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The Counting House, Bank, EC3

50 Cornhill
Phone: 02072837123

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Counting House

Fullers have done a great conversion in here,there are lots of interesting features and oppulance.It's worth walking around to discover the full options.The ground floor has an island bar with carved wooden back,there is a vast sky light dome and impressive moulded ceiling,while there is a gallery up some stairs which will always be a quieter option for seating,although there is plenty of peripheral seating downstairs.Off the gallery there is a function room in wood panelling with it's own bar,while to the rear of the ground floor there are several seperate rooms in the former bankers offices,some also for hire,which act as overflow areas when busy.The rear door will take you into the alley system if crawling to another city pub.
This Ale & Pie branded outlet has sandwiches from £7 and mains starting at £11 and will always be popular at lunchtime.There is also a hotel entrance to the left of the building,which occupies the higher floors.
There are several banking hall conversions to pubs in the City and this is one of the better ones.Time your visit to miss the crowds,although I found bar service to be swift and efficient.The ale options were from 5 handpumps namely London Pride,Olivers Island,ESB (OK),seasonal Wise Men and a guest in St Austell Tribute ,a mainstream choice.

On 12th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Counting House

As stated, this was built as a bank in 1893 and converted into this Fuller's Ale & Pie House in 1997. The description is well covered below, suffice to say that on a Thursday night, this place was rammed with boisterous bankers. I don't know if perhaps there was some special event on - there were at least two separate groups of people huddled beneath an A4 sheet of paper with their organisations' names printed on them - but it was packed in here and getting to the bar let alone getting served was a challenge.
Typical Fuller's range of ales, predictable but safe.
A fascinating interior indeed, but I wouldn't want to spend any time here if it's always this full. This is really one for sticking your head around the door for a peak before moving on.

Closed at weekends.

On 29th November 2017 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Counting House

Former banking hall that had an award winning conversion by Fuller's. As stated below it's all very grand/opulent and as roger button says it is similar to the old joint stock in Birmingham. Usual Fuller's selection and food served. Double it up with the nearby cross keys for another impressive interior.

On 24th November 2016 - no rating submitted
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E TA left this review about The Counting House

A converted commercial premises, currently operated by Fullers. There is a grand foyer with a glass-cupola ceiling an upstairs terrace with dining tables and a large central servery. I found the staff very helpful, while the clientele were reasonable compared to most of the other local pubs. Food was the usual Fuller's standard, pre-made and microwaved, but sensible portion sizes, and although overpriced, not as overpriced as other local places. Five Fuller's ales on draft – I went for the Oliver's Island, which was in good condition. I count this as a success.

On 1st May 2016 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Counting House

Very grand building, with a spectacularly ornate interior featuring an island bar, central dome and gallery within the former banking hall. Decent Fuller's beer too, with Pride, Seafarer's, Oliver's Island and ESB plus Redemption Big Chief (£4.60) as a guest from a total of nine handpumps. Well worth seeking ornate.

On 5th July 2015 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Counting House

A definite destination pub this one, as it has such a magnificent interior. The pub also has lots of different and comfortable seating areas, all of which have splendid views of this impressive décor. My personal accolade to here and the Old Bank of England, is that I was the poor so-and-so French polishing most of the timber work in both pubs, many moons ago. Still, it was good to be on this side of the bar on this visit.

On 10th February 2015 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Counting House

Fuller's seem to like the concept of converting former banks into impressive pubs - most of their Ale and Pie House outlets seem to fall into this category - and in The Counting House, we have what is probably their finest example. Formerly Prescott's Bank, the interior retains the sense of opulence that such banks could afford to put on show. The marble walls, mosaic tile floor and large upstairs gallery create and feeling of grandeur on entry which is only enhanced as you sit down and start to take it all in. The ceiling in particular is well worth a look, with its huge glass dome and heavy chandeliers. The ground floor is dominated by a large island bar, around which there is plenty of comfortable seating. The walls are covered with various portraits and some mocked up London Herald front pages.
To the rear of the room, a glass partitioning wall encloses a small snug-like area called the Club Room and there is another small seating section close to the back door which leads out to an alleyway which seems to double up as the smoker's location of choice. Upstairs there is even more seating and from up there, you can get a closer look at the ceiling, as well as a good vantage point to admire the rest of the pub down below.
There were only Fullers and Gale’s beers on at the bar, with a choice of London Pride, ESB, HSB, Discovery, Seafarers and Chiswick. I tried the HSB which was in very good shape, if not exactly the cheapest. The bar staff were friendly enough and seemed to be coping well with the Friday night crowds, which had proved problematic for some of the surrounding pubs.
Well worth a look for the interior alone, but it actually offers more than that, with good beer and a warm, friendly environment. I'll certainly be heading back this way in the near future.

On 10th September 2011 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Counting House

Sister pub of the Old Bank of England, both are former banks carefully converted by Fullers into pubs and retain their opulence. On entering, the sheer size of the place strikes you – a massive island bar, second floor terracing and several function rooms to the rear, clad in dark polished wood and marble, punctuated by large chandeliers. The most magnificent feature is the huge domed skylight. Ale is from the Fullers range, I spotted six different ones spread over 14 pumps on my visit and my Seafarers and HSB both went down well, standard City prices, £3,40+ p/p. Clientèle are inevitably City types, along with a small smattering of tourists. We took a seat next to the main door by the huge window and admired the intricate floor mosaic and the war memorial dedicated to the staff who lost their lives in WWI.

It’s well-worth a visit for the interior. If choosing between this place and the Old Bank of England, I’d plump for this one.

On 8th August 2011 - rating: 8
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Roger Button left this review about The Counting House

Built in 1893 as Prescotts Bank which after a series of mergers and takeovers ended up as aprt of NatWest, Fullers bought and converted the building into a pub in 1998. Those familiar with the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham (Fullers most northernly pub) will know exactly what to expect here and the two could almost be one and the same place.

The sumptious interior retains all the trappings and opulence expected of a City Bank, mosaic floors, marble walls, chandeliers, ornate ceilings and murals, all housed under a large rotunda. It also claims to have the only war memorial within a pub, a dedication to the 2,000+ Bank employees who died fighting in the First World War. Portraits stare from the walls althought he fake daily Herald newspapers look a bit tacky, especially given that many of the headlines on display actually date from after the newspaper ceased trading.

The large island bar contains 14 handpumps with 6 Fullers/Gales ales (Pride, ESB, Jack Frost, Discovery, Bengal Lancer and Chiswick) on offer. It is decent quality but very expensive as you would probably expect given the location and ornate surroundings. Service is not always the most efficient and the place can get uncomfortably busy with city workers.

An open staircase leads up to a balcony bar with excellent views of the swirling masses below. The rear section appears to mainly cater for diners (main courses around £10). There is also a third floor with a large function room that in itself can be divided into 2 and has it’s own separate bar although the beers are a bit more limited with just Pride on hand pump. Down in the depths, the lower basement apparently contains part of the old Roman City Walls.

It is an impressive building and is certainly worthy of a visit if you are wandering around the city, even if it is to admire what they used to spend your overdraft charges on, but is probably best avoided at peak times when the insanely crowded atmosphere can be a bit too much.

On 25th February 2011 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Counting House

An impressive Fuller's Ale and Pie house conversion from what had become a NatWest branch in 1997. The main part of the pub is in what would have been the main banking hall. Staggeringly opulent, walls have marble or alabaster panels between mahogany pillars, large square Tuscan columns hold up the impressively detailed high ceiling from which three large chandeliers light the room, however pride of place probably goes to the huge domed rooflight. On entering you may notice the memorial to all bank staff who lost their lives in The Great War, certainly an unusual feature in a pub. The entrance area also features a mosaic tiled lobby, with the mosaic style continuing along the right hand side of the pub to the rear. I assume this was once the corridor with the hall off to the left and the offices to the rear. There is now a gallery to the left and rear, accessed either from a new iron stair towards the front or from the original back office stair at the rear. This gives good views of the building in general as well as the drinkers below. To the rear of the pub what I imagine to have been the staff and manager's offices now form smaller more snug like drinking areas.
Most if not all of the Fuller's range were on, with there being several banks of handpumps spread around the island bar. Not cheap, its Fullers, and its the City, £3.50 for what in fairness was a decent pint of Pride. I noticed they had Hock on. I also noticed a sign saying table service is available at lunchtimes. Mixed seating, mainly traditional upstairs, but there are a few armchairs and a few high tables with stools in the main hall. Decor includes portrait prints, and there is a mural in a front corner.
Certainly worth a visit for the interior alone but not a bad pint either.

On 3rd June 2010 - rating: 7
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