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The Hand and Racquet, Covent Garden [Closed] - pub details


Hand and Racquet
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Address: 48 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7HA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21686) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Charing Cross (0.3 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.3 miles), London Waterloo (0.9 miles), London Waterloo East (1 mile)

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Apparently now occupied by squatters
TiaMariaJim - 6 Mar 2011 18:12
Love the postings. Odd place when it was open - quiet, cheap and they hadn't a clue how to keep beer. Warm and flat. Can I have a cold bottled beer then - no they were warm as well. I had to resort to untra cold stongbow, which I hate. But even that was warm. The central European bar maid hadn't a clue - needed a manager who understood how to keep beer!
baggydave - 5 Nov 2009 22:06
I'm not having this!
The nights I have have in this boozer go down in British folklore.
Half-gallon Hancock they used to call me.
Saturday nights were a real treat. A pound in your pocket, a pint in your hand and a bird on your arm...
Shame I used to struggle with all three.
Mind you, they did wrong getting rid of Gladys.
I was in there.
I offered her a weekend in Clacton you know.
Then she found out Sid and Bill were coming and she went off the idea.
You know why it is? Why this pub shut down? Well of course they all say: It's you Tone, you haven't been doing a turn in the saloon bar for years.
I would pull them in. Wouldn't leave 'til me third encore.
...Well me third round
That and the public turning to foreign...what do they call it? Lager? Laaa geeeerrrr? It's not right! A pint of brown ale is how it should be. Churchill wouldn't drink this muck. I mean it's alright being a bit wayward, but only of British booze. Surely noone can be proud to say they were a bit wobbly off this continental claptrap. Warsteiner? My word, five years on the front line played havoc with me feet and the country celebrates with a pint of Adolph's finest.
I don't know.
I mean look at it. A global force we were, envy of the world. Leaders in battle, industry, technology, the arts and pride.
Look at us now...
I may aswell turn it in

t_hancock - 7 Mar 2009 00:51
Been in there 3years ago as a barmaid as several tourists used to call . Not a Japaness But a Korean girl /

due to that I've been keeping touch wiv my couple of friends who worked wiv me during that time, had already known about shutting itself soon .
But guys ! i know you might say it's dirty and unfriendly barmaid crushed you , i would say it was unfogettable time for me , even if my 3-year-ago memories are getting bleaker, my physical body remember it , my unconsciouness remember it vividly.

for almost 10 months , i had cleaning the every single pipe to make better taste beer. Yet my silly english capacity i had as of that day, i made a great effort on making my customers happy
Not led by any force from my manager , Not led by any invisible stress from people . ..

i just did cause that was what i wanted to treat them ..

please stop talk about only disadvantage stuffs. whatever you complain about this pub , you know and i know , everybody know this pub never gonna open again.....
nary3522 - 24 Feb 2009 09:09
Hang on - this pub closed more than 2 years ago - not a victim of the smoking ban or recession - the manager did a runner and it never reopened.

The whole block is now going to be redeveloped into a hotel/casino/cinema complex. Pizza Hut closed late last year and the bulldozers will be in sometime soon.
Loki - 17 Jan 2009 14:20

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