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“Back in Black!”
Review of The Blackfriar

The Blackfriar
Ranked #474 of 22,853 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: City of London
Description: A member of the iconic fleet dating back to 1873, Nicholson's offers timeless British pub hospitality. A fine stock of smooth and silky cask ales are pulled at the bar, while homely British classics are served in the dining room. The carefully chosen wine list brings together some great international bottles, while a Cask Ale Club is offered for any true beer aficionados.
Galashiels, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
435 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Back in Black!”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Second visit in six weeks cos I liked it so much the first time. Helped also that I got some vouchers giving me a fiver off food and a pint for a pound!

Didn't book but found a space at a small table. Staff were friendly and helpful and food arrived quickly. I really like the fish n chips here - certainly superior pub food. Reasonably priced.

Fab selection of real ales.

Pub interior is brilliant and worth going just to look at the ceiling!

  • Visited October 2013
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Gloucestershire, England
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“An Art Nouveau gem.”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

It's decades since I visited this pub, but as we were nearby I thought I'd introduce my wife and daughter to this delightful Art Nouveau gem. In past times it was very beautiful, but cold, dimly lit and a trifle unwelcoming. It died at night when the office workers went home.

How things have changed! What we found was a bustling, warm, friendly and, more to the point, well lit, pub. The surroundings haven't changed but the ambiance certainly has.
We didn't have time to sample anything on the menu but it looked to be pretty standard pub grub - the diners seemed to be enjoying it.

As a real ale drinker I am pretty familiar with the majority of brews that are usually on offer but I found myself confronted by an array of ales that were unfamiliar to me. Seeing my hesitation the barmaid asked if I'd like to sample any of them. Now that's a sign of a really good pub. And they even found me a dimpled mug! (They're getting quite rare these days.)

Unfortunately I now no longer live close enough to use the Blackfriar regularly, but whenever I'm in London in the future it will be the first place to which I'll head. Needless to say, my wife and daughter loved it as much as I do.

  • Visited November 2013
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sydney
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191 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Worth a look alone”
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Quite an experience visiting this pub. Plenty of history. Place tidy drinks nice but staff just ok....

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NYC
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice little pub”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This pub has a nice/historic interior. It has the typical/classic pub feel. The menu is good - I had the chicken and mushroom pie and it was delicious. This is a great place for a snack or late night food and a great place to grab a drink.

  • Visited October 2013
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Went with an American friend and I must say everything was great. Excellent service and good food and of course the interior is wonderful. Really super place.

  • Visited October 2013
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