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“The Harrison - Great Beer, Food and Music Near Bloomsbury”
Review of The Harrison

The Harrison
Ranked #3,324 of 23,211 Restaurants in London
Price range: $21 - $31
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Bloomsbury
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Visited The Harrison a few weeks ago and was impressed by the beer/ale variety as well as the food. Enjoyed Doombar as well as a couple other special brews, had a fine meal of pate and bangers and mash - don't knock it, it was simple and absolutely delicious! Exceptional quality of ingredients and masterfully cooked. There is a basement music venue as well. A bit off the beaten path, which is a good thing, but quite easy to find and get to. Wooden tables, chairs and floor, candles everywhere, very nice ambiance. A fine and friendly barman as well. Truly enjoyed it and will be back! I understand they have 3-4 hotel rooms above the bar as well which might be nice. Highly recommend this establishment.

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Enjoyed a night here on business, convenient for my itinerary but did not want another night in a soulless chain (even though you know what you get).

This is a thriving pub with great local presence and draw. Lots of themed nights going on centred around good quality music nights.

Buzzing atmosphere.

Staff incredibly friendly and as an overnighter seemed to get special treatment with all the staff seeming to know I was staying and bending over backwards to make it enjoyable.

Food in the evening from good bistro/brasserie menu was delicious, well cooked and varied according to my liking.

Beers and wine choices really good and breakfast in the morning equally good (you fill in a form the night before with what you would like and a time, and lo it appears when you go downstairs).

The room was clean and attractively furnished, if a little on the spartan side, but perfectly serviceable with good linen and pillows and a desk to work on. It was also surprisingly quiet given a busy pub with music two floors below.

Very good value for central London, only downside for me was that en-suite was tiny and I only just fitted in the shower.

Hotel was being refurbished while I was there with big new music venue in basement and think hotel rooms are next. If so this will be a 5*.

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Thank Edgar0
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Nice atmosphere. Good pub. Great beer. Excellent nosh. Say no more!

Thank ILP-JP
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Good food, clean rooms, excellent breakfast and first class service

Thank wendybears
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

we only decided to go to london as i had booked tickets to see Tangerine Dream at the Apollo on saturday 2nd november, i spent no less them 80 hours reading reviews of approb 400 b&b and 2 and 3 star hotels in london both on here and on late rooms.com and they where a very frightening read,filth,dirt,tatty,damp ect where words used in many of the reviews, it seems accomadation lanlords dont bother as repeat business is not on their agenda as enough tourists to come every year,you look at the photo's put on the sites by the hotels and they look good then you see travellers photo's on here and realise the website photo's are years old...then out of the blue i came across "the Harrison" there was only one review on here but 73 on laterooms.com and all of them where positive reviews singing its praises, at first i was apprehensive as this was a room above a pub, surely noisy especially as private functions on a saturday and events some other nights....but after reading all the reviews i decide they could not all be wrong so rang the hotel up direct rather then book via a site as i had booked befor on a site only to find the next day that the site was not up to date as hotels dont always seem to tell the sites accomadation might have gone,........so it was booked....we arrived on the wednesday afternoon 29th october for 5 nights....the pub downstairs was not over busy,its not on a busy road so not a lot of passing trade, this appealed to me as lager louts and drunks dont tend to go off the main route on pub crawls.....the staff was very friendly and quickly took us up to our room,there are 4 rooms and you have to climb 2 flights of stairs to get to them,nothing hard, just like up 2 flights of stairs in a house, we was shown to our room which was room one...due to my badly worded booking we got the room with shower and no bath, there are 4 rooms, 1 with a bath and 3 with a shower...the room itself was fine,a double bed in the middle with 2 foot clearance one side and 4-5 foot the other,along the wall 2 deep shelfs for cloths and a hanging rail above, by the window was a small desk and a third of the table top taken up by a television with dvd inbuilt,the bathroom was a seperate room but connecting through another door, all the bathrooms where new,clean, tiled ,very clean with no residue or limescale anywhere,complimentary soap,bubble bath,body lotion,shower gel and a forth which i forget the name of was supplied and replaced each time the room was serviced which was each day with fresh towels and cleaned like first arrival, the condition of the rooms was as good as your own house which was brilliant, a lot of reviws of the other tatty places said they didnt mind as they didnt spend much time in their rooms as was out seeing london too much, for us it was different, we was there for a rest so often didnt leave till noon and came back not too late so we spent a lot of time relaxing in our rooms and it was so easy as it was as good as being back at home, very warm as a radiator in the room and one in the bathroom which we left on all the time,the first evening we went down for a meal, although its a pub its so different, refurbished but keeping the old style to it,wooden tables and chairs, leather settee's ect...the food was very good, not overpriced and service was excellant,as for noise from below on an evening...ok its a pub/restaurant but the only noise was heard untill 10pm--1030 at the latest.......ithere was no evening noise from cars which was great as only a strret away from grays inn road and 7 minute walk from kings cross...the only noise would be from morning dustmen or delivery's to somewhere near, no problem though...then things got even better, the night befor you filled a card in with breakfast requirements, you could have it in the pub room below or delivered to your door, you put a time on the card anytime between 0730 and 10am and the young lady would deliever it to you on the dot....we tended to have full english,frsh yogurt,fresh fruit which was slices of fresh pineapple, grapes,strawberries, sometimes an apple ,others an orange,...also we had toast and always 4 little jams each..no skimping.....fresh orange juice..as the days went on we "doctored" the menu card and asked for less in ceratin areas as there was so much...but never was it too much trouble and always perfectly cooked,there was even enough that we took bits of fruit out with us for lunch....she came and collected the trays later on and serviced the rooms when you was not about, not like some that barge in at 8am whether you are out of bed or not....after day one i asked if we could be moved as i had made the booking error and with a big smile and only too pleased to help us the manageress let us move to a room with a bath....we didnt want to go home as was so comfortable, the rooms was excellant, the staff always smiled and helped you, rang for a taxi ect....even the owner who i paid the bill to on the last evening was a very pleasant man who had the time to talk to you...if ever we go back to london i will ring them immediatly as unless i win the lottery and can afford to spend £200 a night im not going to get anywhere better...sorry about the quality of the pictures i have posted but was a new camera so they dont do justice to the room..but trust me its brilliant.....

Thank keithhazel
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