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Lord Aberconway, Liverpool Street, EC2

73 Old Broad Street
Phone: 02079291743

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)
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Rex Rattus left this review about Lord Aberconway

This is a Nicholson's pub, so will obviously sell real ale. When I was in the other day they had on London Pride - and Betty Stogs which came up undrinkable but readily exchanged for an excellent pint of Dark Star Partridge. They do food of course, but I didn't scrutinise a menu though reckon it must be the usual Nicholson's stuff. But this must be the only pub where they won't sell you a bag of crisps. Oh no, in here they are homemade crisps sold to you in a brown paper bag. The were £1.75 a portion, but you got a lot of them and they were really good as well. Most unusual, but gets the nod from me.

As is usual with this chain there's the usual mix of furnishings, including some booths under the balcony on the left. The ceiling's so high in here that they've manage to squeeze in a mezzanine/balcony with more standard seating, and surrounded by an attractive wrought iron balustrade.

There are still some original features remaining, such as the bar counter and bar back, but I reckon there's been some mucking about over the years as the bar back doesn't look to be quite right backing onto the toilet corridor. It looks good though.

It was busy on a weekday lunchtime, as you would expect just around the corner from Liverpool Street station. But Nicholson pubs are usually OK, and this one was up to standard.

On 30th July 2019 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Lord Aberconway

A Nicholson's pub just outside Liverpool Street station with a heavily wooded traditional interior featuring a fair amount of leaded glass. There are a couple of interesting booths, although sadly awaiting repair at time of visit, and an upstairs balcony level open during the week. Half a dozen or so ales with changing guests alongside the Nicholson's regulars- we went for the Cotleigh Tawny Owl which was in good form. One of the better pubs in the area, which has been extensively redeveloped to say the least.

On 21st July 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Lord Aberconway

I have a hunch that this place is a relatively modern conversion, designed to have a High Victorian appearance with its dark wood, impressive bar back, high ceiling and mezzanine, all in the typical Nicholson's style with conventional furniture, naturally.
Music played though it was far too loud and the games machine looked unappealing.
Ales: Nicholson's Bitter, Fuller's London Pride, Triple F's Pressed Rat & Warthog and California Common at £2.05 a half and OK.
This place isn't great, probably due to its proximity to Liverpool Street Station but it's a lot better than the Railway at the end of the road.

On 25th August 2016 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Lord Aberconway

Quite a small Nicholson's pub with a mezzanine level. 6 real ales and food served.

On 30th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Lord Aberconway

A small L shaped interior to this Nicholson's with a fine wooden bar back,leather bound banquettes and two private drinking booths to one side.The wooden floor and the large mirrors add character.The upstairs gallery is now marked as for diners only,there is a fine view of the interior from up there.The place does have some character and is comfortable when not too busy.There are six handpumps with regular ales London Pride ,Doom Bar and Nicholsons Pale Ale while the three guests on my trip were all Xmas specials Brains I Sea Santa,Adnams Rudolf Nose Best and Harviestoun Sleigh Rider (£3.80,decent enough )
One of the better drinking establishments around Liverpool Street,I would pop in again for a quick one.

On 8th December 2013 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Lord Aberconway

Smallish Nicholsons, previously known as the Metropolitan Railway's 'Refreshment Rooms' / 'Railway Buffet'. Well known for its booths, but not many other tables at ground-floor level in the 'L'-shaped bar. Additional seating on the mezzanine. Six handpumps offering usual suspects like Pride, Doom Bar and Tribute plus guests such as Vale Black Beauty, Titanic Centenary and Rudgate Ruby Mild (£3.40). Overall, not a bad spot given how close it is to a main-line station.

On 16th June 2011 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Lord Aberconway

A stone's throw away from Liverpool Street Station and Bishopsgate, is The Lord Aberconway, a Nicholson's pub that forms part of their "Classic Pubs" chain.

Those who are familiar with the Nicholson's brand will know what to expect here - a largely reconstructed traditional pub interior featuring bare boards, much wood panelling, a high ceiling and some ornate woodwork. Of particular note in The Lord Aberconway is a pleasant, more comfortable upstairs mezzanine bar and, on the ground floor, some railway carriage style drinking booths that afford a degree of privacy so often overlooked by big pub chains nowadays. Seating is the usual mixture of stools and more comfortable leather banquettes.

The normal Nicholson's framed information panel tells us that the pub was rebuilt in the 19th Century and was named after the last chairman of the old Metropolitan Railway. Memorabilia - framed posters, pictures etc - inside the pub is disappointingly limited. The monument to the Great Fire of London is close by and it is alleged that the pub is haunted by spirits of victims of the fire.

It's not a particularly large pub, but the crush can be partly avoided by drinking on the narrow pavement outside, although given its narrowness and the volume of people passing by, I'm surprised that this is allowed. I would imagine that the pub can be uncomfortably busy towards the latter part of the week.

Beers on were TT Landlord, Fullers London Pride and Summer Ale, Sharps Doom Bar and Black Sheep's Golden Sheep. Guest beer of the week was Leeds Brewery's Midnight Bell, a strongish tasty dark mild which tasted very moreish - £ 2.95p. Somewhat surprisingly, hardly anyone else seemed to be drinking it on my recent early evening visit.

This isn't a must visit pub by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd be more than happy to drop in again when next in the area.

On 7th October 2010 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Lord Aberconway

This is a dark pub with some nice booths and a balcony area overlooking the bar. There is a leather bound plasma screen up on the wall, but I wouldn't have thought that this place has Sky Sports.

Pride, Seafarers, Landlord and Brewhog's The Physics were available during my visit alongside Staropramen and Amstel, but I opted for the Guinness from the standard draught selection which was well served.

This is an OK for a pint or two

On 29th September 2009 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Lord Aberconway

Have utilised The Lord Aberconway for an evening beer when emerging from Liverpool Street station of an evening as it is situated on Old Broad Street just across the road from the station.
The name is a reference to the last chairman of the Metropolitan Railway, and has a bit of a Victorian character to it which becomes evident when you adjust your eyes to the fairly dark interior, although I’m not sure how much of it is genuine.
I particularly like the few small covered booths in the ground floor bar which, if you are lucky enough to be able to occupy one, is like your own personal space in which to enjoy a beer whilst the hustle and bustle of the city carries on outside your small alcove.
The beers on my visits have been GK IPA and Abbot, TT Landlord and Fullers London Pride, so unfortunately nothing special, but the Landlord and Pride have been well kept and served well. And I have been served quickly, which is always a bonus for this part of town.
So in conclusion, although I cannot comment on what it’s like at a lunchtime or what the grubs like, in my experience it’s a solid pub for a decent evening pint within close proximity of Liverpool Street Station...

On 30th May 2009 - rating: 6
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andrew parr left this review about The Lord Aberconway

Nice old pub near Liverpool street stn.Very good beer and a lot cheaper than the Railway next door

On 28th March 2009 - rating: 10
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