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Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

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user reviews of the Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

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have to mark it down a bit as I feel they have used the trend of so called "craft" beers (i.e. basically over priced and marketed keg beers) to rack up the price of proper ales - they are not alone in London pubs in doing this but they pushing the £5.10 + for a pint as the norm for all pints.
Snarling_Mallard - 27 Sep 2018 22:16
The Thai food is fairly simple but always very fresh and reasonably priced for the location. This is now probably one of the best in this part of London for decent ale. had a Bohemia Pale, a Tring brew and a Session IPA and all were eminently drinkable.
Snarling_Mallard - 17 Aug 2018 16:22
Dropped by for a swift pint enroute to elsewhere. They always seem to do at least one Marlow brew and as I generally like them this is always a good port of call. Can't say I found the manager hostile - though we all have our bad days at times. Have ate here in the past and also not had a bad pint here so on the beer front is worth a visit. The parking and squatting front may be different but space is at a premium in these parts.
Snarling_Mallard - 22 Feb 2018 20:40

Absolutely hideous customer service!!!
AVOID THIS ESTABLISHMENT AT ALL COSTS!
The owner is arrogant, rude and very disrespectful.
My husband and I parked our car a few doors down, to take my mother in law for major eye surgery at The West London Eye Hospital. Whilst waiting for her surgery to be completed we found this little pub and contemplated having lunch. The quiet cul de sac like road it sits on is rather peaceful and away from the hustle and bustle of the Marylebone road.
Whilst my husband put extra money in the metre for our parking, I sat outside the pub waiting for staff to bring us menus. The owner drove up, parked his car and got out furiously telling me to leave and find a public place to sit other than his establishment.
I could not believe it and have never been spoken to - so rudely by anyone. Especially as a customer.
Avoid this place like the plague. The owner is a pathetic example of how businesses should operate. He most certainly DOES NOT RESPECT CUSTOMERS. God only knows what other horrendous outrages lie within the business.

Abigailblanche - 11 Sep 2017 14:55
I can't say I've ever noticed this pub before. It's tucked down a fairly narrow side street to the south side of the Marylebone Road. The interior feels a bit dark. But it's decked out with a fair bit of rugby memorabilia, as this is apparently a rugby pub. There was an impressive range of 6 ales on - Three Brewers Golden English Ale, Three Sods Mon Cheri, Rebellion Zebedee & Angel, Dorking Pilcrow Pale & Vale Fork Handles. After I'd ordered, I then noticed a sign stating they also had Mr Whitehead's Rum Cask. So I ordered one of those too. There was no food being served during my afternoon visit. More people were enjoying the tables outside in the sunshine, than were inside. A TV was on with the sound low in one corner and music was playing. I'm told this pub used to be a bit of a dive. But it's certainly worth a visit these days.
blue_scrumpy - 27 May 2017 19:02
Range and quality of ales seems to have picked up here.
anonymous - 2 Mar 2017 23:28
Absolutely superb pub less than 5 minutes walk of Marylebone station. 5 real ales on from micros and a small regional ranging from pale ale to stout and all in top notch condition. Highly recommended.
Steamer1 - 16 Nov 2016 22:00
Good selection of ales all were in decent nic. Does Thai Food which is okay if nothing exceptional though it is relatively reasonably priced. Still feels like a pub unlike so many in the vicinity.
anonymous - 5 Feb 2016 22:55
Excellent pub, to my mind easily the best in a good area. Quality of the beer is always exceptional, great for watching sport (it's a rugby pub but they show football/cricket etc.) and very friendly staff.

Food also very good, though they have just changed supplier so that might alter.

I knock it down to 8/10 purely because even for the area the price of a pint is I agree expensive, £4.60 a pint or so now for 3.8% ish type beers as a starting point.
mike_s - 24 Jun 2015 13:39
Popped in the Thornbury for lunch earlier this week. Nice pub - like it a lot. Very friendly landlady/barman and a nice atmosphere about the place.

They had some decent ales on - my pint of Pride was well kept - and do some good hearty pub grub. Had a cracking "Thornbury Burger" and will pop back for sausage beans and chips one day soon.
Keef_Peacock - 22 Sep 2012 20:44
Popped in here for the first time after the first day of the South Africa Test at Lord's. Can't comment on the prices as we had a kitty running but enjoyed the range of real ales. I also like the Wasps memorabilia on show as that's a team I follow. Nice ambience and not too crowded so I'll be back.
roobs52 - 22 Aug 2012 17:28
The most expensive pint I've ever bought in a UK pub, 4.80 for a Heineken, which rather makes any comment about atmosphere or surroundings redundant. Ale that formed part of same order weighed in at 3.80. I fully understand the difficult circumstances pubs are operating in, but that is plainly ridiculous. Rugby theme, so guess those on corporate jollies will stomach the prices here...
LondonWolf - 6 Jul 2012 00:28
very nice pub, good beers and ales (albeit expensive). Service was good and the atmosphere very welcoming.

definalty a rugby fans pub, but do show the football when its on.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 20 Jun 2012 11:38
Great little pub and a rarity in Central London in that it's friendly.

Good Beers and Great food. You can even get a fish finger sandwich.

If only all pubs were like this
Beeryat50 - 14 Apr 2012 12:16
A very nice pub just off the main road. Wood panelled with many rugby pictures/souvenirs displayed. Looks as though someone has spent a fair bit of money on it recently.

Friendly staff. 6 pumps offering Thatchers Cider, London Pride and a beer from each of Tongham, Itchen Valley, Tring and Redemption starting at 3.40. Well woth visiting.
cheshirecat - 13 Dec 2011 09:01
Very friendly pub; landlord was excellent, beer fine, atmosphere pleasant - great pub to start our crawl in :-)
MrRick - 16 Feb 2011 17:48
Rugby Pub. Nice and friendly for a bunch of egg chasers. 2 Ales on Adnams and Pride. Not cheap though. 3.50ish a pint.

Nice pub but nothing special.
TheHorsesMouth - 27 Oct 2010 14:11
Always pop in here at lunchtime on a Friday as near to work. Excellent service, wonderful food and they allow children if you are eating (as I found out when my friend met me for lunch the other day with her 2 yr old daughter). Really nice to find a good old fashioned down to earth family run friendly pub! And the toilets are immaculate! 10/10!
Nats39 - 20 Aug 2010 11:17
Had my first visit here last week. Pride and Admans bitter both on great form. It was the first port of call for the evening and in retrospect we should not have left. We will be back.
1morefortheroad - 20 Jun 2010 22:49
Did you go to the right pub Blackheath? As it does not sound the Thornbury I frequent. As it says only open Mon to Friday, but does open for special occassions like tomorrow (30/5/09) for the Lions & Barbarian Rugby matches. Not the cheapest of places granted but does sort the type of clientele out. Keeps a good pint of Pride.
Chopperchapman - 29 May 2009 17:42
The Thornbury is only open Monday to Friday.........
ninefoot - 20 Feb 2009 09:13
This was shut when I walked past on Saturday night (17 January 2009) - has it shut permanently I wonder?
grecian - 19 Jan 2009 11:27
Horrible place this one. Went here for a few beers and some food last night with a couple of friends - first pub we found near Marylebone. Firstly had an atmosphere that I would rate less than zero. 4 for a pint of Heineken in a shabby 'family' pub? We then ordered some food which took over half an hour to arrive but we ended up wishing it never came at all. We ordered Sausage and Mash (9), Nachos (7) and their specialty burger (8). When the food finally arrived, it was disgusting. There was so little actual meat in the sausages (white fat is all I could see), the burger was burnt and surprisingly didn't come with chips/wedges, the nachos and chili was tiny and out of a packet - the menu's claim to be serve only home-made food was a blatant lie. I gently mentioned my disappointment to the waiter, specifically the meat content in the sausages - to which he rudely assured me they were 100% meat! OK then. We promptly left. I really would advise anyone to avoid this place like the plague.
blackheath_sl - 5 Dec 2008 11:16
Lovely little pub. Best way to enjoy it is to sit outside in the afternoon and watch the world go by - because it's just off Marylebone Road, it feels like a bit of an oasis compared with the traffic chaos just at the end of the street. Feels like a real hidden gem - you'd only stumble across it by accident if you didn't already know it.
binge_benefits - 22 May 2008 00:24
A proper little boozer with very welcoming landlord and landlady. Great place to watch sporting events. Can get very busy on a Friday.
MrPug - 15 Nov 2007 16:16
Mediocre, bland. The landlady imagines that she is a great bird.
anonymous - 20 Sep 2007 08:44

Great little pub, made special by the couple who run the place; they are perhaps the friendliest owners you will meet in central London.

London Pride, and Stella on tap.

Food is good, but a little on the expensive side; can not compete on price with Wetherspoons, but price is not important given the atmosphere in this place.

Benches outside for the sunny afternoons.

As stated below, this place can get very crowded on a Friday afternoon - absolutely packed.

One down side has been the level of cigarette smoke that accumulates in the bar, but with the pending ban it is going to undergo a big change for the better.

Magellan - 21 Jun 2007 14:19
Awesome food and super-friendly staff. Worth a visit. Decor is a bit dated, but not in a good way.
xyrion - 23 Mar 2007 16:44
Lovely little pub. Was able to sit outside in the early spring sunshine, just watching the world walk / drive by. Good range of beer & lager. Didn't eat. A lot better than other pubs in the area.
snowdog2112 - 8 Mar 2007 15:28
A great pub with a superb collection of games and friendly atmos. Far better than the Marylebone Kicthen just down the road.
OldManPub - 6 Feb 2007 15:58
Stumbled upon this pub by chance. will be making sure I stumble back soon its a great pub and the Landlady is a real hoot!
Dr_Snuggles - 29 Apr 2006 15:19
Nice pub - Maggie the landlady is wonderful. The food is good but ridiculously overpriced. Far better than the awful Marylebone Kitchen at the other end of the road.
anonymous - 31 Mar 2006 15:41
Great pub just off Marylebone Road. Top pint of London Pride.
Linkman - 16 Mar 2006 11:16
This pub is great. Discovered it a couple of weeks ago and keep going back! Fridays are crazy nights with karaoke and a general party atmosphere. Food is brilliant, great choice of drinks, friendly staff and so far, always poaaible to find a table. I reccomend it!!
lizziewill - 10 Feb 2005 10:55
Really like this pub, it small and cosy. The food is good and the staff is friendly! It gets really busy on friday nights, but its all good...
IvyIvyIvy - 15 Jan 2005 17:11
Small and very very busy. Looked a bit dodgy when we first walked in but wasn't that bad in the end.
Nige - 19 Dec 2004 10:53
This pub is GREAT FUN, fridays are just insane, especially when the karaoke starts!! The staff is excellent and always friendly no matter how busy they are! They also serve DELICIOUS traditional english food here!
Pia - 13 Nov 2004 13:15

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