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The Salisbury

A ‘sport-free pub since 1892’, the Salisbury is one of those etched-glass, carved-mahogany, Victorian pub landmarks whose appearance has tourists reaching for their cameras.

It’s a Taylor Walker pub, so the menu’s traditional – Whitby breaded scampi from the ‘Fish & Chip Shop’, Great British Pub Platter – and ales feature prominently on the ‘Beautiful Beer Menu’. Along with Bombardier, Young’s London Gold and the brewery’s own Timothy Taylor Landlord, you’ll find St Austell Tribute, Mad Goose, Budvar and Estrella Damm, as well as Newky Brown by the bottle.

The pre-theatre crowd rubs shoulders with the snap-happy tourists when the pub fills in the early evening, but it’s spacious enough to fit half of London in.


Venue name: Salisbury
Address: 90 St Martin's Lane
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-11.30pm Thur; 11am-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
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Nick M

A very nice pub to look at, the ornate bar and mirrors make this place well worth checking out, however my last visit  was only a quick one.  The £4.90 pint of Timothy Taylors saw to that.  The £5 pint of bitter is obviously on its way to the Leicester Square / Covent Garden environs.  Which makes me sad and many tourists / pre-theatre drinkers poorer.

Staff Writer

A nice traditional looking pub. The decoration and architecture is amazing, feel like we're transported back 100 years. Never eaten here but the food always looks amazing, pretty traditional pub food, pie and chips and fish and chips. Bar gets busy but staff are always quick. It's nice to see that there are regular drinkers who pop-in and stand at the bar still and it's not overrun by tourist or theatre goers. Great place for a drink a bit of London heritage.


We ate here because everything else seemed to be closed on Boxing Day, and we were going to a show. I did not realise there would be a set menu only. I was dying to have a steak and ale pie, but got stuck with mystery meat they claimed was turkey. Dry potatoes, sad veggies -- it looked like a meal you'd eat in hospital. It's places like this that make people think England has bad food. You're better off eating at McDonald's. You can get "pub atmosphere" at plenty of places that also know how to make good food.


Atmospheric old world charm and a delightul oasis from the hustle and bustle of central London's nearby streets. The interior's large mirrors, light fixures and mahogony fittings are all orginal 19th century fixtures and the ownners have done a good job in maintaining its essential charms. I would say the pendant chalkboards advertising fish and chips and other fare detracts and cheapens the effect, as does the playing of music (even though playing good tracks like massive attack and indie favourites), as to me, the hum of good flowing conversations seems much more in keeping with the surrounds and adds to the overall experince of drinking in such a unique old world tavern.