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My 2nd pub of the day just around the corner from the Tudor Rose and it couldn't be more different.

Externally its a very attractive pub that draws you in and grabs your attention, internally its nicely laid out with all the seating around the outside allowing easy access to the well stocked bar straight in front of you. Large windows to the front give plenty of light.

3 televisions mounted on the walls, all showing sport but all on mute, allowing the music that was being played to be heard and for conversation to be king.

Food is served and every table has a menu, sauces and cutlery on it ready for the diners.

Now to the ale, 4 hand pumps with 4 good quality ales. 2 offerings from
By the Horns I had a very good pint of Mick the Miller @ 4.0%.

Fairly busy during my visit with the landlord and all the bar staff interacting with the customers, I assume most if not all of them were locals / regulars.

The Gunmakers appears in the 2016 GBG and for me on my first visit i think its well deserved. Interesting to note that there's no fruit or quiz machines in here.

Worth a visit in my opinion.
lezford - 6 Jun 2016 14:24
I'm not sure I've ever ventured into this large square with a central car park (and as I remember a weekend market advertised). So I'd certainly never noticed the Gunmakers before. But its entry in the latest Good Beer Guide attracted me here. It's a large, single room place. But seating is limited and I was forced to join others on the pavement at the front. Ales were ok- London Fields Shoreditch Triangle, Harveys South Down Harvest, Sambrooks Scrumdown & Trumans Somersault. But I would have preferred a dark beer or a cider.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Sep 2015 22:04
A narrow, off the beaten track London boozer, offering a decent selection of ales in traditional-looking surrounds. Food looked reasonably-priced for this area of London and it's ideally-placed opposite the Farmers' Market on a Sunday. Joy Division's 'Closer' album was being played unobtrusively in the background during my visit.
Komakino - 6 Jul 2015 15:11
Had to check it out when passing. Lived up to expectations.... Very nice inside.
Mappiman - 20 Aug 2014 18:39
A pleasant looking pub, but ruined by an appallingly rude and aggressive chef. Avoid at all costs., in place since late 2013. There are better alternatives nearby .
Wyatt - 6 Apr 2014 18:32
Spent a couple of hours enjoying a few pints of Best and the rugby in this pub.
They have three screens which were showing footy when we first arrived and manage that fine line of showing the sport but not being completely over powering.
Nice buzzy feel and quick friendly service make it a dead cert for another visit.
The food also looked fantastic though we only had the fresh made onion rings, big and tasty, to tied us over. It did appear they are known for good food as there were people coming straight in and ordering that looked like regulars to me.
Definitely worth a look.
ClairC - 9 Feb 2014 22:38
Nice pub. Worth a visit if you're in the area. Popped in for a few with old workmates and all enjoyed.
mjbea1 - 13 Dec 2013 23:03
I really like this pub, it is clean and has a very interesting interior. The selection of beers is good and the food is tasty and reasonably priced considering it is in a very expensive area where in other pubs you can expect to pay 8 quid for a jacket potato!! The staff are friendly and there's even a pub cat.
thirstyoakpark - 23 Nov 2013 23:22
Moved back to Marylebone recently after being away for a little over a year. Last time I was in this pub was around last July, when I decided never to come in again. The staff were moody, particularly the manager at the time, who was quite possibly the rudest man I have ever met.

Had a catch up drink with a friend and the Coach Makers and he suggested we come up to Gunmakers, and I must say I am delighted at what it has become. Following a recent upheaval and complete overhaul of staff in the last year, this place is my new favorite!

The girls behind the bar are so friendly, always laughing and up for a chat with the customers, which is great! It's a really lovely atmosphere, aside from a few of the moaney-groaney types amongst customers, but what pub doesn't have those?

There's a great selection of real ales including Timothy Taylor Landlords and London Pride. Lagers on tap include Becks Vier, Budweiser and Staropramen, but there's about 10 others, I just don't remember. There's a variety of spirits, too! Something for everyone!

I would be so happy to recommend this pub to anybody in the area. Excellent atmosphere, great to go with friends OR alone for a quiet pint. Although if you're looking for quiet, then try to avoid Friday nights - I walked past last week and people were spilling out everywhere, but it looked like they were having a whale of a time!
beersytiger - 15 Oct 2012 19:47
The Gunmakers is a very good pub. It manages to have a modern comfortable interior while maintaining a traditional feel. There are some splendid wall displays - I particularly liked the cases of different bullets and cartridges which are, of course, very appropriate given the pubs name.

It's an L shaped bar area with the slightly small bar tucked into the corner. Ales on were Landlord, GKIPA and Hardy & Hanson's Olde Trip (another GK beer). I had Landlord which was fine. Clientele was varied but nothing chavvy or snobby.

I can well recommend this establishment.
murgatroyd - 5 Apr 2012 10:57
Wow!! A Fantastic pub!!! I've been coming to London for many years yet never seen or heard of this place - £3.35 for a Strongbow - VERY reasonable I think! £4 a Peroni pint which I think is about average for central? But you know I love this place. The locals have their dogs in there, the beer is good, the clientele is fantastic! The food is great - £8.90ish for hand carved ham, chips and eggs - lovely! Will DEFINATELY visit again!!! No tourists - just a proper pub - win!!
Miker1234 - 8 Mar 2012 00:51
Now doing a very decent breakfast a very good pub
gunslinger - 2 Sep 2011 18:02
decent pub in a good location, nice selection of beers, food decent enough but not really remarkable
Gary83 - 9 Apr 2011 18:39
Used to be a great pub........popped in last saturday evening and thought it had gone down hill a little,no atmosphere unfriendly staff (they used to be the best in London) and usual 5 deep at the bar.
Avoid friday evenings when its full of braying drunken suits but do go on st georges day for one hell of a party but you have to expect a long wait to get your beer and most of that will be spilled over you,
jackbar - 10 Feb 2011 14:26
I went in here on night just before Christmas. I've been in London for about four weeks and in at least one pub most days, and I found this the best I've been in, in that it seemed to be full of a good mix of pleasant people and the bar-staff were very good. Maybe I was lucky that the tv's were not on .
mcewan - 28 Dec 2010 17:22
Reasonable enough one roomed pub on a square behind Marylebone High Street. No great selection of ales just the usual suspects although they did do a nice pint of Taytlors Landlord which is pretty rare outside of Keighley.
anonymous - 1 Dec 2010 21:23
A very decent, proper English boozer replete with glowering portrayals of Nelson and Churchill. It even has a piano which is far too rare in London pubs these days (Golden Eagle nearby and Coach & Horses, Greek Street are exceptions). Loads of real old characters in here too, many you wouldn't really want to cross but very friendly over a pint. Very much worth a visit.
oliverhylton - 6 Oct 2010 09:55
Went here to watch the footy one evening, and it's a pefect venue in that regard. Good beers available, decent atmosphere, nice decor. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked alright. Would go again.
cartwright4 - 8 Sep 2010 15:06
pubbunny and gunslinger: you both have only placed glowing reviews on BITE. 3 each, and of the same 3 pubs, all owned / operated by the same person. Is it you? And how stupid do you think your customers are. Good reviews about the gunmakers, fair enough, the mason's, maybe, the mortimer? HAhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. pay for an ad in the Evening Standard instead of dong this.
camraman123 - 8 Sep 2010 02:06
I called in here on a Saturday afternoon, it was fairly quiet but nice ladies and gentlemen having a drink and a chat. I took the opportunity to read the free newspapers while enjoying my pint. Excellent real ale. The TV screens are a bit intrusive but perhaps that's just modern Britain.
Beerscout - 4 Sep 2010 10:23
It was fairly busy in here during my week night visit, but this was mainly due to a football match being shown on the large plasma screen up on the wall in this open plan pub. It was good to see the TV being muted during half time with some music playing for 15 minutes so that we weren’t all subjected to the ramblings of Andy Gray.

I thought that the barman was nice enough and my Guinness was well served. There was a range of Greene King ales available alongside a standard and premium lager selection.

There is a sign for the Winston Churchill outside which may have been an old pub name and the theme is taken inside with a few portraits of him mingled in with the gun theme. I did note an impressive display case full of rounds and cartridges.

I would use this pub again if I was in the area and wanted to watch a match.
Strongers - 30 Sep 2009 13:29
Well done to this pub for donating money to help 4 heros every time a pint was purchased. Great pub
gunslinger - 3 Sep 2009 20:46
i agree with the previous person, the service here is terrible. When I asked the man behind the bar how long the food would be (as I only had an hour luch break) he said half an hour. When I asked if it was likely to be longer he said "yep could be an hour, i dunno!" Totally rude.
tara456 - 25 Aug 2009 15:38
I don't agree with the negative comments about this pub. When in london I meet my friends at this pub, and have never had a bad time. The beer has always been cold, food fresh, good portions and hot! I have not met the landlord, but have seen him building up the crowd to have a great night. Great english pub, stay away if you like cold unfriendly arrogant winebars with no soul. I LOVE this pub!
pubbunny - 23 Apr 2009 12:35
Avoid this pub. It could be great. Nice finish, great location and decent beers. But the staff? And the food? Totally rude, totally overpriced and totally mediocre. Even getting two slices of extra bread was a nightmare. Even two days later I'm still angry by the horrible way I was treated. Avoid!
RroseSelavy - 16 Mar 2009 22:50
Met a mate here for new years eve - for a quick pint.... ended up staying! one of the regulars told me that the landlord used to make guns himself - hence the name and fascinating wall mounts...worth a pint just to see them..!
The beer flowed and was bang on. Staff glamarous and atmosphere was cracking, this is a real gem in an otherwise run of the mill (in my opinion) area for originality regarding the pubs nearby.
Check it out.
sharayar - 25 Jan 2009 13:39
Crap pub with the most arrogant, cocky landlord drinking the profits.

se1john - 17 Oct 2008 15:07
Possibly the rudest staff I have ever come across. Simply walked in on a Sat and experienced what can only be described as some woman have a mental breakdown who took it out on the customers. The manager then did the same. I was so appalled at their behaviour I left our drinks on the bar (without drinking from them) and got the out of there. Ive been living in London for 13 yrs and Ive seen some bad service in that time but this takes the cake. DO NOT EVER GO TO THIS PUB - you will regret it.
Sourmash - 16 Sep 2008 17:18
very much a local's pub. much more an estate pub than what you'd expect so close to marylebone high street.
mps77 - 11 Sep 2008 08:50
The Landlord has made a great effort to create a perfect English/London pub. St Georges Day and Christmas Day were exceptional. Pearly Kings, Chelsea pensioners and a Brass Band playing the national anthem, Land of Hope & Glory etc. 61" Plasma for the football and the audio is always on for live games. A big effort made to produce traditional english food (even bread & dripping on the menu) and all meals I've had have been fair to excellent. The lager always tastes good and a good bunch or regulars make a good atmosphere, also plenty of families sampling the menu on a Sunday.
CheshireCheese - 28 Apr 2008 16:44
GK IPA, Hen, Bombardier and Spitfire. Nice enough place for a lunchtime drink, can get busy.
GuideDogSaint - 26 Jan 2008 01:29
By far the best pub in the area. Great food, decent pint of spitfire, filthy barmaids and some lovely crumpet strolling in from nearby Marylebone High Street.

martotomatopeeler - 12 Oct 2007 12:36
Nice little pub tucked away behind Marylebone High Street (although quite well hidden from view at the moment due to building works on either side). For its size it has a good selection of beers & ciders (bar staff very efficient to the point that they give the impression sometimes that they are waiting for you to finish just so they can collect the empties).
sxb - 12 Sep 2007 00:23
The comedy evening on Tuesday nights is great fun!
anonymous - 13 Jun 2007 14:28
Sort of retro-local on a square near Baker Street. Decor amusing (well it is), food good bar snacks - not everybody wants a square meal in a pub, that's what restaurants are for, and the people at the Gunmakers seem to have realised this. Beer is Greene King IPA and Bombardier. A mostly young crowd and that extends to the barstaff also.
beeronaut - 9 Feb 2007 21:26
Visited the Gunmakers on a Thursday afternoon. Had what I was expecting to be a traditional Cottage Pie but it was your usual microwave frozen processed stuff you find in most pubs nowadays so I was quite dissapointed. It is situated next to a college so was full of Students. A traditional English pub without the traditional food, clientele or atmosphere so was dissapointed. Nice decor though
Jo_Fennel - 27 Sep 2006 12:34
Refurbished real English pub. Good range of beers and a top landlord who really cares if you have a good time. Quiet location but well placed just behind Marylebone high street. Food OK. Atmosphere excellent. Good links to football and big games are shown live. Top spot.
CJisthirsty - 11 Sep 2006 17:08
A very English Public House - serves proper pub grub, fantastic atmosphere. I'd recommend it :)
Mark - 6 Jul 2006 00:59

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