Terry Neill's Sports Bar & Bistro, Smithfield
our final review
posted by pubdog on 31/10/2001
Calling this a bistro is stretching the imagination a bit. Don't expect anything as flash or big as the sports bar on Haymarket, this is effectively a pub kitted out with loads of TVs. It's okay but it does get crowded. Ironically, I prefer it here when there isn't a game on. The man himself is often on hand at or behind the bar. If it's a big game, get there in good time as they lock the doors if it's too packed - a sensible policy. Unfortunately, I've never seen England win here so that might have tainted my view a little and my last trip was the night of the pay-per-view fiasco where the service provider cocked up transmission and in the end they put the radio. Try it for yourself, see what you think.
The site has been reused many times since this pub's demise.
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Bath House, Smithfield, London, EC1A 2FD
Turn left out of St Paul's tube station onto Newgate street then Holborn Viaduct - it's about five minutes on the right hand side. Alternatively, come out of Chancery Lane and walk towards Holborn Circus, cross over onto Holborn Viaduct and it's a couple of minutes on the left.