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Square Tavern, Euston

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Went back in here last night for the first time in a while - I'd previously been unimpressed and posted reviews to that effect. Glad to say that it is very much better. Two real ales on St Austell Tribute and Youngs Ordinary, both very good. The service was quick and cheerful. A group of 6 of us ate, all the food was very good. Glad to say that this place is a whole lot better and will happily return.
Alfnoax - 21 Sep 2012 12:25
visited the square last night had a nice reception,staff were well educated on their drinks (whisky selection is fab) and a great atmosphere, spoke to the manageress and there is going to be a refurb very soon, much needed ,looking forward to the new look
budvarboy - 11 Feb 2012 22:49
Good old style pub ...the new girl is giving it a go and seems to have a decent in crowd most nights. Batman Helen left to work elsewhere and Christine had a great oppunity to run a pub elsewhere living in and open 7 days a week.
Cheeky1 - 12 Jul 2011 15:52
havent been to the square for a long time and i was very disappointed to see that the manager christine and helen had left they were lovely girls and great behind the bar many a good night we had .does anyperson out there know where the girls have gone if so can you please post it on this site thank you
batman - 9 Jul 2011 01:18
Not the easiest to find, but secluded once you are there. if you sit outside keep a lookout out for rogue footballs being kicked around by the estate kids. Pub looks like an office building. Only Youngs Ordinary and Bombardier but decent enough. Lady behind the bar was busy coping on her own but no real wait. Obviouly there are better beer pubs around but to take a break from the madding crowd this is worth checking out.
GuideDogSaint - 3 Apr 2011 22:31
I have been drinking in this pub for over 10 years now. Many different people have come and go, but one thing remains constant - what a great, 'proper' pub this is. If you want gold pumps and wooden floorboards then follow the sheep to All Bar One. The people who bad mouth the service in here couldn't be more wrong, the current staff are both very friendly and very nice. I only wish more pubs were like this, it feels like walking into a front room, I can sit back, relax, and enjoy the beer and company - which is very good, always. To the people who don't like this pub, bore off and find yourself a bar you losers
ilovebeerloads - 8 Oct 2010 13:07
Is that a euphamism? ;o)
flashharry1965 - 23 Jul 2010 15:36
er...not that surprising not so flash harry old person..we went down together!
LanaShelda - 23 Jul 2010 15:25
Oh God, more advertising - or a coincidence, two first time posters praising the same pub, a minute apart?
flashharry1965 - 22 Jul 2010 16:13
I have visited the Square on a few occasions over the last month or so and could not disagree more with the most recent reviews. I have found the staff to be both charming & helpful. There is always a very warm welcome and service has been excellent. Along with the usual choice of beer/cider there is a fantastic choice of whisky and a very cheeky rose tequila which is well worth trying. Also does very good pizza (the meat feast certainly lives up to its name). Large & small screen tv's for those that cant live without it.Give the place a try....
I_luv_miley_cyrus - 22 Jul 2010 16:06
When a goup of the lads from work asked me to join them in the square i was a bit dubious due to its location..but i have to say i was met with very friendly staff..and the pizzas..meatfest was my choice..for a fiver was better then any of the more 'well known' pizza houses and for only £5! The decor is outdated..but the welcoming staff..great service and good food more then make up for it. The landlady there deserves a raise for all she puts up with. I will definately be going down there again.
LanaShelda - 22 Jul 2010 16:05
On a nice day, I like sitting outside in the "courtyard" however this week when i visited the weather was dreary so I sat inside and probably understood for the first time the shortcomings of the square tavern. Beer was ok, but nothing special, ambiance and decour nothing to write home about and staff not particularly welcoming. All in all pretty average pub and with so many better alternatives in close proximity probably not worth the effort
mmmpktge - 18 Jul 2010 10:53
In the middle of a (mainly former) council estate, this renamed bar in the ground floor of the surrounding flats will never make it on architectural merit. It's a Young's house offering only Bombardier and Ordinary on the handpumps. Tried the ordinary which was no great shakes. I would have gone for lager had I been inclined to stay, however at the end of the Chile v. Switzerland game the televison sound was turned off (that's okay good not to have all the cackle from the pundits) and some god awful lift style ambient music was put on loudly for my benefit. I say for my benefit as I was the only person in the bar (the one or two others wisely electing to sit outside). Beer was poor and the person in charge seemed miserable and intent on driving the only person in the place away - well she succeeded and I won't be back.
anonymous - 21 Jun 2010 20:07
alfnoax: with you all day in your comments. The dour and downright rude service is even more tragic when you consider the quality of the customer service before the ageing current incumbent arrived. This used to be a buzzing happy and busy bar, now it is deserted most evenings and run-down looking.
Last week, I sat outside when the unsmiling hag arrived to collect some glasses (they had been there for an hour) f ignoring the fact that the few people there had been using their coats to wipe the seats and table tops following a recent shower. Even though there were still pools of water and detritus on the table, these were left behind. My last visit, as I have found a couple of very nice pubs nearby which I will review here soon. Avoid like the plague!
reala - 13 Jun 2010 14:30
Service doesn't get any better. Had lunch here - server came over with my sandwich and chips 'would you like anything with it, mayonnaise?' me 'that would be nice', server ‘we haven't got any mayonnaise’. Me 'okay can I have some vinegar?' After I'd finished my sandwich, chips and second pint the server turned up with the vinegar and put it next to my empty plate - no comment, nothing. You couldn't make it up!
Alfnoax - 4 May 2010 15:17
This place has the potential to be really good. The beers, Bombadier and Youngs ordinary are well kept and the food is good and well priced. However, whenever I've been in the staff have been that miserable that it puts a right downer on a few pints. They really have got making you feel a little unwelcome down to a fine art. Shame!
Alfnoax - 13 Feb 2010 14:00
Hidden away in a small square (but don't expect the typical London area of leafy greenery, more the sort of scruffy courtyard to be found in a technical college that has somehow become the University of Somewhere-you-have-never-heard-of). The pub interior was probably thought to be modern by the architect, but the ceiling seems to be the wrong height and now looks horribly dated (with the tiling in the gents toilet being reminiscent of an unrefurbished Underground station). Two beers on - Youngs Ordinary and Bombardier (which admittedly was fine).
rpadam - 28 Nov 2009 22:08
This place was better than I was expecting as I approached from down the alley and into the housing estate. There was a mixed crowd of estate inhabitants and local office workers who were enjoying a boisterous game of darts. The pub interior is nothing special and the café type tables in the square outside aren’t in the best location sitting below the numerous council flats.

My Bombardier was ok and Youngs Ordinary was also available alongside Staropramen and a range of standard draught. The barmaid wasn’t the most cheerful, but she was polite and served me promptly.

This place is ok, but I think that I will go to one of the many better pubs on the other side of the Euston Road when I’m next in the area.
Strongers - 29 May 2009 07:58
Shame - not as good as it used to be many years ago. Difficult to put one's finger on the cause, apart from the Woung's beer quality, but not an immediate choice even with the al fresco potential.
meurglys_iv - 25 Apr 2009 12:04
I think I've read somewhere that this has changed ownership recently and it was certainly looking OK on my recent visit. It's a sixties pub well-hidden in a development just off Hampstead Road, and the interior has a very retro feel, added to by Madness and mid-80s Madonna playing on my visit. A couple of (fairly commonplace) ales on tap, which I didn't try as it was 11.30am (!) when I happened by. Food menu looked OK. I'd be happy to come back here and see what the beer's like.
grecian - 25 Feb 2009 17:29
Unfortunately this pub has gone seriously downhill in recent months. I say unfortunately as it is the nearest pub to work for me. The slide downhill seems to have co-incided with the departure of the previous landlords and the closure of the nearby Sols Arms... go figure!
jonnyboy122 - 8 Oct 2007 17:48
Agree that it's a good pub; would like to show Martini a few real 'dumps',this is far from it! That's the beauty of London, if you don't like a pub, don't go there, there's plenty more around, why go somewhere you don't like you numpty?! Found out it's now under tenancy so any possible negative aspects from before will surely be rectified. I couldn't see much wrong apart from maybe needing a 'lick of paint'. Friendly, efficient & helpful barstaff. The Hoegaarden was as good as anywhere & served in a chilled glass.
anonymous - 22 May 2007 20:03
Fantastic pub. Have had several really good nights here. Great outdoor seating area and in my experience the beer was excellent. Had great meal and were lucky to get a table. Can see no reason for previous negative comments.
joeydunlop - 21 May 2007 19:12
Against my better judgement I was recently dragged back for a drink outside this place. I normally love Youngs Special and Youngs Ordinary, but it has always struck me that both taste below standard here. My recent visit confirmed my long-standing antipathy to the quality of ale in this place. Before anyone gets on line saying this is because of the Charles Wells merger/takeover I have to say this is a problem that goes back much, much further.

And another thing. Immediately below this posting are positive comments from two individuals, one from August this year and one from a month earlier in July. Neither person has ever made any comment on this site about any other pub, before or since. I could be charitable and say they need to get out more and realise how bad this place is in comparison. Or I could be more realistic and say they are two people who don't actually exist and have been invented to big up this dump.

You decide.
Martinl - 17 Nov 2006 00:57
Great Summer Pub, Ice Cold Magners and a nice patio to enjoy the sunshine away from the traffic. BBQ a bonus with hotdogs and chicken burgers cooked to order. Friendly and plentiful Bar staff and a very unsmoky pub, which was nice.
Adrian_Stocks - 4 Aug 2006 17:25
Fantastic pub with loads of character. Ideal for Real Ale lovers as it serves great Young's ales. Good traditional pub food at affordable prices are served. The Square is a hidden gem which is a great place to enjoy the Summer sun. It does get a little busy during peak times so get there early to get a table! Only open Monday to Friday.
DJSimmonds - 25 Jul 2006 11:52
Considering how close it is to the dreadful Euston Road, sitting outside on a warm evening seemed very pleasant. Very useful if you are catching a train from Euston or waiting for the rush hour to die down. Perfectly good Youngs Ordinary and civil - and English speaking - bar staff.

Beercheese - 11 May 2006 21:58
Manky - but agreeable. However, I can clearly see why the views are mixed - which can't be a good thing.

No Youngs Pilsner for some reason. Full of Irish IT geeks too. I never complain about Euro bar staff - I find their comedy accents and stern frowns terribly amusing.
TeamSambo - 26 Jan 2006 12:42
Jeez, the mixed reviews alone meant I had to visit this pub.

Could it possibly be a lunch crowd v evening crown thing. I was there for lunch today and found it the best pub in the area. (The Royal George is better but it's the other side of Euston). And this is one day after the previous review.

It's a Young's pub and the Ramrod was delicious. The bartender was English born and bred and appeared to have no language problems. I sat outside but did not encounter a the wall of smoke other reviews warned about when I went to order. In fact the inside is rather nice.
RexJacobus - 7 Sep 2005 14:01
Disagree with all positive comments about this place, agree with all those who rightly point out the many, many failings of this dive. I simply cannot believe that the normally excellent brewer Youngs of Wandsworth can be aware of the harm that is being done to their good name by the continued existence of this cr*phole. Avoid.
Martinl - 6 Sep 2005 00:20
What can you say about the Square that hasn't already been said.... Its smokey, has it's fair share of weirdo's (particully those from Caters), it has barstaff who's grasp of the beautiful English language isn't quite Wordsworth BUT it's like a human magnet which draws me in and lets me go only when my belly is full of beer.
fat_tone - 8 Apr 2005 14:55
A great little pub, off road with seating outside in a quite residential sqaure. This is my local to work choice on hot summer days. They have a good selection of real beers, food (had some 2for1 offers recently) and I found staff to be efficient and friendly. On the downside it can be real busy at lunchtimes, full of accountants and bankers (myself included). To Lord Snooty Anon of 16Dec2004 do you need to practice talking crap or is this a natural talent you were born with?
Selly - 5 Apr 2005 13:05
I totally agree with KM, this is a right little gem. The bar staff are always friendly and They run some great speciality Youngs. He he, It was us who stole the mats, sorry guv.
c_unsworth - 5 Jan 2005 18:00
Not half as bad as these comments may suggest. Busy though.
Nige - 19 Dec 2004 10:52
I completely disagree with the comments of KM and Danny Ramos. If you can find this grotty little establishment through the rat runs of the run down estate it sits in the middle of you are a very unlucky person. As soon as you step through the door you are hit with a wall of smoke and various other odours wofting from the resident wierdo's who must be attached to this pub as they never seem to leave. If the Bar staff can speak English they are rude and very unhelpful, not suprising as they get constant moaning from the very, very rude landlady.
If you like smokey pubs with nicotine stained walls and rude bar staff the square is the pub for you!
anonymous - 16 Dec 2004 12:21
Please do not believe Alex. I have been frequenting this beloved establishment for many a good year now. The beer is the finest brew in the land. Also the bar staff are second to none from Staresy cousin who sadly departed in the spring to the new landlady Donna who gave me a t-shirt and let me go behind the bar. Three cheers for the Square !
Danny Ramos - 17 Nov 2004 09:10
This is without doubt one of the best Pubs in London. A little hidden treasure. A real cosy "I feel at home here" boozer with chairs so comfy you could be forgiven for not wanting to get up, and the sort of carpet you just don't get in pubs anymore. Always full of characters, from the "Mayor of Mullettsville" to "Throat Wobbler Mangrove", enough to entertain even the most demanding of guests. The bar staff have much more to them than meets the eye too. The sort of pub that every time I leave, I can't wait to return.
KM - 17 Nov 2004 09:03
Great Pub, good atmosphere and nicely hidden away!
Derek - 10 Sep 2004 11:56
The manager was very rude when I commented on the quality of the beer and basically took a view of "like it or lump it". Would neither recommend the beer or the rude staff.
Alex - 17 Aug 2004 18:49

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