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Wine Lodge, Fenchurch Street

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I thought that going along Fenchurch Street from the East India Arms to the Elephant was a backward step in quality. Continuing on to the Wine Lodge proved a further backward step. The beer range was slightly better - Harveys Sussex Best, Youngs Original and Adnams Bitter. But the decor was too modern and the brown painted walls made it all rather dull and characterless. Large images of London brightened up the place slightly. But the crowd of guffawing City workers didn't appeal to me and the barmaid could only be described as dopey. A horse racing channel seemed to be a strange thing to be showing on the bar's 2 TV screens. One to avoid if you like you like to drink in a pub with a bit of character.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 13:43
Popped in at lunch time from work. Good range of ales, including Youngs, Harveys and (a fine pint of) Black Sheep. Reasonable meeting spot with food served downstairs. $ky TV upstairs.
Rod_Hariga - 15 Feb 2009 23:40
3.50 fora Scotch egg !! Beer was okay but not good enough to make me go in here again. Didn't like the way the plate was snatched away directly we had finished eating. Not my cup of tea.
peterwarlock - 22 Jan 2009 13:10
First visit since re-opening and its hard to spot the difference apart from characters behind the bar. Good range of Real Ale (Youngs, Sheps & Harveys). Worth a visit but wouldn't go out of my way to find when there's better pubs nearby.
twineyboy - 3 Dec 2008 00:11
Now re-opened under private onwership. Similar to old format - with restaurant downstairs. Good beer (Youngs + 1 other). Recommended.
sassoon - 26 Feb 2008 10:04
This pub is under new management and has now re-openned. It's still decent but miss Joanna and the others who ran before.
thecolour - 27 Dec 2007 13:52
Yep, definitely closed. I have an email from Young's head office confirming that the lease expired and they didn't renew it.
Kake - 8 May 2007 17:30
Yes it is shamefully!!!

Marsh/Sedgewicks the landlords have raised the rent to make it impossible for the pub to trade. Yet another of the great city institutions killed off by the greed of the corporate city firms!
anonymous - 2 Mar 2007 13:03
A good pub but is it closing on March 22, 2007?
Navigators - 1 Mar 2007 14:54
A real treasure in the City. Great food, good drink, sensible noise levels and above all, great value for money.

Three cheers to the landlord.......Hurrah!
beer_monster_66 - 19 Dec 2006 12:16
A right find! Cracking at Christmas with good music (swing & jazz, xmas and soul)Tastefully decorated and tasteful, quality drinks make me want to return.
Krissy - 15 Dec 2006 23:06
An excellent city pub - loved by all its regulars for its friendly,welcoming service,good food and great atmosphere.Chris is one great manager!
millie - 22 Jun 2006 15:34
Excellent Young's bitter and special. Ideal for lunch meetings as the restaurant is superb. Thoroughly enjoyed my Steak and Kidney Pudding as did my very important overseas client. Wine List is extensive with Wines of the Month also. Good service, good staff, good all-round.
Krissy - 11 Apr 2006 12:25
Love the fact that i can take a client to lunch in the city, be able to chat without having to yell and have good food and great service. They always serve good quality ales with seasonal changes and have a pretty ok wine list too.
anonymous - 23 Feb 2006 15:12
I agree on one of the points Darren but I also thought the downstairs restaurant was fantastic and also packed to the rafters in fact I will have to make sure I book next time to get a seat!!!
Pumpy - 22 Feb 2006 19:41
2 things to note. First, the wonderful Northern (Mancunian / Scouse?) lady who calls everyone 'Duck' and is such a pleasure has been promoted to the upstairs bar - wortha visit just to chat with her. Secondly, the downstairs menu has gone a bit posh. Yes, tasted nice. But the prices, and the strange use of armchairs, may explain why the restaurant was rather quieter than last year.

The beer? Well, it's a Youngs pub so you either love it or you loathe it.
Darren_in_the_City - 18 Jan 2006 14:30
great little city pub, upstairs and downstairs bars which cater for all. Fantastic restaurant with friendly staff & plenty of regulars which can be hard to find! Management team are friendly and entertaining. Try might just become one of the regulars!
anonymous - 5 Dec 2005 20:34
Two bar pub serving the city community around Fenchurch Street. Upstairs small non smoking bar. Downstaits larger bar with good restaurant. Serves a nice pint of youngs."

TheHorsesMouth - 20 Oct 2005 14:10
Cannot agree with Mr Lash, great little boozer with very friendly staff.

A welcome relief from busy city life, great for an after work sherbet.

Non smoking bar upstairs, tv's and fruit machines etc downstairs. Cosy downstairs bar for the more serious drinkers / 'oiks' as the snobby Mr Lash calls them!

Does a decent bit of grub lunchtimes also, not the sort of place to go and be seen, just a decent city drinker, of which we seem to be fast running out!

Viva la Oiks!
krylon76 - 8 Jan 2005 17:45
Pretty mediocre really. Tatty round the edges interior, nondescript food, smoky. Only ever been there with oikish colleagues who seem to like it, so I guess there must be something to it. Only faintly redeeeming feature is that the bitter (Youngs) was pretty well kept.
MrLash - 8 Dec 2004 12:15

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