St James Tavern, Piccadilly - pub details
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|Popped in as the Northern Line was up the spout so had to change at Piccadilly Circus. London Fields was good and the barman even topped the head up, but others weren't so lucky; perhaps I looked like a serious beer drinker. My wife liked the wine as it was cold (not always a given) and fresh (likewise). Had difficulty getting served for our second drink and I suspect the bar man only did so after we were comparing the service we get in Ireland (which is excellent). I'll call in again another time to see if my experiences were one offs or standard.|
Mr_ESB_Harry - 18 Aug 2013 17:42
|A fairly typical large Victorian-evoking city pub just off the main drag of Piccadilly. Its pleasant exterior gives way to a similarly-well-preserved interior, following the faithful dark brown wood and heritage decor that is so beloved of large pub-owning companies who know the target market is the tourist. |
Clearly there were various tourists in tow on my last (and first) visit here on Tuesday. But there was in fact a mix of people and probably as many locals in taking a punt on the place, because of its sheer convenience if nothing else. A pleasant buzz ran throughout the place and I sensed no minority interests or troublesome behaviour.
Service was from the now-customary East European staff, who were efficient in keeping up with the steady flow of trade. 3 cask beers were available; nothing especially adventurous as presumably this pubco is tied to limited options, but reasonable enough - Brain's SA Gold sampled and was in good order despite unnecessary usage of a sparkler.
Food menus were inevitably much in evidence, and a number of customers were enjoying their wares. As I had no need of solid sustenance myself I can't comment any further, but observations suggested the usual 'traditional' pub fare was on offer (sausage and mash, fish and chips et al). Nothing unusual, but as with the ale, passable enough.
Not a destination pub as it's simply too identikit and innumerate examples of this kind of pub can now be found across central London. But it's not bad and worth popping in if it suits you - certainly preferable to negotiating the constant hurly-burly of shoppers on the streets outside.
TWG - 28 Jun 2012 18:12
|popped in on the way to the tube as it was the nearest pub, served it's purpose but don't specially need to go back again.|
Reverend - 18 Jan 2012 15:05
|Went there over the weekend and had the worst experience ever in a pub. Went to the bar to fetch a drink and although there were 3 bartenders behind the bar, none seemed interested in serving any customers. They wer just doing there chores behind the bar. One of the bartenders (who i later realised was the manager) was too busy chatting to one of his friend that he did not even see me standing right in front of him seeking some attention to get a drink.|
Eventually when his friend left, he looked at me and I asked for a pint of becks. He did serve me the pint but the head was about 20% (no exaggaration here). I asked him to top it up and he did put another 3 r may be 4 more drops literally in it. I was very surprised and wanted to speak to the manager but this French Bartender was indeed the manager of the pub. He took the drink anway from me and asked me to leave the pub and told other bartenders not to serve me. Upon enquiring why he has done so, he replied...'because you did not respect me and my decision'
That was going to be my first drink of the evening and I was looking forward to a very nice evening but that of course did not start well. After reading some of the comments below, I can now understand completely this pub does not really care about customers just because of their location.
Pub in itself is not too bad but the staff and customer services was appauling.
I have got lots of french friend but over last few days i have had a couple of bad french experiences......Mr Manager at the pub and just read about Top French Actor Gerard Depardieu peed...in the aisle of a plane....how disguisting.
For a good experience and a great evening....please avoid this pub....much better options around.
teddybear001 - 18 Aug 2011 15:53
|Visited on Easter Saturday afternoon. On entering, we sat at the only empty table, just being cleared of glasses by a barmaid. She proceeded to tell us that a group at the bar were waiting to sit at the table. Why werenít they already sitting there then? Thanks to some stupid policy we walked out and they will never see the colour of our money, as there are so many other choices in the area. Still, I doubt if they will give a monkeys as itís not the type of pub which has regular or even return customers. |
flashharry1965 - 26 Apr 2011 13:54
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