Pontefract Castle, Marylebone

Our rating: FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (4 reviews)
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FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
A large pub on several floors, it tends to get packed with office workers weekday evenings, shoppers during opening times at weekends and then shop workers relaxing after the day's mayhem. The layout is designed to get as many people in as possible (especially the ground floor) so it's not really a place for a relaxing pint. Though as it's Nicholson's, it does serve a decent pint, with Tribute and Doom bar on when we were in last - they do know how to look after it. It's also quite a handy place to meet up in as it's easy to find and there is food to sustain you if all that shopping has worn you down. One thing that still perplexes us is the downstairs bar. Called Fernando's Hideaway, it seems to be done in a Spanish style and available for hire, while it has the advantage of often being quieter when the rest of the pub is heaving.
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20 Jan 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Good pub - in decent order, staff attentive and pleasant enough. Got very busy at lunchtime when in but food arrived quickly and service was good. Pub is clean, busy and in good repair.
The function room is still for hire and the outdoor seating area is a bonus in this area. On the bar there were 4 ales - a couple of surprises (Liberation for one) and were well kept. Large wine list and 6 Lagers on tap - why 6?
Food prices started at around £6 for sandwiches up to £12 or so for bigger plates.
Good experience, good pub but a little soul-less for what should be a Great London Boozer as per the Nicholson's brand.
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06 Jan 2011
Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I found this pub after walking around the centre for a few hours and i was rather happy to do so. The atmosphere was rather homey at that day without many customers around and i spent a couple of hours there "refreshing" myself on the cheapest London Pride i could find anwhere in the City. Less than 3 quid for a pint of one of my favourite ales is something i will remember the next time i am looking for a pub near Oxford Street.

It should be great to sit on the outside tables on a nice warm day.

i liked it
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28 Oct 2010
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Usually an ok pub, but a friend of mine once booked the area downstairs for a party, and despite having spent lots of money at the bar (which shouldn't matter anyway), some of the bar staff was extremely rude to everyone. There was no rowdy behaviour whatsoever so there was no reason why the staff should behave that way. It was agreed that the bar would remain open until midnight when the room was booked, but they decided to shut the bar at 11. Finally after a lot of negotiation they decided to have the bar open until 11.30, but one barmaid was serving with such venomous attitude you wouldn't believe. And at 11.30 on the spot everyone was nearly physically shoved out of the joint. Pity, as it's a nice space, but I now avoid this place at all costs.

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71 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1QB
0207 935 8034

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