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Blue Posts, Soho, W1

22 Berwick Street
Phone: 02074375008

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Tris C left this review about Blue Posts

Dating from at least the early/mid-18th century and rebuilt in 1914, this is one of five Blue Posts that existed up until 21 years ago, the number down to four following the demolition of the Tottenham Court Road 'branch'. Go back a hundred-odd years, and the area was actually home to no fewer than nine branches!
Externally there's some very well preserved Watney's regalia and inside, this is a largely unspoilt pub with burgundy velour button back banquettes to virtually all the periphery, horseshoe bar with matchboard front and pot shelf adorned with plates depicting Shire horses and the like. The floor is carpeted and there's an electric fire which probably dates from the 1960s along with the very basic furnitue; a column is clad in dark brown tiles. There are tinted prints to the walls along with more plates which would have appealed to someone of my grandmother's era and I wouldn't be surprised if she recalled using the bed pans on display which also add to the nostalgia. The ensemble is completed with burgundy swag curtains.
Unchanged too since the first review are the ales: Courage Directors and Adnam's Southwold on good form, served by a very friendly barmaid.
This type of pub is something of a rarity, at least in London, so is worth a trip just to see something from the past, especially in an area where buildings are falling like dominos. However, there is a reason why pub interiors no longer look like this...

On 30th April 2019 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about Blue Posts

Old Watneys pub with a tiled exterior don't think much will have changed since those days. 2 real ales served from the horseshoe shaped bar.

On 25th October 2016 - no rating submitted
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Roger Button left this review about Blue Posts

I’ve always found Berwick Street one of the more interesting of Soho’s lanes with its market, eclectic music shops and pubs that seem to have withstood any attempt to go down the tourist route. The Blue Posts feels like it should be anywhere other than the heart of Soho, small and traditional, cosy but with the air of a local’s boozer where the arrival of an American or Japanese tourist would probably be looked upon as a stand out event.

The carpeted interior is a single room with central bar and seating pushed to the edges. Some remnants of old tiling remain from previous refits and the walls contain a few old Soho pictures and a collection of plates. Above the bar canopy are numerous nick nacks ranging form jugs, urns and brass kettles to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Potted plants sit in the half frosted windows giving it a bit of a homely feel and everything is cosy enough without being anything spectacular. There is some pavement seating where you can watch the market traders, office workers and people wearing unseasonable overcoatsscurrying around about their daily business.

You probably wouldn’t come here just for the beers, a standard collection of mass market names and just 2 ales, Courage Directors & Adnams Bitter although to be fair quality and price have always been reasonable on my occasional visit.

It has to be said that pubs like this are a bit of a rarity in these pubs and that does give it a bit of added value although were it were not for its location, no-one would probably give it a second glance.

On 17th October 2011 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Blue Posts

Proper, old fashioned boozer - including grumpy-looking landlord, indifferent but efficient barmaids, old bloke who looked like he used to work on a market stall singing songs at the bar and a reasonable pint of Courage Best. Not many places like this left in central London.

On 11th December 2008 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Blue Posts

This is a single room pub, with a handful of tables and chairs round the walls. It has a central island bar, and three doors (one not in use); typical of a multi-room pub that has been opened up. They had Courage Directors and Adnam's Bitter on handpump – I only had the Adnam's, which was just about OK.
Nothing specific against this pub, but not a lot on the plus side either. A pretty ordinary place all things considered – I've been in worse places as well as better ones. But its "ordinariness" has something of a nostalgic charm about it, and it certainly looks like a real pub from the outside.

On 20th September 2008 - rating: 5
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