Really cool building, right next door to Blackfirars station. Good food, good beers. Unfortunately it's a part of Nicholson's Pubs chain. It's really annoying seeing EXACT same menus in a bunch of places that used to be unique historic pubs. Brings a real unpleasant feeling, like you're at Olive Garden or something. If they at very least customized menus (I'm talking about both food and beer selection and printed menus), I'd be able to forget that I'm in a chain pub. But that feeling is just nagging and it really ruins the atmosphere.
With Black Friar I guess the building itself (both inside and outside) kind of saves the day.
Yes, you do order food at the bar, no one will take order at the table. But that's of course not an issue.
Location is also a plus as the pub is right at the foot of Blackfriars bridge so after a meal and a pint you can head to Southwalk across Thames.
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