The Old Shades
The Old Shades
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12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
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4.0 of 5 bubbles37 reviews
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Nik M
Beckenham, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My wife and I decided to have a drink before catching the train home after lunch. The other pubs in close proximity were packed, so we were surprised to find this pub nearly empty...and were soon to find out why. Standing at the bar we were waiting for the barman to acknowledge us, but he was too busy playing on his phone. I ordered anyway, and he almost reluctantly served us, STILL playing on his phone. He even managed to play on his phone as I paid, and still no thank you. I'd ordered a rhubarb cider, naturally cloudy, but when I went to take a sip it smelled of rotten eggs. I returned to the bar and explained that it was off, but he told me I was wrong, that it is supposed to be cloudy. I explained that I am sixty-six years old, and I know that it is supposed to be cloudy, but it is the smell that is awful. He then pointed to the pump and repeated that it is supposed to be cloudy, still refusing to smell my pint. Then he churned out the "I only changed the barrel yesterday" line, still insisting I was wrong. In desperation I turned to the drinker at the bar next to me, and asked him to smell the pint. He sniffed it, instantly recoiled, and told the barman that it was "well off". The barman shrugged and offered me a replacement.
So if you want to drink in an establishment where not only do they not keep their cider/beers in good condition, but will also argue with you when you point out that one is off, this is the place for you...
Written May 21, 2024
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Windy
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Great food and great service. Excellent choice of ales in a friendly atmosphere. My wife and I visited for a weekend in London and popped in for lunch. Definitely going back when I’m back in London.
Written September 6, 2022
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Kesira
Retford, UK150 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
Beyond awful, inedible, over-priced muck (it doesn't deserve to be called food) which took far too long to arrive. Poor service, half the drinks on the bar were not actually available but no one saw fit to remove them or even turn the pump clips around. Abysmal.
Written October 6, 2015
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karen b
London34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
visited mid week was met by a very pleasant young lady who took our details due to the pandemic and we was shown to a table and was informed it was table service only and she took our order and brought our drinks to the table we did feel safe but what was a bit concerning that neither the lady or the gentleman that worked there were not wearing any masks surely this should be a must for staff not only for their own safety but obviously for ours i would have thought staff should be wearing some kind of face protection but i could be wrong.
Written September 10, 2020
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jane642017
Cardiff, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Went for a late Sunday lunch and were impressed with both the service and the quality of food both on the traditional lunch and a vegetarian choice.
Written March 12, 2020
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RealAleVoyager
London, UK183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Now a Young's pub, a late evening visit in what is a well-appointed bar with seemingly old furnishings and decoration. Real ale was in excellent condition but at a hefty £5.05 a pint for a bulk standard bitter, which precluded an extended stay there being much better value for money nearby.
Written April 11, 2019
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Jussi N
Vantaa, Finland57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
We went there to eat cause there were gluten free Fish & Chips. Which taste great We also eat a Burger and steak and ale pie. All food tastd great. Food comes quickly eventhough place was full
At that time. Service was friendly and helpfull.
Written March 3, 2019
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Helen H
Newport, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Just sitting in the old shades now great food great beer and friendly service. We’ve just eaten fish and chips with a pint for £13.50 great value for money
Written October 1, 2018
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T-family12
Maple Ridge, Canada35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We came here for lunch and had the fish and chips. The fish was fresh and the batter was well seasoned to perfection. Good chips and selection of beers also!
Written July 1, 2018
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Carrie M
Leeds, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
I visit London quite often, it has become a bit of a tradition to visit The Old Shades after venturing in with a friend after being in the pub next door. Before around a month ago I would have recommended it to anyone.

I took my Mum, who has celiacs disease. She is unable to have gluten and wheat ext - it makes her extremely ill.

It says on the menu, in black and white, that The Old Shades is 'proud' to cater for such. So we went in, and it just became clear that this was not the case. They have perhaps 4 things on the menu that are gluten free - none of which make a meal. Despite saying they can make sandwiches and such, my Mum was told she could eat sandwiches 'at her own risk'.

We must have spent almost 30 minutes going back and forth, the waitress was very nice, but she had to go in and out in and out of the kitchen - no chef, no manager or owner bothered to come out to speak to my Mother.

Disappointed, she ordered a plain chicken salad with some thankfully safe chips. I wanted to leave, but she gets so embarrassed or feels like a burden, she knew my girlfriend and I liked it there, so she insisted on staying. She insisted that a chicken salad would be fine, and so we all ordered.

My Mum received some plain strips of chicken, literally in the middle of a bowl lined with lettuce - no salad, just a bowl lined lettuce. Oh, and some anchovies that she never asked for and had to pick out. No tomatoes, no cucumber, no anything - just a bowl of lettuce leaves, probably 5 in all lining the bowl, some plain strips of chicken, and anchovies.

I was outraged. What's more, when she excused herself from the table to go to the toilet, I asked for the bill, intending to take it to the manager to complain. But on the way back, she paid.

She paid almost £50 for 3 meals - her ''chicken salad'' was going to be around £11. Can you imagine. She told the man behind the bar that it was somewhat excessive for what she got, and he defensively said she ordered a gluten free salad. She asked him if tomatoes and cucumber and all that had gluten in it, and he just said 'I suppose not' and 'I guess I can take a bit off the bill then - if you want'. Like SHE was to blame.

My Mum has a disease, not a preference. And they said they were proud to cater for allergens, including gluten free. They could make things, they said. Still with a couple of pounds (not a lot really) it still came up to almost £50.

She paid for a rubbish service, and a rubbish meal. I was furious, and hurt and I sent a massive email to The Old Shades when we returned home after out trip.

It's been a month, and they can't be bothered to reply.

BAD service. BAD food. LIARS. OUT FOR WHAT THEY CAN GET. DO NOT GO - I NEVER WILL AGAIN.
Written July 31, 2017
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