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The Harp, Covent Garden

What many people forget is that the Harp is a tied house not a freehouse. It is tied to Punch Taverns and must, therefore, choose its ales from their list and at their dictated prices too . Having said that, there are always six real ales on and from memory at least two are guest ales. In addition, there are several other taps for the standard lagers, plus cider and guiness and Scrumpy to be had on top of that. I challenge you to find a pub with that selection and quality (cask condition, beers from the wood and others have all have endorsed this place). This is all topped off with their lunchtime selection of O'Hagen's Sausages.

2 Jan 2009 16:27

The Bell And Compass, Charing Cross

Horrid place that always looks slightly tired and naff - even in the Griffin days.

1 Dec 2008 16:40

The White Swan, Covent Garden

Live rock bands in a central London pub? Amazing. Beers OK, quick service, but hit that 3rd floor on a Friday!

1 Dec 2008 16:38

The Salisbury, Leicester Square

Great place and very glad that there is no sports. Can get busy - but that's because its so popular. Well recommended.

1 Dec 2008 16:35

The Tattershall Castle, Embankment

Expensive and definitely in need of a refurb. The club is a bit naff too, but if you want to sit on a boat in the Thames and enjoy a beer its the only place you can go..

1 Dec 2008 16:33

The Retro Bar, Strand

Me and my friends stumbled on this place accidentally. The excelllent music being played by the DJ lured us in. Good quality beer and while none of us are gay, we had a good time.

1 Dec 2008 16:29

The Theodore Bullfrog, Charing Cross

Strange place - neither one thing or another. Used to serve very good quality Budvar, but a change of management seems to have resulted in very poor quality beer.

On the upside, the staff are very friendly and attentive. If the beer was better I'd drink there more often.

1 Dec 2008 16:25

Albannach, Westminster

Completely agree with Lennie - a very likeable place but very expensive.

5 Nov 2008 16:18

The Lord Moon Of The Mall, Whitehall

Awful awful awful. Poor service, stacked used food plates all over the bar when busy, chav customers and generally naff.

5 Nov 2008 16:07

Walkers of Whitehall, Whitehall

A very strange place frequented by Fast Stream Civil Servants. Very hot and packed downstairs, busy bar upstairs. I never quite know what to make of the place - neither good nor bad, but lacking in atmosphere. The problem I think is that it doesn't know whether its a wine bar, restaurant or pub. The beer is OK and so is the food. Better that the Moon on the Mall or the Silver Cross, on a par with the Clarence, but beaten by the Shades...

5 Nov 2008 16:05

The Harp, Covent Garden

Good grief, if I rated every pub on the views or behaviour of the odd individual who drank there they'd all get bad marks. The pub can hardly be held responsible for the views of one of its customers - particularly when these comments are expressed outside of the pub anonymously. There is not a hint of racism whenever I have been there and I certainly can't see the staff putting up with such behaviour. All I can say is this is a most excellent pub with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - who ever you are you will not regret popping in for a beer or a sausage or both (I recommend both!).

5 Nov 2008 15:55

Browns Restaurant and Bar, Leicester Square

Drinks surprisingly good value for money compared to other local pubs/bars. My only gripe is that iit can take a while to get served.

The Bloody Marys are to die for!

19 Sep 2008 16:03

The Old Shades, Whitehall

Good food, good beer and very good prices (Pride at 2.50 a pint!). Visit!

19 Sep 2008 15:58

The Clarence, Whitehall

Spirit Group's ridiculous prices for food and drink are a real turn off - especially as the Shades a few doors away offers far better food and drink at far more reasonable prices. A recent tendency to run out of beer has been noted!

19 Sep 2008 15:56

The Harp, Covent Garden

I must say I think foghorn is being a bit harsh. The chap concerned only helps out when the Landlady (or is that Landperson these days?) is short staffed and has always been friendly and polite when I've been there. May be you just caught him on a off day.

I totally agree with bitman's comments - it is my favorite pub in London too. Well run, great bar staff, good food and the best kept beer by far (at a reasonable price too). If you're a regular London worker and fancy a pint and a sausage, or if you're just up town for a day out, then you'll not be disappointed with what is probably the West End's last traditional pub.

3 Sep 2008 14:54

The Silver Cross, Whitehall

A truly awful pub. Its simply a tourist ripp-off factory. They are herded in the front in their droves fresh off the coach to experience a "traditional English pub", charged a fortune for drinks and awful food and then pushed out the door.

For those local drinkers, the experience isn't any better. The food is overpriced and comes in small portions. There is never enough staff working behind the bar and many of the beers on tap are often "off". The fact that they are so overworked probably explains their brusque attitude. Frankly, there's more ambience in your local Asda (and quite possibly better food and drink too).

29 Feb 2008 14:30

The Tom Cribb, Piccadilly

Nice little pub with good beer and good food. Friendly staff too.

29 Oct 2007 12:05

Pitcher and Piano, Strand

Awful. Lots of cheap people in expensive clothes paying way over the odds for drinks.

29 Oct 2007 12:02

The Clarence, Whitehall

I must admit that this place is slipping - quite often there are no real ales on although many are listed as "available soon". The food choice is poor (there now seems to be dozens of pubs with exactly the same menu) and the specials remain on the menu permanently - hardly special then. You can wait up to 40 mins for food. Not as good as it used to be.

29 Oct 2007 11:58

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