It might be extraordinarily close to Victoria Station, but this one seems to get forgotten about, probably due to its awkward position directly behind the station. Another in the Nicholson's chain, from the outside you'd expect a real treat. Sadly though, the leaded windows hark back to some long lost version of this pub, as do the last remnants of a nice interior. It is instead a bog standard afterwork pub. The lighting is gloomy and most of the front section high-level seating, while the nicer back bit makes way for a tourist-heavy low-rent dining section. The chain's plusses are there - a handful of good ales and easy availability of food - and service was quick. There's also a downstairs bar if you can't find a seat upstairs. To be honest, with very similar pubs nearby, there's no particular reason to choose this one, unless you've just spent the better part of a day feeling your life ebb away at the London Passport Office over the road, when its close proximity might be a very welcome sight.
Reviewed by redcat
05 Mar 2011