Bree Louise

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Please note, The Bree Louise has now closed. Time Out Editors, February 2018.

Hopheads and scrumpy merchants make pilgrimages to this unassuming boozer tucked behind the utterly non-descript streets near Euston station.

Their obscure objects of desire sit in (mainly) barrel form behind the bar: Art Brew Tempest Stout, Dark Star Six Hop, Bateman’s XXXB feature among the ‘16 real ales’ promised outside, with New Forest Kingston Black, Ciderniks Dab Hand and Weston’s Country Perry among the ‘eight cask ciders’. There’s also the house brew of Bree Louise organic pilsner and a surprisingly attractive choice of food: burgers made from fresh ground beef, lamb or wild boar; Colston Bassett blue stilton among the cheeses; and, to start, a pâté of the day to go with the warm, rustic bread. There’s also Heinz baked beans.

All is served in improbably unfashionable surroundings, Jack Vettriano prints and such, but that bothers the equally unfashionable and big-bellied clientele not one jot.


Venue name: Bree Louise
Address: 69 Cobourg Street
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 10-9pm daily
Transport: Tube: Euston tube/rail or Euston Square tube
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Pub closes unexpectedly early. Customers made to feel very uncomfortable even before 10:30pm.

Shocking attitude - just selling drinks without any regard to time needed for consumption.

If you go to this pub make sure to ascertain three things.

What time does serving stop?. How long after that are you to be hassled to drink up in an unpleasant manner. When does actual closure occur.

Camra needs to get a grip on pubs like this. Attitudes must change.

One lady customer had to ask for a plastic bottle into which to place her wine that she could not drink before the pub closed.

Appalling service, horrid environment, occasional nice beer. The staff will often ignore you at the bar, then charge you randomly varying amounts for the same round. The toilets are dark, dirty and unhygienic. And avoid the landlord at all costs. There are some nice beers sometimes, and the pies are good, but they are not worth braving the horrible setting for. Avoid.

The toilets stink to high heaven of stale urine. Not a good indicator for any pub, let alone one that serves food. They really need to sort it out. and get friendlier staff.

The beer selection appears great, but is incredibly poorly kept. (And no, despite what some people think, real ale is not supposed to be like that.) A friend was served a completely flat pint (as flat as cider), and another was served a pint full of yeast (obviously the dregs of the barrel), both of which the staff refused to change, compounding poor cellarcraft with exceptionally-poor customer service. My pints weren't as bad: merely long-past peak condition and lukewarm (and no, despite what some people who don't drink it think, real ale is not supposed to be like that.), and I overheard a member of bar staff complaining that the Euston Tap sells its cask ale too cold and fizzy, which speaks volumes, frankly. In terms of atmosphere etc., it's alright, though the decor's fairly grotty and last time I noticed a horrible smell coming from the toilets. All-round, one of the most over-rated pubs in London.

Don't order the three cheese pie! It's just cheese water with a puff pastry crust! Very disappointing!

Beer fine, but surly unfriendly staff - re-training urgently required. Won't go again.

beware, this pub closes early!On the mid Saturday of the Olympics we were asked to leave at 10-45.This being a pub that was advertising a warm welcome to all olympians.Beers ok. but the place has a very run-down feel to it.

Unassuming pub, great selection of ales, AMAZING PIES. The pastry on those pies are a heavenly balance of flaky crispiness that melts in your mouth. The actual pie stuffing is pretty good too. Students get £2 off their pies and 50p off their drinks.