I only ate in downstairs, with the "lunch express" menu - fairly limited selection of food, relative to the restaurant upstairs.
As is my wont with Thai, I went for a platter, tofu curry, and rice, to share with friends, and the verdict that came back was that the food was excellent and as good as the two travellers had had the previous week in Thailand.
So why only 4 stars? Well, it was quiet, service took a bit of time, iced coffee, while excellent, had to be prompted. Menu was limited.
Doesn't really buzz in the way I'd expect for a West End pub - either in the gentleman drinker sense or in the pre-theatre crowd sense. (thankfully not in the banker sense either).
Great place for pre-theatre food/drinks (which is how we found it), and would go back again. Beer was very drinkable, too, and would be good for a quiet drink with friends.
Thankfully, this place doesn't suffer from the alarming plague of Americanization that we saw at a lot of London pubs (at least, it didn't a couple of years ago). It's roomy and friendly, and the music is unobtrusive. PLUS--they introduced me to Wells Bombardier, an excellent beer that I am starting to see in Chicago (hooray).
My mother and I popped in here on our way from the British Museum and the Holborn tube station. We hit a lot of pubs on our trip, not because we are drunks (well, I try) but because they are great places to pit stop in the middle of a busy day of walking, museuming, and sight-seeing. You can take a load off, have a refreshing beverage or two, and soak up some low-level culture at the same time. Three cheers for the British pub!
Strange bar near Holborn station.
The main bar area is very empty with a very few tables there (I don't know if it is packed with people standing up after work, that is the only logic I can see for this.otherwise, buy some more tables!), but in the other section of the pub it is busier and there are more tables, including a pool table.
Has a couple of ales. Can't remember the prices, so I am guessing it was neither cheap, nor expensive.
I can't comment on the Thai Food as I was only here in a drinking capacity.
I really like this place!
They do a pint of Castlemain 4X for £2 if you have a student card, and also there is a meal deal for a thai meal and a pint for £6.50 (but you can't eat it in the restaurant).
The restaurant and the pub are very different, but both good in their own way and I have always afound the staff friendly.
I love this restaurant. The food is always fresh and tasty, the service is excellant and the atmosphere lively. It is great value for what it is and perfect for any type of celebration. I can recommend any of the following dishes - shepherds pie, burger, steak, Bang Bang Chicken, any of the fish, chocolate pudding, treacle pudding. My parents have loved, my clients love it, my gorlfriend loves it. So do it, treat yourself, book it for your birthday and eat in one the consistently good restaurants in London.
Right opposite Holborn station, this pub is like no other I've seen before; the ground floor is indeed a pub but upstairs is a Thai Restaurant! Having only been for the Thai I can't talk about the drinks but the restaurant is pretty good. Nothing amazing but you can get a meal e.g. Pad Thai for about £6-7. Service can be a little slow so make sure you're not in a rush but the staff are friendly and the atmosphere cosy and relaxed. Or at least more relaxed than the busy Southampton Row you can see while you eat! Nice place for a proper lunch if you're bored with cafe-type food.
This relatively small pub is often full of city types on a Friday evening but actually has some great deals for students that are worth taking advantage of for any students reading this. The pub does student discount on drinks and also offers a special offer on the menu (you can get a delicious Thai dish noodle or rice based for under a fiver). The food is really tasty and we didn't have to wait too long for it to arrive. The pub can get busy but is definatley more relaxed than the nearby Wetherspoons and also offers a much nicer atmosphere.
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