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The Montagu Pyke, Charing Cross Road - pub details

Previously called: Moon Under Water

Montagu Pyke
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Address: 105-107 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0DT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 155) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), London Waterloo (1.1 miles), London Waterloo East (1.1 miles)

Chain: Lloyds

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Visited this pub yesterday for the first time for a while. First the good points... very central location, nicer than many other JDW pubs, prices are very reasonable for central London.

However... the beer is awful, to the point of undrinkable. My first pint of a guest ale was not good. I gave up trying to persevere with it after about an inch and returned it to the bar to swap it for a pint of Doom Bar. Unfortunately that was almost as unpleasant (and definitely not how it should taste) so that also went back. I sampled a further two ales before asking for my money back instead (which they did, without question) as none of them tasted good enough to be enjoyable. While I was there another customer returned a very dodgy looking glass of red wine too. None of the staff seemed to know anything about either real ale or wine. As well as this, the service was extremely slow, with one member of staff in particular moving at a snail's pace! I've previously had decent pints in this pub, but based on yesterday's experience, I would look for another venue for a pre-theatre pint next time.
Clarisinda - 16 Feb 2017 16:35
An upmarket spoons pub. Service was good and the range of ales was good. It was busy (Saturday night) but there was enough room and enough staff working. Definitely worth a visit if you like your ales and don't want to pay tourist / rip off prices.
d.franks - 20 Dec 2015 13:10
Even if you're desperate you should think twice before walking in. The service is horrendous, staff tend to ignore you if you happen to be of below average hight and/or with a not so great working vocal cords. Once all the other punters have either left or been polite enough to notice you, you may get an opportunity to order. However do not be surprised if the bill includes a drink or too you didn't get. Of course you can demand refund but the manager will say you got the drinks you paid for. If you demand to see the CCTV footage the manager will immediately call the bouncer and expel you from the bar, even if your food and drinks are still on your table. You have been warned....
pubemaster - 7 Feb 2015 01:48
As a visitor to the UK I quite like Wetherspoon's pubs, in a MacDonald's sort of way, because a menu in Penzance will be the same as in Newcastle, the price only varies slightly by postcode, and the beer range is wide. Above all they are great value for money. And clean. I have fed & watered myself in the Montagu Puke several times over the last 5 years and never had trouble finding a table (an issue when travelling solo). It does not seem to attract penny counting soaks, or screeching hen's parties, or bellowing sports fans, just wandering tourists & shoppers seeking sustenance.
Queenslander - 19 Aug 2014 23:10
It's been a while since I've been to this 'spoons. But on Saturday, I stayed a while, as I managed to find 3 of the 12 ciders I hadn't previous tried in their cider festival. The place is a very busy establishment with entrances at both ends. The Charing Cross Road end is the lower level and has the main bar. The other end has an "International Beers Bar". The ale range was Adnams Fat Sprat, Enraptured & Explorer, Brewsters Hop A Doodle Doo & Fullers London Pride. Ciders were Westons Cider Twist Raspbery, Mr Whiteheads Boxing Dog, Green Valley Doctor's Orders, Sheppys Farmhouse Cider, Hogans Panking Pole, Waddlegoose Lane Spadger, DJ's Tempted? Summer Sweet Cider & Healey's Cloudy Cornish Scrumpy. Not a bad place. Although the interior is bland and uninspiring.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jul 2014 20:09

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