The Philharmonic pub oozes character and history and is a lovely place to explore real ales. The gents toilets are famous and listed. They are better now that there are decent taps so that I can actually was my hands.
The restaurant upstairs is in an equally nice setting. The first thing that I noticed was the price of the food on the menu: it is very expensive for what it is.
I ordered a pint of London Pride, which is what I had just had downstairs in the pub. The drinks came and the waitress informed me that they had run out of London Pride so the manager had decided on an alternative for me. I resented this and the waitress was placed in an uncomfortable position. I did not want a fuss because she had given us excellent service and I did not want the unthinking manager to spoil the evening. This manager clearly needs training in how to deal with customers and learn not to make substitutions for them. Suggestions are welcome, but do not make the decision yourself.
I had the chargrilled chicken and the quality did not warrant the price. It was not succulent at all.
The service was excellent by the way. The waitress was efficient, polite and very friendly.
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