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Black Friar, The
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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
174 Queen Victoria Street
, EC4V 4EG
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 (0)20 7236 5474
Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00 Mon-Thurs; 11:00-23:30 Fri; 11:00-23:30 Sat; 12:00-22:30 Sun
Tube: Blackfriars (0.0 miles) - Circle, District (Zone 1); St. Paul's (0.3 miles) - Central (Zone 1)
(Place added by: texashammer on 02-14-2006)
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| Reviews: 12
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Very popular pub near the Thames. This seems to be a local for the Fleet Street business types. The crowd doesn't vary from it much aside from a few tourists.
The decor is the most noticeable thing. There's stained glass pictures, wood carvings and mosaics mostly to do with monks from which the place gets its name.
The building itself is quite unique, being that it's in a triangle shape due to it being the only standing part of a larger structure that no longer remains. It's not a big place, so it gets crowded inside. Luckily they have a little beer garden outside.
When I stopped in I got a Fuller's London Pride and and Timothy Taylor's Landlord. Both were decent. There was a weird puke like smell in the air, which I doubt is a regular feature.
This is a great Fleet Street and et cetera pub crawler, especially if you're looking to do a themed crawl on interesting/historic pubs.
05-02-2006 05:22:52 |
More by JayTheFinn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
this a truly beautiful and historic bar, both inside and out. it's in a bizarre triangular building pointing out toward the Black Friar Bridge. inside, lots of polished marble and wood, tiny marble pillars forming little private-feeling areas, carvings, mirrors, and clever phrases along the ceiling. a very interesting space, which is why I initially insisted on drinking there, but it turns out they have some good beers, and 4-6 casks. I drank a Titanic IPA (very good) and the elderly Brit behind me sagely remarked, "ah, Titanic. two, and you go down." the bar staff was a disappointment -- I asked about one of the casks, whose pump clip was not informative, and he said, "uh, I think it's an ale." well, yes. then I requested the IPA, and he said they didn't have one. I had to walk him over to the cask and show him. also I remember seeing London Pride (Fuller's) and Old Speckled Hen casks. saw a food menu but didn't eat. so, overall, I had a nice time in this lovely space with some good beer, but be prepared to fend for yourself with the flunky at the bar.
02-17-2006 14:01:48 |
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