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The Beehive, Marylebone, W1

126 Crawford Street

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Moby Duck left this review about The Beehive

It would seem this place is virtually a Cocktail bar rather than pub, no real ale just a keg offering of Brixton Reliance. The interior decor amounted to twinkling fairy lights on the walls covered by thin sheets of hessian. one to swerve I would suggest.

On 23rd March 2024 - rating: 2
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Tris C left this review about The Beehive

Dating from 1793 and rebuilt 1894, this is an interesting mid-terraced pub, which was damaged by fire in 2015.
A first in here the other night and the first thing that struck us was the noise of the 20-something customers, in particular one shrieking woman; thankfully, I could barely hear the banal music, one tune seemingly playing throughout my stay. It’s a stripped-out pub, with opposed tatty avocado vinyl banquettes, then some normal seats and tables, with the exception of one barrel table with tall stools. The bar array is quite ornate and attractive with wood carving and plain mirrors; ivy cascaded over the top. The floor is modern boarded, with a tiled ‘path’ from entrance to bar. Walls are either match boarded or field panelled to around one third height, then magnolia Anaglypta to the remainder and ceiling; there’s an obligatory column with Corinthian capital. Décor comprises just a few framed prints, lighting is conventional.
It would appear that real ale has disappeared from this gaff, so I had to go for yet another Neck Oil, at a painful £3.10 a half.
This really isn’t a great pub. In its current state, with current customers and current absence of ale, I wouldn’t care to return. The Portman down the road is more sedate and has a choice of two quality ales at considerably lower prices.

Rated 3.5.

On 22nd October 2021 - rating: 4
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Delboy 20 left this review about The Beehive

Nice little pub a short stroll from the main drag. If you are visiting for a trip to Wembley and want to avoid the crush of the Globe and the Spoons it is worth popping in here and the nearby Barley Mow. You can actually get served and get a decent pint!

On 7th June 2018 - no rating submitted
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john gray left this review about The Beehive

The Beehive was bzzzzy but not sure why.Sripped out pub with ugly seating.2 cask beers on from Trumans -Runner and Swift so it has some attractive qualities.

On 3rd June 2017 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Beehive

An L-shaped boarded floored area with the bar along the long side. Attractive ceiling frieze. I was tempted in here on reading that they have Loddon Gravesend Shrimpers on, a nice beer indeed, sadly it was off with the clip returned. This left a solitary choice of Bespoke Leading Light, an ok light coloured beer but a bit thin and wishy washy at 3.5%. It was ok on a warm afternoon.
The pub is inoffensive if fussy, tea light candles, vases of pink flowers, high window shelves have soda syphons and empty champers bottles plus a couple of sherry casks and the occasional copper jug. Food served, snacks and meals, outdoor seating under an awning, rather Parisienne style. Not a bad spot, needs a better beer choice.
My pint was £4.00, noting Strongers comment below from five years ago he was either diddled or he had some keg wallet emptier.

On 1st July 2015 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Beehive

I thought this place a little bland and the tables and chairs in the main front part seemed to be positioned more for diners than drinkers. There are a couple of tables at the back past the bar that had a more authentic pub feel, but at £4 a pint I don’t think that many would stay very long.

I think that I counted four ale pumps with one unused and Mean time breweries Helles, London Stout and London Pale Ale being available on the other three. There are some old pump clips adorning the wall that runs down the stairs to the toilets and my Stout was well served so one would assume that they are taking the ale seriously, but I think that they are pricing themselves out of the market for discerning drinkers.

The barmaids were both French with a basic understanding of English so there was a language barrier to overcome, but they were both very friendly and I didn’t mind struggling by.

There are better pubs in the area so I doubt that I’ll return.

On 9th February 2010 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Beehive

Looks like a pub from the outside, but more like a French cafe inside (and certainly some of the tables were getting waiter service). Two handpumps, but only Rudgate Blonde was was available. And while this was a nice enough pint, £4.00 (yes, you read that right) must make it one of the most expensive 'pubs' in Britain.

On 5th October 2009 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Beehive

This is a pub for the Serious Drinker, with several top-end British and Continental beers, long wine list etc. However it is Seriously Expensive also. I'll give it the third star for the quality of the booze.

On 24th September 2009 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Beehive

This really seems to be more of a restaurant than a pub, although when I went up to the bar to order a pint, nobody asked me whether I wanted to eat. But there was one real ale on – Everard's Sleighbell, which was expensive at £3.70 a pint. It tasted superb though. There was a Loddon's Brewery van outside, which raised my hopes somewhat. I did have a club sandwich, which cost £6.90 and was OK, but expensive for what it was. I got my change at the bar in a silver dish, which always leads me to question an establishment's entitlement to call itself a pub.
The bar back and counter look original, as does the floor tiling surrounding the bar, but nothing else about this place reminds me of a pub. I doubt whether I shall be paying a return visit.

On 17th December 2008 - rating: 4
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