Discovered this pub when looking for somewhere to have a roast dinner on a Sunday whilst in the City. The pub is quite big which is deceiving from outside the front. It has a few different areas including a number of seats outside the back of the pub. It is quite dark inside but must feel very cosy and warm in the winter.
They have a few TVs around the pub, including one outside, which is great for the sunny days when you want to go to the pub but not miss out on watching sport. When I went they were showing premiership football so I think they must have Sky TV or the equivalent.
The drinks selection is good with lots of different ciders and beers. It has nice food and reasonably priced (£9.90 for a roast dinner). They do various different pub grub and desserts.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. Would recommend this pub if in the area as it isn't very touristy.
Restaurant was VERY hot.
The only outdoor seating available would have been surrounded by smokers.
Food was decent - I'm not a huge fan of pub food but I'd say it was all edible and if you're all about this type of food, you might enjoy it.
I have attended Club Reptile at this venue for several years and this is the ONLY reason I would go to this place. Club Reptile is a fun club with a great atmosphere, brilliant music with really terrific promoters and attendees.
I arrived at the last Reptile to find the place full of football fans. The Minories ridiculously rude manager told us that he had cut off the club at the last moment, for what was a dubious reason at best. He ruined our night and the night of a couple of hundred other people and while I'm sure Club Reptile will only be better in a new venue, I will avoid The Minories, like the plague, in the future.
Wow, went to this this place based on reviews in yelp but can't believe how horrible & overpriced it was. Food took over 1 hour to come out and was poorly prepared. Cost was absurd for quality. They served us fries (Chips) with our chicken tikka because they "ran outta rice". Really??? Fries with tikka and how does a place like this run outta rice, especially when it took over 1 hour to prepare. Place was not busy so no excuse there. I would avoid at all costs. First time yelp led us this far astray.
On our trip to London, we were delighted to find out that an old friend from back home was working here! At this very restaurant! We went in once to find her and though she wasn't at work, we enjoyed a lovely lunch of "classic" British fare-- fish and chips!
The portions were hefty, and at 7 pounds a veritable deal, the leftovers were the perfect snack that afternoon.
We went back later and munched on some bar snacks and had a few drinks-- what's better than a Magner's the size of your head? Oh, the yummy snacks they keep in big jars behind the bar. Try them ALL!
The prices were reasonable, and the 7 pound lunch special seems to be the rage much like the $8 lunch special is in Atlanta so... comparably it's a steal!
You order up at the counter, which took us a second to figure out, but the staff was very friendly and not at all impatient with the out of towners who didn't know how it all worked. The atmosphere was very relaxed, they had a few different games on but I honestly didn't notice background noise out of the ordinary, and the fun part is that it's right under the train tracks so you get the clicking and clacking whenever a train comes in!
There are entrances on all sides, and within walking distance of the Tower and several area hotels. We're dying to go back to London, and The Minories will be one of our first stops!
The Minories Pub was just plain bad, like Princess Beatrice's royal disaster of a hat bad.
It was the only thing open late near the Tower Bridge and Tower of London and I was looking to fulfill my obligatory pub experience this being my first time in London. I really wish I had saved it for another time.
I'm not sure what was going on this night but it seemed like they had three staff members to man the entire restaurant and with only a handful of parties I didn't think service would suffer like it did. I've seen turtles move faster than what I witnessed at The Minories. Not to be mean, but I actually had a fat tortoise named "Malcolm" when I was a kid and I'm pretty sure he'd look like Usain Bolt compared to these guys.
When we ordered, we were told that many of the options were unavailable which was a downer already. I ordered their Sunday Roast while Camellia C. had their Pot Pie. I also ordered a pint of cider.
We sat down in one of their rooms which was furnished like an old timey living room complete with leather couches. I will say the pub does try hard to emulate an authentic pub experience but still looks a lot like the Applebee's version of pubs all things considered.
It took what seemed like eternity to finally get our food and by then it arrived lukewarm. The Sunday Roast was as tough as leather. Worse yet, they managed to screw up the Pot Pie order and I had to remind them to bring the cider.
Reminding them about my cider was a recurring event and I was nearly done with my bland roast when I went to the bar to find out what was going on. Mind you there were only three people working so I had spoken to each already about the cider and still they had no clue.
By then, we just wanted to get back to our hotel so I had just a few sips of the cider and got out of there.
Pretty standard, sort of sportif bar to pop in for a pint or two.
Stopped in here before the Jack the Ripper tour in Spitalfields. I'm utterly fascinated by mentally ill sociopaths, apparently.
It's steps from the Tower Hill Tube stop. Pretty good after work crowd, standard fare. Lots of gambling machines, flashing lights and . . . well, it has several varieties of cider, which is fine by me.
Underneath the railway arches near Tower Gateway can be found The Minories. This pub reminds me a bit of a Wetherspoons and although the beer is a bit more expensive than found in that chain, it's still reasonable for the area and they do do (Da doo ron ron ron da doo ron ron) cheap food.
They serve a couple of real ales, but neither seemed in the best condition to be honest and I did hear a couple of vaguely negative comments regarding the food.
I have only been during the summer, but somehow the inside of the bar, without feeling too hot, is a sweaty place.is that humidity or something I guess? The little beer garden is probably the best place to be, despite the comfy looking sofas inside.
In the neighborhood of Tower Hill, to be honest, there aren't a ton of options if you want a genuinely English kind of meal. The nearest pubs are at least a 10 minute walk away, but not The Minories. To be fair, I was a bit apprehensive only because it seemed so big; my little experience in London prior to eating at The Minories had taught me that smaller and obscurer places are generally better for getting a good feel of the neighborhood and occasionally interacting with the locals. Luckily, The Minories is unique and interesting enough to make up for it's possibly-intimidating size.
Built under the DLR line right by Tower Gateway, stepping inside brings to mind the old train stations where one could tuck in to a darker corner and observe the comings and goings of train-farers. The bar offers a great selection of drinks, and a full menu. I tucked into a cider with a barbeque chicken dinner, and was generally impressed. Funnily enough, after several days of limited fruit and veggie intake, I was thrilled, THRILLED I tell you, to discover peas on my plate. The food was good, the portion was larger than most I had encountered (Americans really do eat too much), but not so big that I was overly full. It was tasty, too.
I read some of the other reviews and do agree with some of the critiques mentioned:
1. A real pub is unlikely to have TV unless it was specific for watching football, rugby or cricket. While I did watch some cricket at The Minories, the number of TVs certainly made it feel a bit more like a chain-restaurant.
2. Service is a bit slow; I had a walking tour and cut it fine for making the start time, because things just didn't happen quickly. But, I get the impression that it's tough to combine the restaurant and pub atmosphere, as restaurants generally have full wait staffs whereas pubs do not, leading The Minories to seem a bit understaffed.
Generally though, I enjoyed the atmosphere and experience. The Minories is a bit more restaurant than most pubs, meaning it would be a bit more family friendly, but still has touches of true English pubbery to make it satisfying to most tourists.
I always stop at this pub when I visit London. The servers are friendly and the food is delicious. This visit, I went on a Sunday and had their roast beef with potatoes, vegetables, puff pastry and gravy. It was delectable. My kids enjoyed their meals, and the sticky pudding was a wonderful end to the meal.
I will be back!
There isn't a lot open in the Tower Hill/Aldgate area on a Sunday afternoon, but I wanted to watch Premier League and have a pint. While I typically go to the Three Lords or the Peacock, they were both closed.
While I simply had a pint and watched the match, it was apparent from the tables around me and harried staff the service is only OK. This is the traditional style order at the bar type spot in which one then receives a number to put on the table. The problem seems to be the servers then finding this number. In the course one match I saw no less than 4 mis-delivered dishes and/or deer-in-the-headlights looking servers wandering helplessly while tables waved and shook their numbers. Maybe Sundays are a training day.
The food did look rather nice, and heard a folks nearby express they were happy with their meals. I would guess, based on accents the majority of diners are tourists, while locals were in for a pint and the match. The tourists seemed baffled there are other football clubs beyond United (were it true, who would they play?).
With a good selection of draught beers and cask ales, it is a nice place for a pint. There is a patio in the back and generally does well what a pub should do - serve beer and sport at a reasonable price. While there are other pubs on Minories, this isn't a bad one and definitely friendly for out of town guests.
Nice pub in the vicinity of Tower hill. Pretty big and spacious with many tables. Large screen for watching sports. Very cool decor. The bar is large with a vast selection of beers on draught. I was impressed that there was Tiger and Estrella Damm available on draught. Food was good - large portions. I ordered the 8oz Gammon steak with fried egg, wedges, beer battered onion rings and side of breaded scallops. For dessert I had rich Belgian chocolate brownie with ice cream. Food was spot on. This pub goes underground and you can hear the rumbling of trains running above the pub. Atmosphere is lively and buzzing. Outdoor seating for sunny days. This pub is worth a visit.
They do not understand the meaning of "medium rare" in the UK. Whether this is a remnant of concerns over Mad Cow I do not know, but the burgers are always overcooked. This place was no exception. However, they had great sweet potato fries and a little bit of a (spicy) flavor to their burger. The lunch deal is a cost-effective option in central London. Also, the bar staff definitely got the order right, which seems like something that should be expected, but if one expects that, one may be disappointed at other pubs in London.
Nice atmosphere, and menu..
Didn't have food, but would go back to try some!
Also had a scrumpy cider, which was quite tasty! (7.3 ABV)
Delicious Pub food. Ate there twice this trip as we were staying by the Tower of London, both food and service is nice. The atmosphere is lively and has a great brick arches ceiling as it used to be a bomb shelter during the wars.
Average food, Not bad but not great. The big things this has going for it is location and size.
Went to a goth night there last night, was good! Well laid out and good dance floor. A nice space.
Normal pub. Many big TV-screens. Can get really busy. Big enough (with beergarten) to find a quiet place in most cases.
Choice of drinks OK. Service OK. Mostly busy.
Ah, this was the English breakfast I was hoping for! Nice atmosphere and at a stone's throw from the Tower. Polite service.
Having been past this on the bus on occasions, I for some reason or another wanted to always check this pub out... so last weekend was the time to go and see for myself what this gem could give me. Being under the tower gateway DLR made it loud every 20 min.. this place was larger than it appeared and had all sorts of seating arrangements/layouts as well as lots of tv screens with the football on. It was good but the staff were not that quick or in a hurry to serve. It also took us 50 minutes to get our lunch served (which we were advised was due to a problem in the kitchen - the place wasn't really that busy - which makes me wonder what it would be like on a busy occasion) the food was average so I don't know I would bother ordering any if I go there again (then again places do have "off days" so I would love not to write it off completely). Im sure I will head there again if I am around Tower Hill looking for a screen to watch some rugby! Till then I will keep seeing what other venues are around the area
Normal pub. Warning: Really slow service !!! (You can wait 15min in order to get a pint of beer) Nice burgers and wines selection.
The best 5 pound fish and chips I have had in London. Convenient to the Tower Hill Tube stop.
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