Visited this place during St. Patrick's day. Epic crowd and the bar tenders were all dressed in green wearing hats. I haven't tried the food to give you a good review. Will update when I revisit. But I liked the ambiance there.
It's a Taylor-Walker pub which makes it a tad better than a 'Spoons. Barely. Not that I have anything really against a 'Spoons pub. They are large, usually quite clean, and have a reliable if unimaginative offering of food and drink. But I like my pubs with character and sadly more and more of such places seem to be disappearing each day. I understand the economics of the situation, but it's just a sad. A moment of silence please for our fallen locals.
Otherwise, what to say about the Glassblower? It's fairly small with lots of tables crowded together. It seems to be busy all the time with shoppers taking a break and tourists who got lost after taking a wrong turn from Piccadilly.
The best thing I can say about it really is that it is right across the street from Ittenbari and hence is an excellent choice for meeting people before a Ramen dinner. It's also very warm and a welcome respite from cold and rainy days.
Overall, it's a no nonsense, no frills pub that does what it says on the tin. Get in, get a drink, and relax, but don't expect to be amazed.
Located equidistant between Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, this popular sophisticated pub is always packed after work and at the weekend.
Located in central london so the prices are as expected, quite high and the clientele ranges from tourists, shop assistants, business men and women and students.
It consists of two floor, the ground floor being the bar area with wooden floors and high tables and stools, people standing and sitting around drinking and chatting. Whereas upstairs is a more traditional set-up with carpeted flooring, tables and chairs and an old wooden pub bar. The windows give a view out over the streets making the room feel light and airy.
The food is very standard - sandwiches, sausage and mash, chips etc. Not somewhere I would go to eat but if you need a nibble or a quick bite it is convenient.
I like this little spot in Soho for a quick pint or chill out. It has two floors, which is useful as the bottom floor quickly gets quite packed, especially around the time everyone finishes work and heads straight to the pub. You'll find a lot of suited men in here come evening time, but in the daytime it's a nice quiet spot with reasonably priced drinks and snacks.
Upstairs holds a few leather sofa's, which are DFS quality so very cosy indeed. If you want a bite to eat, their lunches are quite filling and fairly priced. A nice stop in the day or evening.
went here this weekend, nice looking pub from the outside.
its ok when you get inside, typical oldy world pub. old oak bars,
we ate upstairs, this was a lot lighter than downstairs, lots of dirty plates on the bar and on some tables.
however service from the bar and the food was ok,
Nice little pub between regent st & piccadilly circus, really good selection of beers & lagers, the food is fantastic! With a very good menu! Try the sharing platters, they are divine!
This was the first pub that I went to on my first real trip to London and I was a bit disappointed. My friends were awesome and I had a great time but this pub lacked warmth and the drinks and food were not very good. I tried their Codfather platter and the fish was so bland and tasteless, like a frozen fish encased in batter. The sides were dull and bland as well. I understand that peas are not supposed to be exciting but they need to taste sweet and not watery right? The wines are flat for whatever reason and tasted like vinegar so I remained with the wine cooler, Rekordelig, which was awesome and tasted of summer. We stayed for a while because no one really bothered to ask us for anything. Lesson learned to not go to the first pub that you see off the subway station.
Quite a decent pub off Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street. It was almost empty in the early afternoon.
I had a real ale from one of the 3 handpumps and it was ready cloudy. I liked that the manager himself looked at it and suggested a different one.
Also both, the exterior and the inside are pleasant but nothing very special.
Nice pub area downstairs, four ales on tap when I visited last night. Upstairs a couple of sofas and some tables.
Prices very reasonable, especially considering excellent location. I was there from 7.30 - 9.30 on a weekday evening and it was quite busy but nearly everyone had a seat. A nice environment for a chat and a drink within a couple of minutes' walk of Piccadilly Circus.
Nice, warm atmosphere, good beer and friendly staff. Not tried the food but looks great and reasonably priced.
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