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The Lamb, Bloomsbury, WC1

94 Lambs Conduit Street
Phone: 02074050713

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Ian Mapp left this review about The Lamb

Favourite London Pub. Saturday is the time to come, as its very quiet. Mid week, I've rarely been able to get a seat.

Wonderful interior - island bar with snob screens, lots of wood. Youngs speacial in good condition.

On 29th February 2020 - rating: 10
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Lamb


A revisit after at least 10 years,and glad to report that the interior is still unchanged ,unspoiled and a classic.The snob screens to either side of the horseshoe bar,the etched glass windows,the leather upholstered seating and the polyphon (will be played for a donation to charity) are all noteworth in an interior which is quite small.There is a square snug beyond the righthand side of the bar,and food is served these days which smelt good but not sampled on my Friday after work trip,a time when the pub is very busy with a wide age range of customers all drawn by it's charm.
Things have improved on the ale front,with only three Charles Wells brewed ales (Youngs Winter Warmer,London Gold and Special) and guests in the shape of Redemption Bloomsbury Blend (good nick),Sharps Cornish Coaster,Adnams Southwold Bitter and Old Ale (well kept).Maybe not the most exciting guest list on my trip,although a more regular customer and friend did say that often the guest list is much stronger.
Worth a visit for the interior alone,and now with decent real ale,this is somewhere to head for and enjoy.


A new team here have reduced the ale options.On my trip Youngs Original and Special were both doubled up,along with Sambrooks Junction and Wimbledon Copper Leaf leaving the only realistic decent option of St Austell Proper Job which quickly ran out on a Friday evening.So we ran out !
A classic pub interior badly let down by a poor ale choice.Downgrade.

On 29th February 2020 - rating: 7
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Brainy Pool left this review about The Lamb

Ah yes. One of London’s classic alehouses. A great interior, no doubt about that. And a great atmosphere too. But still I don’t feel like London takes care of its most special pubs quite as well as other cities. Then again, maybe the nature of the city these days makes that impossible. there was an awful stench in here, presumably caused by the cooked food (does a pub like this even need the gastro element, really?). And it’s another place where I was made to feel like a luddite dinosaur for paying with cash. Still a must visit though, but frustratingly short of the brilliance it should be.

On 14th May 2019 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Lamb

A traditional and attractive looking pub towards the top end of this pleasant road, it has a green tiled façade, etched windows including a gold coloured plan, several hanging baskets and describes itself not as a pub but a Wine and Spirit Establishment. Don’t be misled in to thinking this is somewhere young and trendy though, it’s very much a traditional pub and there was plenty of beer on offer as well.

Internally it consists of one single room, with a large central bar counter which you can walk all the way around. The bar counter itself was very attractive and certainly a prominent feature, with wood panelling around the curved base and more etched glass up above. There were old wooden boards on the floor, whilst the walls had dark wood panelling on the lower half and pale yellow paintwork up above. The ceiling was clad with wood panelling that had been painted green, and the seating was a mixture of curved benches with green padded cushions and a number of stools lined up in front of the window. A number of small old black and white portrait photographs were on the walls, although I don’t know who the predominantly female subjects were, and there were also a couple of pictures at the rear of Price Charles and the Queen Mum pulling a pint. Perhaps it was her local!

Beers on tap included several from Young’s with their Bitter, London Gold, Special and Winter Warmer and these were joined by Purity Bunny Hop, Adnams Lighthouse, and Sharp’s Lamb’s End. Ciders meanwhile were Aspall’s Suffolk plus Weston’s Old Rosie and Rosie’s Pig dispensed from boxes on the end of the bar. All in all, a great pub in this pleasant part of town and well worth seeking out.

On 2nd February 2018 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about The Lamb

A very attractive Victorian pub, Grade II listed and on CAMRA's inventory of pubs of historic interest and displaying some fine snob screens to the pot shelf. What detracted from the otherwise fine appeal is the presence of overly sauced-up drunken old local codgers who can't control their language, which lent a rather unsavoury air to an otherwise lovely historic pub.

Well described, though the barman was very friendly. Ales on: Truman's Blindside, Redemption's Bloomsbury Blend Best Bitter, Sharp's The Lamb's End, Courage Directors', Young's Gold, Bitter and Special at £2.10 a half which was fine.

Definitely worth a visit, but can get very crowded even at quiet times of the week. Two points deducted because of the local dross who spoil the party for everyone else with a vocabulary of more than three words.

On 9th May 2016 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Lamb

Being utterly banjaxed last time I was here ten years back I thought I'd struggle to recall this one but it all fell into place on entering. The knocked-through horseshoe shaped interior sports plush high backed bottle green button back banquettes and the historic etched glass snob screens. Small rooms are at either end. Of interest are the small framed pictures of music hall players above the banquettes in both bars as well as an old polyphone on the way to gents. However it’s getting scruffy round the edges and the ceiling full of mould in the gents was especially poor. Seven pumps; 4x Youngs (Winter Warmer, Special, Bitter, Xmas beer), Redemption Fellowship Porter, Courage Directors and Adnams Bitter as well as 2x Camden kegs and four boxed ciders. A right nightmare at the bar, my first choice of Xmas Ale was pretty grotty but I wrote that off as perhaps just being a terrible brew, having never tried it before. Switched to Winter Warmer which had the same tinny nastiness. Being on much surer footing I took it back and got it changed (and agreement that it wasn’t right) for a decent Fellowship. However I wonder how much of the fault here is in cellar, as the Warmer at the Calthorpe not more than half hour earlier tasted fine and nothing like this. So yeah, what should have been a good tick-box visit left a sour taste in the mouth. I wouldn’t be hurrying back now I’ve re-acquainted myself with the snobs.

December 2006
Named after William Lamb who made arrangements for cleaner water to be brought to this part of the city from Holborn. A very pretty heritage pub (snob screens, green upholstered seats and other general Victoriana) well worth a stop for pint, and it's Young's so expect something familiar. The pub is quite small so between about 6:30 and 8:30 is packed most evenings (as I discovered). Staff can be a bit ropey. Worth a visit for the heritage factor. Rated 7

On 1st December 2015 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Lamb

Yep an unspoiled pub.Thank god Young,s no longer brew their own beer as it means they have guest beers. Tonight Sharps -lambs end and Hackney -pacific pale in good order. Definitely a quality pub.

On 25th September 2015 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Lamb

As mentioned by others, fortunately this remains a fairly well preserved Victorian boozer and worth a visit for the very good interior alone, especially the etched glass screens on the island bar. But the fact that this Young’s pub also has a decent guest ale policy is an additional bonus.
Was certainly being well utilised on the last Friday before Christmas and it was a squeeze to get in and then to get close to the bar. Fortunately it was worth the effort because as well as three or four Young’s ales, Redemption Brewery Bloomsbury and Urban Dusk and Portobello White were on the pumps and the Urban Dusk was in fine form.
A very good pub and I will certainly look this one up again

On 23rd December 2014 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Lamb

A proper pub, not spoiled (yet) by the Youngs makeover team. Many interesting, original features including screened booths and a polyphon. Well-kept beer, with Ordinary, London Gold and Special; Courage Directors; three from Redemption (including Bloomsbury Blend, £4.09) and Twickenham Naked Ladies from eight of ten handpumps in operation on my latest visit. Really rather good, and thus recommended to all those who fancy a walk since it isn't very close to any Underground station.

On 31st October 2014 - rating: 8
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Nick Davies left this review about The Lamb

Now on the up after a wobbly patch around twelve months ago, indeed it's now getting far busier than then, so they're doing it right. A fine and fast changing selection of beers as well as the Young's standards are offered. Examples from Porterhouse, Purity and Sambrook's amongst others the other day, all different from a visit a few days earlier. Architecturally it is a classic, and would be worth visiting even if it was keg only. Young's management cannon be trusted an inch with their tied estate and there are doubtless designs waiting in their CAD system to wreck it completely. Hopefully it is listed enough by the authorities, and cherished enough by pubgoers to put a stop to any such nonsense.

On 18th November 2012 - rating: 8
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