Wow. Just wow. Tucked away from one of the busiest areas of London, this place charms. £2.80 a pint - yes, you read that correctly. Tidy, tight, great wine, great (small) crowd. You'd be foolish not to pop in. This will become a haunt.
If you didn't know about this place, it's probably because it's tucked into nowhere.
For four months I've been living on Weymouth street and only realized the street of Weymouth Mews existed recently, let alone a little pub poking its head out!
Are you old? You'll fit in here. Honestly this is not a place for the younger crowd, you'll just feel out of place. I like coming here with my friends, but we acknowledge the fact that we are 30 plus years younger than most people in the joint. That shouldn't deter you from stopping by the Dover Castle, though!
This is a Sam Smiths pub (an English chain), so they have a great food menu for extremely affordable prices. They also have the Sam Smith variety of beers on tap, including my favorite, the Taddy Lager. Always so refreshing!!!
Living on Weymouth St, I cannot believe it took us so long to find the Dover Castle, but you really do have to be looking for it to find it. It is in an extremely residential area, so it seems very out of place.
That being said, it's a great venue for locals to crash at and have a pint!!! This really is a classic British pub in every sense of the word. You won't find tourists here or random people on pub crawls - this truly is a place full of locals and mainstays.
This is random but they also have board games to use if that tickles your fancy. I've seen a couple of pubs do this, but it actually has a full station (sort of like a mini-bar area off to the side) dedicated to it.
Dover Castle is not the Dover Castle in Dover, England which I have also been to. I can say this Dover Castle is considerably warmer and has way more beer and seating. Also it's a pub and not a castle.
I use this pub as a convenient watering hole before or after meetings at the RIBA on nearby Portland Place. Tucked away down a mews-y side street, it rewards visitors with Sam Smith's beers and lagers at prices that put other central London establishments to shame.
The bar area is small, but the service has always been friendly and efficient whenever I've popped in.
Don't expect sumptuous sofas: even the padded bench seating is occasionally on the hard side!
A really nice, almost secret pub, plumb in the centre of town.
Olde worlde (in other words) traditional decor - wood furnishings, carpet, big mirrors with different brands of ales on them.
A good boozer to retreat to away from the crowds of Oxford Street. Also good following a night out at the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House.
I'm a boozer baby, that's what my daddy made me...
Proper pub. Beer, banter, and bar snacks. A pub designed by someone armed with a heart, not a calculator and an Excel spreadsheet. Like pubs used to be before they were bastardised by formulaic heathens like Wetherspoons, Yates, and All Bar One. The only thing separating the Dover Castle from achieving Winchester like legend is a rifle above the bar, some colorful characters, and a jukebox (some errant zombies also wouldn't go amiss).
Go now before there aren't any proper pubs left.
The Dover Castle is a hidden gem in the heart of Fitzrovia - situated on Wemouth mews a cobbled alley that takes some tracking down. It's my favourite pub in this part of London and teh nearby BBC radio studios of Bush house mean its a good place to spot a celebrity quaffing a pint between shows - Noddy Holder and Mark Radcliffe were spotted in there recently.
What makes the Dover castle (or DC to the regulars) even more appealing is the almost ludicrously cheap prices of the beer on offer. It's part of the Sam Smiths chain and their own-label brews can be had for under £2 a pint and, for the herat of London, that's virtually unheard of.
Food used to be rather hit and miss but it has recently improved enormously and they offer decent pub-grub at fair prices.
Decor is 'proper pub' style - dark woods, carpets and subdued lighting all give it a genuinely country-pubby feel yet you're only a couple of minutes from Oxford Street. A top-notch place.
Splendid pub, hidden up a picturesque cobbled street (with a few car garages on it - hidden behind one is a white Roller, I spotted).
Cheap Sam Smith's beer; honest pub grub; quiet-ish on lunchtimes, but fills in the evening with BBC-types (from nearby Broadcasting House) and doctors (from nearby Harley Street).
Bar staff - including the landlord - that recognise you and chat to you; no music, an outside smoking area for those that do, and a real fire on cold nights.
More highly recommended than a very highly recommended thing that's just got even more highly recommended.
I am shocked that the pub is being given such favourable reviews here on Qype. The draught beer and coffee were disgusting when we called here.
My wife and I often travel from Newcastle to London by train on business or for a long weekend break. We enjoyed a break at the Regents Park Holiday Inn recently. It was only a 5-10 minutes stroll to the Dover Castle pub at Weymouth Mews, Marylebone. We went to the pub because of its close proximity to the hotel and the great 'five star Top 50 London Pubs' review by Timeout. But what a disaster the visit turned out to be....I now think that perhaps the Timeout 'pub experts' don't actually drink at the pubs they review! The Sam Smiths bitter was disgusting and I had to leave over a third of my pint. This was a pity as I had just enjoyed a great pint of Sam Smiths bitter at another pub earlier that day.
My wife asked the barman for a coffee - when it arrived it appeared to have been made using instant coffee, which my wife described as having a "bluish" hue to it. She said it was barely drinkable and described it as cheap catering quality rubbish. We expect proper coffee in supposedly good pubs, not the awful instant stuff that gives the British tourist industry a bad name.
There were no other draught ales but there was one recognisable but relatively little known brand of lager ('Alpine') on draught. My wife likes that particular brand. I noted that with the exception of Sam Smiths bottled light ale, NONE of the spirits and NONE of the bottled drinks, including soft drinks, were recognisable. Believe me I've spent more time in pubs than most people, so I should know!
The pub itself is comfortable and looks quite nice inside. Quite charming and traditional English. The tall distinguished grey-haired chap behind the bar was very polite. But after the bad beer and coffee experience, we would not risk trying the food or any of the unheard of brands of drinks, so we can't comment on them and it would be unfair to do so. We soon left the pub in silent disgust.
We tried two of Timeout's 'five star' top restaurants over the same weekend - we enjoyed one of them very much but had mixed feelings about the other. Neither restaurant deserves its Timeout 5 star rating. Perhaps Timeout is not one of the most reliable sources of independent reviews of food and drink establishments. After the Dover Castle experience I shall certainly treat Timeout pub reviews with a degee of scepticism in future.
There is no excuse for serving beer that is albeit clear looking, but which the landlord should know tastes and smells a tad "off". Moreover, there is no excuse for serving appalling coffee. Management should know better.
I should add that an apparently regular customer arrived and ordered a large bottle of Sam Smiths ale (i.e. not the draught.) Also the draught beer and coffee were very cheap for London, or indeed for any British city centre.
What a little gem! Hidden away in the mews to the west of Portland Place, and very reminiscent of South Kensington, this is yet other great value Sam Smiths pub. There's no music, and a quiet crowd spread across three rooms. It's not grand, like the Princess Louise, but cozy, and the decor has a tired yet timeless appearance. Well worth a look.
Some pubs have it, some don't. This one definitely has the charm and warmth and the atmosphere.
The Dover Castle is a really traditional pub (without being old-fashioned) by it's looks and by the felt presence of the landlord (or manager), a very real* and natural personality.
It's a Samuel Smith house and both handpumps were supplying OBB. Also Smith's own sweetish cider on draught.
The Old Brewery Bitter was only 1.86 Pounds but I overheared a discussion in another place (same beer - same price) that it is a promotional thing in Sam Smith's houses and would be limited in time!?
Often you can't fully explain these cases, but I fell in love with this pub at first sight.
It really is a hidden gem, as Felix99 calls it. Do seek it out!
(* in contrast to many people behind the bar, who act seemingly friendly but are artificial and plastic)
great little gem. hidden but don't get fooled. its one you'll want to come back to and that wil be your local if you live nearby. one word of caution, avoid the alpen lager: chemical hangover assured.
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