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The Samuel Pepys, Mansion House, EC4

Stew Lane
Phone: 02074891871

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Steve C left this review about The Samuel Pepys

Having watched a documentary about the Great Fire of London the evening before my visit to the Samuel Pepys I must admit that I was disappointed to find a modern 1st floor bar rather than an historic pub. After scaling the stairs, I found a bright bar with serving counter along the right wall. Windows look over the Thames towards the bankside. I was a little miffed why there are high tables with stools next to the windows meaning that one must stoop to avoid the top of the windows obstructing the view across the river. During my late Wednesday afternoon visit there was some background music playing. BT Sport is advertised in the front door, but I didn’t see any televisions in the bar area.
This is a Shepherd Neame run pub, so the three hand pumps were drawing Whitstable Bay, Spitfire and Summer Strom IPA. A premium keg range is also available, I paid £3 for half a Birra Moretti which I thought was hugely overpriced, but later learned that this was on par for the area. Food is available during lunch and dinner periods. I found the service to be polite in a corporate kind of way, but I do not plan to return here.

On 27th September 2019 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Samuel Pepys

A Shepherd Neame tied house furnished in a modern style but situated in what looks like a former warehouse and offering great views across the Thames to the Globe Theatre opposite.Up a stairway ,you enter into a pine floored lounge with a shuffle board to the side.Upmarket furniture including a curved banquette is evident ,but the exposed brickwork around the windows gives much needed character.The views are directly above the bankside and there is a narrow external metal terrace with a few stools for even better river appreciation.There is a side room with a bench seating running the full length of the back wall with some tables set for dining.The menu looked very much pub grub at a slight London premium.BT Sport flatscreens were playing on mute and gentle muzak helped the calm atmosphere.However tables can be reserved at set times and clearly later that Thursday evening it was going to be much more hectic.
There are 3 handpumps , the SN Whitstable Pale was unavailable but the clip not reversed (bad practice) leaving a choice of Spitfire and SN Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition (passable but not memorable).
Good views but dull ale,not sure if I would return for anything but some food.

On 5th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Samuel Pepys

Hidden away down a narrow alley (Stew Lane), then up a flight of steps to reach the rectangular bar with its front lounge and side dining room with fine views across the Thames, both busy (but not packed) on the last Thursday before Christmas. Taken over by Shepherd Neame and refurbished with semi-modern furniture and decor since my last visit some six years ago. Real ale selection understandably winding down before the break, with just Whitstable Bay Pale and the Christmas Ale (£2.50, half) from the two banks of three handpumps.

On 23rd December 2018 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about Samuel Pepys

A modern styled bar/restaurant tucked away at the end of an alleyway. The bar has views across the Thames to the reconstruction of Shakespeare's globe and the Tate Modern. 2 real ales served.

On 6th November 2012 - no rating submitted
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train man left this review about The Pepys

With such an historical name, why would you want to call the place 'TSP', complete with bland & ugly pub sign of that lettering? Here's 3 more for the pub: 'WTF'? I entered, despite gnashing of teeth, to find a fairly predictable lounge-bar stylee upstairs beyond which was a dining area and, from this section, a view of the river which laps directly below. To be fair, the barmaid/waitress approached with a smile but seemed slightly nonplussed by my asking if it was just Deuchars they had on draught (2pumps,1 clipped) - it's not my fav, and neither was TSP, I thanked her and did one...

On 14th February 2008 - no rating submitted
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