The Lamb is exactly what I think of what when I think British Pub.
While initially a little weary as one of the barman seemed a bit unwelcoming (we had been warned of this on another review site), we sat down at a table in the back. Within 5 minutes, the manager came over, was super friendly, recommended some beers, and was eager to make conversation. The steak and ale pie was OUT OF THIS WORLD--the true definition of comfort food, and exactly what the doctor ordered after wandering around London all day in the rain.
Would definitely come back!
I forget where I first read about the lamb. I think it was some online guide to London pubs. It was the first pub we hit on our first trip to London which was also our first trip to England period. I immediately understood the difference between English and American (& Irish-American) pubs upon entering and sitting down with a pint. I won't go into it here because a lot of it is difficult to put into words, but suffice to say it's nice to go pay at the bar, bring a pint back to a worn, comfy chair or bench, chat with your wife, and watch the world go by--at least members of the world who decide to drop by--all without terrible music blaring in the background (or any music actually... or tv).
The menu has become more original and less English in the 10 years we've been coming here. For better or for worse.
Decent selection and good range of unusual draughts (Adnams, Young's).
Upper restaurant was closed when we were there around 10 on a Thursday night. Not very many guests at all, but I kind of like empty English pubs. You feel at ease.
I like the interior - even an old phonograph (or something like that whatever it is called).
I would definitely go back next time in London, and it is definitely a stop on a crawl!
After several days of travel and a few days stop in Munich for Oktoberfest, I was eagerly looking forward to arriving back in London and having a really great pint of cider. Given the nature of my German adventures, cider had been scarce, and I needed to refresh my palette. I had also made friends in German who had not yet had the fortune to frequent any London pubs, and when they suggested grabbing a pint, I was glad to jump on the bandwagon. They recommended the hotel pub. I nayed in favor of a real pub, the kind you sink into and which is warm and surrounding and NOT tourist. I mean a real local spot.
So I hit google in the lobby, and the Lamb was within walking distance and seemed a fair shot at getting a true pub experience. It was a nice quiet walk from Russell Square over, and the pub itself was ideal for both getting my cider quota met, and exposing my new friends to the good life.
We were at The Lamb late on a Saturday night, but thankfully the pub was not packed. We were able to get ciders right away, grab a table, and sit down for a bit of relaxation and people-watching. There were locals and tourists, young and old, friendly and solemn all within eye-shot, and the servers were great at handling everyone. It was not too quiet, nor too loud, and we were able to hop on their wifi and check email after a long bus ride from the continent.
All around, I'm glad I (randomly) chose The Lamb, because at one point, my friend turned to me and said, 'I know we've only been in here two minutes, but I LOVE English pubs.' The Lamb is an excellent example of the Pub Done Right.
After dinner, me and my friends headed here for drinks. We were in the odd mood of wanting a loud bustling pub for a Saturday night. The Lamb ain't one of those places.
It's a perfectly nice little pub, but I think we were all a bit too hyped up for it. Still, the prices were okay so we stayed, and managed to get a table (squeezed in the corner).
My apologies to the other patrons last night who put up with our ridiculous Les Miz singalong. Seriously. I'm sorry.
In one sentence: the Lamb let me down.
As usual when I find a bar/restaurant through Time Out guides, I set myself up for disappointment. Expecting good food and a great environment, I got mediocre and overpriced food and a simply average environment.
Sure, the bar is unusual (which, apparently, ups an establishment's cool rating by a couple points automatically) and the entire establishment looks like a Victorian throw-back and thus offers a quaint backdrop for some lazy weekend alcohol guzzling, but all of this left me with the impression that the Lamb was simply too-cool-for-school.
There were some old geezers sitting in booth seats along the wall nursing their umpteenth pint whilst looking surly, yet there were young students having boisterous conversation in the corner.
My husband and I settled in for a drink and some incredibly overpriced pub grub. The fish and chips arrived bland and, if I'm honest, a bit soggy. Definitely not worth the 10 pound price tag.
Disregarding the food, the Lamb would be a good pub to have a pint with a couple friends. That is, if you can find a comfortable seat.
You have a lovely dinner and think that it would be nice to go to a bar nearby. If you are coming from Ciao Bella like I was, you decided on coming here to The Lamb. Basically this is because it is literally next door. There are several booths and what seems like a way too over sized bar.
The service is better than what I had expected. Most of the people in there have come for an after dinner drink or live in the area. It isn't too loud, allows for an easy conversation, but will tend to fill up. Again, I blame this on the massive, curvy shaped, odd windowed bar top.
I was waiting for a table at Ciao Bella and was encouraged by the host to come and get a drink at the Lamb. I was assured that he'd come and find us. I was skeptical but followed his advice.
The Lamb has an old man pub look but was chock full of professionals and some tourists. The service was quick but I found their drinks to be a bit on the high side. £4.50 for a pint of Guinness!?! Um, ok. Luckily, the host at Ciao Bella did find us and lead us to our table.
This place was ridiculously busy very early in the week. Managed to find a cramped area to stand in, but no way no how was a seat opening up.
Despite the popularity of the place and the charming olde décor,I can't help but feel that as a pub, this place is living a little on its past glories. It was once one of the most famous pubs in London, built in the 1700s and named after William Lamb who helped improve the delivery of fresh water to the area back in the 16th century. These days I feel it is just an average Young's pub.
Mind you. It is definitely worth visiting at least once, just to see the place and the beer is ok.
We got here on a Friday night around 7:00 and it was HEAVING full. In fact, it was almost impossible to get to the bar. We quickly made friends with an older chap who was on a pub crawl (this was their 8th of the day) and he was well on his way for the evening. He went inside and actually pushed his way to the bar to get us two ales and brought them back out. Nice guy.
If it wasn't for the fact that we were meeting others there and that they had the back area reserved, we wouldn't have stayed but we're glad we did. Honestly it stayed pretty crowded until well after 9:00 when it thinned.
It's a really beautiful pub and it still has those old "snob guard" windows which basically kept the patrons from being engaged by the landlord/barkeeps in the olde tyme days. really wild concept but it was pretty cool looking.
Good ales, good pies, but man, it's crazy busy here.
The Lamb is a nice quiet pub with quite an unusual bar:seating area ratio. There is nothing particularly special about The Lamb, but it is always busy in the evenings, as it serves as a local to Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Barrister's Chambers around it.
The seating areas line the bar area, and make for a cosy atmosphere, but not ideal for large groups. Even in the winter you can find people drinking outside, many of them waiting for a table at Ciao Bella next door.
The staff are friendly and service is usually quick. There is a fairly good selection of drinks, with nothing particularly unusual. Overall I would recommend The Lamb for a quiet night out with friends, if you live or work near here, it makes a pretty good local.
The Lamb is small pub on the end of Lambs Conduit Street; an interesting street with lots of independent stores.
The pub, as people have mentioned, has quite an unusual bar, which can make you feel as though you are ordering your drinks through the railings of a staircase. Nonetheless, they do have a good selection of beers and the staff are polite and helpful. Yet, what the pub definitely has in character it also loses due to the odd seating which can make it hard to relax.
Dating back to 1720, the grade-II listed historic, U-shaped pub is owned by Young's, and has a spectacularly well-preserved Victorian interior, complete with 'snob screens' on the bar, beautiful etched glass decoration and lots of polished wood.
Snob screens were essentially a way of ordering your drinks at the bar without being seen by the clientele opposite - usually so the upper classes could not be seen by their servants. The small rectangular opague glass panels can be closed to provide complete privacy, or swivelled to talk to the bar staff. The screens run the length of the U-shaped bar.
As well as the Young's range, they have other real-ales on tap too (six hand-pumps) and last night included the wonderful Deuchars IPA, beautifully kept. Nectar. The clientele are a mixed crowd of locals, students, office workers and tourists, but it is very friendly, and service is good (once you get the hang of the screens). It's often very busy.
The pub name (and the street) recall the philanthropist William Lamb, who paid for the fresh water conduit to be repaired in 1577.
This is a great pub on one of my favourite streets in all of London. Unfortunately, it's not quite close enough for me to consider it my local but luckily is within walking distance of my flat. And it's a Young's pub too! it seems the longer I live in the UK the more I appreciate Young's beer and their pubs!
And Lamb's Conduit is such an awesome street. Great little independent shops, a couple of nice restaurants and cafes and just a general feel of London-ness that sadly seems to be vanishing! Go support the shops on Lamb's Conduit and drink at The Lamb.
UPDATE - Went back, had a couple of drinks. I like it here, but I'm not sure that it's really changed my opinion. Good wine, very very very busy after work. But still a great pub. I hear there's a room upstairs, if they open that then it might clear out a bit. UPDATE
This is a great little pub. Unfortunately, I didn't get to spend nearly enough time here. We arrived here fairly late in the evening to meet some friends, but by the time we got here we were all pretty tired so didn't feel like a drink!
So instead, you get to find out my first impressions of the pub, I'll update after I've gone back.
This seems to be the perfect pub actually. Not absolutely packed, but not completely empty so there was still a little bit of a buzz. I liked the layout, and the huge bar with its funny spinny windows. It felt like a local pub, but still a bit classy as well. Quite typical of Lamb's conduit street I guess.
I'm a fan, despite not having a drink here! I'll be back next week
This is one of my favorite London pubs, altho I have much more research to do on this topic. I don't disagree with the other reviewers' complaints, but after a pint of bitter, I become more tolerant.
In particular I recall The Lamb having very satisfactory pub grub for lunch. "Filling" is the key word here. Nothing fancy or gourmet.
This is a bit out of the way for tourists, but it fills up with local workers at lunchtime.
Nice pub that's great to take out of town friends to if they want to see what a traditional London boozer looks like, as sadly there are few of them around now.
It's small & cosy and the upstairs room is even smaller and cosier. They stock a good range of Young's beer, including the very nice Kew Beer, which considering I live in Kew is actually only sold in about two pubs in Kew.
Feels Dickensian and I imagine would be a fantastic place to have a good old fashioned lock in.
I gave four stars because this place was a short stumble away from my apartment, I went there often, they had good music, and the tenders were friendly and knew us all by name.
Here's an example of how awesome the live music is: one night, they've got this Irish band playing old folk tunes (I'm assuming), fiddles and all... when all of a sudden, the singer busts out Wonderwall. It was AMAZING.
They serve a really kickass cider here although I can't remember the name of it.. go figure.
A very decent pub in Lamb's Conduit Street, with a good range of beers, a little beer 'garden' out the back, and a lovely picture of the Queen mother pulling a pint. Whether she was actually pulling it in the Lamb is unconfirmed.
The Lamb is a Young's pub, so you'll find a range of Youngs beers - young's bitter, young's special, waggle dance, etc. The drinks are reasonably pricey - about £3 a pint, but this is London, and you just have to take it or move to one of those cheap, beautiful European cities with good weather, good food, beautiful women, etc. Erm, that could be a good idea!
Anyway, they also do food, which I haven't tried, and it's nice to stand outside on a warm night. Definitely worth a visit.
This pretty little pub took some finding - it's tucked away in a warren of back streets in Covent Garden. But once you find it you are in for a real treat! As other posters have said, there are so many original features to gaze upon whilst you drink something from the good choice of real ales and beers - the choices are different, for example there are Japanese lagers on tap - and this may be why it's a little more pricey.
The food here is quite OK, but I'm more likely to come here for a drink and a bowl of nuts than a meal, there are plenty of proper restaurants in the area to choose from if you want a feed. The place can be very, very busy but you are pretty likely to be able to find a nice table or at the very least there's a nice original bar to rest your pints on.
Well worth a visit!
My my. What a great, busy little pub we have here.
The Lamb serves a good array of drinks and, when I visited at least, was absolutely rammed - however, not so busy that I wanted to end my own life. No, it was a pleasing hive of drinking indeed.
The decor is very old-fashioned, lo-and-behold, included the much talked about 'snob screens', which you can close if you don't want to look at someone's putrid face or whatever it is you're supposed to do with them.
I spied the brass-plate music making device (just by the front door) but alas, didn't get the chance to have a go on it.
That said, I do intend visiting again and having a play with it... that's if the world-weary bar-staff can muster up enough enthusiasm to talk to me beyond dealing with a drinks order.
There's a decent little beer garden out back which doesn't sit many, but a welcome spot for the smokers amongst you.
The Lamb is in a lovely bit of London which is very pleasing on the eye indeed. I nearly laughed when, on exiting Russell Square tube, I was greeted with a shower of blossom from a nearby tree.
Anyway, this is a fine, fine pub that you should hunt out for at least one drink... and we all know that going out 'for one' ends up in people drinking themselves under the table.
It'd be worth booking a table though.
I met friends at The Lamb for drinks on a Wednesday. My friends go to The Lamb regularly (about once a month), but it was my first time there. I liked it just fine---I didn't love it, but I liked it.
It was crowded when I arrived at about 7:30, although we did manage to find a table relatively quickly. (We lucked out that someone was leaving.) It stayed crowded while we were there (until about 10:30), although it thinned out just a bit around the bar. I liked the crowd: a nice mix of ages, and definitely locals, not tourists. The pub is nice inside, although I find the "snob glass" (or whatever you call it) at the bar quite annoying when trying to order a drink. I had cider--wish I could remember the name of it!
All in all, a nice enough pub, and I'll go back if my friends choose. Not my first choice, but good for a pint or two.
A proper pub, with proper beer, a proper atmosphere on a proper street.
Superlatives aside, this pub is all that I want from a boozer. The staff were also very knowledgeable and friendly upon my visit. It's a shame I can't go there more often, but I will certainly return.
We went on a Friday evening and the place was reasonably full but not so much that we couldn't find a table. Decent beer with an averagely mainstream ale selection (6 hand pumps or so, Youngs pub so usual Youngs beers plus a guest ale or two). Tired Victorian decor lets this place down a bit. Wouldn't particularly come out of my way to come here
I quite like the interesting interior design and all sorts this pub has to offer; good selection of beer, quick service, fair enough priceyou name it. The small cat flap windows around the bar did entertain me and fasten the service a bit. Close it when you don't want anything and open it when you want something, that's how it worked for me.
One thing that made me feel unlucky was the gent's room, it was way too stinky, I can smell it from where I sat which was metres away. I don't know if the cleaner was on sick leave that day or it's just the way it is.
Great traditional pub in Lamb's Conduit whch is a pretty quiet and quaint area easily reachable on foot from Russell Square tube.
Inside all the old glass screens are still at the bar and the walls are covered in old photos and other paraphenalia. There are a good selectons of pub foods and snacks such as steak sandwiches on offer and a great selections of beers and ales.
A good place to stop in for a relaxing drink after work (if you beat the crowds).
A good place to visit.
Proper traditional London boozer, a nice picture of the Queen mum pulling a pint on the wall, lovely decor, good beer.
Great pub in the center of London It's on a perfect little street in Bloomsbury and all old-fashioned decor and pints. Friendly staff and an electic mix of 'locals' (let your imagination work out just how eccentric most of the people who can afford to live in this desirable area can be), tourists and UCL students from nearby halls.
It's not bad price unless you drink spirits but the down side of this place is the food - this is a Young's brewery pub after all, guaranteeing good bitter but average (and expensive) meals.
One of the local pubs in my area, this is a really fantastic and traditional place. Complete with wood, comfy and slightly worn sofas and plenty of cozy spots to sit in
The staff are friendly and chatty, always around to spend time and give advice.
Drinks are reasonable and there are some delicious ales here, british classics and foreign imports all served on tap in big, foaming glasses. Waggledance is a personal favourite
There are plenty of bar snacks to keep you going, and a bowl of salty chips usually hits the spot.
This is a lovely area with independant retailers and true community spirit and when you're drinking here, you feel part of a community - something which is lacking in many parts of london i feel.
Go and try the great ales and see the shops along this quaint little street.
Simple boozer. But would like to see a little more variety.
Off the beaten track which makes it a little more worthwhile, but not worth going out of your way for.
And... you don't come here for the food.
Great little pub, very handy for when you drop wife off at Holborn Police station for work (barrister) and I can relax at non smoking pub with great ale while she earns us lots of money. Lol.
Recommened to everyone.
We hired the upstairs room at the Lamb and they were brilliant most of the time - £50 for the evening including bar staff Most of the time they were super helpful and really happy to have us but then there were brief moments of "oh well we were only meant to staff the bar until 9pm but I thought I'd stay until 11pm", when we'd been told we had the staff until 11. Also, they got funny about us having to room moved back and everyone out by 11pm but then when we started to do it the staff were lovely and said it was fine and they were happy to do it. Odd!
The food is great though - especially the wedges, nice solid pub grub.
The Lamb is a decent pub, ran by some very decent people. I don't think they have done themselves any favours however with the layout and the prices of their food. The choice on the menu is limited and way overpriced, and getting a seat is near impossible. The bar is completly surrounded by a glass screen of sorts and makes for a very unusual look. I was discomforted by it! Very narrow gap between seating and bar as well.. the physical deficiencies of this pub has to count against it and I wouldn't advise you to go there.
Don't know how I've not reviewed The Lamb really, perhaps my thoughts were erased by the powers that be for over enthusiasm? Anyway, it's a very nice place frequented by the fellows of the mathematics department at UCL, so you'll never be short of a spot of vortex-chat over a pint of special. The food isn't bad either, I'm led to believe.
Marvellous little pub, and tucked away off the main road, so can't be found except by those who know where it is (in the manner of the treasure island in Pirates of the Caribbean). With a lovely old-fashioned feel to the pub, the dark wood and homely surroundings make for a wonderful atmosphere. Drinks are reasonably priced, and unless it's a Friday night, you can usually get a seat. A great place to take someone on a first date, to impress them with your knowledge of good places in London!
Lovely traditional pub which often seems to be rammed despite being slightly off the beaten track. The best bit is the Victorian jukebox which plays tinkly music off a copper disc with holes punched in it. Ask the barstaff for a token to make it work - I think there's a nominal payment but it's worth it just to see the thing in action.
Really nice pub located next door to a fantastic restaurant, so ideal for a night out with friends. It's normally busy in the evenings after work, but rarely reaches the point of being uncomfortably crowded. Good selection of beers (even if mine was a bit warmer than I'd have liked) and not extortionately priced.
One of my favourite pubs in London. Well kept beers, beautiful interior and nice staff. I have nothing to say except it's a must if you're in the area. Delightful.
A good quality Youngs pub in a quiet Bloomsbury road. It takes a little finding if you're coming from Holborn but easier from Russell Square.
Ale selection is fantastic, as is the decor - very little has changed over the years, and the bar is fantastic - however there probably isn't much room to move for the staff!
Food service was a little slow and a little pricey for the quantity. One order from our group of 10 was taken wrongly and took 45 minutes to rectify!
However if you're on an ale trail or looking for characterful pubs, pop in for a quick one - it shouldn't disappoint with the beer.
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