- 29 St Martin's Lane (map of this place)
- WC2N 4ER
Samuel Smith's cider is really rather nice. Um, forgot to check up on prices.
James 'Silk' Davey adds : I too forgot to check on the prices but I do recall that Sam Smith's pubs are the cheapest I have found in London, and like others The Old Brewery Bitter is a very drinkable pint.
Served until 7pm. Chips or curly fries (nice) are £2.50, onion rings are £2, and you can have BBQ dip with them instead of boring ketchup, yey. More substantial meals include baguettes at £5–£6 (eg hot brie, tomato and basil; sausage and onion; stilton and apple) and main courses at £6–£7 (eg bangers and mash; fish and chips; leek and mozzarella crumble; prawn and cream cheese cannelloni).
The sausage and mash (£6.25) isn't bad. The sausages are deepfried, though, and the onion gravy is straight out of a packet. But the mash is OK (though not creamy enough for blech) and has lumps like real home-made stuff.
The upstairs “Opera Bar” has sofas and coffee tables, and window seats. You can open the window next to you right up, which is nice on a warmish day. The downstairs has some of those booth things IIRC.
James 'Silk' Davey adds : All is all a very nicely decorated pub, though it can get exceptionally smoky if crowded, which it often is. Certainly my favorite pub in the immediate vicinity.