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Returned to The Tipperary for the first time in 9 years. Still a fine Irish pub and it had to Harveys beers on taps which makes bonus points kids.

Friendly service and a charming interior.

I believe an episode of New Tricks was filmed in this pub. Write the theme toon sing the theme toon.
terenced - 23 Jan 2017 10:51
An Irish pub as in Dublin, Cork or Dungarvon, not as the London chains imagine them to be. Nice late Victorian décor. The bar is narrow so it suits slim people, as does the function room upstairs. A sufficient number of handpumps which we gave a good seeing to; not sure why the barman didn't seem happy about this but oh well..........
16jamesdoc - 17 Nov 2016 18:19
Before the smoking ban and when James and his colleague ran it I loved this pub - it has a real Irish feel (including the menu). Since then it has had a number of landlords (I suspect I may have missed some no longer being a regular visitor to the area). Anyway I popped In for old times sake. Guinness was not up to scratch and it just feels like a rather cramped pub rather than slightly unique. I read a book once called "Never Go Back" once - maybe it was right!

Enough reviews for a day. Time for my meds, supper and bed. zzzzzzzzzzz
StephenM123 - 23 Sep 2016 18:26
Nipped in one day around noon as I was early for appointment. I had two nice pints of Guinness before the lunch crowd came when it got crowded. Friendly staff. Wouldn't fancy if busy
Jamesgate - 22 Sep 2016 13:59
I went there lunchtime. They've narrowed the pub. It's now really thin and i'm fuming. The bar is very long (too far to walk it's length) and there are so many people in the way. I'm thinking of drinking elsewhere from now on. A bloke even asked me for money to get into the pub today ... he didn't work there but i felt too intimidated to say "no". This is just part of my life at the moment. People think i'm a pushover when i'm clearly not. I want to be that rainbow in someones life but end up being a down-pour. I'll revisit the Tip one more time just to see if they widen the pub again ... however, i suspect they won't due to building regulations.

Ben Baptiste - DAC Beachcroft - Original
dsuter - 28 Apr 2016 16:01
Back when Fleet Street was where newspapers were printed, this was the pub where the Daily Telegraph journos, and inkies drank.

how they all got in is anybody's guess,
but several couples eventually got married after meeting here.
Leftinthepub44 - 17 Dec 2015 17:03
Reputedly the first Irish pub in London, the pub is long and narrow, making it very difficult to pass people. This was my second visit here and we chose to go upstairs, which was slightly quieter. But there were still no seats. There was another serving area on the first floor, but this wasn't manned. Presumably this is used for private parties. I hadn't recalled any real ales here on my previous visit. But sure enough, there were 3 this time - Marstons Pedigree, Ruddles County & Sharps Doom Bar. Another Fleet Street pub with a nice interior.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Jan 2014 17:48
Went here before I ventured across the road to the Olde Cheshire Cheese and I'm glad I did it that way round. Good pub but not in the same league as the Cheese. Is Fleet Street on the tourist trail? Seems to me that the pubs are infinitely better this side of London, not yet been ruined.
beernotfood - 18 Dec 2013 22:33
You walk in here and go back in time, a long bar but the depth of the room is sufficiently narrow that two-deep is quite enough! A clock which is stuck at 1735 convinces you that you could easy, "have one more!"

You are in tourist territory but the place doesn't seem to be full of tourists and, as a suit wearer City bod, it isn't packed with EC4 camouflage which is refreshing!

Old school, I will be back!
NLBS - 23 Oct 2013 17:07
The only true pub left on Fleet Street. Always a pleasure. Welcoming, classic, good beer, fine staff.
5thAugustLeo - 17 Aug 2012 21:14
I've been going to the pub for four years now. Always a friendly welcome. Always a good pint. An excellent example of a small city pub that does great food as well.
LondonHawk - 11 Apr 2012 10:06
This pub is, allegedly merits the the title of the WW1 song "It's a long way to Tipperary"..Bearing in mind the words, "farewell Leicester square" etc...it was a stopping off point for soldiers before taking the long train ride to France (or oblivion, pretty much the same deal!? I am ready to stand corrected....
harlequin - 1 Feb 2012 13:04
'Ale' range - Guiness (yawn)... Cider range - Strongbow (double yawn). Price - expensive. 3 pints & 2 packs of pork scratchings £13.90!!

Go to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, across the road, instead. Much nicer and 3 pints in this Sam Smiths pub for £7.51. Just duck if you go to sit downstairs, as the ceilings are low!!
Viki247 - 30 Aug 2011 17:04
Popped in on the say-so of my cousin who'd earmarked it on a crawl he'd dreamt up last Tuesday. A seemingly genuine Irish (not 'Oirish') pub that was friendly and a rare example of a true local in these parts. Service was prompt and welcoming. Shame only one cask ale was offered - and was the ever-ubiquitous Greene King IPA. Nevertheless, it was perfectly well-conditioned and about as good as it gets. This was all the more creditable given that I assume there's little interest in ale given the obvious popularity of a certain Irish stout. I wouldn't come back for the beer, and it does have a lot of competition locally. But, I might consider it for the other positive things if I happened to be in the area.
TWG - 28 Aug 2011 18:00
One of my favourite pubs on my way home from work for a drink. Good guinness and I love the long bar downstairs. Staff always been kind and friendly.
sotondoton - 16 Jun 2011 12:57
Was passing the other evening and glanced in. There were different people behind the bar so I decided to pop in. It appears the previous couple who ran it have retired and a new set have taken over. Have to agree with the comments made by StephenM a few months ago but would urge him to try the Tipperary again. Staff that are genuinely friendly, there were a couple of well kept guest ales and the menu looked better value for money. Keep up the good work!
MikeTheMechanic - 29 Nov 2010 18:30
Popped infor Sunday Roast today, had Greene King IPA on, 2 roasts were available pork or lamb and the menu, we had pork and all the trimmings, nicest piece of pork I've in a long time, lovely dinner and beer was GOOD too
hullcityfan - 17 Oct 2010 15:47

It must be four or more years since I last visited this pub. In those days it alternated between two landlords both of whom very friendly and intelligent but did not suffer fools gladly. Anyway all change. It is now run by a couple who appear friendly on the surface but in reality are so only to their own little clique! Onto the beer. I had a pint of Adnams and all I can say is that it was allright. Anyway I then decided to have a Guiness for which the pub has claims to fame but again I have had better. Like the nearby Seven Stars this could be a great little pub if run by the right people!
StephenM123 - 4 Sep 2010 13:17
Nice enough - small longish bar - friendly enough.
adamwalsh - 22 Aug 2010 20:57
Excellent. Friendly. Food looked good.
Scoops - 16 Aug 2010 11:09
Poor pint of Adnams, warm and slightly cloudy. Pretty unfriendly too.
keith253 - 9 Mar 2010 18:15
I like this pub. Always friendly service and the beer is generally on good form. Unfortunately not on my recent visit as the Adnams was very warm. This wont put me off going back though.
nutsaboutbeer - 22 Feb 2010 17:15
Longish single bar, traditional Greene King pub half way up ( or down ) Fleet Street. The pub features in CAMRA's Regional Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors for its wood pannelling, bar back, mosaic floor complete with shamrocks and two enormous splendid whisky mirrors.

Outside, an information board proudly proclaims the pub as "London's original Irish pub" and a stone slab by the entrance bears the Mooney's name - now somewhat feint unfortunately. The S G Mooneys of Dublin chain purchased the pub around 1700 and it became the first Irish pub outside of Ireland.

Being narrow and small, the pub tends to get busy quickly and it is surprising therefore that the upstairs bar, The Boars Head, never seems to be open. Seating is limited mainly to bar stools along the bar length, but stand up drinking is the likely outcome here.

On a personal basis, the highlight of my recent evening visit was catching up again with the ebullient Bill ( plus waistcoat of course ) and Wendy, former landlords at The Sekforde Arms, who now run the show here. Somewhat intriguingly, despite being only an infrequent visitor to The Sekforde, they remembered me.

Beers on were GK IPA plus Adnams,both being on reasonable form.

This is one of the better more atmospheric Fleet Street pubs. Don't let the limited beer range discourage you from visiting.
JohnBonser - 23 Dec 2009 13:13
This is a narrow, small pub with a single bar downstairs, although there was some more seating in an upstairs room that I didnít visit when I was in this pub during the week. There were some stools at the bar; a couple of tables and chairs; and a ledge on the wall opposite the bar for those standing to put their drinks on. It doesnít look as if much has changed inside this pub for many years. The bar has clearly been well-used over the years, and the walls are panelled in dark wood with superb Guinness mirrors on them. The mosaic floor is quite unusual, and really quite attractive, with its shamrock design. A sign outside says that it was the first Irish pub in London. That may be true for all I know, as it is clearly a pub with a historic pedigree.

The ales they had on were Adnamís Bitter and GKIPA Ė plus Guinness of course. There were probably also some lagers available, although I have to admit that I did not notice them. I was in there too early for lunch, and I didnít see any menus so canít comment on food Ė but I did spot a rarely seen large jar of pickled eggs behind the bar. It seems to me that this is a pub that suits those who are happy to stand while drinking as itís largely standing room only. Itís not the place to come if you like those pubs where you can lounge around on sofas drinking soda and lime. But itís the sort of place to which I would be happy to return.
RexRattus - 30 Nov 2009 22:36
This place is very small, although there is an upstairs bar that I didnít visit, but I got the feeling that it is more of a restaurant. Greene King IPA and Adnams were both available on my visit along with a standard draught selection and San Miguel. My Guinness was well served, but a bit on the dear side rocking in at £3.60.

This place is ok for a quick pint, but I wouldnít stay all evening.
Strongers - 8 Oct 2009 10:42
An excellent find which i wasn't expecting given its very central location. i will certainly suggest this for those looking for a real pub.
saintsforever - 16 Aug 2009 16:16
Still a very well run pub and place of character. I popped in today and had great time chatting away to both staff and customers; a very small world indeed. Highly recommended. Good beer.
anonymous - 30 Apr 2009 08:38
Great to find this unspoilt, friendly and relaxed place in the heart of london. long may it stay that way...
mozzzzzz - 20 Apr 2009 13:18
Very good IPA here but what more could you expect? Average decor for the area - nicer pubs along Fleet Street (and cheaper - ye old cheshire cheese!!)
thesaturdayboy - 16 Mar 2009 10:29
I like the Tipperary. No frills, no Hunters Chicken, no caeser salad and no seared tuna.

The Adnams was good, service was prompt. A place for a beer and a chat. Unspoilt on Fleet Street.


terenced - 16 Dec 2008 10:57
Nice place, really great inside! Was waiting a while for drinks when they had to run up and down the stairs for some reason I cant remember. It felt a little uncomfortable when I walked in and everyone was gawking at me like there was something wrong!

so nice pub, strange feeling in there, nice beers
soulfly - 20 Nov 2008 14:05
Does what it says on the tin. No Plasmas, gimmicks or wanna be Gordon Geckos. Good beer, that doesnt taste bitter with this crippling inflation.....yet. Good honest boozer
PaulMeoff - 17 Jul 2008 15:58
Nice long bar that reminds me of the Irish boozers in New York. Great landlord and landlady of the old school kind - they remember your name and your tipple and make you feel at home. Average selection of beer and the usual mass-produced guinness (that the landlord himself says isn't anything close to the proper stuff - although having had the stuff in Irish country villages I have to say that I can't really tell the difference) but I guess nowhere's perfect.
CaptainJamesTPint - 17 Apr 2008 14:19
Greatly improved.
delstefan - 1 Mar 2008 03:46
Greatly improved.Will visit often in the years to come.
delstefan - 1 Mar 2008 03:45
Visited yesterday evening, very enjoyable, room to sit at the bar which was suprising on a Friday night.

Those, like me, who are not keen on Greene King Ales should note that Fullers London Pride is also served, and very good it was too.

Used to be rather a dirty place, but has been much improved in recent months following a change of management.
mikeholt - 6 Oct 2007 15:43
Three of us spent a very pleasant couple of hours in this 'Irish' pub, on a Sunday afternoon: genuine Irish landlord, original mosaic floor, fine old woodwork and mirrors etc,small enough to discourage the masses and ankle-biters, a real men's pub with a standing drinkers' shelf for your pint. Very clean, a pleasant landlord and wife, and a welcome pint of well-kept Abbott. If I lived around here it would be my local! We didn't sample the upstairs dining-room, but the menu had enough variety and the prices seemed very reasonable.
strixaluco - 16 Jul 2007 11:10
Nice enough for a few pints of the black stuff. A couple of the inevitable besuited folk from the surrounding area doing something distasteful with vodka and oysters (ie eating them out of the same glass - money can't buy you taste) but friendly attentive staff, on a Tuesday anyway. Good pork scratchings too.

Not the biggest, but worth a visit if you're passing. A little quieter than the echoey cellar bars of the Cheshire Cheese across the way.
gcc24 - 16 Mar 2007 09:53
About as genuinely Irish as "House of Pain" (showing my age here...), this is a pub with a lot of history but history that ended long ago. If you think drawing a shamrock in a pint of Guinness is tacky, I ordered a pie here on Sunday, and there was a shamrock in my pie lid. FFS - what next - hiring midgets for bar staff and dressing them as leprechauns? Further proof Greene King has no shame.

Faux-Irish cuisine and Greene King beers? The worst of both worlds.
topdog_andy - 2 Jan 2007 15:18
been here a few times and its always the same , good service good beer , only complaint is the downstairs bar is a bit cramped , but this is all part of the charm
romfordir - 10 Dec 2006 17:36
Not sure I agree there's much of a sense of Irishness here, but this Greene King house is worth visiting none the less - the downstairs bar is very nice, the upstairs a bit shabbier but with more room to sit.
grecian - 13 Nov 2006 16:32
Nice pub, with a genuine Irish feel, in spite of the lack of any Irish staff. The Guinness wasn't the best but it's still a good place and I'd certainly go again.
belgraviabarons - 13 Sep 2006 08:57
Narrower than a narrow boat specially constructed to navigate narrow ways, it's an endearing little spot nonetheless. Admittedly not to everyone's liking but that itself is a strength. Small; the tone and feel flux dramatically with the flux of the crowd.

Well run; well staffed. The Polish staff a boon.

HoodedCrow - 25 Jul 2006 18:24
It's really a pub pretending to be an Irish bar, but not one Irish staff, although the American tourists who pop in are blissfully unaware of this.

The Australian manager who works there 6 months of the year is wonderful.
His South African skinhead relacement the other 6 months of the year is intimidating, and I avoid the place whilst he is there.

anonymous - 3 May 2006 09:30
This rather quaint little Irish pub has been around for 400 years. Situated on Fleet Street it generally attracts local workers and appears to be overlooked by tourists in favour of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese almost opposite. Originally called the Boares Head, the pubís main claim to fame is that it was the first Irish theme pub outside of the emerald isle and was the first pub outside of Ireland to sell Guiness. The interior is very narrow with barely room for anything but a few stools at the bar and a ledge along the wall opposite. The paneled walls are adorned with large advertising mirrors and old photos and the floor contains a fine shamrock mosaic. The old clock above the bar is a replica of one that was stolen some time ago. Being another Greene King acquisition, the beer selection is not very inspiring (the ubiquitous IPA and Abbot) but I suppose one should really go for the Guiness here. There is an equally narrow upstairs bar Ė the Boares Head bar, the pubís original name. Despite a few minor shortcomings this remains one of my favourite pubs in the area.
RogerB - 10 Apr 2006 15:07
staff were brilliant when we popped in only went for one and stayed for a few more , good drop of guiness , and nice atmosphere , one fruit machine hidden away by the stairs . and sky tv on the telly nice pub all in all
romfordir - 1 Mar 2006 15:18
Didn't like this place at all, my Abbot was totally bland and there was a depressing atmosphere all round. I was on a crawl, wish I'd skipped this one!
mannyowar - 3 Jan 2006 17:23
As I've worked in the city for years we decided to take advantage of the quiet Xmas period and have a wander round some of the pubs we'd not visited yet.

This was possibly the worst on our mini-crawl.

My husband is an ale drinker and as this pub has been taken over by the dreaded Greene King (enemy of the real ale drinkers) there wasn't much to offer I have to say - he ended up drinking a pint of Abbott Ale as there was little choice - I'm not sure if this is recommended by CAMRA but if it is I'll be writing to them to suggest it isn't any longer.

The lager on offer was the usual awful fosters and such - I ended up with a vodka and coke - which I drank while listening to the bar staff shouting in Polish to all the other Polish customers - for an Irish bar it wasn't very Irish.

Not recommended - my rating is for the decor only
ickleprincess - 1 Jan 2006 19:25
Nice traditional City pub. The street level bar is rather narrow and there is more room upstairs. Doesn't overdo the Irish bit, which is pleasing. Note the splendid mirrors on the wall and the ornate bar back. This pub appears in the CAMRA Regional Inventory and it was nice to see copies on sale behind the bar.
This is a Greene King pub now, but the Guinness is inevitably popular.
From the street level bar, you have to go up two flights of stairs to reach the Gents, which is certainly unusual. For most pubs round here, they're downstairs.
This pub is well worth including on any Fleet Street crawl
JohnBonser - 1 Apr 2005 10:18
Nice stop on a monopoly pub crawl - staff always friendly.
RobG - 7 Jan 2005 14:01
One thing you have to say about this pub is that the guinness is always of consistent, excellent quality. The history is there, but the australian landlord doesn't quite fit the picture (but very friendly). Thursdays and Fridays tend to be the busier days and the food is getting better (if you're on a diet, I wouldn't bother). Weekends are generally quiet but always welcome.

Top pub.
Sean - 14 Nov 2003 14:20
A useful stop on Monopoly pub crawls, especially when Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese isn't open (most of the weekend!)
Piers - 5 Oct 2002 09:33

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