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Hi Dave!
anotherpintplease - 5 Dec 2013 09:04
Good range of beers..Pilgrim excellent as always but also a new (?) lager..Riegele ...barman said it was the best lager in the UK and has won "Best Beer in Germany" award and Gold in the European Beer competition...must say haven't seen it anywhere else in London...and very good it was. Live music on Friday evenings..another fine reason to go to the Tup and drink some great beer.
Insearchofthebestpint - 7 Mar 2013 14:15
Passed by the other day after seeing the aboard on the Stand saying that there had been a refurb in the pub. Really impressed with it , lets hope they keep selling the Pilgrim ale its a great pint the Landlord told me they'd been awarded Casque Marque status .
reigateman - 26 Apr 2012 22:19
Dont often travel to the big smoke but went up on a Saturday night, my friend whose birthday it was had booked the whole pub. First of all good pint of real ale ,I think it was Pilgrim. We had a fantastic night staff were great really got involved which makes a change . Will be back back next time in london for sure .
duncandisorderly78 - 15 Feb 2012 22:15
Popped into the Savoy Tup the other night on my way home from work hadn't been in for a while ,pleased to see not much changed a few old faces about , a decent pint of beer Pilgrim if I remember great to see some micro breweries getting up into London.
Bar staff fun and chatty which makes such a change from going into the souless generic big company pubs that surround it, no tourists just a proper watering hole
a hidden gem
reigateman - 15 Nov 2011 22:26
Ooooer! Dropped by to see if there were any ale changes and to my delight discovered that they were stocking Pilgrim, seemingly on a permanent basis. Rarely found around these parts....had a couple of pints of their Surrey Bitter. Great depth of flavour. Things are looking up. Further "things" in the pipeline, so to speak!
Insearchofthebestpint - 29 Oct 2011 08:42
Seemingly under new management and due for a serious tidy-up. Understand from the bar staff that the beer range is going to be "improved" in the not too distant. Hope that means seeing some products from "proper" breweries and not the likes of GK factory beer. Will venture back shortly with fingers crossed.
Insearchofthebestpint - 20 Oct 2011 12:11
First time back since the mid 80's great friendly staff, beer good if a little average in terms of range, real party atmosphere on the friday when I visited.
orcandian - 10 Aug 2011 17:25
brilliant pub, hadn't been for a while, lovely beer and staff
Alix - 4 Aug 2011 11:59
An absolutely horrible little place. I popped in for a quick pint one Tuesday afternoon and asked for a pint of Guinness. The girl seving just said "we ain't got any Guinness" When I enquired if they were changing the barrell she snapped back "We do sell other drinks!"
I complained to an equally rude little woman called Emily who was apparently the manageress, but showed no interest in customer satisfaction whatsoever.
Also a scruffy establishement. Best avoided.
Broadgate - 24 Jul 2010 10:57
Couple of pints in a passing with some friends.
Quality very good, nice atmosphere.

pick_e_tippler - 17 Jun 2010 11:27
Go to this pub if you like your ale in good condition, but don't expect all 3 to be on at once.

Bring your own food policy is great if you camp out in the upstairs room where there is a pool table and a dimly lit dartboard. More than a bit cold upstairs, but a better option for arrows than the Lyceum over the road. Downstairs nice and cosy, and a lot better than upstairs which has seen better days.

Bar staff friendly and eager to please, and despite some shortcomings in the pub I'll go back again and again.
jameslikesbeer - 4 Jan 2010 15:26
Penultimate Friday evening before Christmas, so no surprise that the place was absolutely busting at the seams. However, there were four staff working hard behind the small bar and there was very prompt service once you had managed to make your way through the crowds. Pride and (a very good pint of) Tribute on, with the Bombardier just having run out and being replaced by Doom Bar. Hardly a comfortable experience, but I will certainly return to try it again at a quieter time.
rpadam - 12 Dec 2009 09:47
Quite like this place. When we are prepared for a walk down from Charing Cross we usually end up in here and it is a decent little boozer - one of my favourites in London
welling01 - 21 Oct 2009 14:49
Met up with some friends last week - very nice pint s) of Ringwood bitter.
pub small, no food but hospitable atmosphere.
Good meeting place !
pick_e_tippler - 19 Jun 2009 17:09
The best pub in London - no doubt. Always a party.
shepjon - 29 Feb 2008 11:49
i think this pub is brilliant! Prompt, friendly and good looking staff. The beer is great too. Would definitely recommend.
Alix - 1 Feb 2007 14:36
I think the friendly / unfriendly debate on the Savoy Tup is asy to decipher. Going in wearing an antiwr t shirt amongst a gaggle of suits I got a really warm welcome from the barmaids and priority service! Perhaps their attitude to punters is determined by the attitude they get from the clients. Certainly when a loads of suits are watching the football in there, the staff's spirits must droop.
tallman - 17 Nov 2006 16:27
Don't know about the upstairs bar - i was on the street on a friday. Barstaff were brilliant (it helped that it appeared to be hotpants day) but they were superbly efficient. Beer was drinkable, shame about the location - they need to sort out some outside seating.
womble54321 - 30 Jul 2006 04:43
Good location, but the Guinness was not so hot..... didn't seem to be much choice in the upstairs bar either.

Service was generally attentive..... However barmaid closed the bar upstairs at 10.30 while it was still quite full without telling anyone - I don't mind smaller bars closing early so the staff can start to tidy up, but I would say it's common courtesy to let the people in the bar know and maybe order one more before moving... or am i worng there?

adamsant - 17 Jul 2006 16:15
Visited this pub on a very rainy late afternoon this week and was served promptly. The Tup ale was ok. The slightly anonymous, hidden back-street atmosphere suited the rainy weather. I enjoyed it.
beermann - 12 Mar 2006 19:40
This is a rare gem for the area- a tourist-free local where the bar staff have consistantly been friendly and welcoming. Quite where RogerB (see below) gets his impression from is beyond me. I've used this little drinkers haven for four years and it's always been a proper bolthole for proper drinkers.

Yes, ok it's not cheap (blame the Tup chain) and occasionally has to play host to amateur night when the local suits stagger in and out with their Breezers and Shooters, but overall it remains a drinker's pub, pleasantly bereft of fruit machine or food. Long may it survive the threat of Pitchers and Slugs.
MikeB
anonymous - 29 Dec 2005 12:59
This pub must have the most unwelcoming bar staff in London. I work 20 yards away so we use it for leaving dos etc - I certainly don't go in there by choice. When quiet the barmaid will sit at the end of the bar reading a paper and woe betide if you dare to ask for a pint during this period. If there are 2 behind the bar they will more than likely be busy chatting than serving. The pub itself is OK but nothing special, a single room with a sepaarte upstairs bar. TV's for sport and a weekly quiz night. 3 overpriced and not particular good ales (2.80 for Greene King IPA is a bit much) On the plus side, they don't do food (it would probably be overpriced and served with a grimace anyway) but they let you bring in your own. The sign outside says friendly welcome. Don't believe it.
RogerB - 4 Nov 2005 20:04
Very nice little pub to have a few pints in after work and relax / unwind etc.
lennie384 - 2 Sep 2005 10:52
I am what you might say an old chap that co-ordinates navy talks from the offices in Covent Gd and happened to stumble across this splendid little site. Me and my fellow conrads had a positively pleasurable afternoon in the company of the manageress called Lisa. A jolly nice site with a suprisingly polite and very charming lady that runs it. Most refreshing change to the pointless run of the mill pubs in covent Gd. Extremley impressed with view to visit more regularly.
george bellamy - 4 May 2004 19:21
Great little hidden bar - secret haunt for suits upstairs on a Friday where we can losen our ties flirt with the staff (all girls might I add!) and have a jolly good drink and a few games of pool. Wish I had a local in my hometown like this for the weekends
David - 31 Mar 2004 14:41
What??????? This pub is BRILLIANT!!! It is the only place to BE on a Thu/Fri night and I can personally say pub has got better every year. The staff really make you feel at home. Is this guy on something? I love the tup and the tupettes who go with it!! Best bar in covent gds from a regular of 3 years
ljj100 - 30 Mar 2004 14:32
Went last night intrigued by the comments about the rude bar staff. At 10.10pm I ordered a pint of bitter only to be told that they were all off for the rest of the night - I'd had 2 pleasant pints of Bombadier leading to this moment....I said but it's only ten past ten to which I was lambasted by the delightful lady "It takes 2 1/2 hours to clean the pipes because of health and safety - Are you always this rude??!!" They're bonkers and I hope the brewery takes appropriate action!
M - 12 Mar 2004 10:37
The Savoy Tup feels like your local boozer - but is just off the strand. Brilliant, friendly bar staff ... a great atmosphere and a pool table!! What more can you ask for?? Possibly a date from one of the bar staff? As for closing at 3pm? Not in the years I've been drinking there. Perfect place to get pissed and party
Mike - 27 Jan 2004 13:08
I have never seen the pub close #' 3 on friday's. (someone's telling porky-pies)
Wicked Pub. Wicked Bar Staff
annoyed - 15 Oct 2003 21:27
I think it is a brilliant pub, I love all of the barmaids, and I stalked one of them once! I only drink port and sherry, so i don't know how much the beers costs.
Lord Foggy of LaHaise - 9 Oct 2003 14:52
We moved our after-work drinking here after the Coal Hole went bad. At first it was very friendly, and we could regularly be found dancing on the bar at the end of a night! Then recently a new landlady arrived who is unfriendly, rude, and seems to spend more time threatening to throw people out (for no or very little provocation) than serving beer. I disagree with the comments about the rest of the girls though - we've always found them friendly and attentive. Having said that, we're thinking about moving on again, unless Massivepubs sort it out and get someone who can smile to run the place.
Dotty - 12 Sep 2003 10:36
Interesting to read the comment on the Savoy Tup. The other day a friend of mine requested (politely) that a drink be changed as the coke syrup was off. The barmaid, initially, refused to do anything, then took a gulp and said it was fine, then begrudgingly (and bemusingly) topped it up with more coke.
When a comment (admittedly, less than complimentary) was made about her bar skills she bellowed 'This is my pub' and ejected us all. Not a pleasant character....not a pleasant pub.

William Heselton - 24 Jul 2003 13:24
This pub has overpriced beer and very average service. After receiving a spirit(not what was ordered) and with a mixer the staff were rude and very unhelpful. I wouldnt even recommend it to an american tourist
pc - 24 Jul 2003 12:46
Not very good, strange opening times closed at weekends seems to close at about 3 on fridays. Staff seem too preoccupied on Mobile phones to actually work so bar usually absolute tip. Expensive for the terrible service you recieve, but then again it's not the worst in Covent Garden
arturo_morales - 20 Mar 2003 09:17
Used to be the Savoy Tavern in my day, staffed by a cheeky Liverpudlian. Plenty of room for overspill outside on a sunny day.
Pauly H - 3 Oct 2002 09:49
This pub is only open during the week. It has a nice upstairs bit which can be very quiet at times. London prices.
Briony - 1 Oct 2002 14:43

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