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Black Friar

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Built in 1875 on the site of a medieval Dominican friary, the Black Friar had its interior completely remodelled in the Arts and Crafts style. Now a Nicholson’s, its bright panes, intricate friezes and carved slogans (‘Industry is Ale’, ‘Haste is Slow’) still make a work of art out of the main saloon, adjoined by a prosaic one linked by a marble-topped bar.

Outside, a large terrace faces traffic approaching Blackfriars Bridge, and a tick-box blackboard by the doorway gives notice of the considerable choice of guest ales – Sharp’s Doom Bar, Kelham Best, St Austell, Bateman Victory – that complements the tap Erdinger and Peroni. Wines start at £11.95 a bottle and include a Chablis Bouchard, while food runs from bar bites to Sunday roasts of beef topside.

Venue name: Black Friar
Address: 174 Queen Victoria Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-11pm Mon-Thur, Sat; 10am-11.30pm Fri; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 10am-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Blackfriars tube/rail or Mansion House tube

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deborah marshall

Excellant place for good ambience and traditional feel of old london. Prices are fair and food is excellant! Im a londoner and rate this pub to ve in my top 5 of london pubs! Give it a go you will return!!!