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Green Man and French Horn, Covent Garden

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user reviews of the Green Man and French Horn, Covent Garden

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Re-opened as restaurant - part of the Terroirs stable (see King William IV Street WC2) - in the last 2 weeks.
zorrodp - 30 Sep 2012 21:45
Currently has builders in and looks like it's being turned into flats
offramp - 3 Sep 2012 12:02
The pub remains closed with no obvious work on reopening.
zorrodp - 21 Apr 2012 11:18
The pub remains closed, though the remodelling of the upper floors for 3 flats, and a major change to the ground floor frontage to provide a separate front door, appears now to be complete.

As far as can be seen there is still internal works under way on the ground (pub) floor - but no indication as yet when it may re-open.
zorrodp - 30 Jun 2011 23:07
I have heard rumours that some sort of renovation work was going on here and that it may have reopened. Can anyone confirm this, please?
daveid - 29 Jun 2011 12:10
MSE12 - 18 Jul 2010 10:31
Never mind looking for the Harp if you want a decent pint of bitter... just cross the road to the Salisbury. Couldn't be simpler and, in my opinion, you will not find a
better-kept pint in the West End.
foghorn - 18 May 2010 14:58
I always stop off here when in the area and find it`far from the maddening crowd` beer always fine service good and food looks good but not sampled any up till now, 7/10
FredCarno - 21 Mar 2010 09:18
Cosy West End boozer with a bit of an an identity crisis. It's location makes it a handy stop-off for the theatres, but the steady tourist trade has allowed it to rest on it laurels. Usually, there is a good atmosphere though it can get noisy at times. The best thing about this pub is the staff. The food is OK if you like pub grub circa 1980s, but not worth a special trip. Then it all goes downhill when you get to the beer. Adnam's Bitter & Broadside and Thwaite's Wainwright - all consistently disappoint. Maybe Faucet Inns will spend some money and get it right one day; in the meantime, if you want a decent pint go to the nearby Harp - it's in a different league. The GM&FH does have a very good, if quirky, pub quiz on a Monday evening though.
halfabitterman - 6 Nov 2009 21:17
An oasis of calm in the busy west-end. A great tradition English pub with a good selection of well-kept real ales. Adnams, Adnams Broadside, Lancaster Bomber, XB & Wainwrights were all on. Really good place to escape the hustle & bustle of Leicester Square.
Greegor_F - 19 Oct 2009 10:54
The usual Adnams and Batemans range you get a lot round here. A small narrow pub and good to sit in the front window watching people go past. Seemed ok to me, I would go back.
rainlight - 4 Apr 2009 08:36
If you're a real ale drinker you may well be disappointed as Adnams is the only brew of choice available here. Friendly bar staff though in what I can only describe as an average pub.
The_D_Man - 27 Feb 2009 12:26
Friendliest landlord and landlady made myself and my friends feel extremely welcome. Meant to start our Saturday afternoon crawl there and then head off but were having such a good time we never moved for the entire day! Decent food too.
ledges - 14 Feb 2009 14:02
Near of National Gallery this pub is perhaps less beautiful between those visited. Much little one, nearly miniums restaurant, with simple furnishings of a tavern more than a pub. Enough ordinary beers, rather full the evening. Places to seat in too much small.
Dorqui - 14 Jan 2009 18:57
Used to frequent it. A decent pub, used to get verrrry smoky back in the day. It shows football on regular tellies in the corner and sometimes there are seats out the front, which is nice place to watch the world go by.

The urinals are interesting and the beer is good. 6 on 10
Stout - 4 Sep 2008 16:40
A very odd place.

But odd can be good.

This time, however, it wasnt.
TapsPunk - 9 Jul 2008 11:51
This is a little gem in the heart of theatre land!! we absolutly fell in love with it! friendly, welcoming and a different burger every week....what more do u need.
Lucyloo845 - 3 Jul 2008 23:05
This is a little gem in the heart of theatre land!! we absolutly fell in love with it! friendly, welcoming and a different burger every week....what more do u need.
Lucyloo845 - 3 Jul 2008 23:05
A welcome oasis of calm in the tourist filled west end. A well-run traditional English pub with a quick service menu and a well kept range of real ales.
JustinNewman - 8 May 2008 11:32
As someone else put it, a nondescript but tolerable West End pub. I thought the landlord seemed a very decent bloke too, plus I heard him clearly telling a tourist that he needed to come and order food at the bar, so perhaps Millay's story was a one-off.
grecian - 7 May 2008 18:09
You should get a seat when other places nearby are heaving. real ales, but a bit non-descript.
mozzzzzz - 16 Apr 2008 12:00
I've been using this place for an after work drink for a few months now and it really is the best place in the area away from the tourists. They've just put in an impressive new menu too.
JessSlade - 4 Mar 2008 12:29
This is a great little pub which is surprisingly untouristy for the area. The decor may be a little dull but at least its been kept traditional.

The manager is a proper 'landlord' that actually takes time to get to know his customers and remembers you which is really refreshing for a central london pub.

Surprised about the comment below regarding customer service, i've always found it to be excellent. Really one should be able to follow the instructions on the menu that say 'order food at bar'...

Good range of beers, great atmoshphere when the rugby is on, my favourite pub in the area.
Stantonlogic - 26 Feb 2008 12:11
Decent enough pub with a small frontage but a long deep bar inside. Three real ales on including Old Peculiar which you donít see too much these days. Right in the heart of the tourist area but appalling customer service, at least when I was there it was bad. I saw a guy come in and sit at a table, look at the menu and look around a few times. After 5 minutes he left presumably thinking his business wasnít welcome. I then heard the bar staff joking about it. I guess I could have told him myself that he needed to approach the bar to get served but I think he was probably better off somewhere a bit more tourist tolerant. Location wise the pub is opposite the Salisbury which is much more geared up for the tourist trade.

Millay - 8 Dec 2007 20:41
Ok pub, but seating arrangement leaves a bit to be desired. It's like sitting in a corridor if you're at a table. Otherwise the service is good, place is kept clean, and it shows sports on the TV which is welcome.
steve5312 - 8 Oct 2007 18:01
NOn-descript little place but one of a few decent boozers wedged in between the hellholes that are Leicester Square and Covent Garden

murgatroyd - 9 Sep 2007 21:44
Long, thin pub with a rather dull interior. Decent beer, though.
rpadam - 12 Jul 2007 22:58
Not quite the place it was a few years back (too many tourists) but still a pleasant enough place.Service very good , but the lay out of the pub is not the best.Could do with brightening up a bit.
davidchar - 3 Jul 2007 19:50
Always a civil welcome here.And you certainly DO NOT get that at very many West end pubs.Ale always in good condition,although I haven't eaten here (in my book,you eat in restaurants or cafes)the food looked good and plentiful.Never passed this pub,always called in.One of my locals.Good boozer.
ginner - 30 Apr 2007 20:38
nice little place, look small from the outside but goes back a long way. Not a bad pint but will get busy on a friday. May go back.
DirtyPanda - 8 Feb 2007 22:39
I have been to this pub a couple of times, Friday and Saturday nights are a laugh. Great atmosphere, and good beers. Great location.
joeblack - 8 Nov 2006 18:14
The second pub was across the road The Green Man and French Horn. I was served by a helpful gent two pints of Theakstonís Old Perculer; a very pleasant ale at £3 a pint. I sat out side the pub for the first pint on a comfortable chair and could see what was going up. On returning with my second pint two ignoramuses had taken my table I was forced to sit inside a holey unpleasant experience as no one else was around. After a while the ignoramus left and I was able to go back to my seat outside. Next to me however was a very fat man stuffing his ugly face which put a dampener on it all.

jkelly - 11 Jul 2006 13:30
Slightly seedy and unattractive long & narrow pub. The bow windows at the entrance makes the place look more interesting than it is. Five standard cask ales on offer, but my Old Peculier had passed its best. A dreary place.
SilkTork - 8 May 2006 19:06
nice surprise - this is a spacious & bright bar in a great location with a friendly & lively atmosphere. clientele is varied - on our visit all seats were taken by groups of students, tourists and even families. recommended.
proxy - 13 Apr 2006 15:35
It was good in here actually - old peculiar on tap and another one i was too squiffy to remember. narrow and long and this created a nice atmosphere without too many people. No frills especially compared to the Salisbury across the road but all the same. Didn't and probably wouldn't try the food.
mitomighty - 28 Feb 2006 18:54
The beer was good, the staff continuously polite and friendly, and the food was okay. Maybe a tourist trap, but as a tourist - it was a haven after a day of travel and sightseeing.
tutzt00 - 15 Oct 2005 22:33
Great beer. DON'T EAT THE FOOD. It's dire
PMG - 31 Jul 2005 19:33
The best pub in the tourist trap that is the West end. A regular in here for 10 years, I still manage to get in there a couple of times a month and am treated like I've never been away. Low turnover of bar staff and loyal locals make this a rare experience in the West End; a friendly, personable pub.
PS Not a place to eat!
DickieC - 14 Jun 2005 16:40
Lots of rubbish pubs around here, but this one was surprisingly good - Nice beer, quiz machine, decent music. The jukebox makes a big difference!
TheGP - 13 Sep 2004 11:13
This is by far one of the best pubs in the westend, and I've been in a few let me tell you. Great atmosphere and great staff. There are too few pubs in town that make you feel like a regular within one visit. 10 out of 10. pass it on to the staff and management.
Mr A Bouchard - 8 Jul 2004 12:51
Lovely pub if you like the smell of vinegar to pervade everything you drink
anonymous - 4 May 2004 10:34
The green man has always been a nice simple boozer,it has a nice bar and a jukebox,one of the few remaining pubs in the west end to have a jukebox,worth a visit just to hear elvis on the jukebox and watch the smallclutter of regulars that tend to occupy the bar on weeknights.
Nick Hamer - 20 Apr 2004 18:45

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