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Pleasant enough pub with decent service. The GK IPA was in fine form, but £4.30 a pint is a bit eye-watering given that it is so much cheaper elsewhere. On my visit - a Tuesday evening in January - it was rather noisy. Some City types who bought a round and then spent the next hour shouting and boasting to each other being the source. Yawn. 7/10.
wobblybob - 24 Jan 2017 23:15
Not very busy late last night is about as much as I remember. Think I had a Batemans XB which I suppose would have been a guest ale.
paul_d102 - 4 Dec 2016 18:34
I worked for a time in The Red Lion in Holborn, it was a fabulous little pub very busy with a lovely clientelle, small pub but oozed class and no little charm, I really enjoyed working there.
amorpmtkisok - 17 Nov 2014 16:51
Average kind of pub. Ale was okay as opposed to good and also your average central London £4 odd a pint. Would drop by if in the iciity for a pint but that's about it.
anonymous - 19 May 2014 17:34
Visited on 21 Jan. Greene King pub serving IPA, Abbot and Hen but also guests which were York Terrier and Springhead Robin Hood. Small pub packed on a Friday night. Not bad for a GK pub.
GuideDogSaint - 10 Mar 2011 23:05
Was very pleased to return to this old haunt (I worked in Red Lion Square many moons ago) after failing to find a pub in High Holborn that was both open after 11pm on a Friday evening and also looked as though normal people went to it. The atmosphere was lively without being too boisterous, the choice and quality of the beers was excellent and the bar staff were helpful and engaging. A great pub.
Matthew_of_Ham - 6 Dec 2009 16:49
This looks like a Victorian era pub, but now stripped out with little or no original features left. The bar back looks old, but nobody behind the bar knew anything about it. Its a Greene King house, with the usual ales on of course, but they also had Bath Brewery Gem, which was excellent. Not cheap at 3.30 a pint, but I would rather pay this for an excellent pint rather than 50p less for an average pint. Its bare-boarded downstairs, with no seating other than stools beside ledges round the sides of the pub. They advertised table seating upstairs, but I did not venture there. Its a fair enough pub for a swift pint or two, especially if they have guest ales of the standard of Baths Gem, but not somewhere that I should want to spend an evening.
RexRattus - 9 Apr 2009 16:35
Our local. The pub is a bit small but Nigel knows how to keep good beer.
The staff are vey polite and the pub is well kept.
KOTB - 2 Jan 2009 15:15
Lovely, Great so long as you don't want to sit!! Good service, clean & friendly.
camraman123 - 24 Nov 2008 02:10
Sadly closed on Sunday lunchtime
oftenscore6 - 16 Nov 2008 23:11
The barman and other punters in here during my visit were very friendly and made my stay very enjoyable. The 70s and 80s hits were played at an easy on the ear level and my Witchfinder was good, although Im not a big fan of porter.

The pub is narrow so it only takes two people standing next to each other to block the way to the toilet, but apart from that I couldnt really fault the pub.
Strongers - 27 Oct 2008 13:46
Above-average GK pub serving the full GK range plus a guest or two (Everard's Tiger was on when I visited). I was ordering large rounds in a group when I was there so stuck to IPA for simplicity, which was well-served. The interior is a fairly unremarkable 'standing room only' set-up typical in central London.
grecian - 24 Aug 2008 10:33
Not a bad place, IPA was nice but the Abbot was not so good - don't think many were drinking it. Pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff.
Oolybel - 2 Jun 2008 10:30
Previously swerved this place due to the prominent GK signage but attd comments persuaded me to pop in yesterday and, in addition to IPA, Abbot & OSH, they also offered Holdens Golden Glow & HardyHansens Olde Trip (albeit the latter is now GK).
Nice simple bar area with stools around perimeter to watch the world go by thru large part-stained glass windows. Jazz soundtrack & friendly polite staff. I thought it would be busier at 13:30 so I dont know whether some occasional drilling work upstairs or the 3.05 price tag on the (just ok) Golden Glow put some punters off.
trainman - 1 Feb 2008 10:48
Now, to some people (myself included), the idea of giving a Greene King a half-decent rating is as strange a concept as, say, Bruce Springsteen inviting the Spice Girls up on stage to join the E Street Band for a couple of encores. However, this is a decent pub, serving well-kept beer with 2 or 3 genuine guest ales as well as the usual GK offerings. The interior decor, including the coloured glass windows, is also fairly traditional and restrained (unlike the large neon GK sign despoiling the exterior). Well worth a try if you are in the High Holborn area.
rpadam - 15 Jan 2008 23:56
I would agree that this pub is a good traditional boozer, the staff are good the Green King is pretty good as well. Good pub but there are better nearby
BenEd - 3 Jan 2008 14:48
Nice traditional boozer in what looks like a Victorian building on High Holborn. They generally have a full range from the Greene King stable and I have always found the beer to be in good condition. Friendly, chatty and English bar staff come as a pleasant surprise. There is no defined seating areas but there are a few bar stools dotted about and there are ledges below the windows, both inside and out I think, so its easy to stand, drink and watch the world go by. There is also an upstairs bar for busy times. Good place for a beer if you are on your way between Holborn and Chancery Lane tubes.

Millay - 25 Dec 2007 22:57

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