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Pitcher and Piano, Tower Hill

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As many financial services companies have migrated to Mayfair, the Eastern edge of the City around Tower Hill & Aldgate has lost its soul. There are many boarded up properties. What has happened to the bar I still think of as the Savage Grill is a good example. It's changed names more times than I can remember since those days, and when I saw its latest mutation was into a Bavarian Beer House (I know the Royal Family originally came from Germany, but allowing a monstrosity like this right by the Tower of London is absurd) I didn't even go in. I went into the Cheshire Cheese over the road instead. The idea of sitting at a table with a blue & white checkered cloth, waiting for a girl in German native dress to come and serve me was more than I could stand... The Pitcher & Piano was OK, and I had bored the girl behind the bar telling her what it had been like there in the early 80s. Eventually there won't be a bar or pub there at all. Hopefully the Ship will still be there up the road, or even the Wine Lodge in Fenchurch Street if you really desperate for a drink.
donaldking - 26 Feb 2012 19:22
Bavarian Beer House, well it looks like Heidi would fit in, but there is little else one could call Germanic about the place, except of course for their extortionate pricing. 4.20 for a pint with a huge head and a 'humpf' when you ask for a top up. Best avoided if not addicted to bratwurst.
caskmark - 2 Jun 2010 12:23
The Pitcher and Piano has closed and has become the second branch of the Bavarian Beerhouse (Old Street).
jm_creighton - 25 May 2010 15:14
Went here last week and wasn't impressed. Firstly, the staff didn't seem to know the price of the drinks, as we were charged something different every time we went to the bar, despite ordering exactly the same drink every time!
The staff were a bit surly and miserable. Toilets were unclean, out of tissue and smelly. Not a place I want to come back to in a hurry.
ST2004 - 22 Feb 2008 16:14
Wow , will have to keep an eye out for the gay builders....was going to say I like this plcae. They have quite a few tables outside which is good for us smokers. The bar man told me they were planning on opening later soon, whcih will make a nice alternative to the revolting Charlie's.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2007 14:21
I did used to like this place, a nice City basement bar. However it does attract very aggressive macho gay builders on the pull for anything in a suit. I have to say it was quite intimidating when someone who looked like the hardest bloke I have ever seen (forgive the pun) propositioned me and my mates to do some funny business with him in the toilet. After politely declining because we are straight, he became very abusive and started shouting abuse to us in front of the whole pub and barked at the top of his voice that he was gay. He made Vinne Jones look like John Inman.
anonymous - 1 Aug 2007 16:42
Not bad for a P&P but it being in a basement means it's a bit dark and I like the sunshine. Beer and food are standard London prices although the City seems to have hidden gems that are half the price of everywhere else. But this isn't one of them.
Cleversaz - 3 Jun 2007 12:50
Have to be straight with you here but not a fan of these faceless places as you could be in any pub / any town. That said, it does a cracking little pint of Staropramen, serves tasty tucker and always attracts girls.
PieFace - 16 Nov 2006 15:33
popped in just before xmas on a friday nite seemed ok and got served very quickly all things considered , nice atmosphere and good staff was on bottles all night so cant comment on the beer , but nice pub

romfordir - 1 Feb 2006 15:01
Hi guys!
Just wanted to say that I love going to your bar!
Spceially for the new sexy french girl that just started!Looking forward to see you soon!
Rolando
da_geezzer300 - 27 Aug 2005 19:21
This bar is a great place to do a spot of people watching...being from oop North I found it a little expensive but I was drinking the lager that evening whilst waiting for a friend to turn up. Friendly barstaff and good food judging by the stuff that was being taken past me to the tables.!
harlequin - 31 Jan 2005 06:43

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