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Address: 159, Farringdon Rd, London, EC1R 3AL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8247) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Farringdon (0.4 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Angel (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations Farringdon (0.4 miles), London Barbican (0.7 miles), London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 23 users)
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This does just get crowded and has the worst behind the bar staff in this part of town. I guess when people come you dont need to be even polite but the surliness and sloppiness of service is really a shame, it lets the place down a long way. Spoilt brats do not make for a pleasant pint. The food is mediocre at best and overpriced.
caledonianpark - 29 Apr 2013 12:31
Pleasant enough place and nice for relaxing after a long walk. The Hackney Brewery Ale was nice enough but a little cloudy. We went there while the staff were having their dinner and despite this some of the customers insisted on being served meaning one had to keep getting up whilst eating.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 22 Jul 2012 13:13
More bistro than bar. Pleasant enough and two halves only £3. Ideal if you fancy a Mediterranean style meal.
ng10 - 5 Dec 2011 20:06
A real pigs ear of a place. Not really a pub, not really a bar, not really a restaurant but an attempt to cram them all together in a very confined space, without bothering too much about the finer points of decoration. Only came here to meet people, but judging by the frustrated faces of those trying to get served with food I wouldnít think itís the most relaxing place to eat. Credit where itís a due: a well kept pint of IPA.
alebarry - 10 Dec 2009 14:56
I can understand the mixed reviews becuse The Eagle, like many popular places, has often been a victim of its own success. It gets scarily busy at times and yes - perhaps some of the staff haven't graduated from the catering & hospitality charm school...
But credit where it's due: The Eagle (under its present owner) opened back in 1991 or 1992. It was a groundbreaking pub in that, it served fantastic food, good beer and quality wine at pub prices in a 'pub' setting. There are no reservations, table linen, printed menus or even table service. You walk in, order your drink at the bar and (if you feel like it) a plate of food too. Its strengths lie in the simplicity and quality of the offer: great food and drink, without any frills.
I was a regular here back in the nineties and make the occasional visit if I find myself in Farringdon. To this day, I have never had a bad meal here or a bad pint. The Eagle is widely credited as starting the revolution in pubs which has seen a marked improvement in choice and quality of food and drinks - giving rise to the (questionably entitled) 'Gastropub' sector.
Whilst many gastropubs have become restaurants with a bar attached and ignored the 'something for everyone' appeal of a traditional pub, the Eagle (in my opinion) has remained true to its public house identity. When I first went there they had a sign displayed reading 'Dirty Boots Welcome' - a wonderful riposte to the 'Smart Dress Only' notices employed by many pubs and bars at the time. When I was a regular here, the clientele (that I knew) included firemen, postal workers, magazine editors, photographers, journalists, cabinet makers, plumbers, fashion stylists and lawyers - quite a mix!
As for who the locals are now, I couldn't say. For me, as long as I am able to enjoy my pint in peace or with my friends, I am happy. And that is something I can do with ease at the Eagle.
If you want a decent drink or a tasty plate of food without paying through the nose for it - The Eagle won't disappoint. If you are more interested in the furniture and fittings or concerned about the demographics of your fellow punters, then maybe it's not the right place for you.
Jon_Murray - 27 Sep 2009 18:28

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