Traditional dark wood decoration, a beautiful elliptical staircase and three eclectic floors to fit 'em all! Great food and rare ales!
On a Sunday evening it was packed, but being relatively big we were seated immediately on the top floor. This time we didn't try any of the ales, since we all opted for a pint of our beloved Guinness, however we thoroughly examined the menu and finally chose the 'Iberian Black Pig and Apple Burger'.
A juicy burger yet not drowned that lets you taste all the flavours equally with none of them overlapping the other. Chips, BBQ sauce and ketchup for the side.
Price-wise it was £10 for the burger and approximately £4.50 for the pint.
- Excellent atmosphere, decoration, vibes.
- Seated immediately with no queuing.
- Very friendly staff!
- Dinner served in a very narrow dark-wooden board instead of a plate that could not hold any crumbs from the bun. Definitely place your paper towel on your knees!
I visited this pub last September 2013 prior to watching Wicked the musical.
We arrived around 5:30 on a Thursday evening barely escaping post-work rush hour near Bond Street station. The pub was pretty packed, but we were able to get a table for 5 upstairs. Our server greeted us right away. First we ordered drinks which took 15-20 minutes to reach our table...then food....another 30 minutes.
All I can say is that the drinks were great, but the food and service was mediocre. Stick to the drinks and you'll leave happy!
"You know what sounds lovely right about now?"
"I don't know, what sounds lovely right about now?"
"Why a Magners and some Bangers and Mash of course!"
"Oh my, what a brilliant idea!! Let's go!!"
If I could count the number of times that line of dialogue has been exchanged between the roomie and I since I landed in London, well, I would need higher math skills than the American Educational System graced me with.
We LOVE this pub. In fact, we have deemed it "Our Pub" and while we will let some of you come and visit, just know that if we walk in and you are seated at our back table, well, heads are gonna roll! Kidding :)
One of the things we love about this place is the Magners... of course. True you can buy those at just about any Sainsbury's, but this was the first place I ever tried one, so it holds the fun memory. This is also a fave because of the numerous pubs we've touristed it up at, this one has the best bangers n mash around. I think it's the onion gravy here that really makes it sing. Deelish!
Another bonus to this pub is that downstairs they have the champagne bar and it is awesome. True, I have only peeped through the bars when it was closed, but I have it on good authority that it is a fun time. It's only open Thursday through Sunday though, so plan accordingly.
All in all, it's a fantastic little stop off while tooling around Christopher's Place and getting your shop on. Check it out, you won't be sorry!
To celebrate my wonderful friend Jo's birthday, we all decided to meet up for dinner and drinks. Bond Street was chosen as central to us all and a time was set. Good start to the planning.
Of course, Jo was running late. So myself and a friend Leanne wandered around looking for a pub to relax in whilst waiting for the fashionably late birthday girl. We found this place, just the right level of crowded for Friday 7pm, where you feel the buzz and the atmosphere but without having to trample over coats, bags and small people to be served at the bar.
We only ordered drinks here (heard the food can be good too though) and set about looking for a table. Exploring downstairs we found the cellar bar, with cool little alcoves and tables, chairs, sofas of all shapes and sizes dotted around the place. The room has a cosy, warm feeling, always good considering the pouring rain outside. Nice and spacious with a good selection of drinks, we were served quickly by friendly staff and settled in to wait for the birthday girl. She did arrive so the evening, whilst delayed, was by no means over! And this place was a good start to forget about work for 3 days - although seeing friends that you haven't caught up with for while naturally leads to job talk.. Why do we do that?!
Craving some Bangers and Mash? Perhaps Toad in a Hole? And how about a nibble of Spotted Dick afterwards? As the menu ironically suggests, one naturally follows the other just as they do in the real world. However, their culinary versions are much more, um, tasteful than their post-rave equivalents.
I'll tell ya, I will happily shove some bangers in my mouth followed by the obligatory mash if they are of the Pontefract Castle variety.
Tastelessness aside, the downstairs champagne bar is what keeps me coming back for more. Adding bubbles to the spanish inspired archways, low ceilings and dim golden lighting makes for an exceptionally romantic atmosphere, the perfect beginning to a long night out, or an intimate celebration with close friends.
Definitely a fun place to grab a beer and relax. I went here to have a couple drinks after dinner and had a great time (how can you not have a great time with drinks in London?). It was my birthday and since it was our 2nd night in London we decided to stick close to our hotel (Mandeville) in case we got just a little bit shit faced. Which for my part was both epic and less than super amazing.
Since I was visiting London from the US, my friend and I decided to try all the different beers that were available. The barkeep was super friendly, answering all our questions and kept us entertained for a good while. He did laugh when my friend accidentally ordered a strawberry flavored beer, while i ordered a pint of ale (yeah beer makes me happy). I am proud to say that I was able to try 5 beers that I've never heard of, not that surprising since I'm no beer connoisseur.
The interior is what you would expect of a pub, scattered high-top tables and a bit dark. The music was pretty loud, but not so loud you couldn't hear the person next to you. There's a stairwell that leads up, but I don't know to where. Being in heels I was determined to stay on terra firma thank you very much.
If the pub isn't in your area then have no fear. It's just a block away from Oxford St and incredibly close to the Bond St tube station.
I didn't get to try the food, but it did look tasty, especially after a couple of rounds of beer.
After a long day of walking all over London, a cold beer was exactly what the doctor ordered. Did it hit the spot? Hell yes. Will I be back? If I can help it, yes!...but not on a Sunday -- maybe during the work week!
Everyone knows that pubs in London are more about drinking than eating, however, this was one of the most pleasant surprises on a recent visit regarding their food.
Just 2 simple appetizers, the ribs and breaded mushrooms (about 4 pounds each) were really some of the best food I've had in London, in this price range. The meat on the ribs "fell from the bone" as they say.
I know i'm a little daft for going on about it, but it was a pleasant surprise.
If I had more time, I would have surely tried the ample and clean looking Fish & Chips which I witnessed heading to another table. Decent happy hour deals and easy to find, with upstairs seating and a fun slot machine like gambling machine, which took me for 5 pounds. They guys at the bar were attentive and helpful.
I've been in here a few times over the last 2-3 years, and it is really variable - it used to be one of the best pubs around to get a good pie and a pint for lunch, but has definitely gone downhill.
I phoned up to book a table at the Pontefract Castle at about midday for half past (I know it is short notice, but it's a pub!). I was told by an extremely miserable bloke that I should have given them more warning, but they could squeeze us in. If there is no room, just say so. Otherwise shut up and be grateful for our business.
Food then took more than 45 minutes to arrive and it was a disaster. The steak was extremely poor quality (not so much meat on it) and cold.
The vegetables were entirely missed off one dish and those that did arrive were brown. When we complained about the vegetables we were provided with more (marginally less brown) and told that it was the supplier's fault. No gravy on the pie, other dishes coming out cold and congealed - a disgrace. Needless to say we didn't leave a tip and will not be going back again.
Excellent pub atmosphere. The music is occasionally pop-y, but is never obnoxious and usually very good. Although nearly every male on the first floor wears a blazer, take the spiral staircase to the other two levels and the clientele is a bit more relaxed.
The food is excellent and reasonably priced. But be warned, it can be a very long wait. My personal recommendation is the wild boar and apple sausages. Well worth the calories.
Beer selection is great and the barkeeps are very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions.
Fun pub around the corner from my work (which explains the blazers, Ann L!). This was the first pub I went to after touching down on UK soil & I had a fun time.
Good pours, a wide selection & you can hang out on the ground floor, up the spiral staircase, or go downstairs to the wine cellar for a more intimate experience. I fancy the wine cellar, but would probably go for a date or w/ a gf to catch up! Another wine cellar in the Oxford Circus area is at Selfridges, but who really wants tourists peering through the windows at you & your Pinot Grigio? *shocked face*
You can make reservations for the wine cellar. The bar area gets pretty full & the crowd starts to pile onto Wigmore street (which is always good fun).
Good place, a little on the noisy side, & fun place to drop by.
A great pub for dinner, catching up with someone over a glass of wine, or just having a couple beers with a group of friends. It's a great pub atmosphere as mentioned before, and it's so big that you could get lost. There is the main room, an upstairs lounge area, and a cellar bar that winds into different rooms.
When I went it was quite relaxed but still bustling with energy and noise. If you are in the area and looking for a place to chill out for a bit with a glass or a pint, do stop by.
The finest fish and chips in London?? Apparently, every pub uses one of those signs with a stock photo. Me thinks not!
Fish and chips were bland. Mashed or smashed peas....whatever they're called had a smoky flavor. I asked for ketchup and the guy brings out every single condiment. Hey, are we speaking the same language?
I had two kinds of cider, the strawberry lime and then the berry. I'm not much of a beer drinker so the ciders were a nice alternative.
I also noticed they had some special thing where they added some kind of red syrup to the guineess. I will have to try that next time.
Really nice pub in a great location on Wigmore Street, the quieter road just parallel to Oxford Street. This place attracts a really mixed crowd although in the evenings probably brings in more local office workers than anyone else. The good thing about this though, is that there is a real variety of offices in this area and it's not just suits or people talking about the exchange rate.
Downstairs is the cellar bar and there are low ceilings and big leather sofas to create a much more intimate feel. You might want to reserve something down here on busy days especially if you're in groups which this place is perfect for. They also do a nice variety of shareable bar food - it can take a while to come but is really pretty good once it does. A great option in this bit of London.
The Pontefract Castle is situated a few minutes' walk from Bond Street underground station, via the attractive lanes of St Christopher's Walk. It gets very busy at lunchtimes and after work, but quietens down later in the evening.
Although the exterior is completely traditional, the interior has had something of a makeover: there's a gallery eating area upstairs, accessed via a spiral staircase, and a large Cellar Bar in the basement. My main complaint here is that the layout on the ground floor can make the bar area hard to access when it's busy: if a few people are drinking at the bar, it can be well nigh impossible to get to it. There's also some outdoor seating in summer.
Once you're there, however, there's a good selection of real ales on tap: last night's selection included Sharp's Doom Bar, Nethergate's Dirty Dick, Fuller's London Pride, Timothy Taylor Landlord and St Austell Tribute. Prices are a little high, but then this is prime retail territory.
They also serve food, with the gallery area effectively being a sort of restaurant. The menu looks interesting, if again a little pricey, but we've not eaten here (plenty of others were, though).
Service was very friendly, although I had to ask for a top-up, and then explain what a top-up meant to the willing but perplexed bar staff. Why don't these places train their staff? Still, she delivered with a beautifully pulled pint, once enlightened.
If you've found yourself in the area late at night with that could go for just one more pint feeling, then head here. They stay open until midnight which is just enough time for one more tipple without having to rush for your train at Bond Street.
It's a proper ale pub too which not only means you'll get some decent booze in you, you probably won't be tempted by whiskey shooters of sambuca which always seem like a good idea late at night.
It's a nice pub. I can't remember which brewery it is (it's the one that does Landlord - Timothy Taylor?) but they do a very nice plae ale for £2.90 which is a bargain in my book. Generous sipping before you buy as well.
I'd be temped to spend the whole night in here actually - especially with the upstairs bit up with spiral staircase. It's a good-looking pub with a late license and cheap, decent beer. Staff are friendly and it's within throwing distance of Bond Street Tube.
What more do you want out of a pub?
A well-known pub, very close to Oxford Street, and therefore often very touristy. It has had a refurbishment, which means that it doesn't really feel like a London pub; indeed, many of the guides refer to it as a 'Continental Bar', whatever that is.
The pub now has an upstairs eating area, accessed by a spiral staircase, as well as a deceptively spacious Cellar Bar, which hosts private events from time to time. There are toilets upstairs and downstairs.
As dmj1962 says, staff training could do with a little improvement, but they seem very willing and friendly and the turnover of beer is good enough to keep the offerings in good condition (at least that was the case for what I sampled).
Not the most traditional of venues, but worth knowing about because of the good choice of real ales.
I was over in London for a business trip and happened upon this place. We began with a few drinks and eventually got hungry. On the menu I saw a "Wild Boar Burger." I have never had one of these before, so I figured why not.
It was delicious. Certainly a taste that I had never experienced before and I believe I will be looking to have another soon.
If I travel to the area again, I will certainly give this place another stop.
A very nice Nicholson's pub pretty close to Oxford Circus. The selection is pretty typical for a Nicholson's. On my visit they were featuring the IPA Festival, which was nice. The pub itself is very clean and has three levels. I particularly enjoyed the wrought iron spiral staircase and curved bars that wind around the staircase. Prices are alright, bartenders were fine. Has a normal food menu for a Nicholson's but I didn't have anything. Certainly not one of the premiere beer destinations in London, but a good pub with a charming, dynamic ambiance worth checking out.
For a little bit I lived off of Portman Square, and this was my local spot, if I had one. The upstairs I wasn't wild about, but the wine cellar has a great charm to it... lots of different rooms with a just a touch of a medival feel to it. Great prices on bottles of wine.
This place is great for a bevy after spending a few hours shopping at oxford street and the likes. I have eaten there on two occasions and whilst the food wasn't super it was pub grub. My only gripe on the last visit was my burger fell apart as I picked it up but other than that it was quite tasty and the wait on meal service time was average.
Pretty uninspiring food, but cute pub. Next time I'll just go for a drink and skip the burnt sausages and mash and greasy fish and chips. Nice cloudy cider on tap.
Pretty average London boozer, not inspired to say much else really!
Pricey and unwelcoming boozer on Wigmore Street that has a decent array of real ale beers on offer (I was happy to sample a pint of the Rudgate Ruby Mild) but won't win any prizes for friendliness or value for money.
Great little pub and a firm favourite for a beer at lunch time or after work. It has four floors including a wine cellar type basement complete with its own bar. There's a seating area outside and it's location is perfect at the top of St Christophers Walk and a stones throw from Oxford Street. There's a good range of beers including plenty of real ales and mulled wine/cider in winter. The food is pretty good too.
Pleasant pub on several levels not too far from Oxford Street.
Really friendly barmaid in the afternoon.
Six handpumps with real ale and you are even encouraged to try them before you buy them.
Special: mulled cider.
Made my first visit last weekend to this pub.On the plus side, lots of good ale choices, I thought the food menu was decently extensive and very reasonably priced.Also great location and a good sized boozer.On the negatives, short measures on pints as mentioned already and staff seemed a bit miserable and uninterested. But would definately go back.
an awesome pub to visit! fast, friendly service. i love fish and chips so i decided to try them here. You get a GIANT fillet of fried perfection! It was the best piece of fried fish I have ever had - the batter was light and crispy and the mashed peas were delicious. My only complaint were the soggy fries - but I guess they're supposed to be drenched in vinegar anyway - ha ha!
food is average and so is service
interior design a plus
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