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#1 Elmo

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:04 PM

We spend a lot of energy describing and reviewing the pubs in CP, so I thought I'd change things up and ask where you would recommend going for drinks when in the west end?

I went to the Harp in Covent Garden at lunch, today and it was possibly one of the best pubs I've been to uptown. It was friendly, good range of ales and cider, food over the bar, no music... great! :rolleyes:

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 05:27 PM

Hey, Elmo, that's the pub my husband and I went to the night we got together 10 years ago! Sorry - bit off topic, I know, but you've just brought back some nice memories ...

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:46 AM

I used to go to the Harp a bit myself when I lived in town. I recommend Beaujolais, a lovely wine bar on Litchfield Street near Cambridge Circus. It's a French place (you wouldn't have guessed by the name would you?) with a great wine selection. It does get very busy though.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:06 AM

The Market Porter by Borough Market if that counts as uptown...

The Dovetail near Farringdon.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:22 AM

The Wheatsheaf, a few doors down from The Market Porter, is a real cracker too.
Those Soho pubs which Francis Bacon and co used to frequent are great...Coach and Horses, Dog and Duck, French House etc.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:06 PM

As I work in the City I don't often get to the West End, but I'd do anything to get to the Porterhourse in Covent Garden for a pint of their Oyster Stout!!

In the City, the Counting House on Cornhill is always worth a visit - full range of Fullers' beers and cracking food. And have to agree with Uncle Wilf on the Market Porter!

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:57 PM

The Gallery - Prism - The Ballroom all in in the City
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:09 PM

I've just moved offices to Mayfair so looking forward to trying out the pubs in the area - anyone know of any good ones?

I like the John Snow in Soho - gets very busy though and somewhat smokey (for now!). The Champion off Oxford Street (behind the Plaza) is worth a visit for the amazing stained glass.

I always hear good things about the Chandos nr Charing Cross but I've yet to find excuse to venture inside.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:30 PM

I always hear good things about the Chandos nr Charing Cross but I've yet to find excuse to venture inside.


Chados is ok, but your better off venturing to the Harp that I mentioned earlier - it's just round the corner.

But the Chandos and the John Snow are both run by the excellent Sam Smith's brewery ;)
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:17 AM

The Mitre (in an alleyway off Hatton Garden) and the Jerusalem Tavern (Briton St, Clerkenwell) are two of my favourites.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:27 AM

the Mitre as in the Olde Mitre near Chancery lane? (loved that one)
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:41 AM

Sorry Gekko but I can't agree with beaujolais - great atmosphere but the wine is way over-priced for the quality - very disappointing the guys who own it are all french so they really should do better. Better heading to Gordons down by embankment and snaffling one of the outside tables....

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 11:11 AM

If Clerkenwell is on the cards, then the Three Kings off Clerkenwell Green, and the Sutton Arms on Carthusian St. Also, (although it's more of a wine bar) I have a soft spot for Betjeman's on Cloth Fair.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 02:03 PM

But the Chandos and the John Snow are both run by the excellent Sam Smith's brewery ;)


As is the Champion that I mentioned. I think it specialises in pubs in historic builidings/keeping original settings. They're always proper 'pub' pubs.


The Crown and Two Chairmen on Dean Street in Soho is nice - a bit fancified with candles and sofas and trendy music, but in a pleasing way.


And yes, the Mitre in Hatton Gardens - almost impossible to find but worth it for the cheese toasties. :)