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****Now demolished****
lezford - 1 Jul 2014 11:10
I worked in Captains Cabin in the 1970s...looking to trace Jeff Bennett who worked there as barman...Irish Mike.
carlowmike - 2 Jun 2014 14:54
Captain's Cabin is closed :( Another nice little pub nearby is Two Chairmen, just off Cockspur St- go down Haymarket, take a left, then a right down the alley type road next to Thai Square!
MaddyR - 26 Sep 2013 17:28
sorry my computer froze on me. Im not sure if amyone can or will help me. I am desperate to suprise my dad with somethimg to remember this pub by so if someone can help me at all please let me know. Thankyou so much .
claireg8611 - 22 Aug 2013 01:37
Hi please someone help me. I have today found out that this pub is to be demolished. I am not from London.My grandfather used to manage this pub years and years ago he lived here and told of many many memories. He was called Bill. Sadly he is no longer with us due to a divide in our families and a complicated sotuation I only have one photpgraph of him. He loved this place. I am sad tjat it is closing but my father is devestated. My dad has nothing other than a few oldies blurry photographs and memories of him.My paremts cant afford to travel to london regular however they have been there recently and my dad said sittimg in this pub was the closest thng to feeling near his dad as hed had in ages. I am wantimg to know if i could get hold of some kind of souvenir of tje pub. I have telephoned but i was told the managers away.I was told theres some mirrors with the pub logo on going to auction does anyone know where tjis auction is to take place ? I would be willing to purchase something like a sign however if thats not possible something as small n daft as a beer mat or pint glass woth tje logo on would be more than appreiciated. Idont know where to turn for help but i know if i co
claireg8611 - 22 Aug 2013 01:36
The news in the last post is devastating! Can this really be? I was in there earlier this week - my Nth visit over the years - and it was still the wonderful, cool oasis in the rush of Piccadilly that it has always been. It will be sorely missed.
guayabera - 9 Aug 2013 15:35
Much loved pub of Cast & Crew from Her Majestys and Haymarket. Sadly not to be with us much longer, word is it's getting turned into flats!
ErroneousBlack - 3 Jul 2013 19:12
Hidden away this is one of my favourite pubs in central London.Never too packed even at weekends.Staff always friendly.Not cheap but what is in the west end?
GoonerDon - 18 May 2013 16:25
Surprised to see that its got a relatively low rating. It's not the greatest pub in the world, but it certainly isn't a bad one. Decent selection of ales. Plenty of room. Food is adequate, but priced accordingly.

I'd be surprised if anyone left here feeling deeply pissed off by the service or general atmosphere. Considering where it is, it's a pretty decent pub I'd say.
straightatthewall - 19 Apr 2013 16:29
Lovely pub just off Haymarket, a large range of beers available and also well kept. Prices are not too bad considering the location. (you wont find many tourists in here)
halo2 - 25 Feb 2013 14:08
Visited on Saturday to meet friends and watch the Scotland v England rugby. Great atmosphere, not overcrowded but busy. Good food. London Pride excellent and at 3.75 not overpriced for Central London. Recommended.
saphalanka - 6 Feb 2012 13:59

AlieStreetcrusader - 25 Jun 2011 19:15
My post of 19 Jul 2010 may have been the last time I was in this place until last Friday and I am glad to report that it has kept up its standards. Again, an early visit when it was not too crowded but very brisk service, nice atmosphere and the menu looked extensive and reasonably priced. BUT, I think this was the first time, outside a hotel bar, that I have paid over four quid for a pint - 4.10 for Staropramen.
guayabera - 11 May 2011 22:40
Great 'boozer' in central London. Hidden from the main street, so doesn't get all the tourists. Gets very busy, but the service is exceptional. Even when packed, you still get served within 5 mins. Something a lot of pubs can learn from!

Has a range of real ales including a new guest ale every few days, and the usual lagers.
altdorfs - 8 May 2011 13:19
Perfectly reasonable boozer in the heart of Piccadilly; quick, friendly service and good pint of Batemans Hooker, which I think was one of, or the, guest ale(s).
Dartitis - 7 Mar 2011 14:19
decent pub with well looked after ales....even the bar staff were smiling and fluent in english. Definitely a place i'd return to with guests
haharhubarb - 24 Jan 2011 12:48
What could have been a pleasant pub completely ruined by unnecessarily rude and boorish management. Avoid.
BBH - 1 Dec 2010 10:42
Since my enthusiastic posts in March I have been back twice just to make sure I had not hit a lucky and atypical patch. Both occasions on Saturday early afternoon, so things may be a bit different at other times and on other days. But each visit was a rerun of the first: clean and tidy, cheerful lass behind the bar, decent pint. Long may it continue to please!
guayabera - 19 Jul 2010 15:56
Oh yes, stumbled into this one totally by accident - VERY nice!
zabadak - 27 Mar 2010 03:00
I just love this pub.It is a hidden gem.Right in the centre of London but plenty of room and very good service.Everything you need in a pub
donjaun - 18 Mar 2010 10:29
I am afraid the little devil that lives inside my computer cut me off in my prime as I was posting following a lunchtime visit to the Cabin on Saturday. I had meant to go on to say that service was quick and efficient (though paying 3.85 for a pint of the very excellent Staropramen was a bit of a shock to the system!) and it is nice to get a cheery "Thanks, bye" on leaving.
I did not sample the food, and nobody else was eating so I couldn't judge second-hand, but the menus on all the tables listed what looked like a good selection of simple basics at reasonable prices and the suroundings looked clean and inviting. I might give it another go when it is a bit busier to see if standards are kept up under pressure of normal drinking demand.
guayabera - 16 Mar 2010 14:09
What a great boozer! I have been around Piccadilly weekly all my adult life so why is it I have never been in this place before? I went in today (Saturday) bang on noon and it already had a few - I guess - regulars around. But it was still empty enough to see that it is nicely laid out, attractive, clean and (thanks be to God!) not suffering from that gagging smell that so many pubs have now there is no smoking to cast a pall over the less desirable odours pubs throw up.

guayabera - 13 Mar 2010 20:27
Almost always dead on any given weeknight - which is good if you want a seat and an audible conversation. However, sometimes a bit too quiet for my liking. Not the same story on a Saturday evening though.
lennie384 - 17 Nov 2009 06:53
A great pub off the main road thats a decent alternative to the stuffy bars in the area. Friendly and efficient staff, nice food and a decent crowd. Would have no hesitation in coming back here and if my mate wasnt changing jobs wed probably make this our local.
telephones_and_toliets - 6 Nov 2009 10:09
I like this pub dont go that often but when I do I always have a pleasant pint or 2. This pub is tucked away but still gets busy. Mind you it was a saturday night I was in here, I had popped in for a well earned pint after an afternoon of shopping with my dear wife. Good mixed crowd. Will be back for more pints another day.
dgriffin - 3 Feb 2009 16:11
Hidden away in a side street between The Haymarket and Regent Street. They had GKIPA and Pride on (like everywhere in London it seems) as well as Courage Directors and Highgate Stocking Filler the latter was pretty good, as well as making a welcome change for the usual suspects.

This pub is now very different from its incarnation as a backstreet pub that I knew more than 30 years ago. Its been made over to death and is now a typical large pubco offering. Its OK I suppose if you like that sort of place functional but characterless.
RexRattus - 22 Dec 2008 13:43
Whats the big deal about miserable staff? You work for a nazi for minimum wage minus a charge for a rusty auld bunk, you serve amateur would be comedians, drunks, perverts, foreigners with no English and answer stupid questions 12 hours a day and lets see you hop about like the Easter bunny. These people are entitled to hate you and be miserable. If your looking for mates over a counter your a freak, just say please, thank you and jog on. Congratulations to the staff for being so miserable, you show them!!! Good work.
spaceman - 30 Apr 2008 15:21
I use this pub occasionally when I meet a friend for a quick drink after work. Seems a reasonable enough pub to me and so far I have found the staff to be fine. Remarkably uncrowded as well considering its location.
Gostevie - 29 Feb 2008 13:40
Billy Bragg had a regular gig here in the early 80's. People came from as far afield as Battersea. Hardly the Cavern, but still a minor slice of music history
bulky - 3 Jun 2007 06:23
Used to me an acceptable place for a pint at lunch / after work...but barmaid is now even more miserable than she was before, the microwave food has gone up in price & more importantly the beer price is now in line with the rest of London. My advice is to go elsewhere if you want some atmosphere...
anonymous - 24 May 2007 16:36
Fairly ordinary pubco sort of place, Bomdardier and Courage on the pumps. Fairly touristy, but you'd expect that given the location.
Muzthing - 20 May 2007 15:33
On the evening I was there, there was a promotion on one of the brewers' beer glasses - we were given a card and the clear instructions were to buy 4 pints and win a glass - this we achieved quickly. We then obtained a second card and started completing it, only to be told that the "small print" stated that it was possible to win only one glass per party per evening. And the miserable bar-maid is still there - she must be part of the furniture. You have to be desperate to use this place.
baldeagle - 28 Apr 2007 01:13
Went to the Captains Todger last week - up to 18 months ago I used to drink there regularly. Depressingly it hasn't changed. They have this annoying habit of always short serving the beer (it is clearly a policy). Even though they are more than happy to top up your pint if challenged, the fact that this happens every time you order a beer shows a calculated move on their part. I hate being treated so cynically. And the miserable little bar maid is still there. Avoid.

SuperSteve - 27 Apr 2007 01:15
This is the pub London forgot. Probably not a bad thing either
tbase26 - 14 Apr 2007 18:32
Probably the only pub in the vicinity of Leicester Square that hasn't had the makeover in the last 20 years. Sneaky location means most tourists don't stumble on it and it gets more marks for that fact alone
murgatroyd - 11 Feb 2007 21:09
Upon entering this establishment We noticed it was nice and empty. A good place to sit and read the 'Sundays'. Was We wrong, We stood at the empty bar, with a blank looking 'Barman' standing behind it. Nothing wrong so far, I'm not quite sure what He thought We was doing standing the other side of this wooden thing in front of him but it appears he doesn't know He was supposed to ask Us what We wanted. After breaking his vacant stare He then 'promptly' turned away from Us and went and waited to serve the two girls who walked in behind Us. This was about enough for Us and We upped and left, NEVER TO RETURN. Ignorant bar staff appear to be getting more common, but THICK and IGNORANT is even worse. STAY AWAY
DirtyPanda - 10 Feb 2007 21:22
Nnce, friendly pub serving good value food. Very handy for Piccadilly and Leicester Square.
David_Smith - 15 Dec 2006 20:44
Good Beer & quick service. Food 'ok' but far cheaper than anything else you will find in the area.
chipbutty - 19 Nov 2006 17:25
Food may not be great but ideal hidden little pub in centre of town... the tourist's haven't found it and neither have the Saturday in town brigade. Wine by the bottle very good and great value. Miserable barmaid has gone! When you just want a sit down, a bit of peace and a drink after hitting the shops its perfect.
celt7 - 19 Oct 2006 11:21
Exceptionally average. Very quiet for a Saturday evening which was strange because even the crap pubs in this area tend to be packed at this time. Nothing really good or bad to say about this place. Not one that will stick in the memory.
johnkn7 - 15 Aug 2006 13:38
Been here for lunch a couple of times. The first time was OK but the second time was awful. We were a table of 6 which ordered food. 2 of the dishes came quite quickly it then took another 15 minutes for the rest or our food. One of the dishes was salmon with mashed potato, the potato was completly cold, it was sent back to return a few minutes later with fish that was raw!
anonymous - 20 Apr 2006 17:29
not a bad pub but ruined by the short miserable Irish barmaid
Wardy - 18 Jul 2005 13:56
Visited Sat 28 May 05. Surprisingly empty. The Young's Ordinary was in good condition, and the bar man was certainly happy in his work.

Shame that the same could not be said of the food and the waitress. My advice to the chef, a freshly cooked bacon and cheeseburger should be freshly cooked, not bunged in a microwave, and should contain some bacon.

My advice to the waitress, don't tut at customers who have fetched the salt and pepper themselves.

So to summarise, if you want good beer and a happy barman, this is a good pub. If you want food and a smiling waitress, go somewhere else.
cackgsy - 31 May 2005 08:42
This pub is most famous for being the drinking hole frequented by the cast of BBC Radio's Round The Horne in the 1960s and even gets a mention in some of the shows as it was just round the corner from the Paris Theatre. It's a friendly decentish place with good beer and food, usually full of tourists and local workers. Nothing special but it doesn't pretend to be. Good down to earth pub.
anonymous - 9 May 2005 21:15
Meh. Average Central London pub. It wasn't bad at all, but neither was it anything interesting.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2005 00:25
A must to visit after a hard day at the office, tables are plentiful, but private areas can also be booked. Wine by the bottle is very economical :o)
anteater - 24 Mar 2005 11:41
Consistently the best pub I've visited over the past 4 years. Guest ales and good staff. Food isn't bad either. Its busy as the queue into Hell after work though!
flashcat - 26 Feb 2005 15:44
It's a more old fashioned pub which sells beers on draught and is not too packed or touristy.
helen meek - 2 Feb 2005 13:16

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