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Done up pub. Looks great. However, you can now reserve a table which is just a joke. So I walk into a pub and see 6 free tables I want to sit with my mates but a notice says the table will be in use for an hour from 12:45. Jokes. They cater for food and not beer anymore which is a real shame. A soulless cavern of a pub that had jumped on a similar pub grub bandwagon
dsuter - 24 Mar 2016 12:42
I'm surprised at the low rating of this pub. Although usually not a fan of basement bars this one is fine. A pint of Greene King IPA cost 3.65, a lot cheaper than most pubs around here, and the atmosphere mid afternoon was cheerful, probably late lunching office workers given the location. Staff were efficient & friendly. I always drop in here at least once on my annual UK pub crawl as its easy to find, easy on the pocket & the punters are easy going. Not your average City pub.
Queenslander - 20 Oct 2014 22:14
I am a little puzzled by the negative comments. I sometimes wonder if it is the attitude of the punter that alienates the staff. Anyway, a gang of us met here before embarking on a treasure hunt around the city. The London Pride was not on, but I had a lovely pint of Adnam's Ghost Ship (?). The prices, for a city pub, are reasonable, about £3 a pint. The food looked nice and reasonably priced. The place was nicely decked out with the Union flag.
HornchurchJohn - 3 Jul 2012 15:07
Bought a sour Timothy Taylor...manager refused to look at me or even talk to me even tho he stood right infront of me..he decided on telling his staff that it was a fresh barrel...shrugged his shoulders and didnt I dont care...shit bar, cheap shit beer...shit attitude...shit hole.
rmadefc - 3 May 2012 02:08
Been doing a bit of a crawl around London recently looking for some good pubs and venues I came accross this underground bar on saturday and absolutely loved it!!
It seems to be the only place open in this area on a saturday and they have some awesome offers on.
I don't understand the other comments as on my visit the staff were fantastic, polite, friendly and made us feel really welcome.

will be visiting again.

LilyRose.x - 12 Dec 2011 21:52
Horrid little place, with rude staff, idiot bouncers, and a general lack of cleanliness. Cheap though, so you get what you pay for I suppose.
slim1690 - 8 Jul 2011 01:28
Good points: Decent selection of ales (Marston's EPA, Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Fuller's London Pride). Cheap - especially whatever is currently on offer (e.g. steak pie, chips, peas and a pint of EPA for £4.99). You can take your beer upstairs and sit and look at the Monument.

Bad points: Less atmosphere than a vacuum flask. Incredibly noisy music on a Friday night. Dingy basement.

I've not had a problem with the bar staff. None of them are British natives and bonhomie is in short supply, but they've not been rude - just a bit harassed. Food seems to be a major selling point; it's reasonably priced Wetherspoon fare rather than gastropub stuff.

We pop down there after 2pm when it is quiet for some "team meetings". Lots of booths and tables available at that time so it is an ideal meeting room.
Fiendishgames - 19 Apr 2011 16:36
fantastic location., worst staff in the world, customers all Henrys, and loud . worst pub ever , but still at least its not as bad as the Peacock on the Minories.
bendyboo - 14 Jan 2011 20:05
Weíve been to this place 3 times in the past year. Food takes ages to be served (I waited 45 minutes for a burger), and the staff has been incredibly rude every single time.
Working nearby, and the bar being open late even if thatís the only good thing about it, we thought we could get over a bad service. But 3 times in a raw... it seems to be the company culture to treat people with total disrespect.
We are never going back.

chillhouse - 21 Aug 2010 22:25
This place wins the award for the loudest Karaoke I have ever had the misfortune of hearing.

I spotted Greene King IPA, Pride and Adnams all available alongside Amstel and a selection of standard draught. There is a pool table and four screens for showing the Sky Sports, but Iím afraid that I didnít stay long as my brain was hurting from the din.

I would walk past if in the area again.
Strongers - 25 Jun 2009 15:11
Gloomy basement pub, with not much in the way of character but a decent pint of Broadside and two other real ales on (Pride and GK IPA). Prices cheap for the area, and not one for the City-types. Nothing special, but file under 'cheap and cheerful'...
rpadam - 10 Jun 2009 18:58
A grubby little dive with lousy service and the worst toilets that I have ever, ever seen. Who is supposed to oversee this shit ? There was only 2 staff members that of whom English was a first language. Pardonable in some circumstances, but in a busy city pub ?
I couldn't wait to leave. Shame .Shame. Shame
wammo - 4 Nov 2008 21:27
A great litle city boozer. Fantastic prices for the city, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Friday nights are a good laugh and open later than most other places in the area. I'll defiently be back!
friend - 24 Jul 2008 21:35
Grubby dive, lousy over-microwaved food and to cap it all, they refused to play the sound for the football. Get's a one for the prices (otherwise zero).
mdct - 11 Mar 2008 14:36
VIDI, VICI, VENI. Monty eat your heart out. Loved by all. good vibe. 4 point hourly strategy on cooking or fighting larger. THE most friendly bar staff / pool table + glitter ball. Top pub. A truly unique experience.
anonymous - 2 Mar 2007 15:16
Yes it is a dodgy pub with the most dodgy people, but hey when you finish work at midnight at the local bar, and you want cheap drinks and a laugh at the local trash its all in good fun, the staff are lovely and the drinks are dirt cheap, its very tacky but a laugh and a lot of fun.
anonymous - 23 Feb 2007 22:02
Last time I went here there was a sad, lonely man in his 50s dancing on his own in the corner, totally drunk. I can imagine this was how Ebeneezer Scrooge felt when he saw the ghost of christmas future.

Great pub for people watching, if the people you like to watch are the terrifying dregs of the city. It's the sort of place that fills up when every other place has shut, so don't bother going before 11pm, if you bother going at all.
The_Rotter - 24 Oct 2006 11:20
Like The Monument across the road, The Britannia is another pub I used to occasionally frequent when working in the area and like the other pub, it hasnít changed. The sometimes-enticing music you hear as you walk down into the entrance, unfortunately leads to a rather bland and soulless bar. Iíll give this pub a 5 because the isnít anything inherently wrong with it, itís just not particularly good either.
HTM69 - 16 Aug 2006 22:31
An absolute dump , City chavs only !! The only thing interesting about this place is the variation of puke stains outside on a Monday morning - filth !!!
squatter - 18 Jul 2006 08:10
Nope, it's just a cesspool mate. Full of grubby little men in Mr Buyrite suits and Next shirt an tie combos drinking wife-beater.

Have I offended a favoured haunt of yours squire?
anonymous - 28 Jun 2006 13:38
this is an elaborate joke played on innocent tourists, isn't it boss hog?
tanderson7 - 28 Jun 2006 10:29
Diabolical dump. A magnet for lowlife.
anonymous - 26 May 2006 15:57
underground vertical-drinking hellhole. You can smell the toilets from the street outside.
Albert_Campion - 2 Dec 2005 18:55
I'm getting quite into this place at the moment. Not literally at the moment, but you know what I mean. Cheap beer, small discotheque, lively atmosphere. Not at all poncey like most nearby establishments.
PieFace - 17 Oct 2005 16:49
Haven't visited for a while but always used to be good. Downstairs bar is very pleasant and they were one of the first pubs to offer a wide range of flavoured vodkas if you fancied a break from the well kept beers. Gets busy as you would expect between about 5.00 and 8.00 at night, but is pleasant enough at most other times.
Mr.Monkfish - 8 Sep 2005 14:59
Great pub, great bar staff, cheap booze and it stays open till 2 Friday nights with a DJ
Max Davis - 11 Feb 2005 22:05

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