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The Crown, WC2

43 Monmouth Street
Phone: 02078365861

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Graham Coombs left this review about The Crown

A triangular pub on Seven Dials, not unpleasant as Central London pubs go but relatively boring. The interior flows round an island bar, with a few tables outside also. The ale range did not extend beyond the tedious GK threesome of IPA, Abbot and London's Glory.

On 17th March 2019 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about The Crown

Shut for refurb, by the looks. Will have to try again - 25.10.2016.
Revisited this Tuesday. Wasn't really worth it - Greene King pub with four hand pumps, two of which were reversed, none of which had any ale of strength. Punk IPA and Hop House 13 amongst other kegs. Nearly circular room with toilets to rear. They don't do food. I will not be back.

On 16th February 2017 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about The Crown

A relatively small oddly shaped pub with an island bar, two areas connected via a redone partition, now effectively open with that 70s style curly metalwork. The front area is boarded, the rear carpeted, slat boarded walls to the front, patterned wallpaper to the rear. The front has the handpumps, Bombardier, Marston's EPA and (thankfully) Portabello American IPA, ok but steep at £4.45. I got a full pint but the bloke before me didn't and asked for a top up quite rightly which visibly and audibly clearly irritated the irritable American barmaid. There was a decent McEnroe impression! Learn to smile and have some grace.
The TV is directly over the front door, football was on leading to a feeling of the whole pub staring at you as you walk in. Seating is limited, stools at window shelves in the front, just a trio of small tables behind. The back room has a fireplace with stacked logs.
There were various small flags outside and England, Brasil and Spain flags inside, presumably as a World Cup enticer. No sign of food or menus, not sure, others have indicated that they do it.
I'm not sure about the place really, it is impersonal but what central London pub isn't, the beer was ok, perhaps the price and the grumpy Yank put me off, I don't know?

On 25th May 2014 - rating: 4
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john gray left this review about The Crown

Decent enough pub with Trumans -emperor and a Cottage beer on.Clean and tidy so worth stopping in.

On 18th May 2014 - rating: 5
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BobOs . left this review about The Crown

So-so Taylor-Walker pub in the Seven Dials area and consequently relying heavily on passing trade in this now-fashionable area. Probably as a result the staff seemed totally disinterested in serving, preferring to chat between themselves. Having said that, the Pride was in excellent form. Overall impression = average.

On 27th February 2013 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Crown

Unremarkable Taylor Walker pub, with the usual dark wooden furniture and large posters advertising "traditional fish and chips". Irregular-shaped corner layout, with a tapered main bar and a further room to the rear. Four handpumps, but only Youngs London Gold and Brains Rev James (£3.80) on as those bearing Pride and Bombardier were being readied. (NB - Review dates from March 2012.)

On 3rd June 2012 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Crown

This is now branded as a Taylor Walker (i.e. Punch Pubco) pub. There were some menus tucked at the end of the bar, but no sign of any food at 5.30 PM. I’m sure the food, when available, would be usual Taylor Walker offerings. The ales on handpump were Bombardier, London Pride, Young’s Bitter, and Brain’s Reverend James (£3.50 a pint). I had a couple of the Rev James, which was in good nick.
This is a well established pub right on Seven Dials, in what was once one of the most disreputable parts of London. It’s an upmarket area now of course. The pub itself retains the same internal structure that I’ve known for the past 40 years or so, with a main front room reached by the corner doors on Seven Dials, and a back room reached through the main room or its own set of doors on Monmouth St. There would undoubtedly originally have been more than two rooms of course. It’s a reasonably comfortable pub with a smattering of normal tables and chairs in the back room, but with seating mainly stools at ledges in the front room. It’s definitely more like a real pub than many in the area, although much of its original pub character has inevitably been eroded over the years. When I was in the noise levels were high. There was some music being played quite loudly, which forced customers in the crowded pub to shout to be heard which had the effect of making the music inaudible. A bit pointless really. Anyway, I do still quite like this pub – I’ve been a regular visitor over the years, and will undoubtedly visit again.

On 21st July 2011 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about The Crown

Really rather ordinary compared to other pubs in the area, The Crown is a crowded corner bar which appears to rely on passing trade. The staff are very chavvy, the beer is OK (my pint of Spitfire was drinkable but not memorable) but nothing special and the pub is in need of redecorating. While I would be happy to drop in for a pint if passing, and while it's OK for a crawl, there are better pubs close by where time would be better spent.

On 6th April 2011 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Crown

A well positioned pub on the seven dials. I've called in a couple of times when passing, but would give it a wide berth when it's busy as it's quite small inside. Nothing has changed much in the way of ales same three, Deuchers, Spitfire, and Harvey's which is decent. The toilets downstairs are a bit of a challenge as it's so narrow and steep. If your into potholing you should be OK.

On 22nd March 2011 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Crown

Just when you think you've unearthed all the decent pubs tucked away in the back streets of the West End, you walk past another. In fact, I have probably walked past the Crown a dozen times without really noticing it. Situated on Dial Square, it is just far enough away from the bright lights to remain undiscovered by the hordes that throng nearby Covent Garden and Charing Cross Road areas. A fairly small pub established in 1833 with many traditional features including a glazed tile exterior, bar screens, ironwork and some interesting clocks, 2 on the walls by the door and a railway station style clock hanging from the ceiling near the bar. They offer 3 bog standard ales (Greene King IPA, Pride and Adnams alongside the usual array of lager / cider at reasonable prices for the area. The bare floorboard area in the front of the pub has a few stools and there is a partition that leads to a carpeted area with a few tables at the rear. Customer base tends to be office workers and the atmosphere is quite civilised. On the downside, bits of the pub are tatty but it all adds to the authentic feel. The fireplace is rather wasted and there are a few bare shelves and cabinets that are just asking to filled with bric-a-brac. For the scientifically minded, on the outside of the pub by the doors is a plaque that shows how to convert the sundial in the square from solar time to Greenwich Mean Time although using a watch to tell the time will be a lot quicker and easier. Well worth a visit but could be a bit more adventurous with the beers.

On 12th January 2006 - rating: 6
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