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The Porterhouse

#114 of 1,250 Nightlife in London
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Covent Garden
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Address: 21-22 Maiden Lane | Covent Garden, London WC2 E7NA, England
Phone Number: 44 207 836 9931
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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

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Quirky, loved it

We stopped by here mid afternoon last Wednesday (11/11) for a pint and as such it was nice and quiet! The barman was very helpful recommending some drinks to try and wasn't afraid... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hannah B

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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I didn't think this place was anything special and I wouldn't spend a whole night here, but it's definitely a good place to start your night if you're in the area. It's got a fun vibe, isn't overly pricey and it's huge with loads of seating areas so it's good if you're in a big group. Something else I would... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by here mid afternoon last Wednesday (11/11) for a pint and as such it was nice and quiet! The barman was very helpful recommending some drinks to try and wasn't afraid to say which ones were expensive which is a nice change from some London bars. Inside its very quirky with lots of different levels to sit on... More 

Thank Hannah B
Essex, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This habitually busy, multi-roomed bar in Covent Garden is a great place to try some interesting beers in a lively atmosphere. I first visited the week it opened some years back and have returned frequently ever since. Usually only one real ale is offered but the choice of stouts, lagers and other beers is pretty wide as is the selection... More 

Thank Doug W
Ao Nang, Thailand
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great selection of beers. Slow bar service as they only had one bartender attending the lower floor. I had a frying pan which was very average, but my dad enjoyed his fish & chips. Would com back for drinks, but probably not the food.

Thank GeneralSnus
Christchurch, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This was our second visit to this restaurant. We came last year with friends, and had lunch so it was fairly quiet. This time, it was evening and the place was humming! It's worth waiting for a table though. There is constant movement of people so not usually too long to wait. The food is tasty, unpretentious and reasonably priced.... More 

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51 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Been here twice now and have to it should not be open!!! Great idea amazing choice on beer but poorly managed, staff have no clue about half the range of stock. Not only did we have nice running around inside, but when I saw they sold a bottle of Ale I hadn't seen for years I bought it, and was... More 

Thank Fulgrim
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We spent some days in London and everything was amazing, until we ended up in this pub. The wide variety of beers doesn't make up for the awful service of the bartenders and manager. They served us a beer 30 minutes before closing without any notice. So when we had drinked just half of our drinks, a waitress and a... More 

2 Thank Juan Antonio V
Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This place is so much bigger on the inside than it looks from outside! Plus they have amazing food and an incredible selection of beers! No matter where you are in London, go to this pub!!

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York, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Great selection of beers, good food, shows sporting event on a number of screens. It gets packed but is a good night out, well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Stopped in for fish and chips before a Sandman's walking tour on a Sunday and the food was served quick and was very good. They have a TON of beers. I mean, you could probably pick a new one every hour and be here for weeks if not months. You place your order at the bar but they gladly bring... More 

Thank Kirby M

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