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Old school - in a beautiful way.

Everything about this pub is perfect.

Photos at my blog -
Mappiman - 30 Sep 2016 13:38
An excellent old-style pub in Soho. Basic furniture, no fripperies and a mixed clientele. Heaving on a Thursday evening with three times as many on the street as in the pub. Beer's a bit uninspiring, but three real ales on handpump (Pride, GK IPA and Spitfire). The Pride was excellent when I visited. Watch out for the dark-haired barmaid with fantastic cleavage.
Number11 - 2 Oct 2014 23:11
I like this place.

Have met a mate for lunch in here a couple of times now and its always spot on, just what a pub should be. Decent beer - Pride was well kept - and cheese rolls from behind the bar, the perfect lunchtime getaway.

There are a fair few pretentious places in this area, but this certainly isn't one of them.

As someone mentioned before, it's a proper old school boozer and long may it continue.
Keef_Peacock - 30 Aug 2013 20:37
The previous comments can only be repeated, the pub still offers a nice welcome in a traditional setting and I felt immediately relaxed in here.
The beer choice appears to be exactly the same as reported in September 2009 - namely GK IPA, Spitfire and London Pride.
Whilst it offered no surprises, as suggested elsewhere, it obviously attracts those in the area who need a little respite from the Soho landscape, and who can fault that ?
SouthYorkshireman - 18 Jul 2013 23:00
A really enjoyable place to relax and enjoy a beer. Good staff, drinks and general ambience.

Music playing in the background. A top old school boozer. I'd definitely return here.
willesden_seadog - 3 Jul 2011 15:02
Finding a decent pint in an old school boozer is no mean feat in Soho, but the Star and Garter caters for this perfectly. A fantastic little pub.
cheesyal - 31 Aug 2010 22:23
Pleasant, small, but reasonably characterful Soho pub that still retains something of a slightly old fashioned community feel to it.

It's a wood pannelled pub decorated with old photos, plates, jugs etc. Seating consists of comfortable banquettes and chairs. I seem to recollect that the pub was carpeted on my previous visit several years ago, but, disappointingly, it's now got the ubiquitous trademark pine flooring that one associates with pub chains and which, I feel bound to say, does feel at odds with what is otherwise a cosy and comfortable pub.

Externally, it still retains evidence of its earlier days as a Courage pub, but the most striking external feature is the bright green painted exterior.

The beer range on my recent visit was unexciting - normal for Soho pubs so it seems - consisting of GK IPA, Pride and Spitfire. The London Pride - 3.20p - was on reasonable form, but was slightly too cold.

As a pub, I quite like this one and I'd recommend including it in any Soho crawl, but I do hope they've brought the carpet back by the next time I drop in.
JohnBonser - 22 Dec 2009 12:29
A perfectly charming Soho pub that isn't in any way exceptional. However, we should be thankful for any pub in this district that has retained any sort of residual genuine character, and at least offers something in the way of passable beer. And it is a rather fine building too if you take a look.

Albeit a function of being tied to the usual pubco fare I expect, the ales on last weekend were undeniably an unchallenging and ubiquitous choice; namely Shep Neame Spitfire, Fullers London Pride, and GK IPA. Boring. But reliable enough, as the Spit was in good shape.

As for environment, the S & G is a very pleasant little place that seems to attract a mature crowd of various ages; certainly reserved by Soho standards but that will be a plus for many. It will do just as well for a meet with mates as it would with a partner, and I think it benefitd from being set in a lively street with plenty of hustle and bustle, as one can feel close to the beating heart of the area on the doorstep, whilst still enjoying a quiet drink within.

Not bad.
TWG - 28 Sep 2009 16:51
A soho pub that still has character, one of ones I'll use when in the area. Nice little bar - bit busy sometimes. Mix of regulars and passers by - usualy older drinkers, not kids. Good staff and beer. Always seems welcoming to step in to.
gonetolunch - 5 Apr 2009 14:15
Out of the way pub with Shepherd Neame beer among others.
rainlight - 21 Oct 2008 20:42
it is open saturdays,was in there yesterday
becks007 - 16 Mar 2008 13:03
Trying to find out if this place opens on Saturdays but the phone number is dead. Anyone know?
Rembrandt - 12 Feb 2008 14:30
Following our Exodus from the Comedy and our win over Stoke, watched in here, this will now be the London Blades regular haunt for TV matches.
WalthamstowBlade - 20 Nov 2007 10:54
Fancy 3.30 for a pint of Fosters? Terrible red wine? Utterly foul-smelling loos? (Think a litter tray that hasn't been cleaned in two weeks and you're nearly there.) Irritatingly persistent beer flies? If you're after any of the above, the Star and Garter is the place for you. I've only given it 4 stars as it's cosy and they play blues music at a reasonable volume.
mollusk - 23 Oct 2007 12:09
Good pint
graphie - 3 Aug 2007 00:13
Brilliant pub real cozy feel, the price is worth it for a good pint, which i must say is one of the best soho.

Pub worth visiting
anonymous - 3 Aug 2007 00:11
traditional homely place, a welcome respite from the flashy drinking holes in the area. downstairs (fantastic mirror!) often busy; upstairs quieter and comfortable.
mozzzzzz - 28 Jun 2007 11:16
Really wanted to like this place - nice atmosphere and not too crowded even on a Friday night - but the beer was pretty shocking : 3 consecutive grim pints, not exactly cheap, and staff a bit short on patience as well...
TheMortyVicker - 21 May 2007 22:53
Terrible pub, reasons - they serve a shocking pint, but worse still, they charge 3.25 for it. The upstairs bar is very old fashioned and only slightly bigger than the toilet. Overall, i hated my experience in the Star and Garter....
danspack - 25 Aug 2006 10:13
Typical small one room Soho pub serving beer in excellent condition at average central London prices (2.80 for a pint). Floor to ceiling (inclusive) wood panelling. Little knick-knacks give a homely feel. Good lighting, solid leather benched seating, weathered but clean and wholesome all round. Sitting on the back bench gives a good perspective on a very pleasant and cosy place to while away a few hours. The sort of place both Dylan Thomas and Patrick Moore would love.
SilkTork - 8 Oct 2005 19:01
I really like this pub. Friendly atmosphere, cosy, courteous staff, and good, old fashioned rolls wrapped in cling film behind the bar. It is pricey though, but then you are just off Oxford Street.
deke_rivers - 27 Aug 2005 16:19
Beer too expensive, not worth visiting now the ploy of enticing you in with top sorts behind the bar has finished...
clarkie - 20 Jun 2005 20:59
Indeed, its a lovely old soho boozer with plenty of character. I've been going there for years, but only when I've got plenty of cash - its probably the most expensive pub in the area, and that's saying something for Soho. The beer can be bit unreliable - I tend to stick to lager in this pub, but that may be more to the company that I keep when drinking after work.
benr - 5 Apr 2005 11:47
Great little boozer off the main hub of Soho. Agree with the remark about it being pricey but it's the West End so expected it. Can be a bit stuffy and smokey in Winter though (inside of a cancerous lung bad at times)
Jack Knight - 24 Aug 2004 12:00
Beer was off, who I assume to be the owner took my pointing this out very badly. Replacement beer was undrinkable too. Won't be going back, which is a shame because it seems like a nice pub otherwise.
Adam - 6 Jul 2004 10:09
A genuine pub, but pricey.
Ben - 18 Jun 2004 14:01
Make a beeline to this small, yet comfy pub. A real oasis in a desert of media-esque bars.
Wayne - 9 Jun 2004 12:17
Real gem of a pub. Really friendly owners and crowd. Lots of fun in the summer with everybody drinking in the street. Perfect for cosey winters nights. Upstairs has a airy feel to it and is opened when its very busy and at weekends. Lots of real soho character and one of my favourate pubs in London.
Adrian - 21 May 2004 19:27
Fantastic cosy pub. OK, a bit small and can be smoky, but the bar staff are friendly and it's the best pint in Soho.
RickL - 3 Mar 2004 13:21
upstairs room is the smokiest bar i've ever been in.....disgusting
yardie - 20 Feb 2004 23:11
it's neat and warm and full of decent folk, unlike its neigbouring pubs which are full of mannequins.
Go and relax
anonymous - 27 Nov 2003 17:10
A good pub wether you're going to have a swift half or spend the night. Good guiness! The landlord is a gent and has a wicked sence of humour. Has been known to buy a round if he enjoys the conversation. There is a small function room upstairs.
Nigel Bateson - 16 Nov 2003 19:22

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