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Have been an irregular user of this pub for the last twenty odd years. When visiting London I always make a point off dropping in for one or two. Looks and feels like a decent London Pub and the food isnt bad. Give it a go.
MX321 - 26 Jan 2019 10:18
What I like about the last review is that it's just so up to date
cellarbuoy - 19 Nov 2014 21:08
After visiting the British museum just around the corner, a friend and I went to the Jack Horner. It was during the World Cup and the place was packed with fans watching a match on the TV. As football holds zero interest for my friend and I, we sat outside. I was very pleased with the ESB and had another, it's expensive but you get what you pay for.
The bar staff were efficient and they also had Leffe on draught, so with two of the best beers in town, I will probably pop in again when it's a bit quieter.

Padderborn - 19 Nov 2014 18:37
Fuller's house serving ales in tip-top condition. Typical 'London ale house' style favoured in the West End - with matching prices. £4.04 a pint for London Pride. Nonetheless friendly staff and easygoing atmosphere. 7/10.
wobblybob - 22 Sep 2014 20:39
Enjoyed a few beers here, particularly the seasonal wild river. But i agree with the the post below. Resteved tables? In a pretty average pub with ok but not gastro food? WTF? Never seen this in other Fullers pubs. Won't return until they abandon this policy - Fullers is pretty standard in London so lots of alternatives available within a few minutes. The place is too tiny to have reserved tables for hours beforehand when there is serious drinking to be done.
beermorph - 13 Jul 2012 20:37
Used this pub a few times with friend/s. Always reasonable ale on offer and polite staff. Try and get one of the male managers to pull your pint. The young foreign girls are pretty to look at but lacking in beer pulling skills in some cases.

Only disturbing thing on my last visit was the terrible trend to have several tables reserved after 5.30pm. This act should be banned in all pubs in my humble opinion.

willesden_seadog - 10 Mar 2012 09:22
Echoing the views below, the Jack Horner is satisfactory, nothing special but it serves its purpose well enough. I found the service friendly and both food and ale of merchantable quality and a big plus on hot and humid day, it had air conditioning.
Campanologist - 2 Aug 2011 22:39
Ultimately, my review of this establishment will have limited value to others, as I confess to only having visited once, and even then to only have indulged in 1 pint and spent 20 minutes there. Nevertheless, for what that is worth, I should say that the Jack Horner appeared on first impressions to be a respectable, clean house with well-kept ale (the London Pride at least was one of the better examples I've had in recent times), and essentially a solid reliable pub of the now-standard Fuller's large London pub template. It is not in any sense an original interior and could be one of many both in the Fuller estate and beyond. However it ticks certain boxes in that it is capacious, with a mahogany-driven traditional interior that generally pleases both locals and tourists, and suits the exterior expectations of the building.

Contrary to the comment below of 14 Nov '09, I found the service to be friendly enough and efficient, though this was before mid-day, and with no more than 10 people in the pub. Perhaps at busier times the staff may lose ground - but that's not for me to say until such time as I emerge here on a more lively shift.

Overall, not somewhere I'd seek out especially, but if in the market for a steady pint of Fuller's in a similarly conservative atmosphere, on the off-chance one could do far worse that the JH.

TWG - 10 Jan 2011 17:37
Visited last Friday with a group of friends. After being refused service in The Ship (Wardour Street) we found ourselves in here. Fairly busy, but still space to get to the bar. The Discovery was a decent quaffing ale. Didn't have any food, but the menu looked appetising.
YellerbellyRover - 17 Nov 2010 14:56
Surprise surprise a pub in central London that has tourists in!!!!! Get real will you

This is a warm and friendly pub.Not the best but it serves its purpose
donjaun - 22 Mar 2010 12:09
Tourist-heavy Fullers Ale 'n' Pie House on Tottenham Court Road. Chiswick Bitter in satisfactory condition and it provided welcome warmth from the chill outside. Were doing a swift turnaround on the food whilst I was in, but I didn't really feel like staying. Being a Fullers fan I'll always consider it an option but its hardly anything special.
ChrisP87 - 10 Jan 2010 10:25
Need to choose your time carefully - it can be very busy and touristy but I have had some good meals there and the beer has always been good. Tend to go for the London Pride or Discovery. Had Mr Harry a few years back, it was a brand new barrell and the bar maid brought it over to my table. It was heaven.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 29 Nov 2009 11:29
I went into this pub twice last week (Nov 09) because I was staying in the Grafton on Tottenham Court Road. The first night I went in I had a pint of Discovery, which was okay, nothing fantastic. The second night I ordered another pint of Discovery. I was served by a bar manager called "Ernani" - judging by the name on the till. After serving me, Ernani disappeared. When I tried my pint it tasted like water. I called the barmaid "Clarissa" over and told her that the pint was no good. She asked if I wanted anything else and I asked for a pint of ESB, she went away around the other side of the bar, obviously to talk to Ernani. Ernani came round the bar and in full view of me, started pouring himself some Discovery and tasted it with a puzzled expression on his face. He then came over to me and proclaimed that he had tried it and could taste nothing wrong with it. I told him it tasted like water and did not taste like that the night before. He then started to argue that they had just put another barrel on. I said, well maybe you haven't pulled it through properly, what's wrong, don't you believe me? I was getting very annoyed by this stage. You expect bar staff to take your word for it, especially when they haven't got the experience of what a pint should taste like, as most of them drink Fosters. He then went off again and made a telephone call up stairs, then after finishing his call, started pulling off more Discovery. (I had been in the pub about 15-20 minutes by this stage and still hadn't got my pint. In the end I just accepted another pint that he poured which tasted only slightly better, as I was getting pretty sick and tired of the whole thing. He was determined that a was not getting a pint of something different, even though that was what I had asked Clarissa for. Presumably he didn't want a 10p differential in his till receipts at the end of the evening! I will not be setting foot in this pub again. Terrible bar staff.
pfwe1 - 14 Nov 2009 10:18
Not a bad pint of pride but bit of a tourist trap, had a nice evening with freinds on a sat nite but nothing special & wont be rushing back.
JimmyJacksonJones - 31 Oct 2009 15:06
Large variety of people in here although - in my view at least- transients and tourists. The service was efficient enough and it was easy enough to chat to people.

Still I ended up with the impression that this was the sort of pub that would be opposite a London mainline station of someone was willing to spend a bit of money on the decor and keep the worst alkies out.

Can't ever see myself back in here again.
murgatroyd - 28 Jun 2009 20:22
Popped in here for a quick pint of Chiswick which was a good. Reasonable priced food and beer here. I'd go back if passing the area.
pchaimba - 11 Jan 2009 17:09
Perfectly nice Fuller's pub, did a very good cheeseburger when I went and pretty good value for the area.
pintofstrongbow - 1 Jan 2009 14:07
I've already commented, but agree with the comment below. I've been in the Jack Horner for my ESB (great pint) twice in the past two days during my visit to London... When are you putting the London Porter on??? I noticed it in bottles behind the bar along with Golden Pride. Can't the light 'Discovery' take a break for Winter???
Jonnysaint - 5 Dec 2008 18:08
An average Fuller's pub made worse by the fact that while most of the brewery's pubs across the capital and beyond have been pumping out the sublime seasonal London Porter for weeks, the Jack Horner seems still to be proudly advertising the fact that they are wasting their fourth hand pump on the prosaic Discovery.
Misk. - 22 Nov 2008 00:08
This is a large pub for the area that is full of transient customers. The staff seemed eager to serve and there is a limited standard lager selection, Scrumpy Jack and, as mentioned, a full range of Fullers ale.

An ok place to pop in, but I wouldnít stay for more than a couple of pints.
Strongers - 3 Nov 2008 13:32
Visited recently one evening. Obviously busy - people had finished work, on Tottenham Court road etc. Full range of Fullers ales. (I suppose it would do being a Fullers pub). Had a good pint of ESB and will visit again next time I'm in the area.
Jonnysaint - 9 Oct 2008 14:06
I have spent many a late afternoon in here with work colleagues when visiting the West End.
I have always found the staff very friendly and helpful and the drinks have always been decent.
I once witnessed an old soak been ejected for lighting up inside which was quite amusing.
A perfect place for a couple of pints before you head off home from work.
mj84 - 19 Aug 2008 10:37
Unfortunately one of the worst Fullers pubs i've been in. Food expensive and not up to scratch. The bar staff seem happy to ignore you, which isn't hard in such a dark and gloomy setting. Also had to wait sometime for the food and a beer as the staff were more focused on crossing the road to smoke!! What a complete let down!! Never again will I visit this pub. Well done fullers for not keeping an eye on your business.
weemee - 27 Jul 2008 17:05
Straight out of the box, self-assembly Fullers 'Ale & Pie House'. Nothing really wrong with it (if absence of character doesn't feature too highly on your list of desirable pub characteristics), but not much right either (except the beer which is always well kept if Fullers is your thing).
rpadam - 3 Jun 2008 23:38
Below-average Fullers' pub. Rather dark and oppressive inside.
grecian - 12 Feb 2008 15:05
Serves a decent pint, although if you want food, I suggest you go elsewhere. I was in there 2 weeks ago, when a rat (or mouse?) came out of the kitchen into the pub. They said it was from the building site out the back, and they get quite a few of them now. They didn't seem too concerned. Then last week I had a 'Jack Horner Pie' for £10, which was supposed to be filled with sausage and bacon. When it arrived it only had 1 small slice of a sausage (and no bacon) - just filled with a load of vegetables. Did the mice eat all of their meat?
plymouth1 - 26 Nov 2007 14:33
Pleasant and comfortable pub - I'd agree with GuideDog Saint, this is a good meeting point for gigs at the Astoria or indeed anywhere in the West End. Can't comment on the food, although looked ok on the menu!
copnorsteve - 11 Nov 2007 12:52
Would have been a great place if the kitchen hadn't closed between placing orders for our party. It was 6pm on a Saturday. Who closes that early. Only one of us got to eat.
scotchgrrl - 7 Nov 2007 20:59
I liked it better when it was a bank.
Albert_Campion - 30 Oct 2007 14:36
Average pub, nothing that really makes it stand out from the crowd. As with all pubs in around here, best keep your valuables close to you as pickpockets and thieves are common in the area.
Selly - 29 Oct 2007 12:22
Was in here last night, second pub of a mini crawl. Main range of Fullers on I was told, I didn't go to the bar to check. Pint of Discovery was perfectly acceptable. Good pub for Central London and useful meeting place before gigs at the Astoria.
GuideDogSaint - 20 Oct 2007 12:10
If Jack Horner was smelly, dull, slow and unwelcoming then this place has lives up to the name admirably. Every drinks taste bitter when bought from these clowns.
xyrion - 14 Sep 2007 16:39
Good range of real ales and lagers. Friendly bar staff. They are currently taking bookings for Christmas!!
snowdog2112 - 21 Aug 2007 08:33
Interior is a mixture of traditional london boozer and trendy stlye pub with plush seats.
Barman seemed to have difficulty getting the orders right and the Discovery was pretty awful. I'm a Fullers fan normally...maybe it was just having an off night.
dyyony - 21 May 2007 19:23
Nice looking and well kept Fullers Ale & Pie House located on Tottenham Court Rd opposite the Odeon cinema and close to the Dominion Theatre. London prices of course so itĎs not cheap, the famous pies are around £8-£9 but the quality of both beer and food is good.
Millay - 14 Apr 2007 12:47
Corner location Fuller's Ale & Pie pub. Solidly refurbished in Central London deep wood panelling. A popular place that feels quite safe - though some people were loud. Serves good food and beer. Five different Fullers/Gales beers on offer in good condition.
Mostly, though, the pub just lacks individual charm, and the music is very loud.
SilkTork - 18 Feb 2007 11:48
After sampling a fair few brews on our day out,
our last stop was The Jack Horner, unintenional last stop but at last We have found a decent pub in the Tottenham Court Road Area. Good Beer, Friendly staff and good surroundings, stayed a little longer than We anticipated but this could be due to the hostelry itself, or could be we couldn't risk another dire pub or beer in this vicinity.
DirtyPanda - 9 Feb 2007 06:42
Usual fullers pub type thing. Unfortunately Scrumpy Jack does bad things to me so I dont remember much about it, so must have been ok!
DirtyPanda - 8 Feb 2007 22:52
A great Fuller's pub. The normal good selection of Fuller's ales is on offer - ESB, London Pride, Chiswick Bitter, etc.

Very nice pub.
edrok666 - 10 Dec 2006 10:18
this pub's not at all bad; it's never too crowded and you can usually get a seat. predictably a bit studenty but relatively tourist-free. reasonable beer selection.
mozzzzzz - 9 Oct 2006 20:03
Good pint of Chiswick on my visit and the food was tasty and reasonably priced for the location. Staff were attentive and pleasant. Not particularly crowded on our visit which was a bit surprising for 1pm on an August Saturday. Would definitely make a return visit.
johnkn7 - 14 Aug 2006 13:20
Saw someone served a pint of pride so cloudy it looked like it was straight from the sewer, when he complained he was told there was nothing wrong with it. Decided this wasn't a place to enjoy a good beer so left without ordering
helenof - 8 Aug 2006 00:30
Pretty good pub that ticks all the boxes whether it's for a quick pint, meeting friends, or grabbing some lunch. Good value and never too crowded. I don't know why but I wouldn't recommend it as a place to settle in for the evening. Get in there, have a couple, and move on.
griff74 - 7 Jun 2006 16:38
Yep, its ok this gaff. Dunno why i like it, cos nothing in particular really stands out though?,...Maybe its good, cos its the first reasonable looking boozer you come across when you are trying to escape the mayhem around Tott Court rd tube. Full of tourists, but thats no biggie, and never rammo like the tottenham. Dispicable bogs, as is, "de riguer" in the locale!
kmcs - 23 May 2006 10:14
I'd heard that this place now had disabled access and facilities, so I visited yesterday to check and sure enough it does. Nice one, Fullers.
Martinl - 5 May 2006 21:01
I always seem to land here on weekday lunchtimes, when visiting London. Good position, pleasant and welcoming staff, freshly cooked food which is generous in its servings, and well kept ales. Also worthy of note is the wine selection. I find the food good value for money but bottled beers seem a little on the pricy side. Also very clean. I will certainly keep returning and would recommend this establishment.
MX321 - 5 May 2006 17:56
A good Fullers Pie & Ale House. Superb Fullers Chiswick and good basic food at non-extortionate prices. Usually a good atmosphere straight after work a good place to unwind and sit-out rush hour.
DoubleMax - 4 May 2006 12:37
Nice pub Im slowly beggining to become a fan of Fullers pubs and this one is a good advert for them
juzza - 29 Mar 2006 12:51
Definitely the best pub visited that day. Excellent Fullerís beers on sale, reasonably priced for the area. Very busy on a Saturday evening but that helped to give the place a buzz. Hadnít been in there for several years but Iíd come back here again, no question. Traditional style Ale & Pie house with a good mixed clientele. Superb!
Chief_IDIOT - 19 Feb 2006 10:55
Good beer, but slightly odd atmosphere: alternately heavingly busy, and slightly deserted, depending on whether the crowd for the nearby Queen musical "We Will Rock You" are coming or going.
rayray67 - 17 Feb 2006 15:11
Not a particularly nice place but it does have the full Fullers range which is considerably better than a punch in the face. 6/10
anonymous - 2 Feb 2006 15:21
Very crowded early evening. Good range of Fullers beers. What I found a problem was that the people who were standing at the bar did not make an effort to get out of the way or make any space for you to get to the bar. So you had to lean over them and shout over the top of their conversations, very frustrating.
snowdog2112 - 12 Jun 2005 11:08
rubbish pub.
full of suits, expensive and crap atmosphere.

badger13 - 10 Jun 2005 13:57
Uh, its alright! A little expensive compared to fullers pubs nearby but its a nice place to sit and have a drink - the beer is decent quality and the service is good. Definitely worth a visit.
spleen978 - 10 Feb 2005 14:27
Okay for a quick drink, prompt service. Not too busy. Had a pint of Hoegaarden which was quite expensive (£4-00), friend had a pint of London Pride (£2-50). Staff friendly.
Simon - 5 Nov 2004 07:29
this pub has been rubbish for years - it lacks any kind of atmosphere.
mike2004 - 21 Sep 2004 21:17
Good looking male bar staff! Wow, what a reason to go in a pub..

Not a bad pub, has some decent beers, although the atmosphere is a bit chain pubby.
TheGP - 23 Aug 2004 11:15
Relly nice pub with good looking male bar staff on weekday lunch times - nice change! Good food after improved menu and reasonably priced drinks compared to most central London pubs. Recommended.
Ally - 7 Apr 2004 11:29
I enjoyed a very nice early evening beer here recently. I would be careful of my belongings in most places in Central London.
Acid Sorceror - 30 Mar 2004 13:26
Definitely be careful with your belongings in here - nearly had my mobile stolen just before christmas but then I think a lot of the pubs in this area have a problem with gangs of kids coming in to steal stuff.

Other than that, not a bad pub to relax in after a bit of shopping.
Simon - 24 Feb 2004 16:28
Agree with Jane but admittedly my visits are usually early evening whilst waiting for a film to start in Odeon across the road. Decent pint of Fullers or on my latest visit Timothy Taylors (guest?).
lout_from_the_lane - 24 Feb 2004 16:19
I think these comments are unfair. This is a nice and friendly pub but more importantly great beer. Since menu change the food is good with a great selection and very generous proportions.
Like anywhere in central London, there is a problem with theft therefore its only natural to watch your own handbags!
Jane - 7 Jan 2004 15:08
Friend had a bag nicked here. Tried to eat there but Jack's finger was still in teh pie by the taste of it. Crap.
Stephen - 26 Nov 2003 18:00
be careful with your handbags in here!
Clare - 19 Sep 2003 12:19

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