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Bar at tcr, Tottenham Court Road

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I was going to have my work leaving do in this pub at the end of August, but having visited this pub last night I have decided against it. For a Wednesday night it was busy, probably due to the heat. But the service at the bar was truly awful. I was standing there for a good 10-15 mins. People strolled up got served before me, staff then were aware that I had been waiting as I started to speak up. Apologies apologies... blah blah blah, words they don't mean. Expensive pub, I bought a Guinness and a Corona and didn't get much change from £10. There's plenty of other bars in this area I'd advise everyone to try them before this one.
gibbergabber - 26 Jul 2012 10:02
Benefits from having a reasonably sized garden where you can sit with your nicotine-addicted friends. The garden's the best place to be - the pub interior is soulless and noisy. Have eaten pizza there, which was perfectly acceptable.

Totally agree with the previous reviewer re the lack of any decent draught ale. That's just lazy.
myjlcr - 26 Sep 2011 13:56
I think some of the people below must have been in a different pub.

However, I remember this place from when it was Ye Olde Surgeon (Gawd bless it!) and then The Pint Pot. Progress dictates that shiny, matted fabric benches should be replaced with comfy, leather sofas and dining tables, but it's still a pleasant enough environment (they must have turned the dimmer down now, Camdengirl).

Would highly recommend the calzone from this lunchtime visit and the food generally is of a much higher-than-usual-London-pub standard.

One thing that it would REALLY benefit from is a decent selection (or even one option) of a good real rale... ...it's the way ahead.
Jonnybigbird - 28 Oct 2009 14:10
This is a student type bar offering standard and premium lagers in an atmosphere of loud music and chatter. There are a couple of plasma screens that were showing the videos to the aforementioned music and there is a large projector screen on the back window that was showing a muted BBC News 24 feed.

I had a pint of Guinness which was ok, although it was served in a Kronenburg glass, which was the first that came to the barmaidís grasp. I knocked my pint back in the smoking area which is a table and chair at the top of the fire escape stairs at the rear of the building.

This is probably an ok place to go if you are a student, but those days are long gone for me now, so Iíll not be returning.
Strongers - 17 Jun 2009 13:16
Should get a new name. Hole On TCR
Dr_Snuggles - 17 Jan 2009 15:49
I think that the last three reviews are a bit harsh. Yes, there is new management, but atleast give them a chance.
I (and my friends) still think that it is a great place to go to. Continues to be the best in the area.
local2000 - 6 Mar 2008 12:45
This used to be a great place to share a bottle of wine with some girly freinds. Wow, has it changed.....for the worse! The lights were too bright, none of the wine on the winelist bore any resemblance to the wine actually sold. Avoid if you can.
Camdengirl - 6 Mar 2008 12:27
Seems to have been sold AGAIN!!

No food on Saturday during big game - Shocking!!!
eustonflyer - 25 Feb 2008 09:49
Was there on Friday - total chaos, staff running around like headless chickens. No sign of a manager anywhere. We won't be going back until things improve!
eustonflyer - 20 Feb 2008 11:28
No real ale and only Hen and Kasteel Cru in bottles that I could see. Clean, antiseptic, ok for a lunchtime drink but nothing more.
GuideDogSaint - 25 Jan 2008 00:13
just a bit dull and crappy. feels like having a drink whilst waiting at an airport lounge - a bit souless.
badger13 - 19 Jan 2008 14:00
Pfft. There are enough good places to drink nearby that there is pretty much no justification for going to this place. Not terrible, not great, just bland.
northoftheriver - 11 Dec 2007 16:26
Will admit that it has improved a great deal around the edges since the re-launch period. They even dish out free food on Thursday and Friday evenings, and the staff are a friendly bunch. One bizarre thing though - if you walk in there at 5pm on a Friday the place may well be empty, but you can have a hard time finding a spot to sit down as EVERY table is reserved. What's that about?? It's a winner with office parties, all they offer...

If you're tired of the small traditional Goodge St boozers and you can't face being robbed in the Mortimer then this is one of your nearest alternatives.
cardamom - 10 Sep 2007 17:10
I was here last Friday - pleased to see the House/Dance DJ has been given the boot and replaced with more sedate 80s type background music, which is more conducive to conversation.

It's still a good bar to go to compared to the other crappy places in the area.
anonymous - 25 Jul 2007 17:16
I have been back and was surprised by an 'old and seasoned' capaigner like Cardamom's comments - Each to thier own!

They're running a Beer of the World festival for the summer and I tried the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale along with the Sleeman Honey Brown - Both excellent


eustonflyer - 6 Jul 2007 11:15
The last 5/6 reviews all seem a little suspicious. New bar opens, lots of one-post-wonders suddenly appear. All written in the same tone... Hmmm. All failing to mention the major fact it's the only early-adopter for the non-smoking policy in the area which makes the pub a guaranteed place to get a seat at almost any time of day until July 1st.

This place is better than the Pint Pot, but there was only one way to go from there. The music can be dreadful, but to their credit the staff are happy to change it. Has lots of TVs which is fairly unusual for most pubs round Fitzrovia. The paper menus look like a school IT project though, and the beer choice is really limited to the usual yellow fizzy lagery crap suspects. It's not really anywhere to go out of your way for, and calling it a "West End Bar" is seriously overstating it.
cardamom - 18 Jun 2007 15:45
Excellent pint in a convenient location. Music was good too.
eustonflyer - 12 Jun 2007 14:59
A good addition to the West End Bars. No longer a 'chain' pub but a bar with personality. Beer was good, especially the Peruvian beer of the week.
studentclaire - 7 Jun 2007 09:47
I was recommended this bar by a group of friends. The bar is very good! Excellent buzz to the place and the food is fresh rather than the frozen stuff you get in most places!!! Highly recommend by me!
Rob7788 - 6 Jun 2007 14:11
This place is fab!!!!!!!!
The music is great, the decor superb and the atmosphere brilliant.

I can't wait to go back.
Camdengirl - 30 May 2007 15:17
Very impressive. I was disappointed with my last visit when it was the pint pot. Now it's clean and vibrant. There's a good selection of drinks, and the 'lounge' are makes a great post-work chill out zone. Well done to the new owners!!
george0101 - 28 May 2007 12:56
Since The Pint Pot changed management and became independently owned, its also refurbished to The Bar at tcr. We went there on friday night from work and have since been back for lunch on a monday. Great venue, good music, good beer/wine and clean fresh food. Tottenham Court Road needed a place like it, a little bit trendy, but definately not stuffy. We were getting sick of just going to either very trendy places or dark dingy pubs.
anonymous - 17 Apr 2007 09:11
Been told by the bar staff, 27/03/2007, that they will not be selling real ale anymore. They didn't have any Guinness on either. Don't bother to visit, unless you are desperate for a drink.
Arthurish - 27 Mar 2007 07:27
Nice pint in a decent pub, but very strange hours. Shows a 11 'til 11 board inside the pub, but chuck out turned out to be just after nine, no reasons given, but with no shortage of pubs in the area, no harm done.
DirtyPanda - 9 Feb 2007 06:34
we sat here for quite a few hours so it must have been a good pint! we were a bit confused when they closed at 1030 even though they took pride in boasting a late lisence friday and saturday.
DirtyPanda - 8 Feb 2007 22:49
Spaino, doesn't like the widescreen issue has been sorted - they were still showing stretchy-vision the last time I took a peek.
widescreen - 6 Aug 2006 00:36
the piss pot as its know by locals. a late drink only and nothing else
holcroft - 16 Jul 2006 17:45
Ok, its not the best place in the world but it has its plus points surely? I'll defend the bar staff. When I was there I found them polite, friendly and efficient. Also, it was 30 degrees outside and its got air conditioning! Food's ok too although nothing special. I think they've sorted their widescreen issues now too (prior to World Cup).
Spaino - 12 Jul 2006 11:58
Full of red faced men, swearing and burping at the bar. Not for me Thank You
DickieC - 5 Jul 2006 12:34
Bit of a crap generic pub. Shiny wood, bad beer and a lot of useless bar staff.
oldelondonmerchant - 12 Feb 2006 21:17
total shite hole.
miserable staff. one lad that works/worked there almost broke down after being asked for a round of more than 5 drinks.
tonnes of better boozers round the back streets of bloomsbury/fitzrovia.
badger13 - 8 Sep 2005 12:51
This is one pub that you wish could be turned into a Starbucks - at least then you would be guaranteed good service! The staff are surly and the bar manager goes out of his way to be objectionable. This is one pub where the 'policy' is to encourage alcohol consumption by inflating the cost of non-alcoholic beverages (£3 for a pint of lemonade!!). Stay well clear of this place......
ttengih - 26 Aug 2005 13:53
This pub almost scored an adequate 5/10: it's reasonably priced but certainly nothing special. Unfortunately the introduction of the kareoke machine near the end of the evening means that it fell to 4/10. The music was too loud (and of exceedingly poor quality), forcing us to leave to seek more appropriate drinking facilities elsewhere. I wouldn't bother going back.
rah - 3 Jun 2005 12:35
Don't know what it was like b4 being the pint pot. The food in here is cheap (2for1 meals etc) but is totally crap. Most of it comes out cold to you. The prices are alright in general but the atmosphere is so stale i can never seem to stay for more than one drink.
crisp - 25 May 2005 13:20
I'm more than happy if you like this pub, it keeps you
out of the decent nearby pubs.
timdownie - 15 Apr 2005 12:56
Possibly the worst ever pub changeover. Ye old surgeon was one of the best pubs in London and it also had a huge screen. Pint Pot? Pint Not! Anyone who thinks this is a good pub obviously never frequented the Surgeon and maybe needs a surgeon!
Flatman - 28 Jan 2005 19:13
Really has gone downhill since it was the surgeon. Shame.
Stuart - 6 Apr 2004 16:54
the staff are rude! one of our party had a bag nicked, all staff were interested in was getting everyone out so they could go home, the 'CCTV' doesn't work so watch out!
david - 30 Mar 2004 14:07
This is a great pub i love it..!i dont understand why people are so negative about it..? thursday nights are very ggod in this place and get very busy and i also happen to think the food is pretty good too
dillalio - [email protected] - 27 Mar 2004 21:30
The Pint Pot has completely ruined a great pub (the old Surgeon) and turned it into a rubbish businessman's lunch venue. The management are totally unhelpful unless you're wearing a cr** Burton suit. When they advertised the Gammon and Chips with as many eggs as you want, I got a mouhtful of abuse from the jumped up manager after I asked for 5 eggs. Apparently you can't have as many as you want, and if you ask for a lot, then they punish you by taking thirty minutes longer to 'cook the eggs.' To top it all, two little scallywags came in and stole someone's phone. This place is to be avoided, if only so you don't have to come into contact with the idiot that manages the place.
fiveeggs? - [email protected] - 16 Jan 2004 15:21
Should never have changed the name-looks bland and soulless now.
anonymous - 12 Jan 2004 22:06
Umm there are better, but Thursday's are fun there... if you like American's signing Johny Cash.
Otter - [email protected] - 19 Nov 2003 06:09
Karl Marx used to go on crawls along TCR to the 18 pubs that used to be there. The Pint Pot isn't one of them. It looks like it was built last week.
Ruby - 22 Oct 2003 18:20
It had character when it was The Old Surgeon, even if the food was a bit rough.
anonymous - 30 Sep 2003 21:20
Better when it was Ye Olde Surgeon!
Clare - 19 Sep 2003 12:18

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