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Rising Sun, Tottenham Court Road

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user reviews of the Rising Sun, Tottenham Court Road

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The menu is the same as the Royal George in Euston so the fish and chips is still good. The pub seemed pretty good, still not amazing but Ok
BeerOnlyMan - 4 Nov 2016 16:04
Nice range of beers, not too expensive for the area, worth a visit.
Aztecgoat - 14 Nov 2015 21:43
This pub is a beautiful building in its own right. Real ale very acceptable quality. Spoiled by unfriendly staff.

Seems to have unusual opening hours but you'll be OK in core times.
Beerscout - 1 Feb 2015 14:15
Came in here early Saturday evening on a pub crawl a couple of weeks ago. The pub is big and roomy, and the place was full as they show the football on big screens. The beer's nice but I wouldn't fancy eating there with that many people around.
lancalot - 16 Nov 2013 18:54
Had a couple of pints of some very well kept London Pride on Friday night, they also had Tribute and a couple of other ales, all pleasant enough really. Not too busy but was getting lively by the time we left. Worth a visit if you're in the area and fancy a pint.
Paulie_Tandoori - 4 Mar 2012 14:28
15 months on and what a change about 5 months ago new management took over after stream of temps (he came from The Stage Door in Victoria and brought his head barmaid too) and now really busy. Staff remember regulars - on TCR a miracle - are pleasant and service far better.

Still can be packed out with toursit parties having a meal early evening but that's a minor niggle.

Definitely worth popping in.
celt7 - 24 Feb 2012 16:12
Dreadful place - the manager threw us out because he thought we should be buying more drinks and spending more money! Despite the fact that I had bought a round of drinks for my friends 20 minutes ago, and the place was empty. Surely a candidate for The Apprentice; he'll go far in business. With appalling hospitality like this, this place will get the custom it deserves.
mrnaga - 5 Oct 2010 16:44
If you have to use this pub try between 12-2pm weekdays it is usually empty so quick service - all the others in the area are usually full with people who work in the area but we all avoid this one. We normally nip in for a bottle of wine - they can't get that too wrong.

Re the comments about the staff - there is one dark haired barman with a goatee who has a terrible attitude. We too have had run ins but he seems to be senior and never works lunch hours - hurray.

Though he was around last week telling staff about how drunk he had been the night before and couldn't remember getting home. Classy.

The rest of the staff are very nice and it's okay if you want a quick drink - but avoid otherwise.
celt7 - 17 Sep 2010 17:02
The pub itself seems nice with a decent pint and average prices. My only problem with the place is the staff ( barman ) who was nothing but rude to my mate when he went up and asked for our drinks. I saw there was a problem at the bar so i went up to see what the problem was. I asked my mate and as soon as i did the barman started being rude to me aswel. I exchanged unpleasantries with him and walked out. If anyone reads this and then gets the same treatment off this idiot then please hit him in the face. I wanted to do this but it's not really my style although im sure i would have took great pleasure in doing so. Why do people do bar work when they clearly don't know how to or want to do it.......... Idiot
reddrinker - 31 Dec 2009 12:12
Nice classic corner pub type building that is fortunately still kept in decent repair inside. Dark wood floors and tables along with a burgundy painted ceiling and not-too-strong lighting make for a very pleasant environment not a million miles away from a classic European "Brown" Pub. A fair selection of real ales (although two were off during my visit) and a choice of draught lagers and all the usual wine and sprits options are all present and correct and prices are standard for the area. Service was a little too easily distracted, but pretty friendly nonetheless and neither myself or my companion had to wait long at any point although the pub had a fair number of people in and there were only two people working. Drinks were of good quality and background music was pretty tasteful and not too loud.
Food was very good, we both had the Sunday Roast (Beef) and quality wise there were absolutely no complaints, however at £7.95, the one (admittedly reasonably big) slice of beef seemed a little on the stingey side.
Worth a visit, but I suspect more a daytime or straight after work, relaxed type of a drink is what you'd want here and it's not a detination pub.
Mr.Monkfish - 1 Nov 2009 22:30
High prices, quiz machine on the blink, barman with issues in the sense of humour department.

Think I'll give it a miss in future
nk74 - 1 Jul 2009 11:02
Deceptively large pub because of the back area it was crowded when I was in and the competition for seats was fierce. The only reason I could think of for the numbers was the proximity to the Uni but the prices belied any serious attempt to attract students.

Let's face it Tottenham Court Rd is not anyone's destination of choice but the Rising Sun was slightly above the average for this area and so it is possible I might one day end up in here again.
murgatroyd - 28 Jun 2009 20:25
Real ale and good food - though the portion of chips was meagre!
dpaajones - 27 Mar 2009 17:44
Went to this pub for the first time in years on Saturday afternoon after taking advantage of the Zavi sale. The 2 barmaids were the sort that continued their conversation whilst serving, though when i got my Kronenburg it was lovely. However, my girlfriend and i decided to order a 'plate' of chips. When they arrived i thought it was a joke. I have never seen such a small amount of chips, served on a saucer, no more than about 20 chips! You would expect a toddler to still feel hungry after eating them, all for £1.80. And they were soggy.
conflictuk - 13 Jan 2009 13:49
Passable pub, probably better at lunchtime when it's not too busy, serves quite good food, but it basically lacks character or anything to really recommend it above anywhere else.
pintofstrongbow - 1 Jan 2009 14:09
This L-shaped pub had 4 real ales on and a selection of standard and premium lager during my last visit. I found the barman that served me to be terse and the atmosphere to be nonexistent. Granted, I wasnít expecting great surroundings as this is in effect a high street pub with a flitting crowd.

I donít think Iíll be rushing back here.
Strongers - 3 Nov 2008 15:19
Dreadful pub! Poor decor and atmosphere. Went with a group of friends and I tried the Spitfire. It was undrinkable, my friend who got the round in and went to take it back to the barmaid, she asked the landlord, he said it was not off and that was the end of that and so instead of giving a new pint or an alternative my friend had to pay again for a pint of pride. I took this up with the landlord who was very unhelpful and showed no customer service at all, he just mentioned he had won awards for his beer (which looking at the reviews below, you wonder how!) He then tried to blame the barmaid for not telling him the full story. At no point did he apologise or try to resolve the issue. This is the first time in over 20 years of drinking that a pub has refused to deal in some with a 'dodgy' pint. Needless to say he lost any more custom from our group and we went on to far finer establishments then this.
Randello - 25 Sep 2008 12:14
characterless, beer barn nothing to recommend this place, not one redeeming feature.
theregent - 2 Jun 2008 19:35
I didn't sample the ales on my last visit but did notice it had a couple of regulars and a guest (can't remember what, but it's a start). Suspect this is probably an all right place.
grecian - 12 Feb 2008 15:06
Popped in here last Sunday as a relief for myself and my fiance who had spent the best part of an hour checking the sights out.

It's unremarkable, but pleasant enough. Beer was well kept, though I'd argue that their guest ale (Scrooged or whatever it is) should be immediately confined to the slops tray as it tasted like it had been filtered through one of my socks after a hard nights football. Apart from that, the decor is nice and it's been kept very much as it should be int eh Victorian way.

Not a highly recommended pub, but certainly better than some in the immediate vicinity
rampantwurzel - 14 Dec 2007 12:26
Recently put in disabled access, via a ramp up to the side door, and a disabled toilet. That said, it appears this has been done as an afterthought and not particularly well. The ramp is often inaccessible due to large plant pots being left in the way and the disabled toilet is in a corner where it can only be accessed by moving the table in the corner and anyone sitting at it.
Martinl - 29 Aug 2007 16:54
Agree with last comment by NWLondon_girl - it's a quite OK place, nothing special, just a bar really, useful for a pint or two on the way to somewhere else and handily positioned. Good range of ales - Deuchars, Brakspears, Pride, Spitfire and another I can't remember but 3 of them were off being "conditioned". The Pride and Brakspears were unexceptionally kept but reasonable.
Ullage - 12 Jul 2007 17:03
Had a few drinks before a restaurant booking round the corner & it was ok. Not too much on either side to say really, your very average central London boozer but good for people watching from the tables by the windows.
The staff were smiley & polite & looked like they were enjoying being there. Makes a change from the norm!
NWLondon_Girl - 12 Jun 2007 17:38
I use dto like this pub as it was a handy place to meet up in central London. That changed however at the weekend when a surly bar manager's attitude to my family put me right off the place. He wouldn't let us take our son in, even though we planned to eat, and wouldn't even let us use the toilets to change him. His attitude stank, and we left straightaway. Given that there are so many other pubs looking for our custom, I'll be giving this miserable, unfriendly place a big swerve in future.
elquiffy - 16 Apr 2007 14:13
pint was a bit nasty but it was sunday morning. found it very snug round the corner. Nice atmosphere and not expensive.
DirtyPanda - 8 Feb 2007 22:51
Now now. Certainly not the most exciting of pubs, but to put it in context it's massiveley improved on how it used to be: does anybody else remember its previous incarnation as Presley's, the Elvis theme pub? I kid you not. Not just the worst pub in Tottenham Court Road, or even the worst pub in Fitzrovia. It was the worst dive I've ever set foot in - and my standards are not all that high.
Martinl - 10 Jun 2006 22:52
sucks the soul of you this boozer.....ii dunno why i keep doing it to myself
tanderson7 - 8 Jun 2006 11:42
not a bad pub better than the fitzroy tavern not that is difficult
juzza - 29 Mar 2006 12:49
Packed. With suits. On a tuesday evening. To be expected I guess, given its location. Beer ok too. Foodwise, only had a snack ... standard pub fare, not bad.
thelawburns - 20 Oct 2005 17:03
As part of the latest refurb they've added large screen televisions add a grotesque note in what was once a fine victorian interior. They also serve as a reminder that these days, the Rising Sun caters mainly for passing shoppers buying electronic status-symbols on TCRd. Used to be a great pub but for the past five years or so it's been on an ever-downward slide. Beer quality (and staff attitude) tends to be very erratic. At least it's not as bad as the Jack Horner across the road.

If you don't mind Sam Smith's beer, the Fitzroy, just a short stagger down Windmill St is vastly preferable.
flat3 - 4 Oct 2005 17:27
This place has recently been refurbed and rebranded. I hadn't been in here before but it's certaily nice now. Big and clean with great seats to relax on. Food was good and staff were pleasant. Fine place for a quiet drink, sunday lunch or the start/middle of a larger evening.
SocialDrinker - 20 Sep 2005 15:00
Ok I suppose - food not too bad, drink not too bad. Usually empty.

Highly offensive manager - recently whilst dining at the pub he came over and ranted at the Australian family sitting outside on the next table because they had dared to buy non pub food for their 2 year old daughter despite the fact they had purchased five meals and numerous drinks.
anonymous - 22 Jul 2005 09:57
This place is a gem compared to the "trendy" bars you'll find in nearby soho. Agree with the others that you can almost always find a seat, also its got a good selection of drinks and the foods good value too. Perfect place if your looking for a pub for a pint and somewhere quiet enough so you can hear each other speak
crisp - 25 May 2005 13:07
OK - menu has improved greatly since last time I was here but seems to be very understaffed. I guess its good because you can always get a seat...
anonymous - 3 May 2005 01:15
Strangely i like this place - maybe cos i always fall into it after a hard days shopping or just before the cinema - but i always seem to have a good time here - i cannot explain why except that its mildy inoffensive, the beer is cheap, the tables are big and you can always find a seat.
starfish160 - 27 Apr 2005 17:19
Got kicked out of there once for smoking a doobie. "FOOKIN SHITE"!!
anonymous - 6 Apr 2005 00:02
What a horrible dive. Not what you would expect for the area. The place has a lingering smell which becomes unbearable after a while. For a place with such a high ceiling it gets very smoky as well. I go to the Fitzrovia round the corner now instead.

RichPhoenix - 13 Feb 2005 00:01
Some quite nice beers on - and a student discount. Littl bit dingy, but dinge isnt always bad. Been here a couple of times - would probably return.
spleen978 - 10 Feb 2005 14:43
Geat pub...a decent pint of Speckled Hen and very nice food. Staff were friendly and efficient. Definately recommended.
Dunc - 8 Apr 2004 18:36
Horrible pub, with incompetent bar staff.
Grynster - 5 Mar 2004 17:06
our 22 year old son (jim) is on a 3 month working holiday (from australia) in the rising sun. His overall impression of the staff and patrons of the Rising Sun is overwhelming. There seems to be a very friendly atmosphere which has made him feel right at home( apart from all the teasing about our loss in the world cup). From his comments the Rising Sun appears to be an inviting and relaxing hotel to dine and have a few drinks with friends
hronis - - 6 Dec 2003 03:46
I love this pub the music is always great, bordering on fantastic. They have a selection of guest ales as well as the usual type and the wine is never horrible. Don't bother with the food though and don't sit outside, you will be asked for money. It's a lovely atmosphere though and loads of different types of people.
Sian - 23 Oct 2003 11:09
I like the Rising Sun. All of what Ruby says is true but it's not a bad place. The staff are friendly. The nicest thing about the place is it is fairly anonymous and doesn't have much of an identity in that it's not a theme pub and it doesn't have a large proportion of any one type of customer. So, you can go there and just have a drink without any of the crap you have to put up with in many of Central London's pubs.

I would say there's not a great selection of beers but the food's quite good.

Also, I'm not a big fan of the Windmill although they do have a couple of pool tables if you want a game.
fitzrovian - 3 Oct 2003 11:03
What is it about very conspicuous pubs in the centre of London? There's nothing inherently wrong with the Sun, but there's nothing particularly right with it either.

Maybe because it's so easy for tourists to simply wander it that Londoners are petrified of it, and natually, the barstaff are Australian.

Go to the Windmill instead. It's 20 seconds round the corner and infinitely muckier.
Ruby - - 16 Jul 2003 13:49

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