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1 Pakenham Street, London WC1X 0LA
This is a pub behind the massive Mount Pleasant sorting office, and indeed used to be known as the Postie’s pub.
Upon entering you’re greeted with a big bar in the centre of the room. They serve a great selection of real ales, for which they have a Casque Marque certificate – Doombar was on offer as well as two others. Lager wise its the usual Fosters, Kronenberg,et al. There’s also a great selection of wines.
We were greeted by a tall friendly barman, who was polite friendly, and actually asked us how we were, rather than the usual neanderthal grunt that one expects in London pubs.
We tried the Sunday lunch, food wise, which was brilliant. Succulent slices of roast beef served in a massive Yorkshire pudding, served with lashings of gravy, roast potatoes, carrots, and green beans, there was a side of Horseradish sauce. My partner had the Roast Chicken, which was massive, with 2 yorkshires, and the same trimmings. Both meals were outstanding, and competitively priced.
This is a hidden gem on a London back street, and well worth a visit, really enjoyed it
45 Mount Pleasant, Farringdon, London WC1X 0AE
Now under new management, and quite a transformation.
I’ve lived in the area for ten years, and quite frankly avoided it like the plague. In the past it had a terrible reputation, with a very dodgy clientele, constant breaches of the licence, and a reputation for being a place where you could purchase things other than drink.
Now completely changed, and is amazing.
The bar now serves the cheapest bottle of Sauvignon in the area, and its great, as well as some better and obviously more expensive options. There’s a great selection of beers on draught, including Peroni. The pub inside is immaculate, staff are attentive and polite, and actually talk to the customers. Music plays, but you can actually hear yourself think.
The food menu has been transformed, instead of deep fried, microwaved and chips which it was in the past, it now offers great traditional favourites, as well as healthy salad and snacks. Some great vegetarian alternatives as well. Loved the Roast Beef wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding.
Well done to the new management, its now back on our list of regulars, and will definitely be returning
2 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PN
A nice pub that has had a bit of a chequered history in recent times, but seems to have put that firmly in the past.
The first thing you notice when you enter are the cosy booths, and the noce lighting. The bar serves a wide range of beers and wines – the house white isn’t great for the price in my opinion, but there are some nicer ones that are slightly more expensive.
Staff are very friendly, and know their product (it was a staff member who made the wine suggestion).
A mainly media/office staff crowd gives the bar a nice buzzy atmosphere, Friday night was absolutely nuts.
Tried the food, they seem to have got their act together, good selection of homecooked foods at competitive prices. They take that Taste card as well.
A really nice atmosphere, and an overall good experience.
66 Acton Street, King's Cross, London WC1X 9NB
Visited this pub last night, on the basis of the reviews on here, and checking the pub out on Twitter, come on Down tonight for some quality Stand Up Comedy from 8pm with Tom Webb’s Party Piece
Started great – nice relaxing atmosphere, really friendly bar staff, which as other reviewers have stated is so unusual in London. What was great as well, was that there a two blokes with two cutes dogs that they let us play with, the perfect antidote to a really stressful day. Looked round and there were great platters of food being served, lots of cheeses, and cold meats, and what looked like amazing pork pies. It was raining outside, so we settled down for what we thought would be a relaxing few hours before we had to get back to our hotel.
Then it all went horribly wrong…..
We noticed on Twitter that there was a comedy night on, which we thought might be interesting.
At about 8.15 a small bloke got up on the stage and announced it was an open mike, and would be starting in ten minutes. At that stage people started to leave, which should have given us the message. It was raining outside, so we thought we’d give it a chance.
Ten minutes later Tom Webb, if that was his name got on stage. He started the evening by picking on several members of the audience, in the worst school bully type of way. The guys with the dogs were first – he didn’t get the message that they weren’t interested, and carried on, all pretty offensive stuff, littered with f words. Next he picked on a couple who were sat behind him, who again weren’t interested, again didn’t get the message that they ween’t interested, chucked in a couple of racist gags (they were Scottish which he loved!), next came a couple on holiday, again Scottish, the guy was a bigger guy – the guy on stage was in 7th Heaven and didn’t let up. All straight from the playground, and not particularly pleasant or at all funny – and here’s me thinking Bernard Manning was dead!
Then the acts started appearing, girl number one failed to raise a single laugh, forgot her lines, forgot the punchline, and actually seemed like she had just walked off the street and decided to be a standup. It was pretty cringeworthy and she stumbled off.
Tom Webb returned to the stage, and started by picking on his three victims again, who were so uninterested he didn’t get the message. The larger Scottish guy made the mistake of answering him back, it was at this stage that I realised the significance of the ‘and friends’ bits – the ‘and friends’ were the rest of the small audience, who were obviously there to suckle at the teat of the master (Webb), as they were the only ones who laughed at his attempts at humour.
He then gave us a preview of one of his brand new Edinburgh gags, which was a drawn out story about his reaction when his neighbour put up a sign saying Polite Notice – No Junk Mail. Needless to say the only people who laughed were the ‘and friends’ which he took to mean the whole audience – chuck in some f words, some more baiting his victims in a pretty offensive way, and a pattern was starting to form.
Act number 2 – main gag involved the comic recanting a number of family stories as a preview of his Edinburgh act, the silence at the gags was deafening….
More from Webb now, equally unfunny gags, couple of his victims were so brassed off at this stage they left, leaving the large Scottish guy as his only victim, at which time the victims sexual prowess was called into question, littered with the f word – classy. Other open mikers were actually writing their scripts as the others were performing.
Acts 3 and 4 were equally dismally received, at this stage it became obvious what was going on, the purpose of the ‘and friends’ were to make Webb, who appeared on stage longer than them, seem brilliant, as they were so bad. Luckily we were at the back, so he left us alone. By the end of Act 4, we’d had enough and left Webb and his band of followers to it, as the rain had stopped. We’d have left much earlier if we weren’t going to get drenched.
In conclusion, the other reviews are spot on, the pub on its own would get a 4 or 5 / 5 review no problem, it is a refreshing oasis in the middle of town, however in my opinion, encouraging such banal, offensive, and quite frankly unfunny events as last night, will drive customers away from the place and keep them away, unless like last night, the other option was to get drenched. We’ll be avoiding the place like the plague on a Tuesday from now on – a comedy night is a great idea, only problem is that well. it needs to be funny, and not hosted by someone out of the dark ages….. You’re better than this….
26a Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7DG
A strange shop.
Pretty uninterested staff, selection of wine that was very overpriced - most of it can be ordered on line and miles cheaper.
Like to support local stores where I can, but there's a difference between supporting and being fleeced.
10-11 King Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LA
This once welcoming store is now like a poundshop, very very disappointing
Bransty Row, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7XE
This place has really made an effort and improved - staff much friendlier, but get flustered when busy, which it usually is.
21 Duke Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7ET
Nice relaxing atmosphere, good selection of drinks, great live music
8 West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LR
Great selection of food, slightly over priced, but excellent quality
67 Market Place, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7JG
Fantastic, like stepping back in time.
Haven't had hot Vimto since I was a kid, proper chips which were ace, and good fish
Haven't been there for 15 years, next visit will be a lot sooner.