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Enjoyed the pint of ESB which I had here last night. Didn’t enjoy paying around £4.30 for the privilege, though.
Large Fuller’s pub which was relatively quiet inside on a busy Thursday evening compared to surrounding boozers where people were spilling out into the streets.
Staff friendly and efficient, toilets clean and you could get a seat, but would be put off returning by the price.
duchyjim - 1 Aug 2014 09:21
Not a bad pub at all. i had a chat with nick griffin here one sunday in september, awful nice chap
formworker123 - 6 Nov 2011 14:51
Not a bad pub at all. i had a chat with nick griffin here one sunday in september, awful nice chap
formworker123 - 6 Nov 2011 14:51
Fullers is not my favourite beer but after half hour of being squashed on the underground I would have drunk lager.............no, not really.
6:15 on a Thursday evening, nearby Hamilton Hall was 'rammed'. Dirty Dicks was guarded by twenty smokers blocking the entrance and Woodins Shades had no spare tables, so here we are.
It was busy but still had enough room at a table for the three of us.
Our food was served within 20 minutes after ordering. I had the ham and leek pie - which did contain more air than filling. The vegetables were cooked soft (the way I like them). Rounded off with chips and gravy it was very edible.
I did wash it down with pints of Chiswick Bitter (very watery), Ascot (slightly better), ESB (good) and Discovery (the best).
Not bad for someone not keen on Fullers. Crowded train journey home? I couldn't care less now.

fugglehops - 27 Jun 2011 20:53
A shame that Beermonster's food ruined his experience. I have been using this pub off and on for 7/8 years now and never had a bad time - beer always decent. Although I cannot really comment on the quality of the food (only ever eaten a sandwich one lunchtime) it always seems popular for food at lunchtime. Staff are polite (mostly eastern Europeans - thankfully) and generally pleasant. The place always looks clean and tidy and frankly it is better than Woodins by miles - different league. I suppose it is "corporate" in that it is run by a brewery but a brewery that seems to know what it is doing nonetheless. Some of the non-brewery pubs in and around the City can be complete dives. SS is a reliably good pub - a 7/10 is fair in my opinion.
paddyrussell - 21 May 2011 13:20
I rocked up at this seemingly inviting City boozer last Wednesday, having got off the train at Liverpool Street following an excruciating dull day of meetings. Starving hungry, I opted for this joint and one of its famous Fullers pies....what a mistake. Service was fast and polite, which is a rarity in this part of the world, but the food is awful. I went for the "house pie" which arrived promptly ten minutes later, served with soggy, wilted veg, microwaved new spuds, and a pie cooked in a Merrychef, with a massive deceive large lid containing...fresh air. Oh, and there was the filling - reminiscent of something like dogfood, I'm not sure it contained any meat, or if did I need my tastebuds examined, the whole meal served lukewarm, with bizarrely - a jar of mayo on the side. Awful, awful reflection on Fullers - the price for this rubbish? A tenner. Avoid.
BeerMonster1983 - 17 May 2011 20:45
Nice enough pub, pricey, nowhere near as loud as Woodin's Shades across the street. Beer was in good nick but the measures served were somewhat short, meaning that we had to ask for top-ups each time,10% or more. Nothing inherently wrong with the place but wouldn't go out of my way to return.
elsie_pop - 16 Oct 2010 15:04
A pretty standard Fullers "city" pub designed to serve crowds quickly in a short time. Dead at 1530 yesterday though.

Chiswick, Pride, ESB and Discovery on. Pride at 3.40 and Discovery at 3.45 were, I thought, rather expensive even for the City. 2 beers ran out whilst we were there and didn't seem to have been changed an hour later when we left. Staff were polite but spent most of their time talking to each other and drying cutlery. Worth dropping into but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.
cheshirecat - 29 Sep 2010 09:52
Large rambling Fullers Ale & Pie House catering for City workers, although also attracting a few locals. It was quiet on my Friday afternoon visit. However, you sensed it was the quiet before the storm. London pride, Discovery, Chiswick, ESB and Gales HSB were all available. Cider was Symonds Founder's Reserve for which there was to be a 'tasting session' later in the day. I suspect most tasters would have ended up disappointed and put off cider for life. Service was inattentive. One barmaid walked straight past me without even noticing I was there. She was called away from her chat with a colleague by another guy who was already serving. The bar is large with chandeliers, carpets, red painted walls and pictures of London on the walls. It is a warm environment with plenty of tables and chairs, but the open-plan interior was not entirely to my liking. Pop music was being played at a low volume. A pretty unremarkable pub.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 15:11
Just had a pint there. This is an anonymous corporate pub that is geared up to serving high volumes of city workers. It's not actively bad but there's no reason to actually visit it.
Tweak_Head - 15 Jun 2009 19:25
Popped in again last night for one last quick one before catching the train home, and to check that my previous experience had not been misleading.
Nope, Excellent pint of pride..........
Gann - 19 Feb 2009 12:29
Visited for the first time last night and was impressed. A very good example of a Fullers Ale & Pie house, just round the corner from Dirty Dicks. Full Fullers range available on both hand pump and bottled. L shaped layout with plenty of seating at both ends and a spacious bar area in the middle. Liked this one..
Gann - 23 Jan 2009 13:47
Safe bet for a decent pint within staggering distance of Liverpool Street.

Fullers beers are well-kept and the place is hospitable enough, with an interesting and roomy layout.
jcraf - 30 Dec 2008 16:13
Decent enough little cabin cruiser this. Good ales, as you'd expect from Fullers. The Porter last night was spot on, such a pity that this truly historic beer that fuelled the Industrial Revolution is so hard to find regularly on draught, except at beer festivals. Mulled wine smelt tasty and added to the Christmas spirit.
PieFace - 10 Dec 2008 11:50
Fullers - cask Pride, Chiswick, ESB & Discovery with Porter, Golden Pride and 1845 in bottles. Plenty of room inside, Chiswick tasted just about like it should. Better than Dirty Dicks.
GuideDogSaint - 20 Aug 2008 00:32
A Fullers Ale & Pie house located just off Bishopsgate so it is popular with City workers both lunchtimes and evenings. Nice interior with plush furnishings. High prices which seems to be a feature of Fullers pubs in the City.

Millay - 8 Dec 2007 21:12
Great little pub, I regularly pop here for a pint every Thursday. The bar staff are great too, especially Gunther who I've forged a close relationship with recently. I score this pub 10/10 and would recommend anybody go there if they want a real London pub with a Central European/Larry Grayson theme...but hands off Gunther, he's mine.
Chairman_Mo - 31 Oct 2007 17:01
excellent well kept fullers ales, couldnt find a no-smoking area, be prepared to be short changed by sour faced eastern european bar staff so a disappointment overall
moclips2002 - 6 Apr 2007 09:47
Generally worthwile pub, and handy for a pre Brick Lane pint. The main critism is the pub is always very smokey.
goldendodo - 15 Mar 2007 23:46
Always worth a visit when in the area. Fullers beer is well kept and there is plenty of seating. Much bigger then it looks from the outside with another bar downstairs, close when i visited.
Didn't notice any tv screens and no loud music.
Well worth a visit if close to Liverpool Street.

TheHorsesMouth - 20 Feb 2007 12:19
This is a good one and one of a number in Middlesex St and immediate area (see also Williams, Dirty Dicks, the Gun and the Market Trader)

Good Fullers ales and not quite as old as it appears - I'm guessing it's been around for 10 or 12 years. Must be unique in the City as a relatively new place that isn't a plastic craphole catering for Essex men(see AB1, P & P etc)
murgatroyd - 11 Feb 2007 09:19
One of my favourite pubs in the city. A large traditional Boozer with decent beer and food. If you don't like this pub then you'll probably feel more at home in the Pitcher & Piano around the corner.
Drunken_Duncan - 26 Jan 2007 13:02
Sells Fullers 'London Porter' ale on bottle which is one of the finest ales currently being brewed. Worth visiting for that alone.
PieFace - 16 Nov 2006 15:38
Bit like having a pint in your local Tescos (but more expensive).

Quite rubbish for this area of town, and the Fullers ales (despite the amount sold), are pretty poor.

Language barrier as well (which doesn't help when you're ordering a pint).

Rubbish.
anthony2 - 11 Jun 2006 20:40
Adequate.
Darren_in_the_City - 23 Mar 2006 15:05
Fullers Ales are always kept well. Staff are friendly and efficient. Simply the best pub in the vicinty around Liverpool Street Station.
smurfy33 - 21 Jan 2006 20:19
A nice pub. I was on a course across the road so we went out to theis pub just across the road at lunchtime.

The pub is a Fullers pub so it has 4 Fullers ales on the handle. They are very nice too. If you ask for a Fullers ESB it comes in a pint size brandy glass with Fullers Ale written on it :)

The food is very good and served promptly. I had a tuna sandwich and the next day had the ploughmans. You can have the ploughmans with either a pork pie or a wedge of stilton.

The bar staff seem to all be foreign but they understand English quite well which is good. The place was full of business men as you would expect.

I recommend this pub.
NeilA - 29 Oct 2005 18:21
Decent place with good service and friendly atmosphere. Like lots of City pubs, don't be put off by large crowds at 6-ish...the tables turn over pretty quickly so if you don't find a seat straight away, be prepared to give it 20 mins or so.
wilsoj09 - 19 Oct 2005 13:09
Fairly useless staff and expensive beer, but great food and you can usually get a table. One of the best pubs in the area!
drunkmarv - 13 Oct 2005 11:12
An excellent lunchtime menu (homemade pies highly recommended) in an easy to find location just a stones throw away from Liverpool St. Station. Good Fullers beer, staff a little slow to get to you but when they eventually do, service is quite friendly.

Even though it was a peak lunch hour rush I was still able to find a table. Food arrived very promply, I hope to return very soon!
CJB - 16 Jan 2005 15:38
How anybody can choose Hamilton Hall when you've got this around the corner is anyones guess. Class ales, good music (not too loud) and efficient staff.
anonymous - 14 Jan 2005 12:16
A great oasis away from the back office oiks that populate some of the chrome and smoked glass city chain bars nearby. Excellent London Pride and other Fullers ales on rotation. Really friendly, competent staff and a fantastic landlady. The food is very good (though understandably food service can get a wee bit slow on a Friday lunchtime) - particularly look out for the home made pies. Area on the pavement to stand and drink outside (no tables but ledges wide enough to put your pint on). re the comment below, it's perhaps understandable that they close at 9 on a Sunday given the location - I have known many other pubs in the immediate vicinity to close even earlier than this during the week. Highly recommended.
Mr Lash - 24 Sep 2004 15:42
For whatever reason, the barman certainly wasn't forthcoming with one, this pub closed at 9pm on the Sunday just gone. But I'm too devoted to Fullers to lay into it here, so will let it pass.

I won't be so forgiving next time. Until then, it gets a big fat zero.
travis - 14 Sep 2004 14:05
Went here for the first time last night and it was the best eve I've had out in Liverpool Street for ages. Tucked away off Bishopsgate, much quieter than most pubs in the area and staff were friendlier. Beer reasonably priced.
Nick - 11 May 2004 08:50
Large Fullers pub near to Liverpool St Station. Can get busy some times but usually possible to get a seat. Fantastic leather sofas in the small non-smoking area. Food available as well as usual Fullers beer selection - although beer served a bit too cold in my opinion.
Graham - 9 Oct 2003 14:25

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