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I love this place. Me and the missus always pop in before and after trips to the national gallery. Four good ales on and lowenbrau. Have a filthy hangover this morning though, and I blame it on the lowen! Great boozer and the food looked good too.
TommyRogers1979 - 21 Feb 2016 16:50
Went into the Marquis last Sunday. Beer selection was okay and service was good. However not as good as the selection and service in the Harp. Atmosphere was soulless as well.
Boyne - 17 Dec 2014 15:07
Fine for a drink but don't eat here! We came here for my birthday lunch so had hoped for something nice. There was an open fire & plenty of space.The beef & ale pie was not available,no problem, then neither was the chicken ok sausage & mash fairly simple finally arrive-very poor quality dried out suasages with gravy like water,burnt pork schnitzel & a chicken burger came out minus the chicken!!!~Just don't bother doing food guys the worst meal I've had all year. Staff didn't ask us how everything was.
Cooper1512 - 17 Dec 2013 12:32
Has just been quite substantially renovated, though I've yet to pop in. 4 hand pumps now on the bar - London Pride and I think Seafarers on sale the other day.
zorrodp - 21 Apr 2012 11:23
I spent (at 14.00 today) ten minutes waiting at the bar with my fiver in my hand. There were three other people there drinking - I was the only one waiting to be served. The young lady behind the bar ignored me - she was busy pumping clear water from the London Pride tap. When she got around to asking me what I wanted, I commented on my new-found invisibility and she poured me the drink. That gave her time to think of a defence, so, instead of saying sorry for the unnecessary delay in serving me, she said, 'Oh, I thought you were there waiting there for someone to join you.' So it may not be in contravention of the Licensing Act to be alone in a pub, but it certainly appears to be contrary to the norms of the Marquis. She didn't need to be objectionable; a simple, sincere apology would have sufficed. I regard the lady's behaviour as an insult and I won't be returning to the Marquis.
musungu - 3 Feb 2012 17:27
Only 1 beer on
Staff were uninterested in serving
Upstairs is for diners only.

Lots of much better pubs nearby, avoid.
EdBeery - 8 Dec 2010 12:54
On my visit here on Friday there were three barmaids and only one other customer other than myself, but we both had to wait to be served and even then he was served first even though I was waiting longer. The barmaid knew his drink without him saying anything so he was obviously a regular. I decided to leave without purchasing a drink as they obviously arenít that bothered about my custom and I only popped in to check it out on my way to the far superior Harp along the way.

Anyway, this is a thin wedge shaped modernised pub that has a selection of premium lagers and two hand pumps, but only Pride was available as the other was off.

Iíll not be returning in any great hurry.
Strongers - 22 Nov 2009 11:39
This pub serves as something of an overspill from the more popular 'Harp' next door. I popped here because I wanted a table and the Harp was too busy, and decided to try a few of the unusual foriegn lagers on offer.
The pub is fairly smart and tidy, if a little bland downstairs, but I thought the upstairs seating area was very nice and a window seat gave a fairly decent view of life milling about on the street below.
The beers were pretty expensive though, with some of the bottled lagers coming in at over £4 a go, but I didn't try the pints, so I'm not sure how they compare.
Pubsignman - 27 Oct 2009 21:40
Not so keen on this place after the refurb - purely aesthetic though, still ok as a boozer.
lennie384 - 27 Sep 2009 01:08
Went to go to the Harp but it was busy so we popped in here instead. I was amazed that as the Harp was so full that there was just one old boy at the bar and no-body else in!! That filled me with dread as there must be a reason why the place was so empty as it seemed nice enough. Only one ale though, London Pride which was pretty good. But they should offer at least three as a minimum standard to be a proper boozer!! Not a bad pub but could be improved if the barmaid learnt how to use the till properly and they put some tables out front so my mate and I could sit and people watch.
bish80 - 17 Mar 2009 11:17
M&B sold it outright, as far as I'm aware, one of a number of good pubs they put up for sale at the same time. This used to be a nice place to go to for some decent beer, but they seem to be trying to appeal to the lager crowd now Ė a fickle bunch at the best of times.

But I'm relieved that it's still a pub because I feared the worst after its closure. It's hopefully only a matter of time before a more enlightened landlord comes along and improves the beer selection and gives it its proper name back. For the time being though, I'll be in the Harp or Ship & Shovell.
Barrowboy_and_Banker - 1 Dec 2008 00:21
Is this an M&B franchise or was it sold outright? hard to tell on our visit. never liked it in its old style , still dont. pride wasnt the best.. and very large head . not planning a return
kiwiphil - 26 Oct 2008 19:32
Had a mates Birthday in here in July. They Reserved an area for us, Quick service all night and whilst it got busy did not get totally packed out. Good music being played. Good joint
HENDO - 17 Sep 2008 20:31
I think this is a great place to do for a drink. I much prefer this pub to the faceless chain pubs and wine bars that make up most of the places to go for a drink around this area.

They also do some nice food upstairs at lunchtimes. They've gone for the random collection of chairs and tables approach to decor, which is again refreshing compared to the local competition. Gives the place a bit of character. The food is just pub grub really, but nicely done and good value.

I've also found that the Marquis is a bit quieter than a lot of places and it's pretty quick and easy to get a drink, even on a Friday evening.

The only criticism I've got is that one or two of the bar staff can be a bit grumpy, but even so I'd recommend the Marquis to anyone who fancies a couple of beers in the heart of the West end.
gavacac - 24 Jul 2008 15:57
Just went to this pub - we were the first in there after work - went upstairs and sat down at a table. It got busy then a member of staff told us to go downstairs as she wanted to give the table to someone else.

I left my drink - HOW DARE THEY?
MsNo1 - 31 Jan 2008 19:27
Typical Covent Garden Pub, had to try and explain the order of a pint and a 'VODKA AND ORANGE' to the non English speaking barmaid about 6 times.

Go in The Harp
mrse1 - 30 Jan 2008 13:02
Now re-opened, and much smartened up. Odd-shaped pub, tapering to a corner just one seat wide. Some decent continental lagers and a couple of handpumps (for once, real ales not tried). Handy for Charing Cross station if the alternatives (e.g. Harp, Chandos, Ship & Shovel, etc.) are too full or if you fancy a change.
rpadam - 21 Dec 2007 19:54

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