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he man who heckled me, racially and verbally abused me throughout, was not punished / banned because (as the staffs explained) he was 'the manager's friend'. For this appalling excuse of a business, I can only give one star for the horrible experience (26th February night). Hope everyone working at the place take a good hard look at themselves and realise any association without condemnation of such behaviour is nothing to be passive about. Still shocked at how I was advised to simply 'ignore' him throughout the night.
kimsangwook93 - 27 Feb 2015 13:54
Beer was pretty decent (Spitfire) but at £3.90 a pint I would quit like a pint rather than 3/4 of a pint
vic_boner - 27 Dec 2013 10:27
The George has just been taken over by Shepherd Neame, the only good thing about that is it will remain a pub.
stroller - 11 Oct 2013 17:14
Not a bad little boozer for a Saturday pub crawl drink or two, but not one I'd rush back to! Lager selection good, but not so great for ale lovers...
meland - 3 Oct 2011 12:29
During an imprompt pub crawl last Saturday afternoon in and around Soho, we stumbled across this small, one roomed corner pub and I regret to say that we were none too impressed! It's old woodwork and mirrors were neglected and dirty. The toilets were disgusting and in need of refurbishment. Whatever real ale that normally is available was off so we had to resort to lager, which was poor. It's a crying shame to be honest, this little boozer has so much potential and so much could be made of it in time but for now it's one to write off I'm sad to say!
Legolegs - 20 Jan 2010 10:35
Single room late Victorian ( 1897) street corner pub situated slap bang in the centre of Soho.

Internally, some original features remain - most notably a fine moulded ceiling and an ornate bar back - but the evident opening out of what was obviously a partitioned pub ( note the separate entrances ) into a single room with the usual mixture of high tables, chairs and sofas has created a pub that is not immediately likeable. Of particular note however, is a fine large Meux & Co Celebrated Ales Brewery Mirror. Windows indicate that the pub was formerly a Taylor Walker pub. I stand to be corrected, but I seem to recall that the pub had a spell as a Nicholsons pub.

Like most Soho pubs seemingly, the welcome for passing customers such as yours truly is somewhat less than effusive, neither is there seemingly any real emphasis or obvious commitment to real ale. My recent early Friday afternoon visit proved that The George is no exception to this rule.

There's 2 handpumps - rather oddly each is situated at opposite extremities of the bar. Beers on were Batemans Rosey Nosey and Spearfish ( Wadworths, I think ) . The Batemans - 3.30p - was reasonable, but, tellingly, despite the pub being quite busy, I don't recollect seeing any other pints of real ale being ordered during my half hour visit.

The customer base appears to be younger media types and, taking everything into account, I'll probably give this one a miss in future.
JohnBonser - 22 Dec 2009 12:20
Pooped in for a quick today , OMG , what has happened here , the place is filthly, and ferral , standing at the bar with a friend ,you cant but help notice the dirt and grime everywhere. I know the company who owns this pub went broke but has someone else bought it yet??? we finished our beers and went to the ship ( fullers pub ) nearby ,
The_Pub_Inspector - 20 Nov 2008 14:09
fantastic old world the mirrors,could do with a touch of paint though and the toilets are a lot to be desired,but a great little boozer fast service i was there for the euro 2008 games and the atmosphere was fab,the fosters was cold what more do you want ,good english pub.Pity theres no food on offer though ,hot dog or pie would of been welcome.nice touch with all the flags as well
johns - 19 Jun 2008 16:27
*True* widescreen is available here for the football, rugby, etc.. [[W]]
widescreen - 4 Feb 2008 11:08
watched england beat austarila here very nice bar good beer(but not much choice but the strongarm was good) freindly staff Overall a fine for central london
chippy2409 - 8 Oct 2007 07:47
Dirty,dull and overpriced, barmaid was more interested in smoking her fag whilst chatting on her mobile than cleaning up the filthy bar. will not return although it does carry the advantage of guaranteeing you a seat in an otherwise over-populated area.
sprungmonkey - 28 Apr 2007 19:17
Looks good from the outside with the typical Victorian style name in stone above the corner. The big windows let in a lot of light - which serves to emphasize just how smoky it is in there. Just the one ale on today - Bombardier, which was not particularly good for the 3 a pint I was charged. Seating is mainly wooden stools for sitting at the shelving under the windows. There are three settees at tables for four, but the clothe covering was just about the most dirty I have ever seen. Shame - should be better. Doubt whether I shall go again, unless I happen to be pasing and am feeling thirsty.
RexRattus - 7 Mar 2007 17:16
A lovely pub, great atmosphere. Can be hard to get a seat some nights but its worth it. Daytimes are quieter bar staff are friendly (especially the short girl with brown hair) Overall a really nice old style pub.
pineapplepal - 5 Dec 2006 12:58
The George is a typical late Victorian, single room pub in the depths of Soho. Rather awkwardly laid out with a fruit machine almost blocking the one door and a generous amount of space behind the bar given the size of the pub. 2 ales but the pumps are rather strangely situated at opposite ends of the bar and you cannot tell what they are without asking or fighting your way around the bar to look (Courage Best and Bombardier is the answer). Quite airy with plenty of windows, bare floors, basic furniture and 3 TVs (a bit excessive for a pub this size), however the best features are probably the old mirrors advertising Friary Meux (remember them) beers and Mineral Water. Nothing specifically wrong with the pub but there is not really enough to warrant going out of the way for and is probably best as part of a crawl or a meeting place.
RogerB - 10 Apr 2006 19:00
Nice cosy old pub, interesting woodwork and old mirrors. Refreshing to see a pub which hasn't been bastardised by a brewery into some sanitised hell hole. Nice selection of booze. Yet to get a seat in there, but hey ho, Soho.
kutiepie6662003 - 18 Feb 2006 00:45
Threw a sickie (sod it, you only live once) and ended up watching Wallace and Grommit at The Empire. Haven't been up West in years and after battling through crowds I realised why. Anyway, ended up in The George for a pint. Enjoyed it, being the afternoon it wasn't crowded. Small but no harm in that. Couple of screens and a fruity as people term them.
Lyncroft - 2 Dec 2005 16:06
Decent beer, lovely barmaid (.)(.) This pub would rated fairly well, if it wasnt located in in the grottiest part of Soho, surrounded by clip joints, dealers, pimps and prozzies, definately the sort of area you dont want to be in at closing time. Its also a little cramped (and you dont have the option of standing outside).
Selly - 4 Oct 2005 13:39
Had some fantastic nights in this pub...but that's when the lovely sweedish barmaid was becoming one of my best friends and I had a habit of winning free rounds of drinks in prize draws...purely coincidental I assure you.

Yep, a bit cramped, great for standing outside in summer, great for sitting at bar supping guiness and smoking in winter, until they banned smoking at the bar, a joke in a bar the size of my kitchen...used to be a proper lil smokey, no nonsense boozer, not enough left in Soho!

Didn't know the Stones trivia..but coming from a man who thinks D'Arblay St is in Fitzrovia probably best not taken as gospel...

Recently changed owners so guess we'll see what happens. Went in last week and all the draught lagers had run out...not a good start.

brasilica69 - 6 Sep 2005 22:41
This was ok but it was fairly cramped so had to keep moving whenever someone went a toilet... not layed out very well at all.
The_Hitman - 31 May 2005 21:33
Ok, looks like the is the first comment on this place for well over a year, so mabye that explains things...

Went there yesterday after work (certainly not for the first time) and all was fine, in general the Bar staff need to cheer up a bit! However, my unfortunate experience was a pint of stella that tasted [at best] like it had a top in it, at worst it was a mix of something else or a really off pint. The thing that really pi$$ed me off was the fact that the (rather young looking) assistant manager wouldn't change it! It wasn't like it was nearly empty or any similar stunt - it was about 9/10ths full! To add insult to injury he poured it into another ping glass and said "try that" ?! Saying something like it tasted like flat stella. Not impressesed, I argued my point and insisted he compared it to another [fine] pint, at which point he stated I would have to take this up with the "her" and pointed to the person who served it and that 'someone had to pay for it'!! What kind of attitude is that? A manager, if the face of a customer refusing any responsibilty and passing the buck down to bar staff?!?! crazy.

I didn't get the pint changed, and another round continued, this time with a good pint, but next time we're going out, needless to say neither I or probably anyone else I was with who witnessed this dire customer attitude will be going back in a hurry.

biggerbyfar - 14 May 2005 11:47
The best thing about this place is standing outside in the summer and watching the birds - it's soooo Soho
Paul - 24 Dec 2003 11:41
The rolling stones formed here, it was the first time they were all in a room together, noone including the staff seems to know this but i swear its true!, put some pics up and youll reel em in. Nice little pub, esp in the day but watch the stairs to the toilet!, if you ever wanted to throw someone down some stairs, these would have to be the ones...
mr G - 10 Sep 2003 16:11
Funny. Last I looked this pub was in Fitzrovia. Oh well...

Really good little place. Though I'm not sure about the "no colours" rule on match days. It's not like the place would suddenly attract football hooligans if they allowed the odd England shirt.

Oh, and they do enforce it strictly by the way. So don't go down there in your football shirt. You will be asked to leave (as we found out one Saturday).
G - 16 Jun 2003 17:40
Fantastic pub. Go there every lunch time - always get to sit in my favourite seat and the staff always have my pint of best and bag of scratchings ready for me when I get there
Amber M - 4 Jun 2003 14:36
A nice little pub with emphasis on little. Good atmosphere but doesn't need to many people in it to feel crowded. Certainly superior to the Wetherspoons nearby although obviously more expensive.
Alistair - 28 Nov 2002 10:22

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