busy the pub gets, you can get your order in a timely manner. The bitters are over priced and The Abbot and IPA are shockingly cold. It would be nice to see a new pint from time to time. None the less, it's still my preferred watering hole east of Marylebone High Street.
skorch - 12 Jun 2008 12:05
Clean and tidy and uncluttered with tables. Only GK IPA and Abbot. Thai food, had a red curry which was ok. I think there is an upstairs function room.
GuideDogSaint - 21 Mar 2008 19:58
Came in here last Sunday, & was very dissapointed. The Stella was vile, my GF's Pineapple juice tasted watered down, and was room temp., the bogs are awful.
I loved the tiles though, and the unusual corner setting for the bar, not as much as to make a return visit though
zagreb - 8 Aug 2007 18:11
I liked this pub, having moved on up here one night after vsiting the estimable Goldon Eagle down the road. A very different place from the Eagle but shows how a pub can be refurbed fairly decently. i never saw it before but it was convivial and comfortable. teh barman really knew how to mix a bloody mary and did so excellently. My only reservation are the daft sofas - the space is too small for them to be effective. There's a couple of them near the bar and the difference in height of the people sitting at the bar compared with the people on the sofa was really quite amusing. It almost looked as if they were sitting on the floor. Sofas look well in big spaces not small spaces - the interior designers have not given consideration to scale. Nonetheless a very useful find.
Ullage - 12 Jan 2007 13:50
Very expensive
CheshireCheese - 19 Jul 2006 12:02
Not a bad little boozer. Gets a little shouty when it fills up. However I don't think that Abbot Ale is mean to be served SO COLD THAT YOU CAN BARELY HOLD THE GLASS!
mr_goatboy - 7 Jun 2006 18:10
What they've done to the interior of this pub in recent years is tragic. Lovely Victorian tiles now wasted in an idiotic 'bar style' pub. An absolute mess.
Ianah - 1 Jun 2006 15:27
I recently returned to this pub after many years and was pleasantly surprised. I recall it having been an average pub which you could stop off in or pass by. The refit was very well done, there is a very relaxing atmosphere and the position of the bar is very clever.
Airwolf - 9 May 2006 11:33
What a find!

This is a grand pub with fine Victorian decor. It is in a tucked away spot just off Marylebone High Street on a quiet road mainly medical practices.

Linkman - 15 Mar 2006 19:36

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