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Cracking boozer Joe and Mo are always friendly as are the staff would recommend thoroughly
bigphilsmate - 11 Oct 2016 15:37
Small back street pub with friendly staff, landlord & dog. My pint of Tribute @ 4.10 was pleasant. The whole experience was surprising really, more rural local than inner city, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Queenslander - 29 Aug 2016 23:39
We were looking for somewhere off the beaten track and found this gem of a place. We stayed for food too which was good value and very generous portions. The landlord is a real character too! We'll be visiting again I'm sure when we go to London again.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 7 Sep 2014 11:18
Called in one Friday evening and thought the place was great. Small, out of the way but charming and a welcome relief from over stylized chain bars & pubs.
CityAlbion - 24 Jul 2014 17:00
A friend and I popped in for a quick lunchtime pint a couple of days ago and eventually decided to stay for lunch.

The menu offers simple pub fare, but we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality, portion size and value. More importantly perhaps, the ales – Doombar, Bonmbardier and Tribute on the day we went – were all well kept and the staff were cheerful and helpful.

It's a bit off the beaten track, but well worth seeking out.
Pbrodger - 28 Feb 2014 16:03
Went here during the Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012. Packed as you would expect, but with a very good humoured crowd, out to enjoy themselves. Had a choice of Bombardier, Sharps Doombar and Tribute. Had the Bombardier, which was excellent. The couple behind the bar serving the throng were both speedy and friendly - all in all a nice little local pub in the heart of the City.
myjlcr - 4 Jun 2012 08:15
This is an absolutely terrific little gem of a pub well worth finding. The small but cosy Saloon Bar has been kept in the style in which it was built maintaining a warm atmosphere and a cross between an old fashioned pub and your most comfortable sitting room. This is complemented by a proper pub dining room upstairs and a more public bar downstairs (in the basement) complete with pool table. There is a good selection of well kept real ale; the newish Landlord takes the trouble to advise you against selecting a beer he thinks isn't quite right and has made a real effort in bringing in new choices and keeping them in a tit top condition; something that previous landlords failed miserably in doing. The food is first class; an ever changing menu with a daily special; proper old fashioned food with real mashed potato and good old fashioned puddings at very competitive prices considering the good sized portions you are given. Food arrives in a matter of minutes so it is an excellent choice for a quick lunch and you are always given the choice to pay for everything at the end. What really polishes things off is the service which is highly personable. Lunch orders are are taken at the table and drinks are brought to you. The Landlord, Landlady and staff are extremely friendly; a good source of local information and pleasant to while away the day with. The Landlord is a proper Landlord; "yes sir, thank you driver"; none of this indifferent "alright mate" which has to be endured in far too many pubs these days. In short, absolutely First Class; in fact far more worth visiting for a view of a traditional English Pub than the famous Cheshire Cheese of Fleet Street fame.
a1ex_e1 - 15 May 2011 09:44
Just to reiterate that this is NOT the celebrated Cheshire Cheese with the centuries-old wood panelled interior - that one is further down Fleet Street towards St. Pauls. This one still ought to have a few things going for it, but I visited with two other seasoned ale drinkers and we all had to send our beers back because they were so unpalatable. While they gave us something else, no questions asked, their second offering was hardly any better. So if you are in this area, try the nearby Edgar Wallace first, or the Devereux. Or The George, or the Coal Hole, or the Old Bank of England. Anywhere really, just avoid this one.
rob1981 - 16 Feb 2011 22:38
Nice enough - clean - friendly staff - rather out of the way as it were - one of those sort of "only go if you know it" places...........small though - more for a quiet drink alone than with friends.
adamwalsh - 21 May 2010 19:34
Fine, smallish, quiet traditional pub in a side street off The Strand.

The ground floor is cosy, carpeted and comfortable with wood panelling, leaded windows and a fine collection of pots and pans hanging down from the low beams, creating something of a country pub atmosphere. There's a TV screen, oddly positioned on a cabinet and, on the evening of my visit, was showing the Liverpool v Athletico Madrid match at a relatively unobtrusive volume.

Unusually, there's a downstairs bar with a dart board and a bar billiards table.

On my recent visit, beers on were Tribute, Bishops Finger and Marstons Dragons Tale. The Tribute - £ 3.30p - was in good form.

The pub doesn't have the beer range of the nearby Edgar Wallace, but is a much cosier and more comfortable affair. I'll try and get here again sometime
JohnBonser - 10 May 2010 08:26
Cosy but kind of cramped pub. Great place if you're just looking to relax without the hustle and bustle of the other pubs nearby. The games downstairs are good for a laugh as well.
telephones_and_toliets - 6 Mar 2010 14:58
Despite spending many years in the Whiethall / Strand area, I'd never visited this place before until last Friday night.

I was absolutely delighted with it. Superb service at the bar (which is a rarity in central London these days), and the beer is well-kept. The TV was a bit loud, but it was a Friday night and the Six Nations was on, so I can forgive them for that. The publican's wife kindly laid on some free buffet for the punters - something I hadn't seen for many years.

I now have a great pub to take friends and visitors to London, and I know they'll love it. It looks the part, and staff, food and drink are of a standard long neglected by the pub chains.

Sadly, the prices are high, but that's not the fault of the publican. I'd still sooner pay the price here than get a pint 50p cheaper at Wetherspoons.
AshingdonMan - 28 Feb 2010 18:56
The average rating of 7+ here strikes me as an overestimate, but only just. I visited on a Thursday evening. Positives are that the pub really looks the part: oldy-worldy, with three levels and a nice nook and crannyish feel to it. Also, the pub was impressively busy and lively when we visited, suggesting a loyal clientele. But the major negative was poor ale: just Bombardier and a guest ale when I visited, and the guest ale didn't taste too good. This is one of a number of pubs in the streets round here, and suffers from comparison to the Edgar Wallace, and (to a lesser extent) the Devereux. It's OK, but not brilliant.
grecian - 16 Feb 2010 10:30
This is a pleasant, old fashioned boozer tucked round the back of Fleet Street, away from all the tourist traps. Quiet when I was there but I got the definite impression that it enjoys a loyal following from the obvious regulars dotted around the single bar. Beer was very nice - St Austell Tribute, Bombardier and IPA and the staff friendly. Would definitely come back. If only all the other chain pubs round here were like this one !
Cover_Point - 5 Feb 2010 13:00
Splendid interior and a very cosy atmosphere. In my view this is the best pub in the immediate vicinity although the beer selection (Pride, Bombardier and GKIPA IIRC) is not the most imaginative. Some London Irish memorabilia on the walls gives lie to the landlord's origins and there is a slightly incongruous TV on the cabinet at one end of the pub which was not in use when I was in.

I'd recommend a visit here if in the area.
murgatroyd - 9 Nov 2009 16:23
Great little pub not to be confused with a pub of a similar name,the tourist trap up on Fleet Street (and a Sam Smith's too,yuk!)
This one is great, the licensee is a real landlord and not a plastic manager and the food is good, quick and value for dosh. Bombardier, Adnams Gun Hill and an IPA was on today, all good (Well I had to try them didn't I?)
Well worth diverting off Strand by 50 metres, past the tourist traps and luckily for us a very well-kept secret. Long may it continue!
harrythebastard - 5 Nov 2009 22:37
a very good little pub, not notable for the real ales but they do indeed to a great pint of guinness! One of my favourite pubs in the area. my typical night out is to visit here the george and the edgar wallace all within 100 yards of eachother. They are all quite different but have good staff, good beers and we always have a good nights craic!
bigfoot101 - 24 Oct 2009 15:28
This is a pretty good pub that is hosted by a jovial Irish chap that made me feel very welcome. The same ales were available as reported by Sussexcrawler a month ago and I’ll also add that Amstel is also on offer along with a standard draught range of which the Guinness was very good.

There was a bit of back music playing and I spotted a plasma screen which was off, but there was a list of upcoming London Irish games stuck underneath it.

I liked it in here and would return.
Strongers - 8 Oct 2009 16:04
Nice traditional pub tucked away in a quiet street off the Strand serving traditional pub food at reasonable prices. They served, Deuchars, Bombadier and London Pride, which could have been in better condition when I visited. They did however change the Bombardier which was then fine.

Overall well worth a visit if you want a quiet drink in a convivial athmosphere.

Sussexcrawler - 1 Sep 2009 15:37
If u like an old pub then u'll like it here !
BestBeerBoffin - 16 Aug 2009 14:52
Old leaded windows, some Victorian features and a nice ambience lift this little boozer above the average mark.

A couple of ales on, OSH and Bombardier. My Bombardier was a little musty-tasting, unfortunately.

There was also a muted TV on showing the cricket, which did seem a little out of place but I guess it draws the punters in, so why not?

As a pub, I actually prefer this to the Edgar Wallace but the EW does better beer. If you could mix the two you'd have the best pub in the area by a mile.

Worth a quick stop as tick before heading to EW. I'll try this place again as I'd be quite a fan if the beer quality was good.
Quinno - 18 Feb 2009 19:18
Nice enough old pub, but ridiculously over-priced (pint of Adnams Bitter and a small packet of Walkers Ready Salted - cheapest beer and cheapest crisps - £3.80).
rpadam - 18 Nov 2008 22:55
Nice old saloon bar with lots of dark wood, low level lighting, pots and steins hang from the black beams. Old leaded windows. The bar itself has coloured glass above the counter, seating is a mixture of stools, benches and settles. Another room upstairs was not visited, there seems to be another downstairs but this was roped off.

Not unpleasant for a stop off but a more adventurous beer range would improve this place. Bombardier, OSH and Adnams Bitter yesterday.
Maldenman - 15 Nov 2008 07:34
Great little boozer a stone's through from Barrister-ville of Fleet Street and The Strand. Close enough to be easy to get to it is far enough not to be overly frequented by painfully trendy, pretentious LSE students and the pinstripe, tassel-loafered brigade. OK, no real ales or beers of note on tap, but compared to the wine bars and average pubs (Southerner and Old Bank of England especially) it is a godsend
Moose82 - 19 Sep 2008 03:27
Quite small, fairly dark and gloomy inside, it nevertheless felt warm and welcoming to me. This seemed to me to be a fairly ordinary little pub with a handful of tables, thankfully no high tables and stools, and a couple of real ales (nothing special) on. I actually prefer it as a pub to the nearby Edgar Wallace – and it is far better than the Devereaux – but the EW does do better ales. But I would recommend it for anyone who wants a quiet drink.
RexRattus - 12 Sep 2008 21:24
Very small single-roomed pub, although I note att'd suggestions of a downstairs room (I didn't investigate, sorry). Very old appearance with leadlight windows and low-lit bar area (I walked into a stray barstool before I'd even had a drink!) contribute to an intimate feel even if the handful of punters ystdy were local office or legal staff. Decent soundtrack - Lola/Mack-theKnife stylee - although muted sky sports news was probably unnecessary. Despite the size of the bar, the 5 tables (max 16 covers) were all set for dining and notices displayed the daily 'cooked special' - a choice of 3 curries - Lal Mans, Coconut Dhania Murg, Aloo Gobi - with rice & nan plus salad or raita, £6.95. On leaving I noticed that the regular menu also comprised indian dishes. Pleased to find St Austell Tribute as an alternative to the usual suspects (Bombardier, Courage, IPA), and it was good. I imagine bar area could become quickly uncomfortable if busy, but not a bad place for a stop-off if on yr way to Edgar Wallace round the corner. Only open weekends for private functions.
trainman - 6 Feb 2008 10:56
I have not been to this place for years, but I can tell you the reviews pick out the one thing that this place was famous for when I would go in every other day - friendliness. The staff have always been wonderful and the food very nice. Long may it continue!!
cohenfain - 15 Aug 2007 20:40
Popped in again at night this time. I was the only one there so why stay open at night. However the two young Spanish staff were very pleasant.I shall do lunch times next time I am down in London.
tinsoldier - 25 May 2007 20:26
I went back in here a few days ago and was pleased to see that it has actually improved on my last visit. I had forgotten how well the beer was kept here, but I will definitely be making this a regular drinking hole for after work.

The staff seem to go out of their way to be friendly to every one who comes in here, and this is a trait that I hope they continue - it adds a huge amount of value to any pub experience.

It can get quite busy downstairs straight after work, but the service is pretty swift and their is a non-smoking room upstairs, as well as extra seating downstairs.

Highly recommended.
womble54321 - 29 Mar 2007 18:46
I popped in here recently and liked what I saw. The drinks weren't as interesting as round the corner but it looks good and the bar staff were very friendly.As the previous comment said he was a gentleman. Adnams was ok.What's the food like?
mitomighty - 5 Jul 2006 13:42
My favorite London pub.One of the best reasons to explore the backways and alleyways.Good selection of beers,an Irish landlord who is a gentleman and wonderfully pleasant barmaids.I had a lovely Guiness and steak pie for just £5.45.Only one slight complaint, the piped radio music. however the guy who said it was like a country pub in the middle of London got it right.
tinsoldier - 19 May 2006 23:07
Not to be confused with the famous Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese a few hundred yards away, this delightfully enticing corner pub tucked away down the back streets has a charm all of its own. Run by a very welcoming and approachable Irishman, the pub has a bit of an Irish feel but does not fall into any trashy theme pub category. Once inside, your mind is transported into a country pub atmosphere a million miles away from the rush of the nearby Strand. The single room carpeted main bar has plenty of oak paneling and latticed windows with displays of plates, police badges, cheese dishes and a few stein hanging from the rafters. There is a wide if rather unadventurous selection of beers : Courage Best, Directors, Bombardier and Adnams with Wadworth IPA providing the only relatively uncommon pint on my last visit. Fosters, John Smiths, Strongbow and Guinness make up the rest of the beer taps. Food is limited but very reasonably priced with main courses between £4-£7. Small TV but that is all that is really needed here. There is also a downstairs bar that I have not ventured this far. Well worth the effort to find if you are looking for a decent civilized pint but seating is limited and it can get full very easily.
RogerB - 10 Apr 2006 15:33
I too agree with Jeff. Stopped in twice to this nice cozy pub. Bombardier was in good shape, but a few guests were a bit off. Landlord was very nice gent and more should be as nice to US tourists. If the beers were better kept this would be a 10/10, alas this rates a bit lower. Entire staff was very friendly and this should rate a stop if you are in the area.
ale_brewer - 13 Aug 2005 22:00
I agree with Jeff's comment, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is definitely preferable in lots of ways, but this place has it's own charms. Once inside you feel as though you have been transported into the countryside. This is a real pub, and the friendly service and general happy atmosphere make this a perfect 'couple of quiet pints after work' kind of pub. Plus, there's a pool table and darts...........
womble54321 - 1 Aug 2005 10:19
Not a bad spot but nowhere near the quality of the similarly named Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese further east.
Jeff - 16 Nov 2003 14:30

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