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In there this lunchtime walked to the side of the bar, plenty of space not a "no service here sign in place."

With a lack of customer service and social skills not often seen even in this country the barman said: "Go to the front of the bar." in a manner which gives surliness a bad name.

We went to the front right to the front so far in front in fact we were two blocks away in a better boozer.

Will not return to what was a Beardy Nathan Bailey hole anyway.

AVOID
seth.b - 27 Aug 2015 17:32
Used to be Paul McCartney's local when he lived with the Ashers on Wimpole Street, according to Tony Bramwell's book re his years working for the Beatles. Sounds like it's changed a bit since then: no sawdust, billiards, piano etc. But it's still a nice-looking traditional pub, serving a good range of beers. I had a pint of Doombar when I was there. Went down very well. Bar staff prompt and polite. Will definitely call again when I'm in that manor.
Mike_Daily - 30 Jul 2013 00:40
Used to be Paul McCartney's local when he lived with the Ashers on Wimpole Street, according to Tony Bramwell's book re his years working for the Beatles. Sounds like it's changed a bit since then: no sawdust, billiards, piano etc. But it's still a nice-looking traditional pub, serving a good range of beers. I had a pint of Doombar when I was there. Went down very well. Bar staff prompt and polite. Will definitely call again when I'm in that manor.
Mike_Daily - 30 Jul 2013 00:40
Decent given the part of London it's in - tunes from Phoenix and the Rolling Stones assailed us although the hubbub of a Thursday night crowd (likely average earnings in excess of £50,000 a year) did detract from the experience. Food looked good (including well presented burgers) and fries of varying width while the ale selection was excellent - Proper Job went down particularly well. Likely to be a nice place to hole up of a weekend afternoon although prices are steep - the £5 a pint threshold no longer looks like the Rubicon.
BoehmBawerk - 22 Mar 2013 08:38
3 ales on yesterday, Doom Bar, Sambrooks Wandall & an Adnams - can't remember the name but it's the one with NZ hops.

Friendly and welcoming, also pleased to have my pint served in a jug!
reynedd - 6 Oct 2011 11:33
Great for cider fans, and a pretty relaxed atmosphere.

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mr_mro79 - 25 Jul 2011 15:06
Must have been a change of manager within the last couple of months. Remarkably cleaner and very well presented now. Even the strange smells have gone. Well done!
camraman123 - 23 Feb 2011 18:18
Lots of ciders here and some nice beers too when they're not off. The service is mostly good, but sometimes a bit slow if you're unlucky (understaffed, not incompetent). One of my favorites.
L78 - 5 Nov 2010 17:17
I googled a cider pub in central London and this came up, 10 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square into a nice quiet residential street, wouldn't have known the pub was there. Amazed by the amount of cider...and at very reasonable prices for central London, under 4 a pint...unheard of.

Bar staff were helpful.

It was early Saturday evening and we really enjoyed the music being played and the atmos[here was very chilled and relaxed. A proper pub! Well worth visiting if you love cider, like they do and I do!
Spiritandmixer - 26 Oct 2010 16:11
This place was fairly busy on a Friday evening. It bills itself as a cider bar, and with 27 ciders advertised, you can easily see why. However, not all of the ciders are present. London Pride was the only real ale available with both the Ubu and Doom Bar clips turned round. Plastic glasses were being dished out for those drinking pints, as there were more people outside than in. A DJ in the corner was playing. But the volume was not too irritating. A reasonably good place if you enjoy cider. But even with the ciders, you are only likely to find the biggest names on draught, with a few smaller producers present in the bottle range. Certainly one I would return to. But not really a good choice for a beer.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jul 2010 18:58
A pleasent enough pub with a decent range of booze and some outrageously priced bottled cider. There were two ales on when we arrived; an undrinkable Adnams stout (clip promptly turned) and a very good Pure Ubu (went off next pint). Went onto Addlestones Cloudy which was fine. Beer later came back on, the Doombar was o.k. The place got very busy by 7pm and a noisy dj set started, effectively ending any conversation. Is there a need for this while people have their first drink after work and catch up with friends? And who the hell would fork out 4.25 for a 330ml bottle of Thatchers Gold?!? Staff were polite, and drinking outside isn't too bad as it's a pretty quiet street.
Green_0nions - 15 May 2010 18:23
Visited last Thursday. Very disappointing. All 3 real ales were 'off' by 8.30 as was most of the food menu. Bar staff off-hand bordering on rude
asprilla69 - 20 Mar 2010 14:00
Not the most comfortable pub in the world, and unless rammed lacks any real atmosphere. Again it's another M&B pub trying to be quirky and cool, here it comes across as forced with lots of random things stuck and written on the walls.

If you like your cider, I suppose it's a must visit - at least 9 on draught. If you're not keen steer clear, staff can be very rude and audibly complain about being there. Again alewise badges are usually turned round although this has improved on my last couple of visits.

It gets rammed on a Friday when they have a DJ playing songs for the cool kids that you've never heard of!
Mayfairlights - 26 Feb 2010 13:09
If you like cider, then this pub is a must visit. Addlestones, Aspalls and Stowford Press on draught as well as several others.

Like Strongers in the previous post, I had no problem with the bar staff and got served pretty quickly, even when the pub was packed.

I'd go back for sure, but maybe not on a Friday evening as by 6:30pm the pub was totally full.
Pat_Bateman - 25 Jan 2010 11:42
Unlike some previous reviewers I found the barman in here to be very friendly and I was served as soon as I got to the bar. Pure UBU and Doom Bar were the ale choices as the Pride was off, but there was a standard and premium draught selection and I counted seven draught ciders although the A-board outside boasts eleven along with fifteen bottled ciders.

This is a small quirky pub that had a mixed clientele whilst I was there. I spotted some DJ equipment in the corner so there are obviously music nights here, but there is no sport and I dont even remember spotting a screen.

Im not sure that I would return here as my Guinness wasnt the best and I think that there are more comfortable pubs in the area.
Strongers - 22 Jan 2010 11:06
had a pint here the other day and it was empty. the food was really terrible- microwave i think. good selection of beer and cider. It seems that all the pubs in the area linked to this chain have the same policy to cut back on food budgets........ it's a shame as they are missing the point- have a look at the duke of wellington in marylebone- now there is a tasty pub
dnw - 6 Dec 2009 19:14
One of the best finds of the year for me. Excellent range of beer, aless and ciders and the staff are knowledgeable about them and very helpful. They are not quick but that is because they take the time of day to talk to the customers and have a real friendly vibe. Great decor, but the acoustics at the back are a bit difficult when crowded. Arty interior and REAL people with a apssion for what they are doing. Best to go at the weekends when the office people aren' t there, and it is peaceful and relaxed.
doasyouwouldbedoneby - 6 Oct 2009 00:18
My view of this pub is very similar to that of the experience of other people who have reviewed it.

It has a very impressive selection of Cider, it's the only place around the area that I know of at least which does so many. It's also got a few ales.
That's really where the positives end though.

The main problem starts with the bar, it's really small. This probably wouldn't be such an issue if the bar staff were on it, but sadly they are some of the worst I've seen in the area. I'd echo previous comments that they seem to be quite young and are more into talking to each other and flirting in the corner of the bar, rather than serve the masses of customers. I'm not sure where the manager/owner is, but they might want to do something about it, because the problem is that everyone ends up waiting ages to be served. Which is something everyone I was enjoying a drink with also commented on.

What really angers everyone the most is that after a certain time, the bar staff force everyone to try and go inside the pub; I believe due to local licensing laws because of the proximity to local housing. This is usually enforced by one member of the useless bar staff who gets very angry with people, often threatening them with his broom. The irony is that once you have gone inside, they have already stopped serving drinks, then about five minutes later they are trying to force everyone outside the pub to clear off. It's all a bit ridiculous, and especially when there is so much spite from the bar staff when it's taken so long to get a drink all night because of their incompetence.

I can't comment on the food as I've not eaten here.
Toilets aren't up to much.
I think the place really needs a decent refit and a manager who can control the staff a bit better.


smirking_revenge - 3 Oct 2009 13:13
If the staff are anything to go by I will be staying far away from this pub and advising all my friends to do the same. I telephoned to make an inquiry about room hire and was met with such rudeness, hostility and impolite manners that I was quite staggered! If my innocent inquiry into hiring a room resulted in the female member of staff hanging up on me I cannot imagine what would happen if I asked for a pint! There is no excuse for rudeness. I won't be drinking here.
MissYJ - 15 Sep 2009 15:58
Lovely find just down the road from my uni halls. Cider selection needs to be seen to be believed, although not the most varied in source (Mainly Westons, Brothers and another couple of other large cider brewers) there were more than 20 available by our last count. Staff can be a bit slow but seem to know what they're talking about (handy for those who may have only had the choice of Strongbow and Magners previously)and a friendly bunch so on balance almost worth the (often quite long) wait. Atmosphere is decidedly different from the norm around the area, a younger more Hoxton-like crowd apart from the inevitable post office crush. Good music and a decent amount of seating are also bonuses. Location is rather hidden, but worth nosing aroundfor if you're in the area.
edd.h - 13 Sep 2009 20:40
Had a birthday do in the stylish "Room 2" of this pub last night: had a perfect time! The staff were superb, friendly and couldn't do enough for us - quite a different experience to others on this site. Food was fine and platters were half price; a nice surprise! - and the projector upstairs was available for us to use also. We had an excellent evening: thank you to The Green Man!
natsplat - 2 Apr 2009 13:23
Cosy and friendly. Two out of 3 ales not have-ale-able. Sort it out.
lobotomous - 16 Dec 2008 11:43
used to watch football and rugby in here a bit, the place used to be a good little hideaway for midweek sessions.
The place seems to have lost all soul now , too bland and boring for me , maybe because i'm not a cider drinker.
Did anyone know that the kiwi guy who ran it as a sports pub actually won M&B sports pub manager of the year while here. shame they changed it , i've never seen it busy anymore. another M&B cock-up is my opinion.
The_Pub_Inspector - 28 Nov 2008 14:57
great selection of cider - better than any other i have been to in london. the food's excellent too; fishfinger bap anyone? The only thing that lets it down is the time it takes to get served - visit it off peak and you'll have a great time, otherwise be prepared to be frustrated.
fatcontroller1999 - 29 Sep 2008 16:38
recently renovated and themed as a cider house. very nicely done but the place is ruined by the painfully style conscious staff. The problem is that they don't like serving drinks. they are the slowest I have ever seen and are quite surly. no matter how many people are waiting to be served they refuse to move any faster or to cut short their conversations with each other (perhaps comparing outfits or swapping tips on vintage t-shirts and tight jeans). it's actually amazing to watch for a minute or two but very irritating when you're waiting to buy a drink. i've been quite a few times as I work nearby and it really feels like they resent having to serve you. a shame because it's a very nice pub.

davidsmith7 - 26 Aug 2008 12:10
What a great place this must be if you're a hip young thing more interested in being seen than actually having a drink. Waiting for the three male(?), otherwise unoccupied bar staff to stop preening each other for several minutes before they deign to serve me does not a good impression make. Serving me a Riesling instead of a Sav Blanc and then arguing there's no difference, didn't help either. Pity - it's been nicely refurbed and the prices are reasonable. But strictly for poseurs only.
carmenw - 2 May 2008 15:33
this pub has got worse since its "renovation". Before i would describe it as scuzzy and now i would simply describe it as camp.
hardboiledegg - 11 Dec 2007 16:49
Several choices of real cider - Addlestone's Cloudy was 3.10/pint and pretty tasty. A long wait for food on a Friday lunchtime; might be best visited at non-peak times.
Kake - 2 Dec 2007 22:48
I accidentally left a rating for the wrong pub, this is definitely the one I meant.
It's been refurbished, and it's so much better. it now has decent barstaff, nice food (if a little bit more pricey), wooden floors, pale walls, a jukebox upstairs, newly painted toilets with proper locks on the doors, and decent beer. The telly and pool tables are gone (shame, as places to play pool in this part of the world are scarce), but generally it's a huge improvement. It's a bit of a kick in the eye for the more traditional boozer, but the King's Arms across the road is much better for that anyway.
Oh, and it no longer smells of wee.


slayer73 - 23 Nov 2007 15:08
USed it a few times when Kiwi Phil was there. I always thought it was underrated. Certainly not trendy like the C&S, more like a pub. Needs to be revisited to check the new landlord out.
WaitorseBoyz - 7 Dec 2006 10:12
The Green Man is cheap and thats the only thing that it has going for it. Its a bit skanky and they never play any soft rock. The best thing about it was the old landlord. Sadly he and his quality record collection have departed.
Kiwi Phil must try harder.
meatloaf.monkey - 1 Dec 2006 16:51
nice pub, cheap drinks and i agree with comment below - great for bunking off work in the afternoon for a cheeky pint and a game of pool! Plank from Lock Stock often drinks in here.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 16:30
I swear to you that this place has the best pint of Guinness in the Fitzrovia area. Landlord who is a drinker of the Black Stuff himself looks after it as it should be. Nice to see someone does for a change!
Lozmate - 6 Dec 2005 14:15
nice pub hidden away for a sneaky pint and a game of pool during the day!
BeerBaron - 19 Nov 2005 12:15
Nice pub , sky sports on , barman happy to change to golf for us, 3.30pm, tues . drinks at good price 2.50 london pride in ok condition, 2.50 for stella, 2 for fosters, made it worth having a couple. a couple of nice girls in for late lunch very nice on the eye. def worth a return visit, and found that there is a pool table upstairs ( bonus in this area) we will be back
kiwiphil - 21 Sep 2005 18:17
Medium sized room surrounding the central bar. A semi-partitioned section round the back forms a cosy and comfortable snug. Staff are friendly. Music is OK. 3 small TV screens. One cask - London Pride which was in so-so condition. No character. No style. No charm. No atmosphere. A "why bother" sort of pub.
SilkTork - 6 Sep 2005 22:03
Brilliant pub, mostly down to the lovely manager who is one of the friendliest I've met! Usually full of office workers winding down (or up!) in the evening, or nipping for a quick half at lunchtime. Selection of beer isn't brilliant (London Pride is all you're going to get really) but they have very good offers on spirits and the food is more than palatable. Gets quite busy on a Friday night.
katstevens - 22 Aug 2005 12:27
Not a bad place at all. Second to Sam Smiths'. Cheap drinks. Pool tables upstairs (a good thing). Very friendly and lovely staff.
Flatman - 28 Jan 2005 19:19
I remember said incident! There was a fancy dress party in the Conservative club opposite. My friend Swifty caused a right rumpus because he went as Hitler.
Curly.U_Rs - 11 Jan 2005 10:53
My enduring memory of this pub is when someone dressed as Big Bird (of Sesame Street fame) fell asleep whilst leaning against the fruit machine. The locals threw scampi fries at him/her. The fatigued costume-clad lunatic was later heard throwing up in the toilets!
Keysie_MKDons - 11 Jan 2005 10:40
The Green Man is a great pub with friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. It is a drinking hole for a mixture of proffessionals, students, artists, musicians etc. The pub has one of the most friendly pub managers I have ever met and it is down to him that this Pub is a cool place to hang out. The pub has 2 pool tables upstairs, music, and has just been refurbished. In the Summer you can sit outside or the Pub spills out down the mews that runs alongside. If you are looking for a chilled out but cool village atmosphere with a young crowd then this is the place. It only took me 4 mins walk from Oxford Circus. 9/10
Luke Collings - 11 Mar 2004 16:38
Not a bad pub. I'm not quite sure why, but it's become a habit to meet here before going to a gig in The Astoria. It's pretty chilled out on a week night and great for watching the world go by.
G - 16 Jun 2003 16:54
A strange array of staff make this pub a fantastic people watching boozer. And they put the pool tables upstairs to keep the vermin away from the real drinkers. Sadly another pub that only sells Grolsch or Carling on tap. It's either get drunk quick on beer that smells of farts or suffer the end of the world that is Carling.
Graeme Baumber - 3 Apr 2003 18:05

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