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Marylebone pubs

From poshed-up gastropubs to ‘proper’ boozers with an old-school outlook, check out the best pubs in Marylebone

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Laura Richards
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Marylebone may have a bit of a reputation as a well-to-do part of the capital, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an honest-to-goodness boozer in the area. Pick from ‘proper’ pubs with a real history and down-to-earth boozers doing a solid trade in pints of ale. Of course, there are also some seriously fancy gastropubs to choose from, too, which suit the locale to a tee. Read on to discover the best of your boozing options in Marylebone.

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Marylebone area guide

The Barley Mow
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  • Marylebone

This corner pub in Marylebone started life in 1791 as a meeting place for farmers to pawn their goods. Legend has it that the wooden snugs (now listed) either side of the bar gave them a bit of privacy in which to make their transactions. These days, there's a good range of lagers and bottled beers along with the ales, plus food (mainly Pieminster pies). 

The Coach Makers Arms
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  • Marylebone
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Built more than a century ago, this ornate corner site in Marylebone has also been called the Golden Eagle, O’Conor Don and (most recently) Conduit of Tybourne. It’s recently been renovated by the Cubbitt House group (see The Grazing Goat, above) and has a seriously smart dining room on its first floor to explore.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Marylebone

As Marylebone grows ever more gentrified with each passing year, this backstreet local seems ever more out of place in its surroundings. No bad thing, of course. The Golden Eagle remains what it’s been for years: an unpretentious, comfortable-as-old-slippers little boozer (and we mean little; seating’s limited to a couple of tables and a string of bar stools along the front window). Try to make it for one of the thrice-weekly piano singalongs.

The Grazing Goat
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This posh pub in Portman Village is a part of the Cubitt House group (Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia, Orange Public House in Pimlico). It boasts gastropub credentials and probably isn’t the place for real ale enthusiasts. But a strong wine list keeps the drinking element of this old pub on point. Book in early for Sunday lunch.

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The Harcourt
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Gastropubs
  • Marylebone
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With the Swedish Church across the road and the embassy around the corner, Marylebone watering hole The Harcourt Arms was always popular with our friends from the north. So much so that they’ve gone and bought it. Swede owners turned it into more of a high-class ‘dining room in a former pub’, but not much else has changed. The wood-panelled walls, bar and bustling atmosphere (heavy with Scandinavian voices) are still evident; but now the customers are here for cross-Nordic fine-dining rather than just öl (that’s beer in Swedish, Scandophiles).

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The Mason’s is one of those pubs you’re happy to stumble upon in this part of town. The interior couldn’t be more publike, all dark wood and scuffed floorboards, the seating areas divided in two by a horseshoe bar counter. At the bar there are four cask ales and ten draught beers to choose from, and food is just as trad – a Thai menu quite the staple in London pubs of today.

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The Royal Oak
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This Marylebone boozer, just around the corner from Regent's Park and Baker Street, has just been taken over by chef Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle fame. Time Out is yet to visit, but from stalking on Instagram, we can see a new menu of bar snacks, with rumours of a full renovation and a larger menu in the offing later in the year. For now, you can still expect a slick, traditional pub look.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Royals in plate, porcelain and photographic form grimace alongside sundry souvenirs of National Service. Plaques mark every drinking space, each dedicated to a cherished regular. Visiting Americans seem to like it, and who can blame them – it’s a bit of a relic in this day and age. In fact, it was nearly torn down to make way for luxury flats. Let’s hope the developers never defeat this one.

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