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Large Fullers pub that seems to be more of sport’s bar than the other pubs in the vicinity.

It was packed with loud music playing above the after work crowd’s even louder chatter, football was on the large projector screen with the sound off. The place was just a huge amount of noise so I opted for a bottled ale instead of a pint so that I didn’t have to spend so long here.

My bottle of choice from the decent selection was Pale Ale from Little Creatures in Australia.

I may make another visit but with so many pubs in the area I doubt it.
lezford - 28 Dec 2016 09:30
Popped in here for a pint late one Saturday afternoon the first day of the football season. Usual Fullers beers in this sports orientated bar. Seems to pick up some passing trade and popular on week nights with the after work crowd. But better places are in the area.
manx_888 - 12 Aug 2015 23:21
Nice pub,good beer and good food.
Main attraction here is 6 Tv screens and Fullers ales.
Friendly staff. We like:)

kacper - 1 Oct 2014 11:57
Great boozer with large selection of lager and nice ales (all fullers)
Food was good and well-priced for the area. Watched the football on big screens with the sound on which some other places I've been to don't seem to bother.

Definitely worth popping in for an afterwork drink!
Get there early football nights.
Aledrinker1980 - 23 Apr 2014 23:29
People seem to be missing the point of this pub. It has large TV screens and shows the cricket when it is on in the Summer time. And that's really the only reason to go there.
cliffpatte - 17 Aug 2012 12:09
With its name, I think this is meant to have some sort of cricket-related style and memorabilia? As a cricketer I can tell you it doesn't. Or perhaps I am missing something?
NLBS - 16 May 2012 13:47
Never used to bother with this place when it was a Marstons outlet as it was always well inferior to the nearby Ye Old Wattling and Williamson Tavern. But having seen that Fullers have taken it over, decided to pop by and take a look.
Glad we did , as we can continue to confine the Pavillion End to the pile not to bother with again.
Im not sure Fullers will concern themselves over the loss of my custom from this one, as by the way the place was rammed at 6.00PM with the after work City crowd when I walked past and was still rammed some three hours later with the same crowd when I walked in I dont think I am the target demographic for this conversion.
As mentioned below, its a modern, but largely soulless and characterless space and when busy , an extremely noisy environment. I couldnt quite work out if the noise was caused by this open soulless space with high ceilings having bad acoustics which made people have to shout at their neighbours, or was due to the fact that it attracted those City workers for whom shouting loudly so that others could enjoy their opinions, was a normal mode of communication.
But the biggest disappointment was to come when we did eventually make it to the bar, in that the Fullers Ales served were shocking and mine was probably the worst pint of Fullers I have been served in London.

Gann - 29 Mar 2012 21:56
Modernised high ceilinged pub on the narrow and old style Watling St. It does have an outside area to the rear although as I visited during the recent cold snap this was redundant and the high ceilings made the pub some somewhat austere and cold in atmosphere. There is also a downstairs bar to take the overflow in the evenings.

From the beer selection I presume this is a Marston establishment with four ales on offer being Brakspears, Marstons Pedigree, Hobgoblin and Mansfield Old Baily. I had a decent pint of Hobgoblin if slightly too cold although I put this down to the Arctic conditions outside.

This is a reasonable if unremarkable pub and I wouldn't come here over the Watlin for example. In the summer however, the high ceilings and outside space make it a more attractive proposition although I have to say it did used to get rammed a few years back which would put me off a bit
murgatroyd - 7 Dec 2010 14:06
Visited on a Saturday to take in a 3D footy match and a couple of pints. The beer was in good condition and the food my friends ordered was not cheap, but seemed good quality. Staff were also very friendly.
Things may be different on a Friday evening when the place is heaving, but I couldn't really fault anything.

BothamsAshes - 18 Oct 2010 17:23
Modernised pub with lots of light wood in the main bar. Also has a cellar bar and a smaller area down a few steps which leads to the main attraction - a large (for the City) two-level beer garden at the back. Several silent TVs showing live sport plus background music. Didn't eat, but the menu looked pretty reasonable price-wise. Four beers on handpump - a decent pint of Pedigree, the seasonal Pedigree Diamond and Fever Pitch plus Wychwood's Regal 'real' lager. Not exactly special, but if the weather permits and you avoid office decanting time then a sunny spot outside can be quite pleasant.
rpadam - 19 Jul 2010 22:14
Nicely tucked away off Bow Lane, been here a couple of times and on the weekend to see the Machester Derby in 3D on Saturday. Good prices for the City and a nice garden out the back now the sunshine is returning!
bar_crawler - 19 Apr 2010 16:21
Visited recently and detected a slight improvement - four real ales on handpump, which is not bad for what is really more a bar than a pub. It's run by Marston's, so three of the ales were from them, and one was Jennings (IPA, I think). Will raise my mark a notch, I think.
grecian - 18 Jun 2009 12:25
I have to add, the staff are very friendly and happy to help. Suprised they couldn't accept a tip.?
ILovegoodfair - 3 Mar 2009 17:01
I was here on Friday 27th Feb for a drink. We ordered a platter of chicken wings and other bits for our group to pick at, a word of advise do not eat here as you will be very disappointed. They are geared towards drink and a good time after work, a great meeting place to then move on or go home. It is clean and friendly which counts for alot.
ILovegoodfair - 3 Mar 2009 16:59
We organised our Christmas work party here in December 2008. We pre booked an area at the back of the pub for around 70 people, although it could only hold max 50 on the night. The rest of the pub was rammed, although service at the bar was pretty quick. The biggest issue we had was the food. We paid 650 and received 5 plates of chicken skewers, ham/ cheese etc sandwiches, pieces of bread topped with gerkins and chorizo(!), chinese nibbles and lettuce leaves with prawns in. So about 30 plates of food. Not very good value, cold food for a winter party. Very disappointing for my hungry colleagues!!
ap2000 - 17 Dec 2008 22:50
First appearances may be desceiving and yet despite the ill-judged refurbishment, there is a warm atmosphere. The staff are very hospitable and not unpleasing on the eye. Previous reviewers have suggested that is is thronged withe City-types, but as one myself I do not see the problem! May I suggest just striking up a conversation with any of the City-types - we don't bite.
Tad_Friendly - 14 Jul 2008 15:36
The Pavilion End will always be remembered !!
One Friday night.. well 7pm
Bank of England v Spurs
Two sets of wideboys shouting each others down.
Bank of England Aggro!! Hello!
timechannel - 1 Mar 2008 00:32
Pretty godawful, looks like an All Bar One but marginally preferable to those pustules on the drinking landscape in that this place does at least have a wee bit of garden and screens to show live sport. Lame beer selection, plenty of overpriced generic fighting juice and possibly the worst short-order cooked food in the City. A visit to this establishment is really only permissible if it's warm enough to sit outside and you're early enough to get a seat out there. Otherwise, avoid.
MrLash - 4 Jun 2007 13:04
A very tedious place. I visited on a Wednesday night and the place was absolutely thronged with suited city types. No atmosphere and by the look of it, no proper ale, although I could be mistaken. Very average.

grecian - 26 Apr 2007 10:59
A recent Thursday evening visit during the World Cup found this old haunt revamped and modernised. I haven't been here since mid 2003. There were a number of large screens showing the cricket and the football but the volume was kept unobtrusively low. There were just the right number of people there - not too many, not too few. Bar service was excellent. Luta deserves particular mention for her beer presentation skills, always ensuring a full pint and a dry outside of the glass. Toilets were clean, modern and well-kept. No complaints about the beer. . in fact no complaints at all.
simes69 - 14 Jun 2006 21:17
Proper no-nonsense drinkers pub populated by local office crew. Can get some fairly low-rent blow-ins though.
Beer is not great agreed.
anonymous - 23 Jan 2006 19:57
Thoroughly agree with Duncan. Sample the ale at your own risk. Everyone from our office drinks here though and staff are usually friendly enough.
tim_eyles - 4 Nov 2005 17:26
Plenty of outside space but it'll never see the sun due to being hemmed in by 80's office buildings on all side bar the pub. Bar staff seemed highly stressed over 6pm Friday city boy demands. On one hand I sympathise as I had to hide outside with my pint but on the other hand, why work there if you can't stand that sort of establishment? Watling St is nice and pedestrianised and there is a fab view of St Pauls.
danrkelly - 25 May 2005 11:48
I organised a birthday evening at the Pavilion end, the Manager was kind enough to provide a private are for us, which was greatly fully received. She even orderd in the special beers we wanted, great venue and lovely bar staff, I fully endorse the Pavillion ENd to any organisation who is looking for a warm welcoming retreat after work.
jay6971 - 9 May 2005 16:02
shockingly poor beer. unfortunately go there all the time as it's so close to work. damn!
Duncan - 1 Jul 2004 16:43
A little pricey but ideal in the summer as its one of the few pubs in the area with an outside area. Foods not spectacular
Dan - 14 Jun 2004 15:06

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