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Address: 23 Francis St, London, SW1P 1DN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 359) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Victoria (0.3 miles), St James's Park (0.4 miles), Pimlico (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations London Victoria (0.3 miles), Vauxhall (1 mile), London Charing Cross (1.2 miles)

Brewery: Samuel Smith's

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Greencoat Boy, Victoria (0.1 miles), Brass Monkey, Victoria (0.1 miles), Jugged Hare, Pimlico (0.1 miles), Pimlico Wine Vaults, Pimlico (0.2 miles), Willow Walk, Victoria (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Cardinal, Victoria

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Attractive multi-room layout and efficient service. The price of a pint of Pure Brewed Organic Lager was an eye-watering - by Sammy Smith standards - £4.24! Don't know whether the cask OBB sells at a price closer to Sammy's norm? 7/10.
wobblybob - 1 Jul 2014 22:36
This is now known as the Windsor Castle (BITE PLEASE UPDATE). Sam Smith's isn't everyone's favourite beer but you can't argue about the price. When I was there on a recent Saturday evening, it was comfortable with plenty of space and mercifully, no music!
16jamesdoc - 2 Apr 2014 14:11
Have been a regular in this pub for a few months now since moving in near by. It has a great atmosphere ranging from the bustling Friday night crowd to the quiet days where here it's still possible to actually sit down and enjoy a quiet pint and read a book or newspaper. The prices are not too bad for central London, and you can often get a round of drinks for less than £15! I'm yet to be met with bad service from any of the bar staff. Would definitely recommend if you're in the area.
Beerqueer - 7 Apr 2013 14:10
Well something obviously got under davidb's skin. I've been an infrequent but regular drinker at The Cardinal (or Windsor Castle if you really insist ) for years. I'm sorry they felt it necessary to refurb it, and even sorrier that the prices have gone up - but they're still relatively cheap by London standards, and personally I like Sam Smith's and have always found it well served here. Likewise the service. I've never met with anything but politeness , and increasingly wonder if the people who complain about rudeness might perhaps profitably look to their own attitudes.
Personally, I like The Cardinal and shall carry on drinking there when I'm in the vicinity.
earlydrinker - 27 Nov 2012 18:00
Manageress is a rancid woman, and there's a tubby little Australian barmaid working here at the moment with a real attitude problem. It's her mission to make the customers feel unwelcome. If the area management knew what the staff get up to in here they'd shit themselves.
The beer is usual Sam Smith's piss, and prices have gone up massively since the refurb while custom has plummeted - whether this is due to pricing or the rudeness of the staff one cannot say.
The brewery doubtless spent a pretty penny doing this place up, but it's a horrid place to drink. One of the old boy customers who comes in is so foul smelling, the reek of stale piss creeps up on you from 2 or 3 tables away. Not nice. Try the Jugged Hare round the corner on Vauxhall Bridge Road or the Albert in Victoria Street - a couple of nice, well run high-Victorian style pubs.
davidb - 9 Aug 2012 16:25

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