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The Porterhouse

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Covent Garden
Bars & clubs, Nightlife
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Address: 21-22 Maiden Lane | Covent Garden, London WC2 E7NA, England
Phone Number: 44 207 836 9931
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Activities: Drinking

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Great building....great beer!

First ever visit...Popped in for a quick drink with friends before dinner and ended up staying for 2 hours! Interior is incredible and so is the choice of beers on tap. Great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

First ever visit...Popped in for a quick drink with friends before dinner and ended up staying for 2 hours! Interior is incredible and so is the choice of beers on tap. Great value, great atmosphere and friendly bar team. 10 out of 10

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This curiously big pub resembles an old steamship with exposed polished brass pipework, numerous stairways and a plethora of cubbyholes to sit. Lots of bottled beers available and plenty of their own brews on draught too. There are at least four serving bars which operate depending on how busy it is. This pub is pretty unique in style and offering... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Peterhouse has built up a chain of pubs based on the Dublin original in Temple Bar. This one has more ceramic decor replacing some of the wood but still have the brass pipework. Again it is a multi level experience providing many different and separate drinking areas. The usual Porterhouse stout selections but also featuring some domestic ales as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Visited with friends on recent trip to London on their recommendation. Really good pub with lots of interesting spaces to sit and a really nice atmosphere. Good selection of beers and drinks at very reasonable prices for the location, was busy but the bar staff were efficient and wasn't a long wait for drinks. Will definitely visit again when back... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Incredible selection of ale (mostly bottled) & some interesting ones of tap. There's a big outdoor area in front of the pub which caters to smokers & summer drinks alike which is a huge bonus. Downstairs bar in the basement houses extra room & serves a different range of drinks. Well worth it for an ale enthusiast even if food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The place feels like an authentic Irish pub. There's a large choice of beers and drinks and the bar staff are really friendly and helpful.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Overall I was very impressed with the Porterhouse. After being recently being in Ireland, it did really remind me of being in an Ireland bar. The only bad thing was the food. Some of it was ok. Nice but not amazing. If you want to go to a pub with an actual irish feel.....then this is the ace to go.... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

If you're looking for choice of beers and drinks... look no further! We spent a lovely lazy afternoon here sampling the wines and beers on offer. Strawberry beer was a particular highlight! Split over lots of levels make sure you make your arrangements to meet and sometimes tables can be hard to come by. It's worth the wait though. Traditional... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

One look in maiden lane will be sufficient for you to decide that the Porterhouse is not a traditional London pub. Surrounded by super pubs, makes this one an exception. Its split into many levels but you always feel as if you are in a smaller, intimate space. The usual decoration is of case after case of bottled beer. there... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I visited here on a works night out. It was a nice location. Very busy but that's Friday in Central London. I was very impressed by the choices of beers available. The staff were very helpful in recommending what to try as there were well over 100 beers to try. The interior is also and interesting layout. There is also... More 

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