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A pleasant pub with some good beers (Portobello when I was there) and good to find a place that's open on a Saturday evening in an area consisting mainly of offices.
16jamesdoc - 2 Apr 2014 14:14
Catbert, I have no idea what SilkTork is banging on about. The Greencoat Boy is not a family pub and all the better for it. Kids don't belong inpubs so perhaps SilkTork would be better off going to a cafe or wacky warheouse and leave pubs for the adults.

Anyway to the pub. I went in to the Greencoat Boy for the first time this weekend as I am working round the corner in Westminster.

It is a decent sized boozer with very friendly staff and a decent range of ales (four from memory) on cask. Personally went for a pint of Aspel which was very good. Looked at the pints being poured for other punters and they all looked in good condition.

It was a bit of fleeting visit as I had to get a train from nearby Victoria but will visit again when I have more time. All in all one of the best pubs in the Victoria area, a pat of London not blessed with the best boozers.

Will give it a provisional 7.
kevmac - 23 Mar 2014 14:21
SilkTork - in no way does this claim to be a family pub. Maybe there's a nursery or a TGI Friday in the area that would better suit your needs.
catbert - 9 Feb 2013 17:19
Like most pubs in the area they cater for tourists and office workers. Comfortable but does not encourage you to stay too long. Manageress keeps place ticking over nicely but needs to be more involved with customers to build on local trade
beercritic - 25 Dec 2012 19:17
For kevmac: It's a family pub - that means it wants to encourage families. Families have children. Children need child seats. It's like promoting yourself as a nightclub, but not having any music; or promoting yourself as a sports bar, but not putting on any sports events or providing any pool tables. Every other family pub I've been to has child seats. It's a basic.
SilkTork - 19 Mar 2012 22:24
I came across this place having just slapped myself for pondering entering the Slug and Lettuce round the corner.

It’s an unassuming pub, with typically over priced food and drink due to its location. The barman was friendly and being called ‘Sir’ made an amusing change from ‘love’ or ‘babe’.

Having time to kill, I had a couple beers and decided to grab a snack. The pub making such a great deal of the Great British Pub food they served all day, I decided to order the nachos. The fact that the cook was able to mess up putting various coloured slop onto crisps, I’m glad I didn’t order something a little more taxing.

But then, on the plus side, I still didn’t go into the Slug and Lettuce.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 23 Jan 2012 14:33
I visited this establishment a couple of weeks ago with a few friends of mine on a Sunday,it was fairly busy with a good atmosphere,there was a slight delay on food but this was plain to see as quite a lot of people were ordering food at the time,the staff apologised for this and were very friendly,when the food did arrive it was worth the wait,large fish and chips very good value although the burgers were very good i think there could have been a few more chips,overall a very enjoyable evening,will definately tell friends about this pub

northboi - 4 Sep 2011 21:21
Silktork it's a pub, why should it have "child" seats??
kevmac - 4 Jul 2011 23:07
A family food pub but no child seats and main seating is high stools. Small, cramped dining area with tiny tables. Limited food for veggies, but the veggie fish and chips are amazing! Prices OK for location - most meals under £10. 4 casks - Wherry, Pride, Bombardier, Youngs. Beer served in good condition. Rubber stamp mock Victorian interior. Pleasant background music. Nothing exciting, has flaws, but on the whole acceptable.
SilkTork - 4 Jul 2011 22:25
Went to this pub on a random visit to London this week. Gets very busy at lunchtimes from the local businesses. There used to be a very good cafe nearby but has since been replaced by a poncy coffee shop.
alcohol1c_anonymous - 11 Mar 2011 13:11
We had a christmas party at this pub last night and it was excellent. We had the cellar bar to ourselves (20 people) free of charge, and a buffet for £10.50 a head which was really good, a varied menu and lots of food.
I know this pub has had some bad reviews in the past but I was very impressed. The staff were friendly and helpful (although a couple of them were rather slow as they were new to the job) and the place looked really nice. All in all a very satisfied customer - I would definitely recommend it. Oh, and they were definitely NOT homophobic!
sisterpen - 7 Dec 2010 21:10
Personally, I agree with the duty manager. You can't have people waving political banners all over the place while you're enjoying a relaxing pint! We get enough of that rubbish indoors, on the telly.
I used to have this dotty old Doris keep coming round my place, thrusting pamphlets by those UKIP loonies onto my unsuspecting customers, muttering g about Joan Collins (?) the while; and no amount of reasoning or pushing and shoving would dissuade the old bat, so in the end I was forced to hurl her to the ground. That worked.
foghorn - 7 Jun 2010 22:03
i'm not getting into an argument about what loveleedshatebates has said with regards to my comment but i must point out that what i have posted is not a fake contribution nor did i say at all that everyone who posted something bad was gay, yes the people who left a post were appalled and rightly so, i was, but my point was when you read all the reviews on other sites everyone seemed to be jumping on the bandwagon and adding to it.and finally my comment about "behaviour" being offensive leaves me confused by what is meant by that. so i don't believe that i am wrong in what i posted at all. like i said in my post, thats what i was feeling when i was reading about all this and like everyone else i'm entitled to my say and express myself. i also agree with what tictactoe has posted.
cprobson - 7 Jun 2010 20:51
Dear oh dear. So many people commenting on hearsay when they dont know the full facts. I was in the pub at the time so feel I am in a better position to comment than most. The Duty Manager, who I gather was the Deputy not the Manager, was reacting to a complaint made by another customer. This is his duty. He asked for a banner to be taken down as it was causing offence to another customer. The content of the banner or the group displaying the banner is irrelevent. A pub is not a place to hang banners and force your views on other people unless you have rented the pub in its entirety. This was not the case. Other people were in the pub. Personally, I wasn't bothered but some people clearly were. The Deputy asked the the group to remove the banner and they refused. He told them if it didn't come down they would not be served anymore and would have to leave. Again, this is his duty regardless of what the LGBT Labour may think. He said that had he known the group were going to be troublesome he would not have taken the booking. This has nothing to do with being homophobic. His suspension is part of the investigatory process of any HR related work dispute and in no way indicates guilt. If, of course there were things I didn't see or hear then he deserves to be treated accordingly. However, boycotting an entire pub chain because of the alleged behaviour of one individual seems to be an over reaction. Looking at their website it would appear they have several Gay venues so 'Corporate homophobia' seems unlikely. Let's wait and see what comes of the Police investigation and let things follow a natural course of events before we all jump on the bandwagon. Anyway, pub review. Not the best in the area but clean and tidy with a decent supply of food and drink. Toilets pong like all pub loos and a dimmer switch might create a better ambience. That said a pleasing night until the dramas!!!
tictactoe - 7 Jun 2010 20:10
talk about a clear obvious fake contribution to the site from cprobson..firstly he assumes all who criticised the pub for the events on Saturday are gay, wrong every decent person who heard about this incident was appauled. Secondly Punch Taverns have apologised, suspended the duty manager involved and issued guidence to all its pubs on not doing anything so stupid again. The ridiculious comments about behaviour are offensive, no evidence offered that the gruop were anything other than behaving normally and anyone who knows the people involved will testify to that. The bottom line is the manager was in the wrong and now cprobson is in the wrong.
loveleedshatebates - 7 Jun 2010 14:05
After reading the last few reviews i have to say that i am appalled that people are saying that this pub is homophobic as this is totally UNTRUE. i am Gay and very proud to be and have been drinking in this pub for many years along with my friends who some of them are also gay. to also request you boycott punch tavern pubs is also discusting as they have some very nice gay pubs and bars that i go to. i know that Punch Taverns is not in any way shape or form homophobic and that they employ Gay staff AND have a lot of gay managers running pubs,bars and night venues, the reason i know this is that i have worked for this company for over 20 years and have ran pubs and bars up and down the country, people read into things then post comments on sites like this just because they want to stir up trouble without getting to know the facts. it is hard enough running a pub as it is but when customers "get out of hand" for what ever reason they are asked to respect others around them and if they don't then they will be asked to leave. but in this case the usual "ace card" is pulled out. "Homophobic" pub. let the police know then post it on sites, very very weak excuse i think.Yes people do have a right to free speach but please remember, KNOW the FACTS first then decide if and when you post something about a place or venue that you know it is the truth as to why they were asked to leave in the first place. this is why we still have this sort of attitude going on around the world because people make assumptions.
whether you are gay or straight and visit venues for what ever reason. drinks,party,meetings, whatever. Behave and have Respect.
cprobson - 6 Jun 2010 13:28
Disgraceful venue.

Disgusted to learn that the manager of this establishment was prepared to turn away paying customers on account of their sexuality. I might expect it at a remote B&B or pub in an out of the way part of the UK but never in London.

As a gay man will be boycotting the Greencoat Boy and other Punch Taverns managed venues and I urge other users of this site to do the same.
aj82 - 6 Jun 2010 01:14
Disgraceful venue.

Disgusted to learn that the manager of this establishment was prepared to turn away paying customers on account of their sexuality. I might expect it at a remote B&B or pub in an out of the way part of the UK but never in London.

As a gay man will be boycotting the Greencoat Boy and other Punch Taverns managed venues and I urge other users of this site to do the same.
aj82 - 6 Jun 2010 01:14
This pub is, in the words of former dep PM John Prescott, "disgraceful". Avoid.
theoldstoat - 6 Jun 2010 00:59
Never like it much anyway, but to find out that they refuse to serve 100 young people who would have spent 500x more that they would normally take on a Saturday because the manager has issues on sexuality closes the case for me, go to the Cardinal instead.
loveleedshatebates - 5 Jun 2010 22:33
This pub refused to serve a group of my friends because they were gay. The management told them their booking would have been refused if the staff had realised it was a booking for an LGBT group. This is illegal and more importantly it's disgusting. Boycott this bigoted pub!
msgracefh - 5 Jun 2010 20:29
This pub is a disgrace, how could anyone in the 21st Century possibly be so homophobic - boycott this pub and all asociated ones! Homophobia cannot be tolerated in any culture, place or time! VOTE LABOUR
Citizen - 5 Jun 2010 19:57
Not a bad pub this. Well kept beers and a half decent range of both bitter and lager. Ideal for a quick, after school pint!
MartinR - 11 Mar 2010 08:54
Quite a nice looking pub, with some outside seating which can be quite pleasant on a summer weekend when you haven't got so much traffic roaring past. Inside, the 'L'-shaped bar is a bit smaller than you might expect so if busy the best bet (if available) is to sit in the raised area in one corner. However, there is also a basement bar (which I have never visited). Eight handpumps on display, but these are doubled up so the real ale choice was Bombardier, Greene King IPA, Pride and Youngs Ordinary (a decent pint, but daftly priced at £2.97). One of the better pubs in the area.
rpadam - 3 Mar 2010 22:25
Took my girlfriends parents on a tourist trip around London on Sunday, and after walking past the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, I needed to find a pub for a spot of lunch.

Being a Sunday, it's always a bit difficult, and my usual favourite (The Speaker) was closed.

We stumbled across this place having wandered around for a bit, and it did just the job. I had a nice pint of Director's and the London Pride was pretty good as well by all accounts. They also had Bombardier and Young's Special on tap.

In the end we didn't stop for food, as the menu was mainly big meals, where I was really after a small bite of lunch, but if you fancied a meal there was plenty to go for, including a roast of the day.

If it had been a bit busier when we arrived, I'd have probably been more impressed, but as it was it was decent on a Sunday, but I wouldn't pick it over other nearby pubs.
steej - 25 Jan 2010 13:36
Ok clean & tidy used by local professionals nothing exciting but better than some of the more touristy tatty pubs in SW1.

My mate Shaun B used to salivate over the lipstick lesbians that used to regularily French kiss outside!
steviewonder - 16 Nov 2009 14:55
Standard London pub with not too much wrong with it. Its a fairly large wedge shaped single bar with a mixture of high and low tables. Didn't see any TVs other than a small old one showing a terrestrial channel without sound so I don't think it's a place to watch sport. There is a large space outside for summer evenings and most people were taking advantage of this when I was in.

Ok for a quick pint but I wouldn't make a special effort to return here.
murgatroyd - 12 Sep 2009 09:29
more friendly than the albert, thats for sure... but still quite bland.
yankinlondon76 - 6 Aug 2009 23:59
Outside drinking in the sun. Lovely.

wolfie_292 - 24 Jul 2009 15:30
This place is a pretty run of the mill London boozer that was serving up Pride, Bombardier and Ordinary alongside a standard draught selection. There was another ale which was off, but I couldn’t see what the clip said.

I found the two barmen to be friendly making the atmosphere very relaxed. There is no TV, but the background music was at a good level playing some old 70s songs.

There is a basement bar that offers more seating and can be hired out for functions, but this was closed during my visit.

I would have no problem in returning here again, although I wouldn’t want to stay all night.
Strongers - 15 Jul 2009 09:17
Situated in a road just off Victoria Street, The Greencoat Boy is a T&J Bernard House serving local office workers and tourists alike. The green-painted exterior is inviting with hanging baskets helping to create a warm invite. Interior wise, the pub is comfortable and cozy, with a tidy, orderly feel throughout. Being a chain pub, there are the usual rubber-stamped fitting, though the hanging urns and jugs go someway to adding a touch of character. The background music was suitably sedate, and with here not being particularly busy on my recent visit, helped to create a somewhat relaxed ambience. A basement bar is available for private hire. A standard food menu is available and the family observed seemed happy enough tucking in. As always, it was pleasing to see an array of real ales on offer – even if the choices were a little mainstream: Bombardier, Young’s Bitter, London Pride and Adnams Bitter. The latter was served in perfectly drinkable condition and prices are reasonable for the area. There was only one gentleman behind the bar during my stay, yet service was pleasingly prompt and efficient. To conclude: a generally okay experience and although here lacks any real standout charm, I found the pub to be pleasant and am certainly not repelled by the idea of a return visit.
HTM69 - 19 Apr 2009 14:13
This pub should improve greatly now that Dave from the Albert is in charge.
beercritic - 19 Apr 2009 07:27
Unoriginalname has summed this pub up perfectly. A decent enough boozer and at least they were happy to serve us unlike the Albert.
copnorsteve - 20 May 2008 20:55
While it might not win any awards, it's nice enough, serves some decent beers and, once the suits clear out, is quite a pleasant place.
unoriginalname38 - 25 Sep 2007 17:21
One of the old T & J Barnard pubs which is slowly shaking of this image.Mainly an office workers pub with some tourists at weekends. Looked like becoming a decent pub when new manager took over but has slipped into the ways of many pubs in the area with a couldn't less attitude from staff unless you happen to be regular
beercritic - 23 Jun 2007 09:02
Had a pleasant few pints in here a bit back, after discovering that The Cardinal wasn't a place we wanted to drink in any more. Nothing special, but decent beer, and a cheerful atmosphere. Wouldn't object at all if someone suggested meeting there for a jar or two.
earlydrinker - 17 Jun 2007 22:31
Ridiculously small toilets considering how packed this place gets on a Friday night. Decent bar staff... the sort who remember who arrived at the bar in what order, and politely telling the usual arrogant suits who push in to wait their turn.
kingston_toon - 9 May 2007 16:38
An okay pub for having a jar or two in after work. Beer is kept well, nothing spectacular, and the outside standing are is useful in the summer, if a little crowded. Usually full of politicos and media types, but not poncey ones.
vic_of_india - 20 Apr 2007 14:57
Arrghh! This coudl be such a great pub. Nice bar,a nd another down stairs (but it doesn't serve ale!). Food always seems good, and service is variable, depending on day/time (Friday nights can be murder!!)

But the bar staff - jeez, guys and girls, chill out. Every Friday night I've been in here they literally throw you out at 10 minutes after closing, even if you still have some drink left
blueallover - 16 Apr 2007 14:09
I particularly dislike this chain of pubs, the ones with that cream and red outside decor, and this is a prime example. Horrible place, particularly in tne gloomy downstairs. Like drinking in your granny's front room. It's so bad I'd rather drink in the Littern Tree just across the street (but most people probably wouldn't!).
puppyfeat - 21 Mar 2007 13:16
It's an OK pub. Nothing spectacular about it - but it seems clean and run well enough. The service was friendly and the Young's Ordinary was perfectly acceptable. I would certainly visit again if I was in the area, but it does have competition with The Speaker just down the road.
RexRattus - 20 Mar 2007 16:41
A T&J pub. Food not as good as others in the chain. Good selection of wine but it was Australia Day. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
WaitorseBoyz - 29 Jan 2007 14:22
Office workers' pub possibly, three real ales none unusual but the Bombardier seemed well kept. Chicken BLT sandwich ok. Slightly off the beaten track and worth going into.
beeronaut - 27 Sep 2006 14:13
Went here on Saturday night, and it was pretty quiet, but still seemed a nice pub. Good selection of ales.
richvdh - 22 Jan 2006 19:21
Awful microwaved food, average beer. Should do better.
anonymous - 23 Sep 2005 14:32
A bit off the beaten track in Victoria but nonetheless a nice pub; did seem rather quiet for a Saturday night but this can be a good thing. A good starting point if you are pub crawling around the Victoria / Whitehall area.
lennie384 - 2 Sep 2005 10:56
de4th2smoochie - 14 Jul 2005 23:02
Have only been here once and am coming back when I am next in London, there was a real buzz about the place and people were very relaxed and having fun. The staff were very nice and the pub is in a great area.Will have lunch next time I go there as the menu looked nice and there was a good selection of wine. It is a very homey and friendly place for a weekend drink..
anonymous - 9 Feb 2005 13:40
Busy durning the week - but never too busy. I like this pub. Beer is decent, staff good and atmosphere is very welcoming. Bit small though and can be a struggle to get served at times.
Paul - 5 Nov 2004 12:10
I think this is the best boozer in town. Best to keep downstairs with the in crowd though
Taylor Waters - 28 Oct 2004 15:53
In a word - terrible. The red wine I was served was truly disgusting and I had to return it. Avoid at all costs.
Fiona Gallagher - 17 Apr 2004 12:09
Good pub and great service. Weekends are quiet which is good for a chilled pint during the day and week nights it kicks. Good atmosphere provided by the staff (including the manager and assistant which I don't see very often) and these guys know how to look after their beer as well as their custmoers. Top class.
Basil - 18 Feb 2004 11:01
Awful. Too much wood, too crowded. Only stayed for the one pint, which was to gassy.

Not somewhere where i can see myself returning.
Rob - 1 Feb 2004 18:56
Been there on a couple of Saturday nights and it's been empty. Traditional pub style and service Ok. Just needs a few punters to liven the place up.
andrew1961 - 25 Jan 2004 19:27

the cheese burger and chips werent big enough and there wasnt any decent steak but the service and atmosphere was goodgood

Tatanka - - 9 Jan 2004 17:30
It's okay and that's about it really.
Juliet - 21 Dec 2003 17:54
I like it
Zsuzsa - 4 Jul 2003 08:55
I had my first trip to London a couple of weeks ago. I walked past this great homely-looking pub and decided to give it a try. Great ales, great service, great chicken and ham pie! Will definately reccomend this one to my friends back in SA.
lhtpleon - 12 May 2003 09:48

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