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!
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!
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.
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.
food is average and so is service
interior design a plus
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