Lamb, Gray's Inn Road
So I hit google in the lobby, and the Lamb was within walking distance and seemed a fair shot at getting a true pub experience. It was a nice quiet walk from Russell Square over, and the pub itself was ideal for both getting my cider quota met, and exposing my new friends to the good life.
We were at The Lamb late on a Saturday night, but thankfully the pub was not packed. We were able to get ciders right away, grab a table, and sit down for a bit of relaxation and people-watching. There were locals and tourists, young and old, friendly and solemn all within eye-shot, and the servers were great at handling everyone. It was not too quiet, nor too loud, and we were able to hop on their wifi and check email after a long bus ride from the continent.
All around, I'm glad I (randomly) chose The Lamb, because at one point, my friend turned to me and said, 'I know we've only been in here two minutes, but I LOVE English pubs.' The Lamb is an excellent example of the Pub Done Right.
Two guest beers with tadpoles floating in them - dreadful dried out fish and chips and ribs that were presented in lake of sauce with nothing else.
So, someone is managing to run one of the capital's jewel pubs into the ground.
The only decent beer I had was a pint of Special and if that was off in a Young's pub I'd say it was the end of the world.
If this is a five pint pub I'm the Pope.
What a complete and utter waste of time - who knows what the beer is like - the utterly rubbish service put paid to finding out....
Trekked there in the pouring rain from King's Cross on the recommendation of this site.
The place was busy but jovial so we were please to bag a table. Half an hour later (while we were looking through the menu), a staff member dropped a 'reserved' sign on all the tables near us. she moved with such speed that neither me or somebody sitting opposite had chance to query it. A minute or so later she shot past again, announced 'tables reserved' in a very odd dialect and vanished again.
This was at 8pm. not a time you suddenly decide to evict people sat at a table. needless to say we ditched the menu and left swiftly. never to return.
Careless, ignorant staff costing a nice boozer business.
94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1N 3LZ
Russell Square: Turn right out the tube station on Bernard Street then take the first right into Grenville Street and then left into Guilford Street. Go past the hospital and Lambs Conduit Street is the first right, you'll see the pub on the left-hand side of the road. Holborn: leave by the side exit and turn right up High Holborn. cross the road and take the first left up Red Lion Street. Walk up Red Lion Street, cross the main road and carry straight on up Lamb's Conduit Street. After a short while, you'll see the pub on your right.