This is a reliable spot for a beer in the square mile. While possessing of almost all of the downsides of a pub in the city, on both recent visits my companions and I have managed to find space to stand or even sit, which was a most unexpected but no unwelcome surprise!
On my first visit I enjoyed an unusual but tasty beer from Stewart Brewing called Zymic. The second visit was during their spring beer festival so there were a handful of interesting choices available.
Service here is indifferent, but they have enough beer on tap and it's a very convenient place to meet up.
It's very traditional old London inside and gets packed at leaving the office before the train times.
They have awnings outside with heaters and sensibly wide window sills for booze restage where smokers can congregate for a sneaky fag and be pestered by local beggars and displaced Whitchapel nutters.
As others have mentioned, more a place to meet up than to stay.
If you happen to be along Liverpool Street, meeting friends after work or waiting for a train, this traders pub is not bad for a quick drink. Surprisingly it's not just full of city types and there's a smart, yet informal atmosphere inside that is definitely preferable to some of the bars along here. We usually pop in as a last minute decision, often to wait for people in the group who are late meeting us before we all head off to somewhere more our style along Brick Lane.
It's a pretty traditional pub (all dark brown wood and studded seats) so has a fair list of beers and ales and the bar staff have always been welcoming and quick to serve us. Upstairs is the eating area where I once had fairly good sausages and mash for only £5.95.
If you're standing outside, look along the side of the wooden frames where you can find little buttons that activate the mini heaters overhead.
Good place to meet up, Nice beer, I love the Landlord Bitter.
They just taken the TV's out so there's no sport anymore,
with this the music has got louder, so get close if you need to talk.
Woodin's is a perfect place to meet friends at the beginning of an evening as it's really close to Liverpool Street Station. It's usually full of the city types but don't let this put you off.
It's a pretty big place with a couple of floors, the first floor has a couple of pool tables, and there's plenty of traditional English pub seating. There's a Victorian style to this old boozer with plenty of beers on offer. It's not somewhere I'd choose to stay all night but it's a good place to start and if you like your sport it's a great venue to watch football or rugby with their huge screen.
Why do pubs insist on playing kids music way too loud to adults? We had to leave, which was a pity as the Adnams Ghost Ship was in great condition.
Bar-man's reaction on being asked to turn the music down a bit, was to turn it up. Won't be back.
I went in here with a small group of people at the end of a walking tour on a quiet weekday evening and found the apparent manager very inhospitable. I had one drink of unchilled white wine, not medium dry like I'd asked but sweet, his English wasn't good.
The whole place is quite soulless and has got the air of just another chain pub. Not a very nice place at all, but at least in leaving this depressing pub, we were to discover the altogether more friendly and welcoming surroundings of 'Dirty Dicks next door. Verdict give the Woodins Shades a wide birth and go to Dirty Dicks instead!
Worst bar with rude workers I've been to in uk. I will never come back. Not enough seats and just rude!
Coming through hell and high water (rain), I staggered into this pub dripping water copiously onto the polished, gripless floor (I say gripless because I was scrabbling like a monkey to lift myself into one of the stalls because of my soaking shoe soles.) The music playing was soft and gentle, exactly matching my mood as I watched rain pound the streets of London. This pub is pretty damn large - from the outside it covers a large corner and has two floors - a pub on the bottom and an eating area upstairs. Maybe I overrate this pub because it was where I sought refuge but after an ice cold pint of Stella, I felt that I had found an excellent little haunt. Recommended, and just three minutes to the left outside Liverpool Street Station.
A decent pub in a good location that offers a wide range of beers and some pretty good food. I have stopped in a few times with friends for a quick pint or two and thought I would return to try some food. My friend and I both had one of the 'Sausag and mash' meals on offer and my cumberland sausage variant was pretty good for about £6ish. The beer (Timothy Taylors Landlord) was well kept and tasty.
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