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Submitted on Saturday, 4th November 2006
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Spice Of Life
I've been to the pub a few times over the years, and must admit I quite like the place despite not being a particular fan of McMullens beers (although they are always well kept here) and the interior having lost almost all original character. Despite being in one of the busiest parts of central London, the staff in the main bar are usually efficient. Four handpumps, offering Cask, AK, Country and IPA (£3.85) on my latest visit. There is also a basement bar that hosts frequent (and mostly free) live music events.
On 5th May 2013
- rating: 7
[User has posted 2294 recommendations about 2294 pubs]
BobOs . left this review about The Spice Of Life
A large Victorian street-corner pub that has sadly had its heart ripped out internally - what remains has little to commend it. This also applies to the service as I waited for ages to get served and, after several latecomers got served before me, thought 'sod it' and walked out.
On 27th February 2013
- rating: 3
[User has posted 370 recommendations about 355 pubs]
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Spice Of Life
Like so many London pubs in this area, this pub dates from the golden age of Victorian pub design. Originally called The Cantons, the original name survives on a metal “flagpole” at the top of the building, held by a Gryphon, or some other similar heraldic beast. It’s a shame that the interior doesn’t retain anything of its Victorian heritage. Inside it’s now a single room pub, with fairly modern and characterless furnishings, including some of the most hideous covered banquette seating that I’ve seen. It’s one of only a couple of McMullen’s pubs that I know of in town. They had two ales on: Country Bitter and something called McMullen’s Cask Ale. I found the service to be slow and unwelcoming. The one lady serving was preparing an ice bucket while I was (the only person) waiting to be served, for which purpose she had to walk past me several times. Fair enough – she was preparing drinks for customers who were there before me, but I think it would have been nice had she acknowledged my presence. Not worth going out of your way to visit, unless you’re keen to sample the rarely seen McMullen’s ales.
On 4th February 2010
- rating: 4
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