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Chamberlain Hotel, Aldgate

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user reviews of the Chamberlain Hotel, Aldgate

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This a fairly nice hotel with a pub selling Fullers ales. On this occasion, it was Two Halves, Seafarers, London Pride, ESB & Summer Ale. Aspalls is the cider. Has a few tables and plenty of standing space for when they are all occupied. Plenty of staff to provide a quick service and not the most expensive City pub I have been in.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jul 2014 20:09
A great place to meet after work. Spacious, lots of seats. Good choice of beer, fast service. Mostly for the middle aged, city workers, but nothing wrong with that. Food also excellent. Slightly pricey though.
st_buryan - 3 May 2014 10:14
Popped in on a quiet Sunday. The bar is part of the Chamberlain Hotel and close to the Tower of London but apart from almost being empty, it was fine. Excellent Fullers London Pride. Comfy leather bench seats would prove a little embarassing for women to climb down off.
Paul_Rochdale - 14 Jun 2013 19:19
Beer fine but the place lacks any real atmosphere. As the previous review aptly put it - "no reason to return".
peterwarlock - 19 Sep 2012 12:03
Far to hotel bar like, drinkable pint but no reason to return.
gmb6 - 30 Mar 2011 11:19
Our hotel bar, and it did feel like it. As has been said before, the beer is a little on the steep side considering it is a Fullerís establishment. The place is of course very clean and new looking, but the staff are not up to the job.
digby.smith - 28 Mar 2011 15:39
Popped in here to catch the last part of the France v Ireland on my way home. Decent sized pub with lots of space (could probably do with a few more chairs & tables) and the friendliest bar staff Iíve ever come across in a pub! Wouldnít hesitate to come back in here but I donít always go out round the area & if I did find myself around here there is a fairly decent looking bar across the road and the Minories just down the road which Iíve never been in.
telephones_and_toliets - 19 Nov 2009 09:48
Popped in here on a flying visit to London as I saw a Fullers ale I have never tried before, Red Fox. Wish I hadn't bothered; it was drinkable, just but at £3.50 for a pint I won't be in too much of a hurry to get back here, especially with the Crutched Friars and a Wetherspoons within a couple of minutes walk. My local pub in Sussex does Bass IPA for £1.99 and St Austell Tribute for £2.40 per pint as well as 3 other real ales all priced below £2.61.

C'mon Fullers, I'm not a rudy politician, I have to fund the price myself.
persist_artist - 7 Nov 2009 10:03
It certainly is a hotel bar masquerading as a pub. The beer is drinkable and not that expensive given it is a hotel. Staff are pleasant enough, but nothing special, all in all, OK if youíre passing
beermunster666 - 2 Oct 2009 11:44
One of 6 Hotels runs by Fullers in London and whilst it may effectively be a hotel bar, it is for the most part a pub in its own right. The interior is smart and spacious with a slightly upmarket edge although it does feel a bit identikit. Furnishings include the now ubiquitous loungy sofa and tub chair areas and itís all geared to a relaxing session although my visit was on a Saturday afternoon and I would guess that the sedate atmosphere is a little livelier during the week.

The range of Fullers beers is second to none Ė pretty much the whole range was on offer but the prices are hideous. I was charged £5.45 for a pint of Hock (the seasonal Fullers beer at the time of my visit) and half a Discovery although a quick glimpse at the price list on the way out revealed the price range of Ales to be around £3.40 a pint so I reckon the otherwise welcoming barman may have had major arithmetic meltdown.

The major plus is that it is one of the few pubs in the area to open on a Saturday (and I would guess Sunday as well) but at these prices (even without any shortchanging barstaff), I am not sure I would want to make it a regular stop.

RogerB - 2 Aug 2009 16:01
Drink here quite a lot when meeting friends. Don't quite follow the previous comment o n lack of Fullers beers. They have most of the range available and for some of them (Golden Pride, 1845, Vintage Ale, etc.) both chilled and not.

The food is very good and I can recommend the steak or Fish & Chips. The bar and restaurant have had a big make-over in the last 6 months and moved away from the sports crowd that used to be there during big football.

During the evening there are a lot of city people but it is not a bad crowd in anyway and there has never been any trouble. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the beers they serve. When it is a little quieter they even do table service so there is no need to leave the leather sofas when you get one.
its_begun - 17 Dec 2008 12:11
Decent hotel bar, kitted out in dark mahogany-esque wood.

Fullers beer range is relatively limited given the size, but tastes fine. Bring your own atmosphere.

Not worth going out of the way for, but a decent stop for a quick pint.
Quinno - 1 Jul 2008 16:13
I stayed in the Hotel last week and the bar was sadly just as disappointing as the rooms. It most certainly is a hotel bar pretending to be a pub, and itís not really trying that hard! On more than one occasion I returned late in the evening, to find even residents were not served after last orders. When I managed to get a pint it was of very poor quality indeed, which shocked me given itís owned by Fullers.

Thank fully, there is a great little pub just over the road which is open late, friendly, even to visitors and serves one of the best pints Iíve had in London for many years.

I will doubtless be staying elsewhere in the future.

whacker1 - 5 Jun 2008 15:59
Seems to have had a rebranding since my last visit several years ago - its no longer a Fullers Ale and Pie House - and it feels more like a pub than a hotel bar now ( which has never been the case previously ).

It was certainly a lot busier yesterday than I remember from previous visits.

My London Pride was OK - nothing spectacular.

In summary, it was a reasonably pleasant visit, but this is not a pub worth going out of your way to get to
JohnBonser - 20 Feb 2008 12:54
As others have said, good beer, clean bar. Not tried the food. The best thing about this pub is it never seems to get rammed so while the wannabe city boys and girls are getting fuelled up on Wife-beaters and Bacardi Bruizers at Mary Janes or Bar 38 you can get quick service, a seat and convivial surroundings at the Chamberlain! God I'm sounding like an old geezer now!

Careful on the stairs to the loo if you've had a few...
CountVonCount - 7 Jan 2008 09:08
fantastic hotel rooms. my last visit in 06 was ok but returning there again last week, something has drastically changed. The staff were fantastic (previously miserable), cleanliness improved and the food was incredible. don't know what has happened since then but it certainly has vastly improved. The bar is also great.
anonymous - 1 Jun 2007 20:10
This is an excellent bar. I paid a visit with my girlfriend when in the area last Saturday (March 17th) and was most impressed. The interior was a little plain perhaps, but everything had sheen to it. The tables were clean, the bar area spotless and as for the toilets! I was half expecting the prices to be a little on the dear side, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Fullers beers were reasonably priced (£2.70 for London Pride) and best of all, the condition was glorious. I expect here gets rammed on a weekday evening, but if passing by at a quieter time, then I feel The Chamberlain Hotel, is simply a must visit.
HTM69 - 19 Mar 2007 13:41
Certainly a Hotel Bar rather than a Pub. The prices reflect this, and the food mediocre, is well over priced. Complained about our meal and received a shrug from the foreign staff who took the no Ďspeaky the englishí attitude when in doubt. The beer however was well kept, but as previously commented, very cold indeed. The final straw was it closed early despite the bar being reasonably attended and us being residents. Never again.
2pintsofbitter - 13 Feb 2007 09:32
Popped in for a lunch-time drink. The atmosphere was laid back with no intrusive music or games machine noise. The beer was OK but was unbelievably cold - not sure if that's because it was a cold day or whether the cellar is overcooled.
GrahamA - 8 Feb 2007 16:15
Well this was the only place open on a Saturday night while aiming for Tower Hill, so stopped for a few beers and was pleasantly suprised. Good service, not over priced and easy to find when your mates phone up lost aswell!
drunkmarv - 14 Nov 2006 10:35
Very friendly staff and not that expensive for a hotel pub. Good range of beers too. Would recommend it for a few early drinks after work as it isn't full of suits, drunk or not
Hucks - 21 Oct 2006 17:27
It's perhaps a little bit too light in here for some, but there's a good range of drinks, you can usually get a seat and it's a good comfy place with attractive decor to relax after work.
scdarvell - 13 Oct 2006 14:11
popped in here on a crawl one afternoon , seemed a friendly clean place , the prices are what you expect of a hotel in central london , but i will say the beer was excellent the staff were friendly and we stayed for a few more than the one that we intended
nice pub
romfordir - 9 Jul 2006 18:39
what a lovely place to have a drink in, the staff were very welcoming and the beer was great (slightly cold but after a minute was perfection)and a full range of Fuller's ales. the pub/hotel was spotless.i shall certainly return here when next in the area, might even book a room for a week-end
dizybzy - 16 Mar 2006 13:00
Clean and comfortable hotel bar. Very friendly staff and the full range of Fuller's beers. The Pride was in top condition.
apa - 16 Mar 2006 09:41
£7.80 for a large G&T in a second rate hotel bar. Lesson learned.
anonymous - 15 Mar 2006 14:24
Right. Quick update. Discovery is rubbish in here, over-chilled and poorly served. The Jack Frost ale hit the spot though and the Pride was safe and sound.
PieFace - 24 Feb 2006 14:46
Good pub atmosphere monday to friday. Staff and clientele are friendly. Fuller's Ale are kept in good condition. One of my favourite's in the City.
smurfy33 - 21 Jan 2006 20:16
You obviously get a load of TV's in here on Saturday's due to the pub's proximity to Charlies, just down the road on Crosswall. They hold a TV night in there every Saturday, the Way Out Club. I know as I drunkenly ended up there once, but that's a story for another occasion....

PieFace - 2 Sep 2005 13:10
Perhaps my favourite pub in the City. The booze is always well kept and the fruity good value, although the food is shit in this beautifully turned out juicer.

However, I feel I should flag up a potential issue here. Over the weekends there is an alarming increase in the transvestite population density. Perhaps they travel in from Brighton or Manchester? Perhaps someething to consider before booking a room?

thegrimreecer - 14 Apr 2005 09:13
Good range of Fullers beers, reliable quality, nice comfortable surroundings, polite staff. A good place to drink.
Millay - 14 Oct 2003 19:08
A very good place for a drink. Not a meat market. Not ultra trendy. Serves Fuller's (at a good price by city standard's) and okay food. Staff know beer, pub is roomy, the atmosphere is nice and traditional .
RexJacobus - 17 Sep 2003 09:56
Pikey the Koala - [email protected] - 12 Jun 2003 19:33

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