This place is a pretty cool pub to dive into before a show or dinner. They serve some nice beer on tap and there usually seems to be a good diverse crowd.
I've had breakfast and lunch here as well. Go for the classic fish and chips. It's good pub food!
Although this is a chain pub and tied to a major brewery (in the case, Fullers) I am giving 4 stars based on consistently good service, quality beers and quick, tasty food. It is not a "real" pub per se.
On the 3 occasions I visited here (in my defense, the pub was next door to my hotel) I had an English breakfast pie, a banger sandwich and a hamburger. All three were quite good, with highest marks going to the the breakfast pie. In this case, a pie shell is filled in a mixture of sausage, beans and mushrooms topped with a fried egg. It is served alongside an order of bacon, hash browns and grilled tomatoes.
Although the Jack Horner serves predominately Fuller beers, you can get a small handful of other brands (Guinness, Peroni, Leffe.) The Fuller beers on cask are ESB, London Pride, Discovery, Chiswick and Front Row. They are all rather good, although be warned that these are served at cellar temperature and pulled via nitrogen. The result is a cool beer without much carbonation. The clear winner amongst the cask beers is the ESB, which is also the label that Fullers is most known for. There are also a number of beers in the bottle, with the Bengal Lancer IPA being the best I've had.
Little Jack Horner sat in a corner, eating his Christmas pie...
There was no way I could bypass this pub on our way to a marathon visit to The British Museum. This little nursery rhyme is a bit of a legend in our family, since I may or may not be related. Isn't that the fun of genealogy?
Sadly, the place wasn't nearly as intriguing as the name. It was quite the cookie cutter experience. Neither the pub food or decor was nearly as charming as any of our pub visits in London or the countryside.
Well, I'm giving this pub four stars on the basis that I went in there on a Saturday night and got a seat, at a table, with my friends, and didn't have to queue at the bar. For some this may seem like a bad sign but for me, perfection! Add to that some relatively cheesy music (playing quietly in background) and you've got the ideal middle-aged persons pub. I'm currently some way off middle aged but apparently old before my time.
The drinks were fine, service fine, decor fine (in a trad pub way). It's not cool or trendy and I wouldn't go there looking for a party, but it served me well after a lovely meal at Sagar, which is jut over the road. What more could a girl ask for, except maybe teletransportation home?
The Jack Horner wouldn't be the first on my list of places to eat or drink. Being a Fuller's pub it's target audience seems to be older men and the half-soaked and i have to say i find their food menu a bit uninspiring, though I'm not much of a pie-man to be fair.
This particular Fullers pub on Tottenham Court Road attracts a lot of passing trade and tourists alongside nearby workers. I was dragged in here once during a football match which was being screened and loathed every second. I do hate football though. So between the pie's and the great game this place really does nothing for me.
One to avoid!
This is a large, corner pub, one of the Fuller's 'Ale & Pie House' chain.
The location means that it is very popular, and we use it as a meeting point in this part of town - it's either this or the Rising Sun on the other side of the road. The inside is traditionally decorated - lowish ceilings, lots of wood, traditional furniture, subdued lighting. It also has a TV screen (and Sky Sports), although this is not always switched on (thank goodness). There's a disabled loo as well.
Beyond that, there's not much to say about it, really: it's your average boozer, with a very mixed clientele, reasonable service, and reasonable real-ale. It can get very busy, especially after work, and you are advised to watch your possessions - this close to Oxford Street is prime pick-pocketing territory.
I've not eaten here, but reports of the food are a bit mixed, so you might be best advised to visit one of the many restaurants in the are if you want to eat.
I visited here on a chilled out Sunday with friends, who wanted something purely British and we had a lovely evening. Finding a table was stress free, it was clean and had a real cosy atmosphere.
We ordered and were served our food within 20mins trying out the pie selection platter, (£16 and enough for 2 people) which I highly recommend as it gives you a fantastic range of their pies, but mini-sized along with a small amount of mash, peas and gravy.
The only downfall I could find is the fact they don't do a sunday roast as I reckon it'd be a popular choice, but other than that I left feeling satisfied and completely content.
A group of colleagues and I ate here for lunch during a recent friday on our way to view the student work on exhibit at the AA around the corner. We arrived about 12:45 and ordered promptly Finding a menu was a bit of a hit and miss. I had to ask people at their table if I could use their menu.
The menu is fair for lunch though like many London pub anymore you can't seem to order just a simple burger and chips. Amongst us we ordered fish and chips, chicken salad, mushroom and veggie pie. The chips were actually the brightest spot, as their were large wide chips cooked to perfection.
The place started to get busy a little after 1pm and it must have been partly related to why a few of the orders at our table took quite a long time to arrive. Overall, the food was average, the ale was fine and the atmosphere was somewhat typical. Located in a convenient spot.
I'm not a fan of the traditional, old man type of pub and would always prefer something more modern or contempory. Saying that, this Fullers pub on one of the longest roads in London is a good safe place to go if you work in the area and maybe want to have a working lunch or post work drinks.
The menu may be uninspiring but the range of pies on offer is quite good and you'll certainly find something to please everyone, though portions could be better and less bland overall.
The bar can get very busy on match days so I, as a non-football fan, tend to avoid these though I'm sure the sporting amongst you may enjoy downing some of their own brand ales whilst shouting at a screen. Drinkswise there's a good selection of ales and beer and your usual spirits.
An unexciting but safe bar for wweary shoppers of sports fans.
Not bad for a brewery managed pub, nothing exciting though.
We popped in here for a work drink and lunchtime and where lucky enough to have printed off a voucher for a free drink. The staff were super friendly and attentive which makes all the difference in a pub. A typical pub for decor, quite nice and cosy even though it is fairly big. I didn't eat but the rest of the group did and the food looked delicious, especially the pies!
Yes! 4 points not 3 cos 2 addresses for the same place Pretty grotty pub (and not in a good way). Have been here a few times, it's always busy, smells of sick, the surfaces are all sticky, it's dark, the wine is always warm, lots of loud Americans for some reason (honestly, there are far better places if you want to sample a real English public house go an find them!). So, why have I gone back there a few times? Well, lazily it's just round the corner from my work, I've had to meet people who are scared to venture more than 2 minutes walk from TCR station by themselves to meet me, even if they actually come from London, and it's one of the few places nearby with a couple of tables outside, so that you can smoke, while you're not enjoying your warm wine. Get rid of the smoking ban, so I can review somewhere better.
I've only ever been here on Saturday nights with large groups of people, and honestly, you'd expect far worse of a pub so near to Oxford Circus on a Saturday night. Yes, it tends to get busy, but the folks at the bar are always friendly and really quite efficient. The atmosphere isn't bad either, and the music is never too loud. I'm told the food is pretty decent, though I've never had the pleasure myself. Not the hippest, the trendiest, or the prettiest, but still a very decent place and far less insane than anything further down the road.
Located down the street from the Tottenham Road Court tube station, Jack Horner's is a great place to meet people for after work drinks and appetizers. I did precisely that yesterday and it was very enjoyable. I was in the mood for a Stongbow, but they didn't have it so I ordered another cider that I can't remember but it was tasty enough. The appetizers were pretty good too. We got the nachos and then the house plate. I have learned by now to never order anything that is slightly Mexican in London, but my friends wanted the nachos. They weren't terrible but I am not going to order them again. The house plate was much more to my liking. It was kind of a plate full of British pub food with international flare. There were chips (fries for you Americans) that had been rolled in paprika and Indian spices, modified samosas with mushrooms in them, fried chicken with yogurt sauce, veggie eggrolls with a spicy Thai dipping sauce, then a light pizza margarita. A very multicultural plate indeed, and tasty too. Jack Horner's advertises that they have "wines from around the world". They aren't lying. Although their wine list isn't huge, it is very international, featuring Italian, French, South African, and New Zealand wines. I would like to go back and have some of the New Zealand sauvignon blanc, but hold the nachos.
probably closer to 3.5 stars, but i'll round down for now. order a dessert and enjoy the 25 minute wait. decent atmosphere though. only good option in the immediate area too.
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