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Pontefract Castle, Marylebone, W1

71 Wigmore Street

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)
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Malden man left this review about The Pontefract Castle

Large Nicholsons pub, wooden floors and a lack of soft furnishings make for a noisy environment when busy as it was with the post work crowd. I sat on a stool at a raised table but it was clear the floors are uneven as the chair wobbled and my pen rolled off the table excuse and I'm sticking to it. The spiral stair climbs up to the top bar, then again to a little mezzanine with its own small bar, but only TT Landlord on HP up here. Downstairs there was a good selection, TT Landlord, Sharps Doom Bar, Badger First Gold, Tribute, Pride and Stonehenge Eyeopener.

On 15th November 2008 - rating: 6
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train man left this review about Pontefract Castle

Decent selection of beers, Tribute had gone but was being replaced, TT Landlord was very iffy (dunno why my friend didn't return it), Doombar & Beartown Bear Ass were good, Pride & Hobgoblin completed the line up, we didn't suffer the short measures that others experienced. Brief tasting notes and ‘sip before you sup' offers on each pump. Nice woody little bar, ornate iron spiral staircase to upper floor, where some people did seem to be just drinking & chatting, so cannot confirm reports of it being a dining only area. Tall round tables with barstool style seating, nice original bowed window frames, some little wooden tables outside, continental stylee. Quiet but rather whiney soundtrack ystdy, various sausage & mash options from £6. Fascinating approach if you find the little alley leading to St Christophers Pl from Oxford St – a few paces which take you from 21c mayhem to a rather more sedate and preferable land. PC lacks a traditional feel but was worth having ‘on map' for ystdy's crawl.

On 26th October 2008 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Pontefract Castle

This is an interesting looking pub with a few decent ales on, including some excellent Sharp's Doom Bar. The ground floor bar has only stools to sit on, so is not particularly comfortable for a relaxing drink. A spiral staircase leads to an upstairs bar with some comfortable seating and which seems to be mainly used as a dining area. I wouldn't rave about this pub, but it's a decent enough watering hole and I would definitely visit again if I was in the area.

On 2nd July 2008 - rating: 6
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