Counting House

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Counting House
Counting House
As the name might suggest, this pub was once a bank, but don't imagine a transformed local branch of HSBC: this is a grand, towering old building with ornate railings and colossal mirrors. The place is clearly geared up to serve a moneyed clientele; while it's essentially a Fuller's pub - London Pride and Discovery as standard - there are such strange offerings as a 'pie tasting plate' for an eye-watering £17 and racks of vintage wines. While the booze is high quality and the decor initially impressive, the atrium-style layout of the building gives you the nagging feeling that you're drinking in an airport departure lounge.


Venue name: Counting House
Address: 50 Cornhill
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-9pm Mon, Tue; noon-10pm Wed-Fri
Transport: Tube: Bank tube/DLR
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Grace I

Pleasant Victorian pub, which indeed used to be a counting house, with very helpful staff who really want you to enjoy your food and drink. The pub menu seemed to be fixated with meat or vegetable pies, none of which tempted us, but the burgers are good and the choice of beer is good. The main ground floor room looks exactly how a pub should look, with a huge oval-shaped bard and lots of glass (and a cupola in the ceiling), so it's a great place for pub purists and those pesky visiting non-British friends who want to go to a 'real' pub. At lunch and early evening it's full of City-types talking about pensions, funds and other such money matters, so for a more peaceful visit go mid-afternoon.