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Reasonable enough busy pub which did have a few unusual ales on including a quite nice stout.
Snarling_Mallard - 29 Sep 2019 10:27
Good place to meet people or to grab a pint on your way to or from somewhere but hardly a destination pub. I have to say the range of beers is excellent and the service good. The decor is typical Nicholson's so Victorian in character. It does lack a little personality but I am happy to return and wish this pub well. Of particular note is the Pilsner tanks installed selling unfiltered Pilsner Urquell although at £5 a pint you might just have a quick one.
Richard_ReadingFC - 18 Aug 2016 11:06
Agree fully with the review below. Not a place to go for character or a quiet pint. But a good atmospher, and a suprisingly good range of ales including at least two stouts when I was in over Christmas. Certainly a good bet if in the area.
OldRogue - 2 Jan 2013 13:54
There are times when what I want is a local pub, with no TVs, no fruit machines and quirky locals (and, of course, good beer). Other times, I simply want a pub that is easy to find (crucial if you're meeting friends and want to describe the location/pub), has a decent selection of beer and is not a dive. The Globe falls into the latter category, but is not an awful pub for all that.

The Globe is part of the Nicholson's chain - one step (sometimes) above a Weatherspoons. However, like the Weatherspoon's chain, there is a good, ever changing selection of beers. The staff seem competent though not overly friendly (not unfriendly, however). The prices are dearer than a Weatherspoon's (around £3.35 for a pint of White Horse), but cheaper than many pubs in the City.

Were I looking for a charming pub to have a quiet drink, this may not be my first choice. For a quick pint or two with a friend or two, you could do worse.
mattygroves - 8 Aug 2011 15:18
Surprised by some of the criticism on here. The Globe is not my favourite place by any means but it's a solid enough Nicholsons pub with a good range of ales, and makes a decent enough place to meet given that it's right next to Moorgate tube. Layout is a bit quirky as others have said, basically two pubs that have been knocked together at some stage. The 'Keats' side has a bit more character and you are more likely to find a seat... there is also a third bar in the dining area upstairs. This is usually staffed and rarely gets busy, in fact if you time it right you can get sometimes get a room and a barperson all to yourself up there.
rob1981 - 21 Mar 2011 20:27
Pride, Harvest Pale, Cumberland Ale, Centurions Ghost, Black Sheep Bitter, Landlord, Doom Bar, Adnams Bitter, Old Rosie. Typical Nicholsons set up. Dark in the Keats section, lighter in the larger bar on the corner. Need to check both bars for ales. Harvest Pale tasted great, I think Nicholsons are upping their game so bad reviews maybe can be reconsidered.
GuideDogSaint - 13 Oct 2010 19:07
Used to drink in here with Harry Harris
Gordon_Gekko - 29 Sep 2010 11:31
When the sun's out round moorgate this is the best pub to enjoy a drink. The staff tend to turn your order round faster in the main bar compared to the keats section.
drp76 - 29 Jun 2010 22:35
A somewhat jumbled and confusing layout created by joining two pubs together, with the 'Keats Bar' section of less interest than the main room on the corner. Can get very busy, and the service is often pretty poor. The condition of the beer is often rather suspect too (which is surprising given the large customer base and the number of evident ale drinkers). Handy for Moorgate tube, but nothing special (at all).
rpadam - 20 Feb 2010 11:26
First went in here in 1978 and although the surrounding area has changed this place looks the same. Although now merged with the Moorgate as TiamariaJim and morganspice correctly pointed out. Busy as you would expect for the City but the staff were efficient and friendly. The Deuchars was a tad vinegary and the young staff don't know what a light ale is. The landlady knew what a mickey mouse was which i hadn't heard in years ! It's not just me getting old.
nickthefish - 21 Sep 2009 06:45
Popped in here yesterday (early evening) for a pint of London Pride. It was a nice evening and there was as many drinking outside as inside. You are asked where you will be drinking when you order, yes youv'e guessed it if outside it is Plastic Glasses. Large Flat Screen TV showing Sky News (no volume). Quickly served by Friendly BAr Staff.
Bitter_Man - 10 Sep 2009 15:24
The Globe doesn't set the world alight but it is a conveniently located and perfectly acceptable boozer for a quick one on the way home. Service can be a bit suspect but the place is usually heaving so unless there are more than the usual three bar staff on this is inevitable, and the staff I have encountered have worked swiftly and efficiently. Quite nice and airy inside, full of City chat, and there is the potential to stand outside with a drink. Haven't heard great things about the food but can't see why you would eat here anyway, there are far more obvious places. The Keats bar next door has a more moody atmosphere for winter meet ups. Acceptable for a quick drink, which is surely its main purpose
thefourmusketeers - 23 Jul 2009 17:19
This place had six hand pumps on during my visit and when I was eventually served by one of the many barmaids I was able to enjoy a nice pint of Landlord. As mentioned before the pub is split into the Globe Bar and the Keats Bar and they are fairly separate, although both were busy with the chatter of office life.

I saw no sport advertised even though there are a couple of TV screens in both bars, although there was some music playing which was a little loud for my liking.

I didnít think that this place was anything special, but it is ok for a quick pint before jumping on the tube.
Strongers - 25 Jun 2009 07:26
Tiamaria.. you beat me to nan and grandad had the Globe back in the late 60's early 70's
morganspice - 5 Jun 2009 20:17
In answer to Clivers it was the Moorgate.
TiaMariaJim - 30 May 2009 13:48
In the old days of Charringtons/Bass days the Keats Bar was a seperate pub, 2 next door to each other, can't remember the name though.
Clivers - 13 May 2009 18:41
As Gann says, this is a bit like two pubs in one and I wonder whether the two parts of the pub were once separate. Nicholson's pubs seem to run the gamut from the really pretty good (e.g. Old Bell, Fleet Street) to the very bad (e.g. the one at Hays Galleria) and this one is towards the worse end of that spectrum. Crowded with suits and the service wasn't brilliant when I visited - two bar-staff were more interested in conversing with one another than serving customers. An impressive eight handpumps in the Keats Bar, although only two or three were serving ale. I had a softie so can't comment on the beer quality.
grecian - 16 Apr 2009 09:44
Slightly surprised by the scores for this place, but then again I only visit when emerging from Moorgate Station for an evening crawl, which I did last night. And as it was around 7.45PM managed to walk straight up the bar and get served straight away. I like the way that with the Keats Bar to the side of the main Globe section itís like having two pubs in one. And there was a good range of beers on. So OK for me, but then again I have never been there during Ďcity troughing hoursí have never eaten there and have never stayed too long before moving on.
Gann - 19 Feb 2009 10:09
I gave it 1 out of 10 because every pub must have a redeeming feature, I suppose they can't screw up with bottles. It was about minus 2 outside and the pub was full of flies, so I would assume they could only have originated from within. It was suggested the smoking ban would highlight the farts and BO in a boozer. In 18 months since the law change, I can honestly say this is the only time I have noticed it. As per other reviews, over priced, poor service, crap bar staff, terrible staff to punter ration, filthy, I could go on. Enter at your peril!
Thespudman - 5 Dec 2008 12:56
Agreed about very slow service. This place is right next door to my office. It's convenient but unbelievably slow at peak times - it would be quicker to walk to tesco metro at bank buy drink and walk back.

The place does clear out quite a bit later on, so no problems getting served then.
harryb888 - 6 Nov 2008 15:31
High prices, low quality and very, very slow service. The owners clearly think that 1:100 is a good ratio between staff and punters. Dreadful.
THE_SWAN - 1 Nov 2008 22:47
The pub has recently changed the menu and has really gone down hill. Jacket potatoes have been removed from the menu along with a good choice of sandwiches.

For any vegetarians be warned this pub like to add additional charges to your meal. On the menu they have a sausage sandwich (meat or veggie) for £4.99. Only if you order the veggie they charge an extra £1! After pointing out that the menu makes no mention of extra charges we was told to pay it or don't have it!

It took 45mins for 2 sandwiches to arrive. Staff upstairs were rude and couldn't care a less about customer service. We will not eat here ever again. My suggestion is go to the Rack - more money but great service.
nac - 7 Oct 2008 10:32
This suffers from over popularity due to its location and the possibility of standing outside to drink in good weather. It employs some of the worst staff I have encountered in the city. Not always their fault as they seem to receive no training whatsoever. They should concentrate on the beer and forget about the food.,
tim19thompson - 27 Sep 2008 11:58
AaronRobinson - 19 Sep 2008 16:20
Visited here on the "Dick Whittington Ale Trail" Today. Wish I had not bothered.
Bar was packed at lunch time and the only place to stand at the Bar to get a drink was an area for Glass Collection, Whilst being served by a Barman I was rudely asked to move away by a Barmaid as the area was not to be used, I said I was in the middle of being served but was again rudely asked to move to the other end of the Bar. I finally got my Pints, a pint of London Pride that was nothing to write home about and a Pint of Mangers Cider served in a "Hot" Glass. When I asked for my cards to be stamped towards my free T Shirt I was told I was only entitled to one stamp per round. When I pointed out the wording on the offer they gave in and gave me another. I suggest you give this Bar a wide berth unless you like beer in warm glasses servered by Bar staff who do not know their job and do not know the meaning of Customer Service.
Bitter_Man - 4 Sep 2008 22:36
One of the better City pubs. Good selection of ales and reasonably priced for the area.
windass50 - 2 Jul 2008 00:14
Cannot say highly enough STAY AWAY from the Restraunt.. Absoloutly the worst meal we have ever experienced and for the high price also... We thought we were on Candid Camera it was so Bad!!

we've hada pint downstairs in the onsite Keats at the Globe which is tolreable. The rest of the place is like a bad inner citys 1970's place and i can see no redeeming features whatsoever.
Rob101 - 3 Jun 2008 14:23
Quick one here on Friday and it's no better - loud and City prices.

Not worth the bother quite frankly
murgatroyd - 24 Feb 2008 22:41
Popped into the Keats bar while passing through Moorgate, and Nicholson's pulled one of their best ones (not a pint, unfortunately, but the great disappearing bar staff trick - just vanished, with a big queue of thirsty punters at 6 pm). Went through to the main part of the Globe to get a so-so pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord (what do they do the beer in these places?).
rpadam - 3 Dec 2007 23:26
Barstaff are completely oblivious to any order of serving. As reported before it pays to be the loudest and wave money about. Tubby guy in his late 30's especially rude, consistantly gets orders incorrect and then wants to give you an argument about it. Could be good. Nice location, great space outside in the summer, it evan has grass to sit on and actually has a nice feel inside when it's not full of shouty city suits.
f90x - 14 Oct 2007 15:04
I like this pub, its a good City pub and is better now than it has been for a while. It's always busy because its so popular, sometimes there's a wait to be served, but it is worth the wait. Good pint and a good atmosphere.
anonymous - 8 Oct 2007 23:35
I agree with previous, I had better service from a 25 year old Capri and its engine oil would taste better than the swill they serve here.
Henners - 5 Oct 2007 00:19
I wondered how this place made money until my colleague caught the barman pouring slops into his pint. Don't go here if you're in a hurry to get home from Moorgate. Waving a twenty pound over someone waiting paitently appears to be the bar etiquette here and the (mostly foreign) barstaff are happy reward rudeness. Given the choice of other bars in the area anyewhere else would be preferable. Avoid like the plague.

anonymous - 25 Sep 2007 08:35
standard Nicholsons City pub. As the last writer said Ok but nothing special
TheHorsesMouth - 9 Jul 2007 12:41
Nothing to write home about either way. Had to send a round of Tomothy Taylors back as they all tasted of pipe cleaner, but the replacement spitfires weren't bad. No real atmosphere to speak of, but equally nothing to damn the place either.
Andy_Poole - 12 Mar 2007 16:26
Every time I go in here it's deafening (conversation not music) - never stayed for more than one or two. Just another bland City pub - not much wrong but not a great deal to attract either

murgatroyd - 2 Feb 2007 09:47
unpretentious Nicholsons pub close to Moorgate tube, friendly service - mediocre ales, expensive crap food (but its moorgate) dont suppose you can expect any more around here.
moclips2002 - 27 Dec 2006 13:37
Not bad! Good pint of Pride before facing the crush @ Moorgate
anonymous - 27 Oct 2006 17:28
Not Bad, Had A Decent Pint Of Timothy T's Landlord. 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 13 Oct 2006 20:45
Somewhat better than a punch in the face. Lovely pint of Fullers Discovery. They had a couple of microbrews on hand pump but neither appealed. Service was ok. Wouldn't fancy spending time inside but it wasn't so bad I suppose. Sat here on a sunny afternoon with a mate drinking on the grass outside on the junction of London Wall and Moorgate and to be honest it was ok.

anonymous - 25 Jul 2006 21:00
Service certainly lacked a smile when I popped in on Friday night. Shoddy pints and pushy punters a plenty. Nowhere to sit. Horrible.
superfibre - 14 May 2006 18:16
Always busy and pretty dingy... Not bad before a night out though...
drunkmarv - 26 Feb 2006 19:27
Keats bar a dingy boozer which does offer a reasonable pint at a sensible price but not much else!The main Globe bar is a least light and airy and attracts a younger clientele with a wider selection of draught beers, but like the Keats bar lacks any atmosphere. Not the greatest of pubs but the best of a poor bunch in area and certainly preferable to either the Scottish Pound or Rack and Tenter.
leggless - 1 Feb 2006 22:15
There are plenty of shockingly bad pubs in the city but this one plumbs depths the others can only dream of. Go on the wagon before wasting precious time drinking in this place.
Moose58 - 4 Jan 2006 18:58
Bloody packed - don't know why bit of a shambles ?
W980501 - 6 Jun 2005 14:20
Not bad. Very busy on a Friday evening - the barmaid consistently managed to choose the time when the bar was most busy to clear ashtrays.
keep_it_green - 18 Apr 2005 16:15
Convenient,..and pool upstairs,..its gotta be on any city boozehounds circuit,...oh and theres a nutty barmaid in there at the moment (Keats side mostly) sporting half an ear...
kmcs - 7 Apr 2005 15:27
Poor service!
Booze_Monkey - 7 Oct 2004 13:07
anonymous - 2 Jun 2004 16:18
This has to be one of the Worst bars in the City. Over priced and terrible service.
jamie - 27 Oct 2003 16:29
It's an odd place that lacks an real atmosphere and has very dappy bar staff, most of whom forget you gave them money for a round or that they have or have not given you your change. Guiness is not bad tho.
Hightower - 25 Sep 2003 15:26
I had a party one evening earlier in the month, which turned out a great success. The room and dj were provided free of charge (contrary to most places around). The food and service was great, there was also drinks on promotion offered to us. Had a great time. Will definitely be back. Thanks.
Douglas Smith - 1 Sep 2003 00:01
I've had some great times in this place. Don't agree with comments earlier. Food was well cooked although a little pricy. Staff very hospitable.
Jamie - 25 Aug 2003 12:08
This kind of pub makes me pissed off with this country. A pint of black currant and lemonade for £2.80! And my friends pie and mash was truly awful. Never, never again.
John - - 22 Aug 2003 15:12
Very poor. Ordered steak pie for £8 and got v.small pie with uncooked pastry and almost no meat. Service is very slow with only two staff on hand at lunchtime
Wilberforce - 22 Aug 2003 14:10
This place sucks... bad food, overpriced drinks, and non-existent service add up to make this a hole well worth avoiding. That said, I do go there at least once a week and always thoroughly regret it....
P - 20 Aug 2003 15:06
Great place, good atmosphere fiendly staff. The manager was a really nice bloke. I had a delicious lunch there today and was really looked after by him. A bit expensive but I would definately return.
K - 18 Jul 2003 21:30

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