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“Pot luck lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Old Shades

The Old Shades
Ranked #3,661 of 22,367 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Westminster
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Pot luck lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

We were going a tour encompassing the palace of Westminster, The national portrait gallery and the cabinet war rooms so Old Shades was right on track. The plus points is that the menu is good and, for the area not overpriced, we were allowed to sit without reservations at a prime table reserved two hours later and the place is architecturally very interesting with a good atmosphere. I had a burger which, at £12.90 was expensive but it was fully loaded with bacon and cheese as well as the usuals and fries and was very juicy and flavoursome. My wife's corned beef (think USA not canned) hash was also very good except the poached egg that accompanied it was overdone a little so did not flow. We saw the sausage and mash at another table and will certainly be back for that! Two large glasses (250cl) of Claret at £6+ each were pretty good too.
It got quite busy and the service started stuttering - water eventually came with lemon but no ice, the greek salad that was mentioned as a side with the hash never materialised and was denied by the second water that took over our table and it took a while to get the bill; apologies were given and the full restaurant blamed but whose fault is that? So not perfect at all but 4 stars overall because we would return again if only to further delve into the menu.

  • Visited December 2013
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“Excellent Staff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Visited The Old Shades with my family on Sunday 1st December and had a superb Sunday Roast. The only thing that beat the food was the staff working. Very helpful, polite and pleasant. We will be back

  • Visited December 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“shame about the lack of customer service by one unhelpful waiter”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

shame about the customer service of the unhelpful waiter. who "only sells what you see", but can't tell you what that is! Is it that hard to say what you are selling...
Must be due to my lack of suit & tie Whitehall appearance.
Shame as it is a nice pub that we often go to, but won't be after this.

  • Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Craft Beer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

I love the craft beer at this pub and it always tastes great. Its great to see a pub with out all the main stream beers and something different to try. The food is great and its the staff are friendly as well.

  • Visited October 2013
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Virginia
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“Best fish & chips in London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

We got off the plane tired and hungry. Stopped into The Old Shades to grab a bite. Was our first trip to London and must say what a relief in was to find such friendly wait staff.
I had fish and chips many times in London as there is not a decent place in the states to eat them. All were good in London but The Old Shades were by far the best. Don't miss eating here.

Visited September 2013
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