Truckles of Pied Bull Yard

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Truckles of Pied Bull Yard
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Truckles is part of the Davy’s chain of wine bars, which means a fairly uninteresting and comparatively expensive wine list, flat ale served in pewter tankards, ersatz 18th-century decor and mediocre bar food.

So why has this particular branch made the cut into a book about the city’s best bars? Simple: it sits in a handsome Georgian courtyard close to the British Museum (and just behind the London Review Bookshop), and in summer, the outdoor seating is appealing enough to make up for all the bar’s other shortcomings.

The area’s office workers are wise to the place, and it can get especially busy on warm Fridays. But there’s usually a free table or two even on the most bustling evening, making this a good standby for an after-work swifty under the sun.


Venue name: Truckles of Pied Bull Yard
Address: Pied Bull Yard
Cross street: off Bury Place
Opening hours: Open/food served 11am-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Holborn or Tottenham Court Road tube
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Truckles is in a beautiful location, tucked away in Pied Bull Yard it is a sun trap during the afternoon and a great place to have a drink. The prices are slightly above average for the area. Staff are generally friendly but it can be hit and miss as it does get very busy during the summer lunch time rush. 


Dependable and affable pub/restaurant with nice burgers, salads, nice house wines and friendly staff. This is our go-to place when meeting friends in Bloomsbury (especially if we can reserve the 'Library' table in the back). The outdoor courtyard is pleasant on a sunny day and nicely deflects the noise and congestion from the hordes of tourists going in and out of the British Museum across the road. We've never seen tables here where people didn't seem to be enjoying themselves so we'll keep coming back. 

Well after being to Truckles for many a year, I chose not to re-visit after a conversation with the brash, common, unskilled manager Liza. Who ever employed her should be dismissed. But after a conflict with by collegues to return for a business meeting, I am so relieved that she has gone and about time. Well done Davy's I shall be informing ALL my associate's to return to which use to be our drinking hole!!!

Poor food. The salad that came with the Pate had a hair in it. Our Duck Confit had no sauce, was dry and came on a bland bed of dauphinoise potatoes. If you're heading out for drinks and want an average meal beforehand it's fine but I wouldn't recommend for a nice evening meal.

I really enjoyed this bar/restaurant. I have been a regular there now for some time and I have definately noticed a marked improvement over the last few months. I enjoyed the service and the food. They are now excepting Taste Cards so the value is great there. Definately be going again and again :)