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Hand and Racquet, Covent Garden

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Apparently now occupied by squatters
TiaMariaJim - 6 Mar 2011 18:12
Love the postings. Odd place when it was open - quiet, cheap and they hadn't a clue how to keep beer. Warm and flat. Can I have a cold bottled beer then - no they were warm as well. I had to resort to untra cold stongbow, which I hate. But even that was warm. The central European bar maid hadn't a clue - needed a manager who understood how to keep beer!
baggydave - 5 Nov 2009 22:06
I'm not having this!
The nights I have have in this boozer go down in British folklore.
Half-gallon Hancock they used to call me.
Saturday nights were a real treat. A pound in your pocket, a pint in your hand and a bird on your arm...
Shame I used to struggle with all three.
Mind you, they did wrong getting rid of Gladys.
I was in there.
I offered her a weekend in Clacton you know.
Then she found out Sid and Bill were coming and she went off the idea.
You know why it is? Why this pub shut down? Well of course they all say: It's you Tone, you haven't been doing a turn in the saloon bar for years.
I would pull them in. Wouldn't leave 'til me third encore.
...Well me third round
That and the public turning to foreign...what do they call it? Lager? Laaa geeeerrrr? It's not right! A pint of brown ale is how it should be. Churchill wouldn't drink this muck. I mean it's alright being a bit wayward, but only of British booze. Surely noone can be proud to say they were a bit wobbly off this continental claptrap. Warsteiner? My word, five years on the front line played havoc with me feet and the country celebrates with a pint of Adolph's finest.
I don't know.
I mean look at it. A global force we were, envy of the world. Leaders in battle, industry, technology, the arts and pride.
Look at us now...
I may aswell turn it in

t_hancock - 7 Mar 2009 00:51
Been in there 3years ago as a barmaid as several tourists used to call . Not a Japaness But a Korean girl /

due to that I've been keeping touch wiv my couple of friends who worked wiv me during that time, had already known about shutting itself soon .
But guys ! i know you might say it's dirty and unfriendly barmaid crushed you , i would say it was unfogettable time for me , even if my 3-year-ago memories are getting bleaker, my physical body remember it , my unconsciouness remember it vividly.

for almost 10 months , i had cleaning the every single pipe to make better taste beer. Yet my silly english capacity i had as of that day, i made a great effort on making my customers happy
Not led by any force from my manager , Not led by any invisible stress from people . ..

i just did cause that was what i wanted to treat them ..

please stop talk about only disadvantage stuffs. whatever you complain about this pub , you know and i know , everybody know this pub never gonna open again.....
nary3522 - 24 Feb 2009 09:09
Hang on - this pub closed more than 2 years ago - not a victim of the smoking ban or recession - the manager did a runner and it never reopened.

The whole block is now going to be redeveloped into a hotel/casino/cinema complex. Pizza Hut closed late last year and the bulldozers will be in sometime soon.
Loki - 17 Jan 2009 14:20
looks like the whole block is being targeted for something.
at least the tom cribb is just around the corner.
becks007 - 17 Jan 2009 14:07
This pubs is definitely shut, it's like the Marie Celeste, with glasses still on the bar and all the christmas decor still up. I've never been in but it's quite sad to see nonethless, another one of the 5 pubs closing in Britain every day...
Hockers - 9 Sep 2008 13:28
is this great pub now shut ?
the last few times i have been it
has not been open.
becks007 - 10 May 2008 07:45
My Favorite pub in London!
Always a hit on the Dukes Head FC London Drink Up!

Sorry we missed it this year!
bazfry - 8 Jan 2008 01:35
rare old-fashioned pub off leicester square, has lots of character although it's a bit care-worn. reasonable beer, friendly staff
mozzzzzz - 18 Jul 2007 11:54
Dirty little pub, but worth a stop if you are out of options.
northernmonkey - 29 Apr 2007 15:54
This pub is a comedy shrine as many Tony Hancock fans would know it's writers used to drink here and incorporated the name of the pub into Hancocks Half Hour.
Though quiet and discreetly hidden from the rest of the West End throng, it sadly has a hygiene problem. Every time I've been in, there's always been quite a few flies knocking about. And the beer always tastes like they haven't cleaned the pipes for months. Shame as this pub, if cared for, could have great potential.
tbase26 - 14 Apr 2007 18:28
what a refreshing change.
a great little pub whith juke box,great staff,and good beer.you wont find a better pub in central london
becks007 - 17 Feb 2007 22:08
This is our pub. The staff are always friendly especially the crazy Korean girl.Usually get a seat and its nicely tucked away from the hoardes of theatre people and tourists. For extra entertainment, watch the car park over the road. Its amazing how many idiots can't manouvre themselves in or out of there without making a right balls up.
DirtyPanda - 10 Feb 2007 20:31
Cosy little pub just a short distance away from Leicester Square (but nowhere near Covent Garden, despite what the listing says). Not too convinced about the bar staff, though...
rpadam - 20 Nov 2006 23:49
I wouldn't recommend here but for the bubbliest Japanes barmaid in the world!!! It's not too busy but it's not for seasoned pub goers.
mitomighty - 10 Nov 2006 23:34
The only time this place was ever decent was when the main manger was off sick, and the people who took over acctually treated customers as of they were wanted! Don't bother going.
anonymous - 16 Sep 2006 12:15
Popped in here a few times in the last few weeks nice staff and pleasant pint of beer. Worth a vist is passing by.
jkelly - 13 Aug 2006 15:18
Staff are slow and very rude. They made a mistake in our order and even after we pointed it out to them they didnt pour another drink but expected us to pay for their mistake. Wont be going back again.
anonymous - 10 Aug 2006 21:28
A nice little pub with friendly stsff and a nice pint of ale food is served as well hand for the National Gallery.
jkelly - 9 Aug 2006 11:13
Been in here many times over the past 15 years, but my as of yesterday, it has lost a few points for me. The staff were mixed - one friendly, one who was PIG ignorant. Any regulars will surely know who I mean. Certainly explains why there were 4 people in at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, yet a few yeards away, the excellent Tom Cribb was alive.
Too much competition in the area for this one to survive if things don't change.

The_Minders - 8 May 2006 21:32
agree with all comments below - the upstairs lounge is definitely worth a visit, it seats 10-12 and can hold a group of 30, perfect for after work-drinks. also its central & easy enough to get to and apparently now open on sundays. when we visited they'd just started a new spring menu which was great - will def come back.
proxy - 13 Apr 2006 15:54
I've been walking past this pub for years and never visited as it doesn't look particularly welcoming from the outside, but looks can be deceiving. A good atmosphere in the downstairs bar, but very limited seating, but loads of room in the bright upstairs lounge. Large pub menu, at reasonable prices. Would recommend.
mistral1969 - 16 Dec 2005 10:10

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