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good for a couple of pints after work and that is about it. not a place to spend the evening. beer is good and good selection of wines, but only for a couple and then to move on
londonloon - 8 May 2012 11:13
Pride was in bad nick, Cornish Knocker alot better though.
MSE12 - 30 Aug 2011 10:36
Lots of wooden panelling in this small and out of the way pub glimpsed down a side turning from Oxford Street. Two ales on, a traditional sort of public house.
rainlight - 11 Apr 2009 00:42
OK sort of place, close to Bond Street tube but just far enough away from the Oxford Street rush to avoid overcrowding. Slightly annoying use of unnecessarily high stools and tables. Pride and Broadside on handpump.
rpadam - 2 Jan 2009 20:51
Two hundred yards and two hundred light years from Oxford St this is a throwback to the 1940s. Wood panelled room that surely hasn't been decorated in the last 50 years it is a great place to pass a quiet hour. Not much joy in here though for beardy anorak ale drinkers as there were only three pumps two of which were Pride and the last Broadside.

murgatroyd - 6 Dec 2008 19:47
Friendly enough place, not a lot of atmosphere, couple of ales on tap. Okay as a break from shopping
bxw - 29 Jul 2008 08:17
Love this pub! Have a fortifying pint of Courage (aptly named) before you go shopping (in Ox St) in the morning when it is almost completely empty. Come back after the lunch-time rush for another pint or two after shopping and play pool on the microscopic table upstairs.
cooperssparklingale - 19 Jul 2008 01:00
Just had lunch in there. Bit pricey on the food but hey I wasnt paying! I doubt this will ever be a 'must-go' pub in its current incarnation as it isnt that charismatic, is given over to suity diners at lunchtime and isnt in a particularly trendy area, but nevertheless a perfectly serviceable venue for drinks and chat and some better-than-Brake-Brothers grub. I believe in the evening the food op shuts and it reverts into a normal boozer. Didnt explore the upstairs bar but may go back to do so as I am a big fan of this endangered species (anyone remember the upstairs at The Kings Head in C Garden, legendary venue, they turned it into a shoe shop or something similarly ghastly) 7/10
coconuts27 - 21 Jun 2007 15:50
Not enough room in the downstairs bar to fit everyone in on a Friday night - we drank outside by the Vidal Sassoon School until it rained. Staff and clientelle seemed friendly enough - they just need to clear out some of the formal eating space from downstairs.
the_facilitator - 30 Sep 2006 20:58
New manager and blimey it shows. Food is through the roof (in taste terms, althgouh the desserts were a little pricey), new toilets (the glamma) and the outside is white now (much less chance of walking past it and ending up in Claridge's by mistake). Well kept beer too.
Jacko_byte2 - 30 May 2006 14:13
I visited this pub on thursday 02/02/06 in the evening. The atmospere was really nice with lots of people, and the fireplace lit. Staff were really friendly even though it was busy. I will deffinetly be back. Highly recomended place!
Random - 3 Feb 2006 16:28
More Gastro than Pub. It has a lot of potential, but doesn't use it. Shame really.
marco_van_penners - 18 May 2005 15:42
I didn't enjoy my evening in this pub. It was packed out, with each person trying to be louder and more pretentious than the person next to them.
But the galling thing was the food - it all sounded very nice on the menu, but on ordering at the bar, I was charged an "optional" 12.5% service. I explained that I didn't want to pay service for ordering (already expensive) food at the bar. They grudgingly took that off the bill. But a friend later ordered some food and her request not to pay the optional charge was refused by the increasingly surly staff.
anonymous - 7 Apr 2005 14:05
They do not take cheques and I would like to apologise to the two waitresses who were upset when I tried to leave eventually. Understandably they thought I was trying to leave without paying. Actually I had a meeting at 3.00pm. The manager arrived at the last minute and all was well.Again, apologies from myself and my daughter.
nick leslie - 13 Aug 2004 15:05
An odd one. A nice cosy pub tucked away from the madness of Oxford Street, all wooden panels, has the air of an 18th century gentlemans' club. Trouble is, it's somewhat isolated and pricey. Lacks 'earthiness'. If you want happy snacks with your ale, you'll have to make do with overpriced bowls of pistachios and some undetermined peanut things covered in something yellow. Clientele loud and suited.
Ruby - - 14 Mar 2004 12:40

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