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Glassblower, Piccadilly

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I needed a pint after a meeting in the Soho area so it was a stop at this Taylor Walker pub just off Regent Street.

Busy with tourists at 5.30 on a Monday night. Food being served with almost all tables having a meal, everyone standing by the bar was drinking!

4 ales on the pumps, I went for a Truman’s Bold As Brass @ 4.2%, decently soured by the barmaid however she could of smiled while she poured it!

Long time since I visited here but it’s an alright pub and I may come again when in the area, but there’s lot of choice in this part of town.
lezford - 12 Nov 2015 11:19
Decent stop off whilst mooching round soho and surrounding areas. very friendly staff and decent pub grub. Defo worth a visit if you come across this one. Its now been painted red as opposed to the picture above.
yamyampublover - 10 Sep 2012 21:06
Beautiful dining room upstairs!
ilfaccino - 24 Oct 2011 15:38
Small single room corner pub with reasonably friendly service. A huge lantern hangs in the centre and dominates. The real ale selection was fairly bog standard - Youngs London Gold, Taylor Landlord, Sharps Doom Bar & St Austell Tribute, on my weekday visit. Was quite busy early evening with commuters who failed to make their tube/bus. But there was nothing to really recommend it.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Feb 2011 19:48
Deliver London Drinkers here so I thought I should check out the beer. Adnams Extra Special Bitter, Golden Sheep, Youngs London Gold, Spitfire was off. Small and dark downstairs, looked like there was an upstairs bar. Looks ok for central London and a chance of unusual beers.
GuideDogSaint - 29 Aug 2010 19:35
horrible BO smell. and little character to overcome this.
Tescoid - 10 Aug 2010 14:11
Always been a tourist trap this one and it remains so. I seem to recall the bar being along the left wall years ago but it's now in the far left corner (and too small!!). Early Saturday afternoon wasn't too bad in here and it was fine for a single pint break from shopping.

I suspect it's a bit of a nightmare on Friday night though.
murgatroyd - 21 Jun 2009 21:14
Modernised triangular pub - not a great deal of character, but the barman was friendly enough and took the trouble to pour a commendably full pint (so rare in central London). The Hydes 1863 was in good condition, and really quite flavourful for a low (3.5%) ABV beer. There are better pubs nearby, but also many worse.
rpadam - 1 Apr 2009 23:24
I have to agree with missycoops, this is one of the better pubs in this area of London. The bar staff are freindly and the pub has a really nice cosy feel about it. The ales are really good in this pub but could do with a couple more ciders on tap
mrs500g - 14 Sep 2008 21:23
good selection of beers and even better selection of ales..bar staff were very nice, really chatty and friendly even though busy. looks a little dark from the outside but well cozy once inside. considering most of the pubs in the area look and feel the same its nice to find something different.
missycoops - 14 Sep 2008 20:11
Pretty nice place for Central London. Friendly bar staff, decent pint (the Guinness is always good and they have a decent selection of guest ales).

It does pong a bit - and the toilets are pretty rank - but considering that most of the other pubs are tourist traps this pub's done well to retain a bit more of a 'real' feel to it.
zebulebu - 11 Sep 2008 14:46
This place feels more like a drinking den than a pub. The barmaid was friendly enough and the choice was fairly good (usual lagers, Bombardier, Landlord, Butcombe, Robins Ransom, Leffe, Hoegarden and Staropramen).

The bogs downstairs chucked up a bit of a whiff and there is no outside seating, although there were plenty of people standing outside. It got a little loud with people chatting and the sound of their voices echoing around the room.

Not the greatest pub, but OK for a quick pint.
Strongers - 2 Sep 2008 13:15
At first instance, this pub seemed decent enough: an average range of beer and ales, and a bubbling atmosphere. They served one particularly notable ale too. The food was ok (at best), but our problems began with the service.

When I went to get a pint after our food had arrived, to my total bemusement, I was greeted with a diatribe of expletives, insults and threats from the barman. Sadly, either out of spite, amusement or insanity, the barwoman working there had untruthfully informed him that I had insulted her and called her names - what actually had happened is I had simply requested mayonnaise, twice. Now some might view this minor request as a criminal offence, I would say most wouldn't. Nevertheless she took it upon herself to totally misrepresent events, resulting in the barman's wrath.

Fortunately, seeing sense, the barman ultimately decided not to bar me because of this total non-event, having finally agreed with me that she had in fact made up this slur. Unfortunately for the two employees that were working on the evening of the 13th August, myself, nor my friends will never bring custom their way again. And if you want a night out with your friends without having your evening ruined by a spiteful barmaid, I suggest frequenting the friendly, warm and welcoming Leicester Arms across the way,(but i'll save such praise for the next review!)


goldenewt - 14 Aug 2008 10:21
Went to this place the other day and first impression was "what the hell is that stink?". I suppose smoking in pubs was good as it masked the horrific odours of students and tourists. If I had farted it would have made the place smell better.
s9s - 8 Mar 2008 16:30
Nice. Friendly staff, reasonable prices. Cheers to the barman from Stockport and the Sudoku champion sat in the corner. I don't remember seeing many tourists which is a plus. Didn't see anything that even resembled a theiving little tinker.
mad_mullah - 11 Mar 2007 01:01
It really is your responsibility to look after your own possessions.
anonymous - 11 Oct 2006 15:34
watch your back in this dive -- I arrived fresh off the plane with my backpack full of personal property and ignorant of the reputation for theft. The apparent good cheer of the staff and crowd masks a blatant disregard for your suffering when your cellphone, wallet, passport, medications, and every bit of cash, credit and identification disappears from UNDER YOUR JACKET hung on the back of your chair. I ditto the guy who says wheres the CCTV and security.
lmartin - 11 Oct 2006 13:11
Pricy but pleasant enough Soho pub, though I wouldn't want to go there on a Friday night. Fit barmaids!
JonW999 - 16 Apr 2006 20:41
Having grown up in Soho I have seen most of the good the bad and the ugly come and go and have to say that I have now chosen this pub as my favorite Soho drinking pad. The wine list is great and the food is good classic pub grub. On my numerous visits I have found the staff - most of which appear to be English (a rarity in central London) - to be cheerful (always pleased to see me!) and very hardworking. The atmosphere here is very pleasant and quite relaxed. They have recently dropped their prices on some products which is a very welcome move. Too good to miss......
pinotgrigiorocks - 29 Mar 2006 21:18
They have invested in this place with candles etc,I suggest the money shouldof been spent on security and cctv for the abundance of bags that get stolen in here!
Moon - 27 Mar 2006 19:50
I have been coming in here for years a good pre drink before you move on.It has changed alot now rude bar staff and crawling with theifs.I had my bag stolen with everything in it they didnt give a damn,they were rude,unhelpful and shifty,My pal had her purse stolen too and a work pal had her purse stolen.Dont go there is my advice its a dodgy place!
Moon - 24 Mar 2006 18:23
Had a great time here. Can`t really fault it. Atmosphere was welcoming. Great pint of Staropramen served by friendly and efficient staff and England won the football (typically nail biting match though) I will be back for more. Recommended.
kingofbeer - 2 Mar 2006 18:21
A little too small to be able to be much fun - service was quick for food though, and wines were of good quality.

A good stop for a couple of drinks, but that's your lot
tomevans4 - 20 Dec 2005 15:44
Truly awful. Always has been and perhaps always will be. Used to hate this place but hadn't - so I popped in recently to see if it'd had improved. It hasn't. Avoid.
flat3 - 23 Nov 2005 09:57
Bored, disinterested barmaid. No ice, no brandy - no wonder it was nearly empty on a Friday night. Didn't stay
sharon164 - 10 Oct 2005 14:31
The only good thing about this pub is the fact that they sell Kronenberg White Beer.
Minxy - 26 Jul 2005 14:54
ceasar salad was an expensive lettuce with crumbs on it!
The beer was expensive too.

Service was awful - nice girl with a nice boosom but didn't speak a word of english and couldn't use the till
ballbagsa - 23 Jul 2005 15:28
Nope. Cheaper than surrounding bars but there's a good reason...V. poor service, dodgy wines and it's dingy and cramped - poor use of space.
Amanda_Fuller - 14 Jun 2005 15:51
CRAP CRAP CRAP... have everything to be the best in the area, but surely poor management reflects everywhere...
Camila - 7 Jun 2005 19:06
I ate in here once, it wasnt great. The beer selection is average. Good place to meet people before moving on.
anonymous - 9 May 2005 20:11
Not sure about this place really - the beer is quite expensive and may be lacking in quality (I had one of the worst stomachaches of my life after a night in here). Also lacks atmosphere although the downstairs bar is ok. There are better pubs / bars in the immediate area.
lennie384 - 27 Apr 2005 10:21
Went in here in October and had to wait for a table in the restaurant as it was so busy. The food was great. There was a range of specials and the manager was on hand to make sure we were looked after and seemed to get very annoyed when the food took more than ten minutes.

So, went in last week. No wait. Food was awful and staff running round like headless chickens. Shame.
RichPhoenix - 12 Feb 2005 23:54
What a shame it's been done up - it had far more atmosphere before the makeover.
Tim - 15 Oct 2004 18:47
Walked in and felt I had entered The Slaughtered Lamb; i.e. all present immediately fell silent and stared at us. Noticed beer was nothing to write home and place was full of smoke. So walked straight out. Crap!
Darren in the City - 14 Sep 2004 15:59
Huge lack of identity, there's 5 types of flooring, and art work new and old not very nicely combined... Please call one of DIY programs...
Justin - 8 Sep 2004 22:21
Used to be better before they Ikea-d it up. Still not too bad, but very sterile and atmosphere is pants.
TheGP - 12 Aug 2004 14:24
Love the pub, great location for a session
Andy - 16 Jul 2004 19:01
Wikid Pub, a good place to meet friends and have a drink b 4 hitting the town. The staff are very friendly, i'd give it 8/10.
Jane - 19 Jun 2004 14:16
the manager of the pub not only is unfriendly but has no idea of how to do her job. Won't go there again. The food is disgusting and you wait ages for it and when it comes is cold. The toilets stink.
Jason - 24 Apr 2004 19:26
Had to wait an hour for a burger and the first time we went there the burger and food was cold
Richard - [email protected] - 2 Mar 2004 13:12
Like this pub a lot - good atmosphere on a Fri night, gnd floor is nice and cosy and a good place to meet friends before going out in town.
Stephen - 29 Jan 2004 10:55
I love this pub. It is actually well located. And there is a beautiful lady-bartender upstairs. =)
Alexey, Moscow, Russia - [email protected] - 30 Oct 2003 19:04
The Comedy Club offered is well not worth it. 9 for a ticket and complete waste of time.
anonymous - 28 Oct 2003 16:54

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