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The Swan, Bayswater

Visited this pub recently because my regular haunt when visiting the area has closed down sadly. But will never never never do so again. Untrained unfriendly bar staff who seem to think that a pint of pride with a three inch head is normal. Myself and my friend played a game of spotting the tourist that had been ripped off the most. Never tried the food but a couple of tourists on the next table had the "nachos" which looked totally disgusting and they didn't eat.
AVOID AVOID AVOID

28 Apr 2006 09:22

The Thomas Willingale, Chingford

Pub undergoing major refit. Also renamed THE STATION HOUSE more to follow..............

7 Apr 2006 09:18

The Crispin, Moorgate

Popped in here to get out of the rain. Overpriced smoke filled boozer. Guinness was off so tried a pint of Bombardier which was one of the worst pints I've had in recent times. Stayed cloudy and the barperson really didn't want to change it for me. Eventually they did but even thought the next one cleared it tasted off. Decided that Id rather get soaked and left.

4 Apr 2006 11:21

The Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street

Great place for a quick pint while waiting for your train. Huge pub where we were served quickly and the Guinness and Pride were well poured. We were there about 430pm and were able to get a table but really fills up after about 5. Plenty of staff behind the bar. Good prices too.

4 Apr 2006 11:13

The Railway Bell, South Woodford

Visited recently because of problems on central line and had to get off train at south woodford station. Not the worst pub I've ever been in, you get what you pay for. Friendly barstaff, Good Guinnes and a menu with meals on for about 3. Was quite happy there drinking my beer and watching the cricket on the big screen. Alas they got the trains running again and I had to continue my journey home. Not sure if I would get off the train to drink there again but Ok if u are close by.

4 Apr 2006 11:04

The Wishing Well, Chingford

Nice Small Frindly Pub. Excellent Guinness poured perfectly. And a good place to watch the odd football match, without any flying glasses.

4 Apr 2006 10:53

The Kings Head, Chingford

Well where do we start? The pub like many nowadays looks like a furniture showroom full of assorted chairs and sofa's where you half expect to see a price tag attached. Assorted pictures and modern "bits and pieces" that you see in any similar pub. As a regular Guinness drinker I have become used to badly trained staff not pouring my fav tipple in the correct and time honoured way but this guy took the biscuit! One quite the "one pour" pint but almost,give or take the half inch he left to finish it off. My girlfriend said her wine tasted flat and I did notice that it came from the back of the wine bucket and barely filled the required measure (perhaps it had been siiting there some time?)
We both ordered the steak which didn't come cooked as we ordered but was ok. My girlfriend said the second glass of wine was better and my Guinness was poured in a better style by a different barperson.
Overall not the worst pub We,ve ever been in but could do better.

PS If you are a Guinness drinker, avoid a short chunky curly haired male barperson.

4 Apr 2006 10:38

The Prince Albert, Camden

What a surprise...Lovely friendly local. Good guinness poured correctly by friendly bar staff. Also great home cooked food. The atmosphere was brilliant and if i'm every in the area again I'll def visit. What a joy to find a real pub in these days of chain managed pubs who couldn't care if you return or not.
A GENUINE PLEASURE.

29 Mar 2006 13:09

The North Star, Ealing

Lived locally for 3 months. Found this to be my favourite pub in that short time. Beer was well kept and friendly bar staff. Didn't often eat there so prob best not to comment. Nice place to pop into on way home after leaving tube station close by. Worth a try.

29 Mar 2006 12:49

The Thomas Willingale, Chingford

Recently visited the pub while working in station road. Found it to be dark and felt intimidated. Had a pint of a premium lager which tasted very average. Never felt comfy so drank half my pint and left. If I'm working there again won't be popping in unless it has a serious overhaul. It seems a pub that doesn't match the gentile surrounding area.

29 Mar 2006 12:38

Queen Victoria, Theydon Bois

Worked locally for six months and used it for lunch and a quick pint after work before catching the central line back to central London. Always found the food tasty perhaps a little pricey but overall good value. The beer was well kept and the bar staff friendly. Enjoyed my visits and if I lived closer would def pay it another visit. Worth the trip for anyone close.

29 Mar 2006 12:29

Hideaway, South Wimbledon

Nice well kept beer and tasty food. Pleasant friendly bar staff and locals. Clean and tidy. What more could you want? I will def return.

29 Mar 2006 12:21

The Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddington

Popped in here to kill some time before my train to the west country. Wish I hadn't bothered! Why do pub chains spend so much money on building station bars and then so little on staff training and staff levels. Appeared to be two members of staff on duty, One was busy making about six coffees while the other was engaged with a food order. Stood there for about ten minutes with my fiver in my hand and a smile on my face but to no avail. Decided to leave it and walked out.

29 Mar 2006 12:15

Trafalgar Freehouse, South Wimbledon

Visited after reading reviews on this site. Everything and more as stated. Friendly small old fashioned public house..... a true joy. Felt at home straight away, friendly bar staff and locals,well kept beer. Thinking seriously about making this my local. Keep it up

29 Mar 2006 12:06

Baobab, Colliers Wood

A lovely pub very close to where I live. Beer is well maintained and served with a smile. The food was hot tasty and well priced. A pleasure.

29 Mar 2006 12:00

The Bull, Theydon Bois

Looks a lovely pub from the outside and was greeted by a charming older lady behind the bar. She was friendly and appeared to be a well trained experienced barmaid. The beer was well kept and the service was good. Unfortunate that later the pleasant barmaid was replaced by someone who appeared to be the manageress/licensee and was cold and unfriendly. The food was average. Would prob visit the pub again. Very close to Theydon bois tube station.

29 Mar 2006 11:44

The Obelisk, Chingford

Usual chain pub. Underpaid untrained staff. If you are a Guinness drinker forget it. Although a lot of pub staff seem to be unable to pour a decent pint of guinness nowadays. The "Stella" tasted a bit off too.Not one to pay a return visit to.

29 Mar 2006 11:36

The Greene Man, Chingford

Don't bother..... This used to be a nice pub before taken over by the "Hungry Horse" chain. Apart from the fact that the Guinness was poor and the Wine was poured from two different white wine bottles the food was a huge let down. I know it's not the most expensive food going but it should be hot and edible.
Unfortunate that this is a poor area for pubs but if you are thirsty then walk about half a mile towards chingford green and use the kings head which is slightly better.

29 Mar 2006 11:30

The Victoria, Bayswater

Visited this pub on a Friday lunchtime having read good reports. Sadly a huge disappointment due to the fact that firstly only one member of bar staff on duty when pub was quite busy. Secondly I was unlucky enough to get in behind a group of ten or so young professional males who all chose to order a drink and a meal then pay by credit card card individually. Finally when I did get served the bar person gave me a pint of guinness with a rather large head. I do hate to have to ask for a fair pint but it really was necessary. The guinness was well kept and I enjoyed another pint but overall the visit was a let down.

29 Mar 2006 11:19

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