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“Old pub atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Black Friar

Black Friar
Ranked #50 of 1,271 Nightlife in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: You will find The Blackfriar in Blackfriars London within a short stroll of Blackfriars Bridge, Upper Thames Street and Fleet Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Blackfriar is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Old pub atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

In town on layover headed back to states. Found this pub on fodor's.com as a top 5 pub to visit. First time to London. As I sit alone observing at 6pm, the place is packed with what appear to be locals, decor and atmosphere what I wanted, and beer/food excellent! If you visit, you won't be disappointed.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very good pub, unfortunately a part of a chain.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Really cool building, right next door to Blackfirars station. Good food, good beers. Unfortunately it's a part of Nicholson's Pubs chain. It's really annoying seeing EXACT same menus in a bunch of places that used to be unique historic pubs. Brings a real unpleasant feeling, like you're at Olive Garden or something. If they at very least customized menus (I'm talking about both food and beer selection and printed menus), I'd be able to forget that I'm in a chain pub. But that feeling is just nagging and it really ruins the atmosphere.
With Black Friar I guess the building itself (both inside and outside) kind of saves the day.
Yes, you do order food at the bar, no one will take order at the table. But that's of course not an issue.
Location is also a plus as the pub is right at the foot of Blackfriars bridge so after a meal and a pint you can head to Southwalk across Thames.

Visited January 2013
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Stuttgart, Germany
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108 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Best of the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went to London for New Years and wanted to hit as many pubs as possible on this tour as well. The Black Friar was at the top of our list of pubs to visit and didn't disappoint. From the atmosphere, to the food and beer, to the great customer service--it exceeded our expectations. In fact, I was a little sad when we declared "last call" and headed for the door. This is one of our new favorites in London. We'll be back!

Visited December 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“real London pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

We went there in hopes to get traditional Sunday roast, but they didn't have it. We tried traditional fish and chips and chicken pies and they didn't disappointing. The cider on tap was delicious. The decor was very interesting. Enjoyed this place very much!

Visited November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

What a brilliant pub and place to eat, fish and chips excellent. Staff lovely and lovely and clean. We will be back x x

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