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“last night's wedding party”

The Black Dog Freehouse
Ranked #239 of 23,873 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I was the best woman at a civil partnership yesterday and one of our friends booked the black dog for the all day party. We had an absolutely brilliant time! It's a really nice venue and just the right size for all our guests but I have to say what really made the day great was how lovely all the staff were. They were really friendly and accommodating and couldn't do enough to help us. You barely had to lay your empty drink down when you would find they had cleared it away and yet they were totally unobtrusive and just let us get on with our bad dad dancing. The food was just great too! We were served little bowls of bangers and mash, scampi and chips, vegetarian options at around 7 but from 3 they came round with lovely canapés, poppadums, chicken satay to keep us going All scrummy.I will definitely be going back. Highly recommended!

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Thank binky186338
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

I had to arrange a team meeting, and although we normally organise this at another pub, they were full, and so I contacted Jo at The Black Dog. They were on the ball from the start, very helpful and accommodating. I went down to have a look at it before the night as well as was very impressed. On the night, the canapes we ordered were fantastic and the service for drinks and clearing away glasses was great. We hired out half the pub and it was set up beautifully. My boss was so impressed he asked if they did breakfast so he could occassionally have early morning meetings there. I also received emails the next day from colleagues thanking me for organising such a lovely night. So there you go.... a lovely place to hire for an event and such lovely staff.

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Thank Jamie C
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

A friend and I hired the pub on a Saturday night for a joint birthday celebration. We had a brilliant evening! The food is great and drinks reasonably priced, with a good selection of beers, wines and spirits. The venue is lovely and the staff were also really accommodating to our 'wants' for the evening, i.e. menu, our own music, etc.

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Thank CHMMCKENZIE
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Have eaten here a few times, and it's always fantastic. In addition, a large group of us booked for new years eve and enjoyed a fabulous three course meal, fireworks by the river and a brilliant party afterwards. But even on a normal day it's definitely worth a visit. The staff are all ultra friendly and helpful, and it's only a few minutes from the tube so handy if you stay for a few drinks as well!

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Thank Helen F
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We were looking for a pub with character to hold an evening party after our (smaller) wedding ceremony and lunch in central London. We live locally and have held parties in other pubs in the area but chose The Black Dog for the first time for this event. Not just because it's a lovely pub with great food but also because we could hire the whole venue on a Saturday night for no hire charge - just pay for the food and drink.
From the start Cokey (owner) and the staff were fantastic. With their help we set about creating a party for 120 people (their maximum capacity) and ended up with a hog roast outside at the back, a full bar, canapes at the start, desserts at the end, a band and DJ. The pub was also dressed up and decorated to our brief with lights and a florist recommended by Cokey, who was also brilliant.
We started slowly from around 6pm with most people arriving from 7pm onwards and finished at 1am thanks to Cokey getting a late licence. Everyone had a fabulous time and we've had many many great comments about it from our friends. The food was terrific and the staff very friendly and helpful. Beforehand I was a little nervous about the number of people and the size of venue but it was absolutely fine on the night.
It was very professionally run and managed from the start and their recommendations and thoughts were spot on with regards to the food, set up and drinks. We were sent an email the morning of the wedding to say that everything was getting ready and they were looking forward to seeing everyone, which was fantastic as the first we would see the pub would be when we walked in after most of the guests had arrived. Knowing it was all ok was a weight off our minds so we didn't have to worry about it later. They also sent us the bill after we got back from honeymoon rather than having to sort it all out on the night or before we left which again was a nice touch.
I'd strongly recommend using The Black Dog for your own party - you won't regret it.

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Thank Aneil B
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