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O'Neills, Euston Road

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One or two real ales on tap which were in good condition. Plenty ciders and lagers.
Nice bar with reasonable staff.
Eaten here twice but never again. Watery mash and uncooked pastry being the main problems but there were others. Maybe we just picked two off days.

Decent place for a drink whilst waiting on a train but no for a session.
droggs - 5 Jul 2015 12:58
I like this place. Gets pretty busy at times, being so close to the station and it is a chain pub. That said it's got a bit of atmosphere, does very good food and has a fair choice of beers. The quality of staffing is very variable. Sometimes efficient and friendly other times 7 ppl stood around the food counter with no one serving at the bar. Nice place to meet someone from the train not somewhere to stay once you've had breakfast/lunch.
TwoFourTwo - 4 May 2015 12:57
Was expecting to be stuck drinking Guinness or Kilkenny when I visited for the first time last night, so was impressed to find Doombar on tap. Perfectly drinkable and £3.40 a pint.
Seven of us squeezed around a couple of tables and as it was pretty busy and also the eclectic selection of music a touch on the loud side, was a bit hard to hear people from one end to the other.
Don't normally make a point of commenting on food in pubs, but was very impressed. Shared some chicken wings to start and they were really nice without being too gloopy, saucy or spicy as some can be.
Burger was decent too - obviously homemade, good size and the portions good. For £8, was quite happy.
Don't tend to frequent chain pubs as a first point of call, only visiting as the Skinners Arms around the corner was closed but if I were to find myself here again, wouldn't object at all.
duchyjim - 30 Dec 2012 18:59
Well done O'Neills for banning the EDL tomorrow!
flashharry1965 - 2 Sep 2011 11:51
Planning to host the EDL tomorrow. Vote with your wallets.
flashharry1965 - 2 Sep 2011 10:53
This place has a charm...even though it's a chain-pub, even though it's on the main thoroughfare, and even though it's so close to the main train stations. That being said, this charm brought the wife and I back several times. The food is great (top notch Irish BBQ Burgers), the staff is quite charming, and the quite a few real ales to chose from. Not to mention the colorful regulars at rush hour. Excellent...
TerryValderas - 9 Aug 2011 01:26
Pleasantly suprised. really didnt expect much but the beer was good (ale from a brewery called SambrooksI think, a bitter about 3.8%), service was OK and a pint was about 3.00 so not bad for London. The food was more than passable (better than wetherspoons anyway) and the music was not too loud. A few weirdos around but its Kings Cross so what do you expect. Not bad at all.
mally_drinker - 3 Mar 2011 16:25
Euston has great pubs around the station (Bree Louise, Doric Arch etc.). King's Cross, unfortunately, does not. There's nothing particularly wrong with this pub, it just has a gloomy atmosphere as it's a place for killing time with a pint rather than an enjoyable evening with friends. Apparently it's won an award for pouring Guinness and it was good to see both Sambrooks Wandle and London Pride on to supplement the ubiquetous Smithwicks ale offering. So, does the job for a quick one but we moved on to the Bree Louise for a more enjoyable drinking experience after that.
DuchyBoy - 19 Nov 2010 08:35
This place is a disaster zone that is best avoided!

It is the nearest pub to St Pancras International where there are few bars (apart from a poncey champers and oyster affair which is expensively priced).

Thus, O'Neills is always very busy as it was last Friday morning when I popped in at 11.15. Only one person serving behind the bar with a "bus-stop" style queue of 8 persons waiting to be served including food orders taken. She took 3 minutes to pour two pints at which point I hightailed it out of the joint. Evidently a poorly-managed managed pub.

Best head for the Euston Flyer 30 yards up Euston Road (towards Euston) - it is a far better prospect than the shambles that is O'Neills.
aboukir - 2 Nov 2010 19:30
Nice pub just across the road from St. Pancras station. The food and prices were good although it wasn't easy getting a table early on. The Irish Bitter (the only one on hand pump) could only be bought from the downstairs bar but went down very well.........
multiplexor - 9 Oct 2009 17:58
Cheap and pleasant food, reasonable quality beers - the place is rife with bag / purse and phone thefts however being around Kings Cross, and the police cannot be bothered to investigate these despite the presence of CCTV in the pub.
jfrebrycn - 9 Aug 2009 12:13
Slow to say the absolute least...but loads of fit barmaids which makes up 4 it.
poshpplhater - 5 Apr 2008 01:51
There are some O'Neills where you think they may as well go the whole way and turn it into a restaurant, this is one of them. On the tourist trail so invariably busy.
Millay - 20 Jan 2008 18:18
Anyone remember this place when it was Drummonds? I remember a couple of good nights out here when they moved over to Oneils. Who runs the place now. I remember some Irish chap, Frank ... wife was also in the trade up west.
anonymous - 28 Jan 2007 19:48
At the time i was working there /1999 i think/ there wasn`t a pub with a better staff.We are the best team then for a while after opening.Still trying to contact somebody from those days.Ross
rostislav - 19 Dec 2006 23:39
The staff are now French, better than the poles - who do not understand the meaning of courtesy or service. This place is quite open and good for looking out of the windows and watching life go past, when you have a pint of Guiness at hand.

The food is not exceptional, but the service is good enough. All in all a good pub.
reviewer_2 - 18 Nov 2006 15:51
As other reviewers say, standard O'Neil's outfit. The only differciator being that the staff were friendly. Alas this is masked by the smoke smog that prevades the place, where the A/C does not manage to clear the air. There are other (better) less smokey pubs within 100 yards, so will be going there next time.
zakman - 1 Sep 2006 13:25
This is a pretty good example of the oneils brand. The beer is well kept and the pub is clean and tidy and airconditioned. the food service is efficient to a reasonable standard. I dont see why i is getting a bad rep as i visit fairly frequently, as do alot of other fimiliar faces i see there and i have always been looked after very well by the staff.

overall a happy 7/10
holepuncture - 12 Jul 2006 15:57
Good Location 4 Euston,Quick Service,Does What It Says On The Tin.
fat_beer_badger - 1 Jun 2006 14:21
Visited this place earlier today, after an enjoyable afternoon at the London Drinker beer festival held in Camden Town Hall in the street behind. Or at least I tried to. Pub details above refer to disabled access and disabled toilet: there may for all I know be a disabled toilet but if there is it's a waste of space because there is no disabled access. There are 3 entrances, each of which has at least 2 steps up to it. So the news from this disabled correspondent is that Mr O'Neill can keep his overpriced drinks and fake Oirish tat and, for good measure, drop dead. In this branch, at least.
Martinl - 25 Mar 2006 01:18
Same as every other oneals.
oldelondonmerchant - 12 Feb 2006 21:13
I still stand by my comments last year: that this pub is at its core a standard O`Neils offering that is overpriced and put together in a cheap wooden frame style that is indistinguishable from any of its other outlets. And yes, its claims to Irishness are about as convincing as a yank who believes buying a green jumper gives him a right to toast the olde country.

However, not only is this O`Neils basically comfortable and in keeping with the brand contains a far better drink range than what you would usually expect from a chain pub, its also fair to report that the customer service problems mentioned below have cleared up in the past few months. True nobody is going to win any awards, but you can at least now get a pint before rigour mortise starts to set in.

Overall therefore this outlet deserves an upgrade to a very bland but acceptable 5/10

anonymous - 6 Feb 2006 15:31
A Great Irish pub.
shannon1 - 12 Apr 2005 17:21
Everyone knows that O`Neils pubs are about as Irish as the Queen of Englands arse, but to be honest thats not the main thing that bothers me about this chain, as apart from a tendency to over promote Guinness and put crappy bits of green on the bar, O`Neils doesnt push its weak Irish credentials too much down our throats.

What really gets me is the prices which are simply criminal (that might be a bit dramatic, but you get the point) whichever one of its pubs you visit. The service is also extremely poor at this particular outlet, probably for the reasons outlined by other reviewers.

This branches only redeeming features are its very nice and abundant sofas and the generally good atmosphere that always pervades. However I cant give it more than a 4/10 - there are simply better pubs within walking distance.

anonymous - 31 Mar 2005 12:58
Like most oneills pubs really - fairly ordinary with big bright special offer signs everywhere. The irish wetherspoons - except not cheap. In fact, pretty damn pricey. Beer well kept though.
spleen978 - 10 Feb 2005 14:32
Expensive and dull, but it does have air conditioning. I've had food there twice and both times its been nice, but well over priced and very slow. Staff were friendly and its ok for one after work on a hot summers day.
valbear - 7 Feb 2005 16:51
Not a bad pub, the beer was ok and they do a good all-day breakfast. The staff did seem a little rude but perhaps it's because their English isn't that good, as another comment has already mentioned.
Nige - 19 Dec 2004 10:36
At the risk of sounding like a wet blanketamidst this chorus of complaints,I've gotta tell you I really enjoyed my visit to O'Neill's on St Swithun's Day last. Hungry and thirsty as I waited for my northbound train to turn up at St Pancras, I was neither subsequent to shifting a tasty bacon/chicken salad and a brace of double Jameson's, begob! Didn't consider myself overcharged either, served, as I was, by members of staff who seemed as cheerful as they were helpful.
Bill Keeth - billkeeth@novelnovella.com - 17 Jul 2004 20:15
Too many polish people in the staff who doesn't understand a word of what you're actually trying to say to them. Give McDonalds a license to serve alcohol and there you've got o'neill's
Anna - 26 May 2004 15:18
Naff but every time we've gone there we've met the most interesting people. Thank you Russian cardiologist for the bottle of wine. My friend gave it to a homeless soul on the way home.
claire - toplisdesigns@yahoo.co.uk - 24 Mar 2004 15:52
Crass, cod-Irish nonsense. Blag Blarney rubbish. About as Irish as Stella Artois. Do yourself a favour and get an earlier train.
ck - 18 Feb 2004 13:45
There are a lot of very good memories for me in this pub, especially one day when I met a friend at Kings Cross and we ended up spending the whole day in the leather settees by the window! Food is average O 'Neills stuff but still pretty good. Only problem I've ever had is that most of the staff don't speak very good english, so paying for 2 pints of Guinness with a Barclaycard when you've run out of money can be a little tricky...!
Liz Spencer - lizspencer2185@hotmail.com - 2 Feb 2004 16:12
This pub passes itself of as an Irish bar. I visited it on a friday evening and yes it sells Guinness but thats where it ends. The decor suits an irish bar but the music and atmosphere is definately english. A bit dissappointing, irish music would lift this place no end.
paul - 2 Feb 2004 09:12
My mate hires the upstairs bar for his Burns Night escapades. Based on that, it's a great place. Shame about the ex-staff comments below, which I'm inclinded to believe. They've even outed themselves!!
Ruby - 4 Nov 2003 14:46
This place has very fond memories for me, it was the first pub in london i drunk in when i first moved down. Since then i have used it countless times for starting off a weekend of benders with my mates due to the close proximity of rail stations .It is handy for recovering with hangovers and having a nice pint of Guinness to set you up for the day
pat - 22 Oct 2003 14:47
Like Dave I worked in this pub and found such awful management meant a really unhappy workforce. Which led to an atmosphere akin to that of a wake.
Peter Jones - 19 Aug 2003 11:25
Its an excellent Pub, I use this place a lot whilst waiting to catch my train back home to Yorkshire....
Andrew Rankine - 9 Jun 2003 21:44
I worked at this pub in 1999, and the landlord and management were the most horrible, people to work for. As you can imagine, when the staff hate working there, the place is not very inviting for customers. I would recommend avoiding this place at all costs.
Dave Ginley - 9 May 2003 02:56

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