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Stags Head, Fitzrovia

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A proper working man's boozer. Drink, as opposed to food, orientated. Three ales on, two of which were Tring brews, went for the Tring Nosebag which was okay as opposed to good. One of the few real pubs left in Central London.
Snarling_Mallard - 15 Mar 2019 23:08
The Stag's Head is located on New Cavendish Street, just off Great Portland Street. It's situated in an art deco building. It has a single, small room with more standing room than seating. The bar is even extended outwards to ensure more drinking space. But more people were outside than in on my Friday afternoon visit. Service wasn't the friendliest and the ale range was not the best - Fullers London Price & Tring Side Pocket For A Toad & Colley's Dog. The TV was off. But music was playing. A fairly average affair.
blue_scrumpy - 27 May 2017 19:10
I agree. It isn't spectacularly good but it's a very solid 7/10 in an area with plenty of decent options. Beer quality is always decent (usually have Tring Side Pocket here which is a fairly unusual good session bitter, but the Seafarers/Pride is also good).

Prices are reasonable for the area as well, and it's a good option for watching sport/football in the area as well. Civilised mainly post work crowd. It is quite small though and can often get busy.
mike_s - 27 May 2016 15:56
I found this a rather better pub than the average mark indicates.

Its most noteworthy feature is the exterior and interior. Both look to be unspoilt since their original installation, which I would speculate would have been in the 1930s - it almost has an art deco look but perhaps a bit more modern. The wood-panelled interior looks again to be original. I'd be entirely unsurprised if this is on the CAMRA Regional Inventory.

As to the pub itself, I quite liked it: it had the feel of a family run local which is unusual to say the least in central London. Two ales, as others have said, and I thought my Hog's Back T.E.A. was quite well served. I would return.
grecian - 25 Jun 2009 10:40
I found the landlady in here to be nice enough and my pint of Pride was good. As mentioned in previous posts, T.E.A. was also available alongside a selection of standard draught products.

There are a couple of plasma screens and a small TV and the pub shows Sky Sports and Setanta. The background music was good and at a nice level and there is also a quiz machine.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink here again, but would pop in if passing.
Strongers - 17 Jun 2009 06:58
Traditional, but unremarkable street corner pub underneath an office block on the same street as, and close to, the Ship, on which I've just posted.

It's a former William Younger's house - note the unusual semi-circular iron pub sign ( visible in the photo here ) with a stags head on the corner of the wall which tells you this.

There is however none of the other usual William Younger's trademarks - eg fake Tudor exterior, patterned leaded windows - that you normally get at former Youngers pubs ( eg - Wheatsheaf in Rathbone Place, The Ship close to Holborn Tube station ).

Two real ales were available - London Pride and Hogs Back TEA, the latter being in average condition on my recent early evening visit.

The guv'nor seemed friendly and welcoming and there's obviously quite a regular crowd, which is always a good sign , which isn't often the case in central London

Whilst the interior has a reasonably traditional unmessed about with feel to it, I found this a rather ordinary, slightly uninspiring pub, and it's not high up on my list for a quick return visit.


JohnBonser - 1 May 2009 13:26
Very average pint of TEA, and not a lot of character. OK for a 'quick one', I suppose, but don't go out of your way to visit this place on current form.
rpadam - 14 Jan 2009 00:09
Hogs Back TEA and Pride still on tap. Plain pub, but the landlord and staff are always friendly.
thursdaynight - 19 Dec 2008 15:51
2 friends have had their drinks spiked in here, never returning, EVER, PERIOD. New management have spoiled a great after work haunt by fostering the wrong clientelle.

Far too much chemical activity going on in the toilet cubicles too. Avoid!


manchester_girl - 8 Jul 2008 22:51
A pub fairly near work I hadn't been in before. Hogs Back TEA and Pride were on, nothing else of note worth drinking. This was just after the Russia v England game and the sound was at ear splitting volume. From a short stay an average pub but the TEA was nice to see.
GuideDogSaint - 17 Oct 2007 22:12
Despite breaking one of the golden rules of pubs by having a flat roof, this place thrives because its averageness makes it a perfect place to watch the football. We attended for the Spring 2007 Champions League semi final between Chelsea and Liverpool and were spared the usual gangs of loadsamoney type characters with foghorn voices. Then, the staff applied the coup de grace by providing free food - nuggets, sausages and chips. Friendly service makes it a decent, uncontroversial venue.
BoehmBawerk - 2 May 2007 11:46
Ok for a quick pint but rather characterless.
WaitorseBoyz - 7 Dec 2006 10:03
if you`re a perv like me and watch babestation(sky906) the second the wife leaves the room you`ll like it here cos the babestation girls drink here!!!!!!!!!
holcroft - 16 Jul 2006 17:37
Great pub, nice and central.

Often see the guy from Red Dwarf in here on a Friday, he always looks all hot and sweaty.
steady_eddy - 20 Jun 2006 13:16
okay, not bad for a spot of pub grub and a pint but they could turn the lights on as it has a dark and dingy feel to it. lacks atmosphere - filled with the old war veteran type sitting wheezing on a woodbine looking into space vacantly.
big_dog - 18 May 2006 12:56
Not a bad local pub, close to work and does a great lunch. The recent prices increases knock a few points off but overall a nice pub to go an have a few drinks and a chat to mates.
aussieinlondon - 20 Apr 2006 01:45
Plain and characterless bar with an austere 1930's feel. Wood panelling is thin and nasty like tea chests pinned to the wall; while the carpet is a pale pink floral mess as if a poodle on a period had rolled around on the floor. The cask beers are Courage Best and London Pride. The Best was in decent condition, but is a boring beer anyway - thin fruit and minimal hops.
SilkTork - 16 Aug 2005 23:01
Better than The Ship, which we also went in yesterday, very quiet, but had Youngs, Pride and Courage Best on.
Pauly - 12 Dec 2003 13:12

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