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Now called Kosho
gilberto - 5 Sep 2012 04:56
What is it with this place that it gets a refit and a name change every 2 years or so? Now called Kosho, as you'll see above the pic it used to be Bar Mango before Custom House, and it was Global Cafe before that. I dare say by the time BITE change the name to Kosho it'll be called something else.
McIntosh - 28 Aug 2011 18:20
They probably have an arrangement to keep the moronic masses (Fartbore fans) in one place, so the rest of us can get on with real life!
The_Final_Arbiter - 17 Aug 2010 12:18
Now a sports bar showing live Premier League football at 3pm on a Saturday. Didn't think you were allowed to do that in the UK.

duchyjim - 17 Aug 2010 12:10
As Romford goes this place is OK but that is only as Romford goes. Reasonable pint of Marstons Ped, food usual pub grub. Service (now there's a word). Told by male bar oik that there was waitress service so went to sit down. 15 mins later went and spoke to female bar opo who took my order at the bar. Confused??
twineyboy - 17 Jun 2009 00:28
Went here for a lunchtime leaving do as it was a nice day so we could sit outside (although the outside area was in the shade). From the extensive menu - you know the sort of thing: 'prime succulant hand reared beef dribbled in balsamic vinegar etc.. - I chose the 'gourmet' burger. It was not bad, a nice big burger topped with bacon and cheese and a fair portion of chips. My colleagues were quite happy with their food. Reasonable price. There is no real ale here so I had a pint of Stella. The place was empty when we left at three.
HornchurchJohn - 29 May 2009 15:56
The atmosphere is too thin on the ground. The whole setting looks like a city worker's studio flat than a pub. The staff are inefficient when it is busy.
This is not my type of pub.
pubboi28 - 29 Dec 2008 13:58
This is my favourite bar/pub in this end of Romford, which sounds like faint praise, and it is.

The atmosphere is at least friendly and you are unlikely to get into a drunken scene(fight) with the local pondlife in here. Not much else to actually recommend it other than that.

Standard lagerpub with no proper ale, decorated in a style which is a cross between a modernist loft appartment and an Edwardian Gentleman's club (go figure!), I would never eat there(or anywhere else in South Street, Romford, anyone who does deserves all they get.
Jay28 - 1 Apr 2008 13:11
Laughable would be too kind. I feel slightly conned and cheapened by the whole experience.

My Work Colleges and I were looking forward to our Christmas party that had been arranged to be held there and everyone had high hopes of what was to come. Which were soon dashed to the rocks like a sail boat in a tempest.

To start of with I wasn't expecting any Michelin star food or silver service, just some honest hot pub grub thats all. I'm a man of simple means and don't expect that much out of life. However what was shoved under our noses the by surly staff was neither hot or any thing closely resembling food.

The first course was a choice between merger serving of 3 very small spring rolls with a limp side salad, a few greasy deep fried mushrooms or half a tin of vegetable soup.

The main course was inedible. Described as Turkey Breast with stuffing.. (Mmh the traditional Christmas meal you'd think). What we got was dry limp boiling in the bag rubbish of the highest order. As you can imagine I didn't stay long enough to find out what wondrous garbage they had planned for the pudding.

However this pales into comparison to the attitude of the manger who really could do with a few weeks a charm school. Trying to pass off a bottle 0f 75p French Battery acid as an apology just won't cut it.

I feel deeply conned and hope to the God's that they get a visit from Gordon Ramsey, because others should not have to suffers this.
Plymouth73 - 7 Dec 2007 12:08
Full of birds after work sorts, really bad service and the staff have an attitude.
The_Black_Prawn - 30 Mar 2007 15:01
indeed this is the custom house now, and i attended last week for my b'day on a friday night, it was a nice venue, well decorated and had a nice set of people in there, aged from about 23 - 30 at a guess, which makes a change for romford, the staff were friendly, and service was quick.

it could have been slightly busier, but was nice to have a bit of room for a change. will def go back.
essjaydee - 12 Mar 2006 20:16
its not called BarMango any more
Walked passed the other day and its now called
The Custom House?????????
sweetie121 - 18 Feb 2006 01:03
This place has always been a bar as far as I can remember. Originally a 'Global Netcafe' around the time a netcafe popped up in every major town in england (ninety-four or ninety-five?), and then about three other things I can't remember the names of.

It's always been one of those 'cafe during the day, music and booze at night' venues and, meaning you could get wasted in there of an evening and then cure the hangover with breakfast in there the next day. They used to do a 'bottomless pot' of tea, which we tested to its supposedly non-existent limit. By the time the staff had realised we'd been there 2 hours, we'd had about fifteen cups each and were so hyper that they didn't dare arguing with us.

The Mango vibe is really good, and apart from consistently bumping into some old 'school chums' it's a bloody good night. It's also the only place in Romford my posh Buckinghamshire wife has enjoyed a night out in. The DJ plays mainly r'n'b and some horrid chart stuff amongst more credible material, and manages to annoy me every time I go there by saying "and a little bit later on we're going into the oldskool", but never actually does. Stays open fairly late so it's a good place to end up. The toilets get very messy though. If there was someone in there asking for tips because he's cleaning up I'd gladly oblige, but instead there's some bloke selling squirts of aftershave, lollypops, and tries charging labour for helping you wash your own hands! The only downside of a quality venue.
duffy - 10 Feb 2006 15:57
Good for a Friday night out with plenty to go onto afterwards. Bang in the centre of Romford if you like that sort of thing.
JonH - 10 Sep 2005 17:39
Very good and get a better class of people in here but is very busy on weekend!! but very good
DNA1984 - 9 Aug 2005 16:00
a gr8 place 2 go as u never get any trouble n the bouncers r gr8 as well
xXxjadexXx - 31 Jan 2005 14:45
One of the more bearable venues in the cesspit that is Romford. Quiet in the week (to the extent that it sometimes closes early because no one is in there!), same as everywhere else on the weekend.
Big_Lad - 8 Dec 2004 15:07
good place to go to but it gets too overcrowded on friday and saturday. good music and the drinks aren't too expensive.
anonymous - 26 Nov 2004 12:13
I'd like to say that Bar Mango is great! Romford's nightlife has turned into a place for ugly 15 year old street urchins and Bar Mango along with Life bar(sometimes!) and occasionally Envy provide a healthy alternative to the ever increasing fights and children who cant handle their drink.
Jenny - 8 Nov 2004 19:57
i like bar mango but its a bit small and minimalist for my total liking
there was about 5 seats when i went there last
anonymous - 2 Oct 2004 15:43
not bad compared to rest of plastic "pubs" in town. friendly service wines not bad.
kevin - 17 Sep 2004 14:51

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