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Lord Moon Of The Mall
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$ - inexpensive
[ Bar, Eatery ]
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 (0)20 7839 7701
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Visited back in the 90's and it was fine, now however (A Saturday afternoon in June 2009) it is not so hot.
Because of its location and the reputation Wetherspoons pubs have for cheapness, don't expect to have a quiet pint in a romantic inglenock, this is a big, robust drinking hall.
Full to the brim with eaters towards the front and the back, so no tables available because of the crowds wanting cheap food and drink, with people waiting for places.
A large party of 30 something year olds who had been in there far too long were so noisey we had to leave, as did plenty of others with children because of the language. We and everyone else who departed were soon replaced by more tourists, Hen parties, Stag groups and a fairly new tradition in London: "Monopoly Drinking".
Yes, groups of drinkers try and 'Do the Monopoly Board' by pubs. There are no pubs on 'Pall Mall' so this bar is used by all doing the game. We counted three different parties doing the rounds, all with their own T'Shirt designs. One group we had already spied drinking at Marylebone Station earlier in the day.
The staff seemed to cope with these sudden influx of thirsty drinkers and managed to keep up with demand (unusual for a Wetherspoons, they normally never have enough staff). Well done to them.
The cask ales my wife and I had were fine and the selection covered a good choice of 8 different handpulls. It was just the mass of humanity and the noise that drove us out.
It's a Wetherspoons, they can all be summed up like this: low priced beer, low priced food, often full of low life people, sorry but true.
06-11-2009 06:33:28 |
More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Impressive large building with plenty of seating throughout, and tables reserved especially for diners at the rear too.
Like many Wetherspoons visited recently the interior seems to be in need of redecorating, and the tables chairs and carpeting showing serious signs of wear and tear, through constant busy use.
Good range of real ales on at time of my visit, and what we had was in good condition and, in line with the usual Wetherspoons traditions, cheaper than many other bars and pubs in London. Food menu was usual fayre for the chain and also cheaper than many other places and what we had was good.
Very busy at time of our visit - 5pm on a Monday - and we were lucky to find a table. Service was reasonable, and atmosphere fairly good in the impressive interior, just don't look too closely at the chairs, tables and carpets!!
Worth a visit if in the area and need a beer and maybe something to eat, as it is a cheaper alternative and good selection of beers.
B'ham UK August 2007
08-14-2007 10:11:54 |
More by JohnW
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This Wetherspoon's pub is very serious about beers and probably has a passionate manager with good cellarmanship. During my various visits they have wide range of beers on offer, with, say, four to six guest ales and four regular beers, mostly in perfect conditions. Tried delicious Herold's dark lager on draught once, and RCH's Pitchfork on cask was so fresh, delicious and 3D that I spent the whole afternoon there wondering why there aren't much more JDW pubs like this one.
The service is friendly and polite, with a mix of young British and int'l barstaff who mostly know what they serve the best. The atmosphere is decent, if not special, especially in the afternoon, and one can expect to see a lot of high-spirited tourists around. The interior is quite nice, with a large hall and extended seating area towards the end of the pub with large windows providing sufficient sunlight. Overall this JDW is one of the best JDW pubs in London, much more enjoyable than many of its sister pubs in the cosmopolitan.
08-09-2005 03:31:50 |
More by wl0307
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This tremendous Wetherspoon pub in which I have spent a great deal of time is located on Whitehall, just down the street from Trafalgar Square. It's very busy right after work lets out but can be real mellow on the weekends. The pub has lots of room and there is a very large cozy non-smoking area in the rear that has lots of atmosphere. There are bookshelves and pictures and prints of London landmarks. Wood panelling is throughout the pub. The selection of ale could be better but then one can't have it all. Courage Directors, Sheperd Neame Spitfire, and Fullers London Pride are standards. One or two guest ales are offered at all times and have included Caledonian, Bateman's, Brakespeare, Marston's, Oakam, and Wells. The cask ale has always seemed to be in good condition since the pub does a good business. Another bonus is the price of the cask ale. All are under 2 pounds, while kegged Euro lagers are more expensive!? The food is very good and most of the employee's friendly. If you have a hearty appetite like me, I suggest the mixed grill. You get five kinds of meat, potato, and peas for just over 6 pounds and change. Suzanne is a vegetarian and she raves about the stuffed red peppers! A very nice pub and a top choice to spend a few hours. A favorite of ours and a non-smokers paradise. Just south of the Charing Cross tube and rail station. Walk down Whitehall from Trafalger Square towards Big Ben, the pub is on the right hand side of the street right next to a small theatre. Very highly recommended!! As a note, the guest ale selection has really improved as many are rotated on a regular basis. on my last visit to London this fine pub and one of our two most favorites, was responsible for me trying at least ten new beers.
01-03-2003 21:58:43 |
More by Mark
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
Was here during their October Festival. They had a good selection of 8 different ales. Everything was great except for the Herold Black Chalice which was definitely off. This place has a very nice atmosphere and is actually quite large. There was pleny of room to spread out and relax in this spot. It's also in a nice location to take a breather while doing a Whitehall walk. A lot of folks will knock this place b/c it's a chain. Give it a chance, and I'll bet you forget it's a chain... Can't speak for the food, but from other experiences with wetherspoons, i'd imagine it would be alirght...
11-06-2006 16:49:56 |
More by surfadelic23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
When I worked in Portcullis House for an MP, my co-worker and I would head down to this JDW bar after hitting the pubs in the basement of the Houses of Parliament. Selection isn't great, but quality and value are superb. You're not going to find many places (at least non JDW places) in London with cheaper pints. Its central location, on Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square, is another huge plus. If you're looking for an authentic pub, this isn't it, but if you're looking for a good pint at a good price, I highly recommend it.
05-06-2006 23:11:45 |
More by WeisGuy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to this place twice in my last trip to England.
Walking in there is a massive area with seating. Very smoky, especially for someone from NYC that's not used to it (THANK GOD).
Wood everywhere, it has that library feel to it... Could be from all the books on the walls. There's a good ammount of seating around, and nice natural light in the back seating area. Bathrooms were clean too, although the wood paneling on the walls makes you feel like you are in a maze when you are coming out.
The beer was pretty good. Lots of casks.. I think if my memory serves me correct there were 10 casks on tap. Good selection and they went though them pretty fast, so there was a good mix coming in and going out.
Busts and books on the walls and lots of wood gave the place a comfortable afterwork feel. Overall a great place to go and a nice selection of cask ales.
06-24-2005 19:16:43 |
More by Buildscharacter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
For London, you'll not do much better than the Lord Moon, just off Trafalgar Square. I was in London for a week and I ate and drank at quite a few pubs during my stay and this was one of the best.
London is incredibly expensive, so if you want to have a pint and a decent serving of food, the Lord Moon will do the trick. They have a couple of burger/pint specials for 6-8 GBP, which is unheard of in central London. They also serve (un)authentic Indian food and other types of cuisine.
I found the atmosphere to be good, the beer selection (about six taps and four pulls) to be good - I know a number of much better places in this regard here in the US, but no others in London - and the service to be good. It is a pub with a larger hall in the front, and a smaller space in the back. The bar divides these two seating areas, which makes access easy for everyone. Check it out while you are in London.
Oh, did I mention that the pints here are cheaper than most other pubs in London?
01-31-2010 23:09:34 |
More by gellmeister
Lord Moon Of The Mall in London, United Kingdom (England)