Old Nick, Holborn
A few years ago when the Old Nick reopened after a period of closure, bigger and better than before, we breathed a collective sigh of relief. The place obviously had money lavished on it and happily the décor and ethos were of a good traditional British pub. Sure enough, it gained an award from our good selves. Sadly, since this inaugural high point, the shine has rather dulled for us. For a start, its overly bright inside and save for the cosy back section, it feels more like a vertical drinking establishment. It does serve a decent selection of Hall & Woodhouse's Badger Ales, but service can be very slow, sometimes simply due to the weight of custom, other times due to being understaffed. If you hadn't guessed, it gets very, very busy after work, but it can be practically deserted at the weekend; a previous Saturday evening visit offered a typically lacklustre atmosphere, with disinterested staff who closed up early when they decided they wanted to go home.
13 Oct 2010
This is definitely an "after work" pub. The crowd are mainly office workers from around Holborn and the odd legal type from Grays Inn. Overall a friendly crowd, however after 6pm it is very slow getting served and difficult to get to the bar. Good atmosphere and the prices aren't too shabby for an inner city pub.
21 - 22 Sandland Street, Holborn, London, WC1R 4PZ
0207 430 9503
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How to find the Old Nick pub
Turn right out of Holborn Tube and walk east along High Holborn towards the city. Red Lion street is the first road you come to on your left. Walk up Red Lion Street, take the first right and it's on your left.