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McGlynn's, Kings Cross, WC1

5 Whidborne Street

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Pub SignMan left this review about McGlynn's

Taking a shortcut through the backstreets on my way to the Scala one evening, I happened upon this rather appealing looking Irish pub and decided to pop in for a quick pint. You enter into a vary spacious front bar area with a nice clean carpet and a pleasant dark wood servery on the back wall. The servery has been decorated with all manner of brass items, including jugs, pails and the like plus various farm tools on the canopy and there is a juke box to one side below a selection of horse riding equipment. Pew and chair seating runs along the front wall opposite the bar, under some half panelled walls and windows that are partly obscured by half-height curtains. This part of the pub is also decorated with brassware and has a large floral display, a pub clock, stuffed fish and birds, a rifle, various old pictures and a TV screen showing muted Sky News. High shelves running around much of the room display an excellent collection of ceramics, including lots of Toby jugs. Over to the left there is a small seating area which is also carpeted and has back to back pews under some old paintings and a high shelf crammed with bottles, jugs, scales, lamps and other such bits of bric-a-brac. To the right, the pub runs a fair way to the rear, past a huge Courage mirror, various slot machines, more old pictures and some wall mounted pistols. Back here you'll find standard tables and chairs in a white walled area with a food counter to the left and some plain mirrors and old paintings on the walls. Menus detailed some top notch, no nonsense pub grub at reasonable prices and there was a continuous soundtrack playing at a sensible volume for the duration of my visit.
Irish pubs aren't always happy hunting grounds when it comes to ale, but this one had three on the go - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold, Courage Best and Brains Rev James. The Rev James set me back £4.10 for a pint and was in pretty good shape and I enjoyed it whilst watching the good-natured bunch of locals go about their business.
This was very much a 'lucky-dip' visit, but I came away feeling that I'd spent a worthwhile half hour here and discovered a solid but unspectacular local's pub in the heart of the city. The pub's decision to avoid the usual gimmicky tat that plague Irish pubs has helped it to create its own well rounded identity and made this visit an unexpected success.

On 3rd May 2017 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about McGlynn's

An Irish pub, yes, but not as you might expect... Has probably been opened-out at some stage, and now a reasonably-sized single bar in an overall 'L'-shape with slightly old-fashioned furniture and decor. Also has a café-style dining area at the rear, with a sandwich shop-type chilled cabinet. Thankfully, it does serve real ale, with four seasonal ales on the handpumps on this visit: Caledonian Elf Yourself, Wychwood Bah Humbug!, something that might have been called Santa's Big Sack and a decent pint of Camerson's Craft Inglenook chocolate ale (£4.10). Very busy on my pre-Christmas visit, with a good atmosphere.

On 2nd January 2017 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about McGlynn's

Once The Duke of Wellington, this has for quite some time been McGlynn's with an old-school friendly guvnor. It's an Irish pub but thankfully not Oirish - even the external green colour scheme has been eschewed in favour of a more sober black.
Inside it's much as described below, and probably hasn't had anything done to it since the '70s, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though the awful net curtains could certainly be ditched at no extra cost.
There's a mix of regulars/locals as well as some students and presumably lost tourists, all of whom contributed to a generally genial atmosphere. There's food but it's quite basic - indeed a bit '70s.
Ales: four pumps including Courage Best and Caledonian's Cold Comfort at an agreeable £2.00 a half and fine.
This isn't a bad pub but could do with a more interesting line-up of ales and is worth a visit if in the area.

On 17th December 2016 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about McGlynn's

Traditional Irish pub in a pretty mews, quite unexpected for Kings X. Nice little place outside and in. Some traditional features in the L-shaped interior including an old clock in a wooden mounting and a gypsy caravan being pulled by one of those china shirehorse figurines your nan had. Collection of jugs running along the high shelves and lots of copper pans. Carpeted throughout with red padded pew seating, in fact probably unaltered since the 70s. Snooker quietly playing on the TV. Populated exclusively by locals and regulars. Good to see a clearly inebriated and troublesome incomer told to sling his hook (not me, before you start…). Surprised to see four ales on, all mainstream, and perhaps I shouldn't have been shocked to discover that my Rev James was nigh-on undrinkable and at 4 quid a pint, I’m glad I only had a half. As a pub I quite liked it as it’s fairly traditional and unpretentious but stick with keg or bottles if you do pop in. 6.5

On 1st December 2015 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about McGlynn's

Tucked way on a backstreet. L shaped interior with 4 real ale taps(3 on) and food served.

On 29th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Mcglynns

Along with the Deuchars and Courage best this pub also sells some standard lagers and Amstel. I found the barman to be very polite and the other punters seemed like a nice lot.

The plasma up in the corner was showing the Fulham v Liverpool match on Setanta.

My Deuchars was good and I liked it in here so would go back if in the area.

On 6th April 2009 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Mcglynns

They had Courage Best and Deuchars IPA on when I was in there this week. The Deuchars was OK, and reasonably priced at £2.80 a pint. This is a fairly large pub tucked away down a side street near Kings Cross Station. You're not likely to stumble on it by accident – but you never know in the Kings Cross area. Lemon yellow walls made it very bright on a sunny March day. There was a large widescreen TV on, tuned to some music channel. It was not on too loud to inhibit conversation, but personally I could have done without being subjected to more inane pop music. But maybe others appreciated it.
It seems to advertise itself as something of a restaurant, but there is a large pub area at the front, with the dining area at the rear. There were a dozen or so customers in for a bite to eat when I was in there at Friday lunchtime. I didn't eat there but the food looked OK. It is comfortably furnished with red upholstered settles and stools. The service was friendly and polite enough. All in all it is a pretty decent pub, though not a great one. I would be happy to drop in again if I was in the area.

On 6th March 2009 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about Mcglynns

Mcglynns is a single bar pub is hidden up a back street behind Camden Town Hall but it is worth the trip away from the Euston Road to find this one. Slightly dated décor inside with a couple of flat screen teles, which have been on but never to loud when I have visited, so a pleasant enough place for a drink. It’s in a quiet backstreet so the bench seats provided around the outside of this corner pub are also a pleasant place to sit and have beer when the weather is warm enough.
Three handpumps on the bar and Deuchars IPA is the house Ale., and has always been decent for me when I have been in.

On 2nd September 2008 - rating: 7
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Philip Carter left this review about Mcglynns

Very nice pub in a quiet street away from the busy Euston Road, serves food in a no smoking area.

On 23rd November 2006 - rating: 8
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