Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Holborn
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This black-fronted, pie-slice of a pub is an unlikely place to find such a range of sought-after, high-quality ales. In truth, it’s not a very sympathetic environment: the room is a little characterless and the music is usually too loud.

But the staff do their best and the drinks are decent: you can expect an array of unusual ales, which seem to rotate on a barrel-by-barrel basis. Large taps advertising Peroni and Erdinger Weissbier add variety for drinkers, as do bottled Corona, Beck’s and Budweiser, alongside around a dozen wines of each colour.

The food here is another important feature: doorstep sandwiches stuffed with roast pork; bangers and mash; and burgers. A big fan by the bar counter gives relief in summer; fat candles in glasses provide atmosphere in winter.


Venue name: Castle
Address: 26 Furnival Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-3pm, 5-10.30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane tube
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A haven in the city. There is a HUGE choice of ale. The staff are lovely, the food portions are as generous as the food is tasty. I learnt to play the ukulele in their upstairs room. If I hadn't had that lesson, I would never have found this place, but I've brought several friends back who have all loved the Castle.

very nice pub with a good choice of beer however the manager is so rude that he made the experience quiet unpleasnt