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The Marquis, WC2

52 Chandos Place
WC2
WC2N 4HS

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Tris C left this review about The Marquis

Sounding more like a firm of solicitors, this has been a family-run Morton-Scott pub since 2007, having a rich history to be read at one’s leisure on the pub’s website. Did Charles Dickens drink here? Of course he bloody did!
The interior’s quirky, with a modern boarded floor, black field panelled ceiling with large metal shades over the bar, with its attractive mirrored back, where one can see a turntable with a huge selection of vinyl albums and singles; the Kinks played during my stay. There are little partitions with leaded glass and a fake coal fire glowing in the entrance lobby of this narrow, banana shaped interior. Customers seemed to be theatregoers and office workers and there was a good vibe.
A friendly young barman presided over one unused pump, Decca Supreme Session Ale (Portobello, apparently), Ghost Ship and Tribute at £2.50 a half and not bad but a bit cold.
Not a bad place this and if I’d not been on a mini-crawl, I’d have stayed longer.

On 30th October 2021 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Marquis

Very busy pub with 3 cask beers on inc Portobello decca session and Elgoods -santa,s piste.Not my fav brewers but nice enough beer from Portobello.Best left to the tourists this one.

On 31st December 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Marquis

Odd-shaped pub, formerly known more fully as the Marquis of Granby, tapering to the screened Dicken's Corner just one seat wide. Four handpumps on the counter, dispensing the regular Doom Bar plus Tribute, Ghost Ship and a decent Elgood's Cambridge Bitter on this visit. Upstairs lounge bar / dining room with Doom Bar on another pull. Handy for Charing Cross station if the alternatives (e.g. Harp, Chandos, Ship & Shovel, etc.) are too full or you just fancy a change. Part of the small Morton-Scott chain.

On 17th November 2019 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Marquis

Quirky wedge shaped interior. 4 real ales.

On 29th October 2019 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Marquis

Much better than I was expecting.The ground floor is divided into section by wood panelling,with a side snug and a small drinking area at the apex.There was a friendly welcome from behind the bar,and with a large vinyl collection the music playing was top notch.It's a place top drink and watch the world go by,and the 4 handpumps were drawing Doom Bar,Otter Ale,TT Landlord and a very decent St Austell Proper Job .
If the Harp is rammed,this may be an alternative and i was impressed by the vibe and ale quality.

On 5th July 2017 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about The Marquis

A basic single long roomed pub with some seating of mixed types ,on the bar the choice of beer was
Was Bath Gem, Dartmoor IPA, Doom Bar and a decent St Austell Proper Job. It's Ok for a pint here but there are much better pubs nearby.

On 11th June 2017 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Marquis

The history board outside mentions a pub called the Hole In The Wall dating back to the 1600’s however a check on the listed buildings register suggests that the current building dates from the 1860’s which does seem a bit more realistic. Formerly a Nicholson’s pub, it was abrubtly closed in 2006 and seemingly lost forever as a pub until being reopened in 2008 by a small pub chain called Scott-Morton (Walkers of St James and the White Hart in Drury Lane also being under their wing).

Although the name has been truncated from the previous Marquis of Granby, the interior is pretty much the same as it was before closure although there is probably only so much you can do with a tiny wedge shaped listed building. It does appear to have been brightened up a little and has at least retained some degree of its character. The entrance has some chessboard tiling and this leads to a small room with an open fireplace and an odd conical sculpture/artwork on the wall opposite. The main bar is off to the right (you can’t really get lost in here) and a couple of shallow divides separate the pointy bit at the far end which can be reserved albeit half a dozen people will fill it up. The furnishings and décor are quite basic with large plain windows, bare floors and some unusual shield like tiling on parts of the wall. It is all very cramped with little space for tables so expect a stool at one of the ledges along the walls at best. There is a dining room upstairs that has a fairly modern makeover but doesn’t tend to be open for drinkers.

The beer selection is quite poor for ale drinkers with 2 hand pumps but just London Pride on offer. There is Guiness and a few top end lagers, Amstell, Birra Moretti, Becks Vier, Pilsner Urquell and Krombacher, the last having a mammoth beer engine that dominates the narble counter. The selection may not suit everyone but the prices were quite reasonable with the Pride £3.20 and the lagers all ranging from £3.40 to £3.90 which isn’t bad for this part of London.

Being situated next door to the current CAMRA National Pub of the Year probably doesn’t do it any favours and with a better choice of ales they would probably receive some overflow from its more illustrious neighbour. As it stands, it’s hard to choose it for any particular reason and is probably of more use to tourists and pub tickers than the discerning drinker.

On 16th November 2011 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about The Marquis

This is a thin wedge shaped modernised pub that has a selection of premium lagers and two hand pumps, but only Pride was available as the other was off. It is one of those pubs with plenty of staff, but it can still take a while to be served, even when the pub is almost empty.

There are better pubs in the area.

On 22nd November 2009 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Marquis

This pub serves as something of an overspill from the more popular 'Harp' next door. I popped here because I wanted a table and the Harp was too busy, and decided to try a few of the unusual foriegn lagers on offer.
The pub is fairly smart and tidy, if a little bland downstairs, but I thought the upstairs seating area was very nice and a window seat gave a fairly decent view of life milling about on the street below.
The beers were pretty expensive though, with some of the bottled lagers coming in at over £4 a go, but I didn't try the pints, so I'm not sure how they compare.

On 27th October 2009 - rating: 5
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john mcgraw left this review about The Marquis

Has not long re-opened after a period of closure

On 9th April 2008 - no rating submitted
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