This is an excellent pub in a good location on Grays Inn Road.
It has a large airy room downstairs, a function/meeting room upstairs and does lunch seven days a week and dinner every night except Sunday.
I visited this pub on Sunday for lunch, having been tipped off to arrive early which puzzled me. Got there at 12.00 and was welcomed warmly by the barman, and noticed that in old traditional London fashion there was a range of free nibbles for customers on the bar, including seafood, chorizo and cheese and biscuits which is a brilliant touch or a free appetizer depending on your point of view.
I ordered a pint of Carlsberg which was ice cold and hit the spot on a scorching day. I noticed there was a full range of other beers on tap, as well as a large selection of bottled beers. There was a great atmosphere with funny banter between a load of locals and we loved the fact that it was dog friendly with the couple of canines in being completely spoiled by a really sweet lady giving them treats.
Onto treats for the human customers now, and I have to say the Sunday lunch was one of them. For the incredible price of £6 we could choose between Roast Pork or Roast Chicken, so we had one of each. Both were excellent - three generous slices of lean Roast Pork was served with a delicious sweetcorn fritter, and a tender half roast chicken was juicy and succulent. They were served with crunchy roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables including red cabbage which was unusual and delicious - one slight criticism no desserts, maybe there is not the demand.
This for me is what an excellent local is all about - friendly polite staff who know their customers, a nice landlord, great food and a fine selection of drinks. People new to the pub who attempted conversation with the regulars were welcomed into it, and in a couple of cases were still there when we left. This pub seems to be at the heart of the community and long may it continue
First of all the food - there is a set menu of gammon and scampi that type of thing. Where this pub excels though are the home made specials on the board. They are always varied, always exceptional and delicious - favourites include the salmon and prawn fishcakes, the chicken and ham pie, and on a Friday they do great fish and chips. Incredible value.
Next up the drink - they do a good range of real ales and lagers, plus Meantime which is great. There is a good selection of wines, and soft drinks as well. Prices are pretty reasonable.
The atmosphere - as has been mentioned earlier, this is very much a local pub at the centre of the community. A lot of my colleagues drink here post work and there is a great atmosphere, with generally friendly locals engaging in fun banter. Bar staff are OK - they do their job and thats it, the owner seems like a nice bloke though.
There are no Sky Sports or music, which personally I like, but they have Sky News on in the background. Upon entering it genuinely does look like you have entered a time warp, very 70's decor, but don't let that put you off, its a good place.
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Russell Square 0.4 miles
Kings Cross Thameslink 0.4 miles
Chancery Lane 0.5 miles
Kings Cross St. Pancras 0.5 miles
St Pancras 0.5 miles
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