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The Princess sells Shepherd Neame beer so of course it's a good pub. It looks like a pub should do (including an old fashioned but clean bog) and the staff are generally very helpful. On the whole the food has been perfectly acceptable but not exactly cheap - it's a pub for goodness sake. Unlike some of the places further west it's not full of poseurs and gobshites. I approve of this pub.
MarkieB - 6 Oct 2015 21:49
Visited here on the basis of good reviews and wasn't disappointed. Unspoilt Victorian pub with decent beer, pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff. Somehow this pub escaped the attentions of the Luftwaffe and redevelopment - well worth a vist.
Mike_Oxford - 10 Mar 2015 16:53
Nice looking pub outside and in. Front bar has wood floor and tables and chairs,
back room is carpeted with bench seats and stools with tables. Friendly staff and good Shep' Neame beers. My Spitfire was £4.00, more than my local but i suppose the price you pay in central London.
My only DISLIKE was putting up the stools on the bench seats before last orders. I think this should be done in the 20 min drinking up time at the earliest, and when a table became vacant, it was cleared and sprayed with a cleaner which smelled strong. Not what you want when drinking beer etc.
rpf1955 - 7 Mar 2015 09:57
A works drink up in here last Friday evening was eventful. Nice bar with kind staff.
The Spitfire was good.

Lost most of my memory between leaving and somehow making it home but I think on the whole a very nice pub with quite some going for it also.
allornothing - 7 Aug 2014 12:34
Popped in here for a nightcap on Wednesday evening, after a meal at the Indian restaurant next door. This is a Shepherd Neame pub. 2 ales were on - Spitfire & Whitstable Bay Pale Ale. Cider is Thatchers Gold. There was only one customer inside the pub, despite plenty of space. But there were a few others in the walled garden at the back, where we decided to retreat to. There are plenty of better pubs in the area. But this served its purpose.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jul 2014 20:13
Very attractive, very clean Victorian pub. Staff friendly and the pint of Spitfire was not unpleasant. Only stayed for one, however, as there was no atmosphere in what could have been a cosy back room had the other tables been occupied. Would return but not, perhaps, on a Tuesday.
Kenny260556 - 5 May 2013 19:16
Hey everyone, just to let you all know that from September (2011) the Princess of Prussia has entered into a new chapter in its illustrious, glorious, outrageous and a tad sordid for good measure history...Darren and Janet are the guv'nors and i am lucky enough to work there..Yo !

Many changes have been made to the little beauty since, like...

We are open SEVEN days a week...yes i said SEVEN in big bold capital letters yeah (11ish until..erm...11ish ish i guess ish).
You (and all of your friends) can eat yourselves happy from 12-1430 from Monday til Friday.
Mr Quiz Night will be making a bow soon enough, and, Madame Live Music will be an splendid debutante very soon...

All you lovely people that commented on the Princess of Prussia before, lot below me on this page, visit us again, say hello and write another review please !

Thanks for listening...see you soon !

PS i am going to rate the pub as sorry but it is a cracker !

tomprincessofprussia - 18 Jan 2012 16:14
Walked past on a long walk around the City at about 4.40pm, saw their flyer up in the window about "Happy hour daily, 5pm - 7pm". Came back past at 6.40pm intending to have a pint and something to eat and it still wasn't open. This was a Saturday - anyone know when it actually opens?
darine - 9 Jul 2011 20:21
Just won one of the best quizzes I've been to here. And got a rosette! Woop!
tpw_101 - 5 Jul 2011 21:25
Had a nice few pints in there on Wednesday eve. Good beer and a pretty garden out the back - could while away many a summer evening out there
tpw_101 - 26 Mar 2011 19:25
A bog-standard Shepherd Neame Pub with the identikit interior. Empty on a Friday night and the atmosphere was a bit downbeat to non-existent.
BobC65 - 31 Aug 2010 12:23
I booked this pub recently for a meeting. Out of all the pubs in the area it seemed the only one willing to cater to our needs - we needed somewhere that would be able to provide breakfast and lunch and a sectioned off area large enough for 20 of us.
Tony (the tenant) was a great help. We chose a delicious smoked salmon and poached egg breakfast for the team and a really tastey buffet lunch (although Tony said that we could have had more or less any choice of food and he'd supply us with a quote). It was very reasonable and the service was second to none.
GregBaker - 17 Jan 2010 13:35
My friends and I booked our christmas lunch here. The food was amazing - all fresh (unlike every other pub in London!!) and all our special requirements were pandered to (even special requests which weren't on the menu)!! This was all the more amazing as the meal was so reasonable too - only £15.95 for 4 courses!!
We have discovered a true gem here - excellent food, good atmosphere and staff who go out of their way to please.
We also had the pleasure of meeting the person behind it all - the lovely Landlord Tony (a true asset to the pub).
There is a lovely garden area for the summer (and smokers in the winter!!) out the back too.
We will definitely be coming back. London needs more pubs like this one!
GymGirls - 17 Dec 2009 21:45
Pleasant enough Shep pub, was busy on the Friday night a visited. Spitfire was in good nick, as was the sandwiches we had. Only downside was a radio playing through the PA at a volume that made chatting quietly an impossibly. Though fair play to the staff, they did turn in down without any grumbles when asked.
BlindTiger - 14 Sep 2009 15:21
Small fronted Sheps pub on the City fringes and dwarfed by several tall office blocks as the City seemingly continues its relentless expansion.

It's bigger inside than it looks from outside, extending back quite a long way.

The front bar is quite basic with bare floorboards, leading to a carpeted lounge type area which seemed quite food orientated, there being menus on each table. It's good honest pub grub at prices which could be considered reasonable and I'm told there's a good lunchtime trade from local offices.

In turn, this room leads to a shady ( shady meaning sun-free as opposed to a description of the other customers !) pleasant patio-type garden at the rear.

Decor wise, the pub is pretty featureless and the greenish painted wood pannelling looked out of sorts. I presume that this was part of the recent refurbishment that the Sheps website talks about.The background music was too loud and could only be escaped by retreating to the outside garden.

The Spitfire - £ 3.10p - was in good form and I noticed Titanic Iceberg on as a guest beer ( unusual in Sheps pubs, I think ?) , but, in all honesty, I didn't really take to this pub much and I can't see myself calling in again in the near future.
JohnBonser - 24 Jun 2009 13:08
A surprise of a pub in this area and is really ahead of the pack. Good all round pub with a 'homely' atmosphere.

Steady venue with good food used by the local workers to great extent.
pc09 - 5 Mar 2009 14:53
I went in for lunch to get one of their world famous fish fingers sandwiches ... and to my dismay, they had stopped doign them .. under new management.

Instead I ordered a saugage and onion sandwich, which was coming ona baguette, but i changed to plain white sliced bread.

The sandwich looked like a proper homemade one, and would've went down well in a Travelodge. was delicious!! I even licked my plate!!

Highly recommomend this pub ... The food is fresh as the packaging allows.
Baby_J - 23 Dec 2008 14:50
I went to this pub for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It's a traditonal London pub with a lovely terrace garden out the back.

The food was well prepared and the Land Lord and staff were all very friendly. It's a Shepherd Neame pub so the beer is good as well.
Foggyxxx - 2 Dec 2008 12:41
Found this one on BITE as a suitable watering hole prior to a curry at the nearby Halal. Very quiet when I arrived with only a few in the back bar so had the spacious front bar to myself. Pleasant bar staff who helped me with the quickest way to get to the Halal! I wouldn't say I'm a great Neame drinker but I went for the Whitstable Bay which was in extremely good order at standard London prices. All in all, a most pleasant pub and one I will return to when I'm next down that way.
roobs52 - 30 Sep 2008 14:56
A narrow-fronted pub that goes back a fair way. Itís a Shepherd Neame pub so expect the usual range of ales. There is a largish back room that seems to be used as a dining room, with a bar area to the front of the pub. I didnít eat here, but the grub other punters were tucking into looked OK. Itís a fairly decent pub, with nondescript dťcor, although the music was a bit louder than I would have liked. As the bar area has a boarded floor that made it noisier than if it had been carpeted. But thatís only nitpicking Ė this is still a pretty good pub and I would certainly visit again.
RexRattus - 25 Sep 2008 17:55
I am gutted that Pauline & Siobhan are leaving my favorite pub. We have been drinking here for the last 3 years and they have made us feel very welcome over that time. The pub will never be the same again...Farewell girls, come back to the trade soon.
andie - 23 Sep 2008 19:32
after a recent trip to the tower of london and tower bridge my husband and had I lunch here and seeing that our hotel was just up the road we also had a couple of drinks in the evening too (naughty i know!). Don't know what old poo face "AndyLondon" is talking about - I bet he was a moany old drunk!! Anyway we loved it here and the manageress could not make us feel more welcome during our time there. Food superb, great beer selection and no short measures, my husband would go loopy at that and he loved it... although he did have a few too many.
puddytat - 14 May 2008 20:24
Im still in shock at the attitdue of the manageress of this pub. We order 3 pints of Asahi and all were served with about an inch of head which came up levle with the pint line. When we asked to have them topped up, we were told no, it was a full pint and that we must be from the North of England! then she just walked off. Appalling
AndyLondon - 13 Apr 2008 18:27
No disrespect HULK to you and other posters ,but i love the way people "stumble across this pub"!!all over the country
(Well made me laugh anyway)
winchesterclub - 6 Feb 2008 17:07
Stumbled across this pub and now go all the time. It's a family run pub so it has a great atmosphere and feel about it which is unseen these days mostly. A great group of people seem to hang out here and all appear to be well mannered city folk (lunch time and evening). The menu/food is amazing it is all fresh and home cooked, none of your microwave wetherspoon's rubbish here. I try something different everytime and I have never been disappointed - great choice of traditional pub food as well as full blown meals, you could treat someone here very easily. Moving on the bar is superbly kept, clean, great well mannered and pleasant staff. The manageress is superb, she always greets us and is such a busy body and such a live wire, she always makes our day when we go in. The beer is probably the best kept I have found (and I drink a lot). I can truthfully say you'll find the best pint of guinness here (outside of ireland), the owner prides herself on it being of Irish heritage. Stop wishing for great places to go and drink and eat, this is THE place.. Do yourself a favour and get down their. Great booze, great grub, great company... Pack up your desk and go NOW!!
HULK - 6 Feb 2008 15:06
This is an excellent pub where the beer is kept superbly.

The food is excellent, and it certainly has benefitted from the smoking ban - I recommend it unreservedly
jmrharding - 26 Jan 2008 13:17
Been in on a few lunch breaks and it always seems to be busy. I had a pint of Master Brew which was nice but not great. Can be a bit smokey.

I actually quite like the decor which is traditional in a modern sort of way.

Good all-round pub
TheHorsesMouth - 20 Feb 2007 12:25
Nothing special to look at, decor average inside. But good beer - well kept selction of Shepherd Neame beers, attentive bar staff. Didn't try the food but looked Ok
Worth a visit
writtleman - 17 Oct 2006 10:12
Delicious traditional English pub grub as lunchtimes, can hardly get a table and advise booking in advance if sunny as the beer garden is always busy. Best pint of Guinness in the City and Pauline, the land lady is a great host always with a welcoming smile.
teddy2277 - 15 Aug 2006 10:44
I had a couple of great nights here in February 2006. Pauline the Publican is a great host. Nice pub, good beer. Be good if they had food in the evening, & when smoking is finally banned it will be even better.
As an Aussie (sorry), I look fiorward to being back there next Feb.
bigwombat - 25 Jun 2006 11:07
Inbetween my house and the weatherspoons (Goodman Fields). Very quiet after lunch times. Quiet beer garden at the back. Have Oranjeboom on tap.
king_rollo - 19 Apr 2006 12:13
Recently changed landlords, the new landlady Pauline is very friendly the beer is excellent, food is only served at lunchtime I have yet to try it but I hear it's very good. Currently my favourite pub in the area, very quiet in the evenings as noone seems to know about it. Not smokey, Terry the barman also very friendly.

alexishw - 27 Oct 2005 18:01
Wonderful pub hidden away from the 'tourist trail' Serves the full range of Shepheard Neame beers, either draught or in bottle. Lovely beer garden out the back.

Darren_in_the_City - 17 Jun 2005 09:55
Years ago, I used to work next to this pub and it was crap. Therefore when in the area I was pleasantly surpised that it had been refurbed and was much much nicer.

Not very smokey, good food, staff better than average. I'm not writing home to mum but I don't expect to see a glassing like I did 5 years ago.
RexJacobus - 11 Mar 2005 14:46
Nice feel to this pub - friendly and laid back and not full of obviously city lads). Good beers (is a Shepheard Neame) and does great munchy food on request.
Jo - 17 Aug 2004 15:13

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