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Beehive, Marylebone

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user reviews of the Beehive, Marylebone

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A couple of trumans beers, reasonable range of food, watch yourself stepping off the benches outside or you may take a tumble, but apart from that it was fine.
rainlight - 8 Jul 2017 18:32
Has been closed after a fire for a long time, a good couple of years, but re-opened last week. Looked much as before, but the website indicates prices are a bit more reasonable than it was pre fire/closure.
mike_s - 23 Jan 2017 18:59
A small pub that seems to be aimed at the food side of things, open plan inside with a few seats out the front of the pub on the pavement for drinkers.

Visited on a Monday afternoon, the beer selection was OK with, I think 2 real ale on draught, which were reasonable but not great quality.

Good efficient bar staff and it looked like it would get busy with after work drinkers.

Not a bad pub but better options nearby, still worth a visit though.
beershot - 10 Jul 2013 16:36
I work in the area so have been in here a few times. As others have said, it seems to be geared up more for the food market and the layout isn't the greatest.

Staff are usually friendly enough, but it is expensive and they seem to be trying too hard to be "different" with the beer selection, none of which I've ever particularly enjoyed.

Overall, I'm not exactly a massive fan of this place and in my mind there are much better pubs in the area.
Keef_Peacock - 22 Sep 2012 20:57
This isn't a pub, it's a cry for help. Over priced beer, disinterested staff, terrible layout. Best avoided.
Puttingreen - 14 Jul 2011 16:57
This used to be a wonderful pub, but now appears to be renovated and under new owners.

Service was appallingly slow and unfriendly. Expensive beer, although an interesting selection of lagers was a good sign. Would never rush back.
sergio22 - 16 May 2011 10:43
Not sure which market this place is trying to satisfy - greatly overpriced, minimal choice of beers (which aren't that great anyway) and to my mind, a horrible mis-use of available space.
It appears more geared towards food service, but the layout reminds me of a school dining room.
Disappointing when you consider the quality and availability of other pubs in the area.

Won't be rushing back I'm afraid.
TiredLegs - 28 Feb 2011 18:28
How can anybody charge you £4 for a pint of ale and then tell you all tables are reserved except one blocking the toilet for customers who might require wheelchair access.? Busy time of year I accept, in that case simply notify that the 'pub' is being used for a private function, but don't charge punters ridiculous prices for a pint and treat them like social pariahs. Beer wasn't bad but if the barman had said that it was £4 before serving I would have happily walked back into the snow blizzard outside.
curleysue - 18 Dec 2010 21:58
It's a perfectly alright pub if a little small, and the quality of the beer has always been excellent to be fair.
But there are a couple of downsides in my view (and both may be deliberate policy in terms of the type of punter this bar wants to attract).
First, always seems to be large areas of the bar, which is small enough to start with, reserved or seemingly reserved as half the time the reserved areas don't have anyone sitting there.
Second the prices are an absolute rip off, no other way to describe it.
mps77 - 12 Nov 2010 16:52
went to the beehive as it is quiet before the rugby league challenge cup final.5 mins walk to baker street tube. meeting friends, not feeling well so had 2 bottles of soda water 200 ml and a small drop of lime £3-40. then half of still water later pour from a large bottle behind the bar from the cold shelf.£1-50.my frieends were on lager and beer.god knows. what price was £4-00 a pint last year. i know it is central london but this PLACE is a rip off
forestwood - 30 Aug 2010 20:42
The service in this pub is appalling. The assistant manager is particularly unpleasant and when we returned a disgusting glass of wine for a slightly less disgusting one attempted to charge us for both and then argued with us. If someone is not capable of basic politeness they should not work in a customer service role. Avoid this pub, go to others in the Marylebone area where they understand that a pub stays in business on the basis of its ability to retain customers. On this basis I hope the owners of the Beehive hire some more polite staff, and soon.
DCG - 26 Aug 2010 14:56
Duh! I know, I should have read the reviews before arranging to go there. It almost took the edge of my thirst..FOUR POUNDS A PINT. . for Meantime LPA and a stout under 5%. I'd expect to pay a smallish premium for some stronger Meantime beers (IPA or Wheat maybe) but LPA shouldn't be over £3.50 surely? Even the hand-pumped ale was £4. It made the Belgian drafts look cheap ..Zot was £5- or maybe that was a half ;-). There weren't many free seats so it must suit the local budget. Did I mention the price?
thirstybob - 20 Oct 2009 14:09
Looks like a pub from the outside, but more like a French cafe inside (and certainly some of the tables were getting waiter service). Two handpumps, but only Rudgate Blonde was was available. And while this was a nice enough pint, £4.00 (yes, you read that right) must make it one of the most expensive 'pubs' in Britain.
rpadam - 5 Oct 2009 20:03
not the cheapest of pubs but when in london for rl challenge cups finals at wembley go in before the game as its only from 5 mins walk from baker street tube and is quite and get served quickly.lager was 4-00 pound for a 4 percent lager but that london prices and it is quite good lager even its one i had not heard of
forestwood - 5 Sep 2009 23:49
This really seems to be more of a restaurant than a pub, although when I went up to the bar to order a pint, nobody asked me whether I wanted to eat. But there was one real ale on – Everard’s Sleighbell, which was expensive at £3.70 a pint. It tasted superb though. There was a Loddon’s Brewery van outside, which raised my hopes somewhat. I did have a club sandwich, which cost £6.90 and was OK, but expensive for what it was. I got my change at the bar in a silver dish, which always leads me to question an establishment’s entitlement to call itself a pub.

The bar back and counter look original, as does the floor tiling surrounding the bar, but nothing else about this place reminds me of a pub. I doubt whether I shall be paying a return visit.
RexRattus - 19 Dec 2008 23:34
Decent enough pub to meet up in if you are in the general area....food looked great but too expensive to actually try....draught lager was dreadful. So pretty good all round for London then!!!
TS77 - 25 Nov 2008 09:36
Popped in for a spot of lunch the other day. The draught beers were not bad at all - from a Microbrewery in Greenwich as I recall. Not sure I agree that the club sandwich is up to the claim below; mine was a one-piece panini-type affair, but tasty enough.

In all a bit too gastropub for my liking, and it rapidly filled up with guffawing, baying, business types who cannot converse at anything less than full volume, so not the best place for a quiet pint either.

On balance worth visit for the beer, but not much else.
jcraf - 26 Oct 2008 00:09
This was a good pub before it closed. We went in there on Sunday and paid £3.70 for a very ordinary pint of Sunchaser. The place has changed and maybe not for the best. I am not sure it can make up its mind whether it is a pub or a restaurant or who it is trying to attract, as I dont think it is passing trade. It has the opportunity to be really good, but maybe needs to lower its prices somewhat.
Bonzos_beard - 19 Aug 2008 20:57
Indeed it's re-opened as a gastro, but my goodness are the steak sandwich and club sandwiches fantastic. The BEST in London. They've got a microbrew, house ale which is quite good and the lager, stout are all from Meantime brewery. Things seem a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for, which is more than I can say about most pubs. At most pubs you'll pay £7-8 for a burger which is barely edible. It's my new favourite pub to eat lunch.
skorch - 10 Jun 2008 16:04
It's now re-opened as a gastro pub, reviewed in today's Metro.

Needless to say, I won't be going there - I'm not a gastropub sort of person
JohnBonser - 21 May 2008 13:32

Dammit - it's closed?! I used to work next door for the cable tv company (and that's closed down as well). What's happening?!
asnootyfox - 25 Aug 2007 20:08
This place has closed down.
LocalB - 2 Jun 2007 17:19
Went on a bit of crawl with mates a few years back and stumbled across this place. I must say I really liked it, quite fancied the barmaid too, think her old man owned it. Went back about a year later and was a bit gutted to see she weren`t there. but Wendy Richard was ,playing crib with some old biddies
TSW - 24 Mar 2006 20:33
One of the best pubs in London. Just a nice, quiet, friendly pub, quiz machines and tellys, plus a good range of beer. Can't complain at all!
sergio22 - 31 Jan 2006 17:21
Legendary. Nothing special about the place but a genuine old skool pub in an area that struggles to provide many similar options.

Bar staff vary between friendly and moody, as does the landlord, but their hearts are in the right places.

Food is cheap as chips yet passes most tests - the place is a lesser for the lack of the dartboard these days, but I've spent many a night in there and it would always be my first choice.

Birds don't like it because they think it's dirty.

It probably is, though that's half the attraction isn't it?
aldhous - 24 May 2005 15:50

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