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Swan and Edgar, Marylebone

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Ericemms - 8 Jul 2014 17:23
Once this place was the awesome Feathers one of the best watering holes around but omg dont know what it is now but it sure aint a pub!
jackbar - 4 Jan 2012 16:43
The Swan & Edgar looks great, with a bookish theme throughout. Those coming for real ale (as I was) will be disappointed - it's primarily a wine bar with only Asahi and Becks on draught: and no bottled beers.

However, it might be a nice place to come for some grub (with wine) of an evening.

They do seem to book tables, even when empty, so I guess feel free to ring ahead and book your spot.

5/10. Pros: great decor with book and newspaper theme, coupled with old photos of the Swan & Edgar general store. Cons: definitely not a pub for the ale connoisseur, rather for the wine gurgler.
JimboEnnui - 12 Jun 2011 00:08
Met there for a birthday last weekend. Possibly the worst service I have encountered in years. It's a tiny pub two barmaids on and yet having gone upstairs to prebooked table after 30 mins had to go downstairs and say we were ready to order. Food took forever to come, though was very nice. Once every half hour a barmaid would appear and ask 'more wine' and make no effort to clear plates.

Was very quiet for a Saturday night which is a shame.

I suppose most damning thing is that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone which is disappointing as expected much more.

I predict will be converted back into a house within next 12 months if that standard is kept up.
celt7 - 13 Oct 2010 13:10
How disappointing - returned after a long break hoping previous review was a quirk, but all true. All ales gone. Surly staff and overpriced lager to boot. Interior booked from indeterminate time which left the punters huddled outside while the place was empty inside. A good place ruined
enfilade - 23 Sep 2010 18:50
Oh dear. Have been coming on a regular basis for about 6 months. Was enchanted by the minimalist decor with newspaper motif. A bar designed for the well heeled and urban gentry of the area. Recently they have removed the real ale that was on sale and seemed to have pre-empted the era of austerity we are entering by reducing the food portions to levels which would make Victoria Beckham ask for more. On second thoughts perhaps the owners have decided to go with the times and have heralded the return of a Tory government by turning this place into an eighties style wine bar. Must dig out my red braces and Filofax.
theeducator - 13 May 2010 20:05
Now called the Swan & Edgar, this pub has the best atmosphere of any in the area. Very cosy on a rainy London evening!
furiousgeorge - 8 Aug 2009 09:13
Sadly this traditional local and post-Lords tradition has been completely ruined. No real ale on and the tackiest interior you will ever see. It will no doubt be busy at first and then the mug punters who are attracted to such tatt will move on to the next new bar to open. Hopefully this place will then go bust and be re-bought by someone with taste and intelligence who turns it back into a proper pub.
BothamsAshes - 13 Jun 2009 13:12
This pub is now called Swan & Edgar and was shut when I walked past just now (2pm). No opening hours showing outside.
holbornboy - 20 May 2009 14:13
I've been told this has changed name and ownership, and now isn't doing real ale. That seems a shame. When I'm next in the area, I'll check it out.
grecian - 20 May 2009 10:17
An interesting and unusual pub to find in central London. It's very small (about as small as I've seen for a central London pub) and tucked in a residential backstreet around the back of Marylebone station - one of those pubs you wouldn't know existed if you weren't told about it. The interior is rather spartanly decorated, but I nonetheless liked it. Only Pride on when I visited, which was reasonably well-served.
grecian - 22 Jan 2009 10:39
had heard great things about this pub (i gather it gets very busy from the lords crcket ground crowd) but had never been before. tiny place. pity they dont do food.
the beer was good and barstaff very friendly (pretty irish barmaid). interesting mix of people there, (from bankers to students) yet everyone seemed to be getting on. the landlord introduced himself which is always a big plus.
all in all a very enjoyable evening. next time i ll bring the missus!
dont_tell_them_pikey - 11 Oct 2008 09:41
The smallest pub I know. A bit stark but not dingy. Nice chatty barmaid (always a plus.) Doom Bar and Lodon Pride on tap, both in good condition. Worth a novelty visit. Was a bit concerned about the air-pistol the Guv'nor was waving about (especially when it was pointed at me.) Will not put me off though... strong stuff we Cockney Sparrers.
foghorn - 18 Sep 2008 13:07
Nine of us visitied here , one of our group a european was attacked by a foul mouthed local who then verbally abused all of us , we left leaving just three people in the pub . If the management prefer one local to a group of nine who would have stayed for a second pint then they can go bancrupt with pleasure. I will certainly never return and will inform all my drinking buddies to avoid .
mr.toes.5_ - 7 May 2008 23:26
Used to be quaint but grotty. Renovation has greatly improved it. One of the best in London.
AidanNo9 - 14 Sep 2007 11:14
This place is an absolute gem, so much so that I travel from Victoria to Marylebone just to go drinking here! There's not much room inside and it's handy to bring your own climbing apparatus to get to the gents but there are as many seats again outside and the staff are brilliant and chatty, so you don't feel claustrophobic. There's also a flat screen TV which doubles as a jukebox, often playing classic hits from the 80s. Pure bliss.
kingston_toon - 7 Aug 2007 12:43
Great place,top landlord(apart from the fact he looks and smells like an aged hippy),nice beers,nice walk upstairs to toilet,used to have great quiz on sundays(they stopped it because this really handsome bald chap kept winning it),great staff.Food soon to be served(about the time when hell starts to freeze over)
littleunderpants - 31 May 2007 15:32
Used to be a post-Lords tradition, but quite frankly the refurb has removed the whole character of the place. It was once a quaint little local, a real oasis, now the interior looks like a whitewashed council house. The London Pride in there used to be excellent (especially after the John Smiths canned rubbish they sell in Lords), last time it was flat and tasteless. Sad to say, but this institution is no longer recommended.

BothamsAshes - 16 May 2007 12:47
Popped in here on the strength of the reviews below and was disappointed. The bar was tiny, brightly lit, poorly decorated and very smokey. Grizzly locals inside, students on all the seats outside.

Only two ales on tap and my London Pride was a masterpiece of pouring - stick the glass on the drip tray and use both hands on the pump to squirt a pint out. Keep pulling until the massive, frothy head created eventually washes away over the side.

I left after I'd finished a hasty pint and went to the Hobgoblin around the corner and it was much better.
Ratspants - 13 Apr 2007 16:15
Lovely pub, good pint of Flowers.
The_Puzzler - 12 Apr 2007 14:43
Very nice little pub, worth seeking out.
lighterthief - 30 Sep 2006 21:03
The interior is a bit spartan: after a 4-5 mile canal walk from Islington yesterday evening, a friendly enough welcome and a quiet pint sitting outside was great. The London Pride was OK, and the Flowers Original better. And they sell Twiglets!

Pity really that it then got inundated about 9.00 with over 20 dymanic enthusiastic and cosmopolitan new students from the London Business School, so the tranquility of this back street was disturbed. Worth indeed going back to ....
zorrodp - 1 Sep 2006 14:34
Used to be a good pub (have visted infrequently over the past few years) but change in bar staff means the atmosphere is now less welcoming and service has certainly slipped e.g. barmaid served a pint which was the dregs of a dying barrel and refused to take it back as 'it looked clear'.
Yankee9999 - 9 Jul 2006 20:58
At last, the long awaited refurb is happening. This is still the smallest pub around, it still has excellent beer, and it still has the most wonderful folk behind the bar. However, it is now bright and airy, not at all as it was, and it will have food very soon! Come and try it, and see if Marylebone's best kept secret has kept it's attraction, and reached new heights of punter satisfaction. I'll bet you'll come again.
Mike_C - 29 Mar 2006 14:40
Very friendly staff, and the punters ain't bad either. A little small side perhaps, but I prefer the term 'compact and bijou'. Always a warm welcome.
anonymous - 10 Jan 2006 15:18
Amazing pub - someone's front room, but very nice if very local
iddleyiddle - 22 Nov 2005 14:28
I went to this place recently late afternoon during the week. As said below, it's very friendly and a great little pub, but if you get more than a dozen people in there, it's uncomfortably full.
Beermoth - 29 Aug 2005 05:18
A little gem of a place, you can bring your own take-away on a saturday night and watch Match of the Day with the local lagerheads. Very friendly, great jukebox and beer.
vera_shaw - 22 Aug 2005 16:12
I call this pub 'The Best Pub in the World' whenever I talk about it to my friends, and it has never disappointed so far. Bloody fantastic place to drink. Friendly and all.
Cameron - 5 Oct 2004 10:29
Good Flowers and Pride, very friendly, home from home. Go twice and become a local!
Michael - 29 Jun 2004 12:15
This has got to be one of London's smallest pubs! Great little place with loads of character, a very friendly barman & a lovely pint of Guinness! Don't tell everyone, though - there ain't room for many!
Giles - 29 Mar 2004 08:38

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