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Crown and Anchor
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Address: 22, Neal St, London, WC2H 9PS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11646) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Covent Garden (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.3 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.4 miles), London Waterloo (1 mile), London Waterloo East (1 mile)

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> Current user rating: 5.5/10 (rated by 25 users)
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Was in the area last night, poped into the C & A for what was going to be a pint but what ended up 4 glasses on mulled wine (the smell gets you as soon as you open the door). Highly reccomended!

Certainly didn't seem as cold on the way home, think I'll do my shopping on Neal Street more often.
Soothparc - 11 Dec 2013 15:36
Had a nice pint of Guinness in here whilst watching the hustle and bustle pass us by outside.

I actually quite enjoyed this place. I tend to stay away from Covent Garden but as I was going for drinks at Circus nearby we had one in here before it opened.

Guinness was well kept and staff were alright. 7/10
Miker1234 - 9 Sep 2012 14:08
First visit for me for some after work drinks a few weeks ago. Absolutely rammed, but not surprising considering it's right in the thick of it. Ales on were Harveys Best, Deuchars IPA and Greene King IPA. Had a few of the latter which were OK. Staff were quite nice. Prices normal for the area (I think about 3.60 a pint.)

All-in-all, it's a perfectly decent pub. It's not a bad choice if you're trying to meet up with people in Central London before heading off somewhere else. 7
Goldings - 2 Jan 2012 19:37
Good enough but uninspired....dreary ales and the usual lagers..probably tied to the Reigate Market is.. so neither are "Free" Houses as for Trading Standards except there is no legal definition of "Free House" so murder is got away with! P.s. spotted a Ploughman's with distinctly industrial cheese....just like the!
Insearchofthebestpint - 21 Oct 2011 19:03
Despite the reasonable passage of time since their comments, Gann and JohnBonser have it about right; this is a pleasant and worthy enough, yet unexceptional and essentially by-numbers hostelry. In essence it is not superior, but can't be dismissed as inferior either.

The outside appearance is of a well-preserved Victorian corner pub, and the decor on the inside is traditionally-orientated and in-keeping with its history, if a little faux and inauthentic in places. In any case, it helps to create a sense of wellbeing and pleasant conviviality away from the hurly-burly of Neal Street, beyond the unnaturally large front doors of the entrance.
The welcome from staff I find to be modest, but not as detached as one sometimes finds, particularly from the non-indigenous members of the team, and above all beer and whatever else is dispensed efficiently enough by all-female team: the bar was well-staffed on my last, recent visit.
Ale-wise, the usual keg nonsense one finds in London and every other town, but mercifully a 3-strong concession to cask, with the same ales as those mentioned previously featuring as regulars. Not an inspiring choice although conditioning seems to be in order. It seems a shame if this is a Market Taverns outlet that the successful template of its flagship, the Market Porter, can't be applied more here (then again they own the Market at Reigate so perhaps we can't expect as much as we'd hope on that front....).
Food is served, although as yet I've not been in need of it when visiting. It appears to be the usual pub grub fare, which presumably satisfies the majority of the innumerable tourists and never-to-return again opportunists who populate it day-in, day-out. If you are in need of sustenance I suspect you'd get a passable plateful here?
Atmosphere, though steady and comfortable, was somewhat lacking, though fortuitously I was last here for a private party in the upstairs function room, which featured a range of shiny happy people including a live jazz band, so we didn't go wanting for liveliness. This area is rather like an extended front room, with a fireplace, comfy chairs, and a plethora of old photographs adorning the walls. It has its own bar too, which featured Harvey's Best but no other ales. It seemed more chilled served from here than downstairs, but it was manageable.

Not a universally excellent establishment and if one pays a short visit for a quick 'alf then it definitely won't stand out in the memory above the many other London boozers of its ilk. However, in the capital one can't afford to pass up every pub that can be considered unremarkable; as it goes this offering is rather better than some of its peers.... And I would recommend the funtion room for a smallish group.

TWG - 9 May 2011 17:58

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