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“Big, loud and busy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Porterhouse Pub

Porterhouse Pub
21-22 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
+44 (0)20 7379 7917
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Ranked #2,761 of 18,011 Restaurants in London
Price range: $8 - $37
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square
London SW12
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Big, loud and busy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Its a big, loud and busy pub between the Strand and Covent Garden... Nothing else to add. Only ever had drinks here. Not a favourite watering hole in London. Young crowd.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great pub, beer and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Early Saturday evening and it was getting busy. The staff coped really well and service was pretty quick and very friendly and polite. Beer choice is fantastic, we had a few pints of their plain and oyster porters which were spot on.
The pub is a plumber's heaven (or hell?) as it's full of copper pipe work which looks great.
Didn't eat this time but the food we saw looked pretty decent.

Visited May 2013
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Disappointing food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Which is a shame, as I love it as a pub. There's a wider range of drinks than usual to choose from, and I love the ramshackle nature of it with seating scattered over various levels. The food wasn't really up to standard though. The bruschetta was far too busy and overloaded, whilst the beef and ale pie had too little of either, and the pastry had to be fairly chiseled off the side of the dish.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Nice place, nice staff, nice beer, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

Went for a mates birthday, had a really good night, live band playing were very good, beer was good.
Lots of nice people in, no dodgy looking people, which you can get in London bars, but overall experience was enjoyable and comfortable. Didn't eat but saw food being eaten, looked ok!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Beer/Ale/etc Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is a favorite pub of mine in London for relaxing with a quiet drink during the day, possibly with some food, that gets a bit livelier in the evening. The food is very decent for pub food and great for a light meal or snack.
I'd recommend the tasting trays of ale if you're not sure what to go for.

Visited April 2013
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