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Old Star
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Address: 66, Broadway, Westminster, London, SW1H 1DB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1194) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations St James's Park (0 miles), Westminster (0.4 miles), Victoria (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations London Victoria (0.6 miles), London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), London Waterloo (1 mile)

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

General information: Bars on 3 floors.

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> Current user rating: 5.5/10 (rated by 48 users)
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Feathers, St James's (0.1 miles), Sanctuary House, Westminster (0.1 miles), Two Chairmen, St James's (0.1 miles), Adam and Eve, Westminster (0.1 miles), Buckingham Arms, Westminster (0.1 miles) - see more nearby pubs

 

user reviews of the Old Star, Westminster

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This is a cracking pub. Good choice of beer: the pint I had was excellent and properly filled: not served as a 3/4 pint with massive head on top - and the price was reasonable. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was excellent and cheap. It's a pity the pub is where it is and of course there is no beer garden but I can't mark it down for that. It looks like it's had a recent refurbishment so earlier remarks by others on this site don't do the pub justice. To be fair we called in on a Wednesday lunchtime so it was fairly quiet apart from a couple of noisy toddlers who, thankfully, were in the process of departing with their embarrassed parents.
StudioM - 26 Apr 2013 16:22
Bizarrely, given my personal familiarity with this general area, I'd never ventured into the Star before a few days ago, probably because of a fairly-ingrained Greene King prejudice. Convenience and desire for difference suggested that I try it, en route between other Westminster pubs.

What I found was, well, nice. But as someone who believes his vocabulary to be capacious enough to conjure up a rather more descriptive adjective, that is I'm afraid slightly damning; certainbly the place seemed clean, ordered, efficient, and offered what one might legitimately expect from a reasonable pub - i.e a selection of drink and food. But there was nothing about it - either in terms of what it served, or the environment in which it served it - that stood out for me.

GK have an unfortunate habit of running innumerate bland pubs across the south of England, which despite any distinctive features outside could really be anywhere. The Old Star rather falls into that category. A pleasing enough corner building near to St James's station, but once inside it is by-numbers all the way. The food menu, though not sampled on my visit, looked by modern standards pretty predictable; one can only hope the quality is such that it sets it somewhere above its competitors, but something tells me hope shouldn't be high on that front.

As to drink - the usual barrage of spirits, wines, and keg beers were available and I daresay they satisfy many palates of passers-by. But I can't think there's anything other than sheer convenience which would bring any of them back here as opposed to the myriad other pubs in London which currently offer a pleasant and safe, but predictable and sterile, experience. Cask-wise, a portion of GK ales were offered including IPA, Abbot and the slightly-less-ubiquitous and slightly-more-interesting London Glory were on pump. The LG was actually well-conditioned, though it will never be an excitement on my palate. Service was quick although it was not a busy shift, and pleasant enough, though the pints (my cousin was with me and had ordered a pint of Fosters) were both well-shy on measure.

I said nothing was especially memorable here - that at least means it was not markedly awful. I would come back to the Star if convenience and occasion demanded it. But I would never go out of my way to do so. When in this vicinity most of the other tied houses (the Sanctuary, the Buckingham) and the pubco houses (the Feathers, the Adam & Eve), will probably make that bit more of a worthy impression. Full marks for not getting it wrong as such, but none for not doing - or not being allowed to do - anything especially right!
TWG - 9 Nov 2012 16:36
Nice pub, it's not cheap but it's central London. Will certainly go back again.

As for leone34's comments, it's a pub take your kids to a starbucks and leave the pub to the adults. The sooner screaming obnoxious kids and their parents are banned from pubs the better.
kevmac - 11 Sep 2012 01:05
I used to drink here 20 years ago. It's changed layout since then and gone a bit upmarket, but one thing's the same: they couldn't keep a decent pint then and they still can't. Tiger? Full of crap. London Glory? Off - end of barrel pint. Abbott was OK but a slightly over bitter taste. Chips tasteless. Three 'nibble' fish fingers were served where 4 were advertised.

It'll be another 20 years before I go back.
strongarm - 14 Sep 2011 12:58
I forgot to mention that the amount of money we spent in there you would've thought we could've got a smile and a please and thank you from at least one of the staff members, unfortunately NOT, they seemed too wrapped up in themselves to care and really made you feel like you shouldn't be drinking in there!, they need some serious customer service training.
Leone34 - 1 Jun 2011 15:16

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