The Minories, Tower Hill

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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Largish pub catering to local City workers that hasn't really changed in years. It comes into its own on Thursdays and Fridays when a "party atmosphere" descends. Cheesy as hell, often with a DJ (who probably does weddings as well) proffering big shouts out to the homies in Accounts (with fine tunes from Kenny Loggins and Bruce Springsteen). Not the place you come for a quiet drink but if you're in the right mood (ie plastered) there's entertainment to be had. If the thought of a pub based on an office party appeals, come on down...
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10 Sep 2013
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I don't understand the previous reviews - we came after work to watch an england game and sat outside at the back. Nice pub style tables with heaters and TV outside. Music not great while you're watching a game but otherwise it suited. Staff fruendly and attentive. Food standard chain pub fare but well priced, tasty, hot, well presented and staff couldn't do more to help. Table clearance swift - but not too swift! Good beer too - so I don't get what others have said...
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10 Sep 2013
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I don't understand the previous reviews - we came after work to watch an england game and sat outside at the back. Nice pub style tables with heaters and TV outside. Music not great while you're watching a game but otherwise it suited. Staff fruendly and attentive. Food standard chain pub fare but well priced, tasty, hot, well presented and staff couldn't do more to help. Table clearance swift - but not too swift! Good beer too - so I don't get what others have said...
Reviews (4)
10 Sep 2013
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I don't understand the previous reviews - we came after work to watch an england game and sat outside at the back. Nice pub style tables with heaters and TV outside. Music not great while you're watching a game but otherwise it suited. Staff fruendly and attentive. Food standard chain pub fare but well priced, tasty, hot, well presented and staff couldn't do more to help. Table clearance swift - but not too swift! Good beer too - so I don't get what others have said...
Reviews (4)
10 Sep 2013
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I don't understand the previous reviews - we came after work to watch an england game and sat outside at the back. Nice pub style tables with heaters and TV outside. Music not great while you're watching a game but otherwise it suited. Staff fruendly and attentive. Food standard chain pub fare but well priced, tasty, hot, well presented and staff couldn't do more to help. Table clearance swift - but not too swift! Good beer too - so I don't get what others have said...
Reviews (7)
29 Oct 2011
Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
In the neighborhood of Tower Hill, to be honest, there aren't a ton of options if you want a genuinely English kind of meal. The nearest pubs are at least a 10 minute walk away, but not The Minories. To be fair, I was a bit apprehensive only because it seemed so big; my little experience in London prior to eating at The Minories had taught me that smaller and obscurer places are generally better for getting a good feel of the neighborhood and occasionally interacting with the locals. Luckily, The Minories is unique and interesting enough to make up for it's possibly-intimidating size.

Built under the DLR line right by Tower Gateway, stepping inside brings to mind the old train stations where one could tuck in to a darker corner and observe the comings and goings of train-farers. The bar offers a great selection of drinks, and a full menu. I tucked into a cider with a barbeque chicken dinner, and was generally impressed. Funnily enough, after several days of limited fruit and veggie intake, I was thrilled, THRILLED I tell you, to discover peas on my plate. The food was good, the portion was larger than most I had encountered (Americans really do eat too much), but not so big that I was overly full. It was tasty, too.

I read some of the other reviews and do agree with some of the critiques mentioned:
1. A real pub is unlikely to have TV unless it was specific for watching football, rugby or cricket. While I did watch some cricket at The Minories, the number of TVs certainly made it feel a bit more like a chain-restaurant.
2. Service is a bit slow; I had a walking tour and cut it fine for making the start time, because things just didn't happen quickly. But, I get the impression that it's tough to combine the restaurant and pub atmosphere, as restaurants generally have full wait staffs whereas pubs do not, leading The Minories to seem a bit understaffed.

Generally though, I enjoyed the atmosphere and experience. The Minories is a bit more restaurant than most pubs, meaning it would be a bit more family friendly, but still has touches of true English pubbery to make it satisfying to most tourists.

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64-73 The Minories, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 1JL
020 7702 1658
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