Bars and pubs Westminster
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As the sign outside says: ‘This is a real pub. No big screen. No music. No fruit machines’. Indeed, you’ll just find low-level chatter in the one main room amid light-wood decor, fresh flowers, framed caricatures and rows of hardback novels from Macmillan-era book clubs.

Pride of place, though, goes to the monthly changing list of guest ales chalked up by the bar, featuring the likes of Ilkley Black and Coastal Merry Maidens Mild. Superior sandwiches (home-cooked roast turkey or topside of beef) are fairly priced at £3, while ‘Dennis’s famous’ chicken-liver pâté is similarly own-made and served with toast. Lager drinkers may choose between Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Beck’s Vier, oenophiles can opt for the acceptable and affordable house La Casada, or a standard merlot, Rioja or sauvignon blanc.


Venue name: Speaker
Address: 46 Great Peter Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Thur; 2-4pm Fri
Transport: Tube: St James's Park tube
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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This fiery independent, tucked away little pub is a real gem if you're after a place that's unashamedly old school - signs above the bar proudly stating they don't play music or show sports and that you won't be served if you're more in love with your phone than ordering! The atmosphere is great - even on a Monday evening - with a mix of locals and city types. They have a basic menu with their 'famous' homemade chicken liver pate being the standout and truly delicious.

The Speaker isn't open on weekends but if you're stuck looking for somewhere for a great pint midweek in Victoria, it's only a 5 minute walk away from the main road into Parliament square. Definitely one to keep in mind.

Love the grumpy landlord, very nice staff, the variety of guest beers, the general atmosphere. One of the last real pubs in the heart of London.

This is my local and I have been coming here for years. I love the atmosphere, the beers are glorious and the staff are lovely.

The best proper local in London. Great conversation, great beer, great staff, great proper pub grub

Fantastic pub for real ale and a proper pub atmosphere. Friendly bar staff and an excellent and rotating selection of interesting beers. One of my top three London pubs!

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