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Submitted on Saturday, 20th January 2018
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The French House in W1

This is another pub dating back to at least the early 19th century, but I suspect that this is a rebuild from the 1930s. It was the York Minster until the current name was applied in 1984, on account of it being a meeting place for the Free French Forces along with Charles de Gaulle, bravely fighting the Nazi occupation of France from his home in Hampstead.
I came here once before in March 1990 and I seem to recall that my friend was served a drink with a microscopic fish in it!
The pub is notable for serving halves rather than pints as a pint is not a French measure. Well I've got news here, 'cos a half ain't a French measure either, mon ami. As mentioned, you do see some characters in here, trying to look like Bohemian beatniks of old with many drinking wine. Early Monday evening and the place was absolutely packed to the point where it was hard to move; seating is limited at best.
Ales: none, not even on keg so I had to settle for a compulsory half of Camden Pale Ale.
This is a place of curiosity only and really not a relaxing experience, exuding a certain je ne sais porquoi. The lack of real ale, lack of proper glasses and lack of space means I doubt I'll come back - je ne regrette rien.
Reviewed by Tris C

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This is very much more a cocktail bar than your traditional pub, with nothing at all available on tap and so with hindsight it should probably not have been added to this site.

It’s quite dark and gloomy inside, and it was consequently quite difficult to note much about the décor, never mind read the cocktail list. But then, perhaps I am not their target demographic. Oddly, one of the bartenders was wearing sun glasses which must have made it impossible to see much of anything, I would have thought. The ceiling was black with caged light fittings, whilst the walls were predominantly dark blue with some grey glazed tiling on the lower part. The flooring was wood strip, and a number of mirrors were on the walls, many of them arranged to look as though they were windows. There were also a few colourful pieces of artwork at the back. A singer with a guitar was playing on our recent Thursday evening visit, although the volume was a little too loud for easy conversation. Seating was a mixture of blue padded bench seating in much of the pub, along with high stools around the bar counter and in the window at the front.

As previously mentioned, there was nothing at all available on tap that I could see, and I’m not even sure if there were any bottled beers. Certainly the only drinks list out on the counter was an extensive cocktail list running to several pages. This was divided in to numerous sections and I went for a “Crunch Time” with Mozart dark chocolate liqueur, a chocolate Crunchie bar, honeycomb syrup and vanilla ice cream. This was really very good indeed, although perhaps more like a desert than a drink. I couldn’t really work out how I was supposed to get the Crunchie bar out of the glass with only a plastic straw, and ended up having to fish it out with my fingers. At £9.20 it was perhaps a little on the expensive side for a mainstream cocktail bar though. Overall, I thought this was decent enough if it’s a cocktail you’re after rather than a beer.
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Porter didn’t desert the British Isles for long. It only disappeared for four orfive years, reborn through the rekindled interest in beer ignited by CAMRA. During Real Ale revival of the 1970s, two brewers introduced beers called Porter: Penrhos Court and Timothy Taylor. The authenticity of Timothy Taylor Porter could ....
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[QUOTE=Mobyduck;100605]Although the Micro pub definition seems to becoming more blurred with time, I think they were intended to be and should be, based on individuality, Chains (although possible - Antic), are not likely to have that difference.[/QUOTE] Thanks for that Mick. It particularly struck me on the day that Jamie Oliver's chain of Italian retaurants went into administration. His intention when starting the venture may well have been good: use the best ingredients, employ the best staff, pay them well, give customers a great experience. Works a treat. But you need to keep an eye on the business. Two restaurants? OK. Three? Stretching yourself a bit thin - it means you have to start thinking about employing someone you trust to make sure everyone is pulling their weight - any slackers in just one branch tends to detract from the perceived value of the whole enterprise. (There's a chain of three pubs in Sheffield which is still pretty much run by one guy and his wife and it's just about ok - but there's a lot goes on that he is not on top of.) I think BeerHeadZ is at that stage. How much time do the owners, nice guys no doubt, actually spend in the pubs in Melton and Lincoln?
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