The Horse & Groom is an oft overlooked but beautiful Victorian pub a few minutes from Oxford Street. Along with plenty of original tiling and woodwork, the pub has four distinct sections: the front is predominantly standing room, the middle area has a rare-to-see dartboard and the back room is the most cosy, with bench seating and a fireplace. There's also a very civilised upstairs bar. Our numerous visits have given the impression that, although busy, its probably the only pub in Fitzrovia which doesn't become packed like a rush hour tube train - its usually possible to get a seat, even on a Friday night. Definitely an advantage for after work drinks, it points to possibly being frighteningly quiet at other times. Its possible the pub's position - most other nearby pubs in occupy imposing corner plots - means it somewhat blends in with the anonymous shops on Great Portland Street. Still, if it means we can have a seat with our pint, we're not going to complain too much.
Reviewed by redcat
20 Oct 2009