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The Britannia

94 Ironmonger Row
EC1
EC1V 3QR
Phone: 02072536441
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Quinno _ left this review about The Britannia

Traditional ‘respectable working class’ backstreet pub. Nicely done inside with a plush 70’s vibe - an island bar, three quarter length dark wood panelling, some old brewery mirrors and old school tables, red velvet topped stools and padded banquette seating. Very clean and tidy too. A locals vibe, everyone knows each other and there’s a hefty Irish slant and I found a very friendly and convivial atmosphere. Despite a plethora of handpumps only one was on, a modified old GK XX Mild clip serving a tepid but ostensibly OK ale, presumably Old Golden Hen going by the taste. Whilst it isn't somewhere I will be revisiting anytime in the foreseeable, I'm pleased this place is doing well and hope it survives for a good while yet. If you like traditional, comfy community boozers and aren’t fussed by the ale this one could be for you. 6.5

On 5th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Britannia

I can't summon up Anthony Yard's enthusiasm for this place, and am baffled as to why he thinks that it's in the East End. Either way, this was a surprisingly good ex-Whitbread pub and not the scary place I've always assumed it was. Well described below, I agree entirely that the place is classic 1970s, with an Artex ceiling and wood panelling. Music came from over the wireless, courtesy of Magic FM and at least two games' machines provided further entertainment; the absence of sport TV was an added bonus.
This is a quiet and friendly pub, seemingly free of chavs or football hooligans. There weren't many in, but they were white, Asian, old(ish) and young(ish); quite a family-orientated group too.
The ale front is limited with an Adnam's Southwold clip, reversed, and Sharp's Doom Bar at £1.80 a half which was a bit off; there were a further two unused pumps.
I can't really see myself coming here again, but I wish it well.

On 24th May 2016 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Britannia

There were a couple of mainstream ales on in here - Adnam's Bitter and London Pride (£1.65 a half) with several other, mainly hunting scene decorated, handpumps apparently unused. I didn't see any sign of food when I was in around 4.00 PM on Wednesday.

The pub interior looks classic 70s. There are the red upholstered banquettes around the walls, the little round similarly upholstered stools, and some normal chairs and tables. There's a central island bar, which would once have served at least a couple of separate rooms and of course the floor's carpetted. There are no sprigs of flowers on the tables here - just beer mats. The walls are mainly wood panelled, with a few prints on them. A couple of other plus points are the newspapers in a rack by the bar counter, and the sign on the door declaring this to be a chewing gum free zone. Another sign issued the edict that no glasses or furniture are to be taken over the road. All sounds very sensible to me.

The clientele seemed to be almost entirely male, and all local regulars having a jolly good time. The ale selection isn't brilliant, but the retro ambience of the place sets it apart from the pretentious joints all over London these days. If you want a pint in an unpretentious locals' boozer just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Old St then this place should suit you.

On 17th January 2014 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 May 2016 by Tris C
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  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 May 2016 by Tris C
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