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Bow Street Tavern, Covent Garden, WC2

37 Bow Street
WC2
WC2E 7AU
Phone: 02073790154
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Tris C left this review about Bow Street Tavern

Amazingly, this was a first in here for me the other night, to what was originally the Globe; the pub’s history is interesting and I shan’t repeat what’s on CAMRA’s site.
It’s quite a simple place, though by no means in a bad way. The floor is rough boarded. There are drinking ledges around a couple of columns, otherwise furniture is traditional Britannia-style, with some peripheral banquette seating. There’s bare wood field panelling to the dado, then papered walls and a brick red Lincrusta ceiling. A log burning stove is present, looking used. The columns feature interesting brass ‘cherub’ lamps which may have been specially commissioned for the pub, otherwise there are Victorian sconces and simple white translucent hanging lamps above the bar, which has an attractive back. Upstairs there’s a gin terrace/roof garden and the ‘Inspector’s Room’ downstairs. Décor comes in the form of Toby jugs, Scotch jugs, a primitive portrait of the Queen, framed pictures of Royalty, similar depicting Hitchcock and Anna Massey (Frenzy was filmed here) with others depicting the area in its former market-era use; a modest TV was showing the footie; good sounds played over the stereo.
Ales: an unused pump, an Adnams reversed, Wandle and Tribute at a very good £2.45 and fine.
This is a decent little boozer, a rarity in the area. It’s certainly worth a visit in its own right and definitely worthy of inclusion on a crawl; the 20% discount on food and drink for key workers is worth mentioning.

On 3rd November 2021 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Covent Garden

There were three ales on - West Berkshire Good Old Boy, Darkstar Hophead and Sambrook Wandle all on. The Wandle was £2.50 a half, which is expensive even for this area. Single sheet menus on the tables offered pub grub such as Cumberland sausage & mash (£11), beer-battered haddock & chips (£13), and burger, etc, at £11.50. Par for the course in this area I suppose.

This is a small single-room pub on the ground floor, with both doors still in use. There's a couple of tall tables/tall stools in the window bay, another at the back, plus some upholstered bench seating and a handful of normal tables and chairs. The bar back is nice, but there was little else that caught my eye. There's a large brick fireplace on the right (not in use on a warm May day), and the windows are able to open up to completely join the pub to the outside world (inexplicably closed on said warm May day). I saw a sign by the door that said that it's child and dog friendly with treats and bowls available for dogs (but not for children I guess). An upstairs bar with an outside terrace is advertised, but I didn't explore upstairs.

This pub used to be called the Globe, and I guess re-named to trade on its proximity to the tourist hell that is Covent Garden. As pubs in these area go this one's OK - at least it's still a real pub with decent (if expensive) beer.

On 2nd June 2018 - rating: 6
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Covent Garden

I was actually looking for the Coach and Horses and in biblical rain, peaked too early.

Time was getting on, so I took advantage of the fact its a bar and kitched and ordered food.

The London Pride was exceptional. The food excellent and reasonable value (for the area) and the service first class.

On 2nd February 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Charing Cross, 0.52 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for Bow Street Tavern, WC2
3rd Nov 2021, 19:33
Review submitted by Tris C
 
18th Jan 2019, 12:35
Web Link submitted by Rex Rattus approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Roof terrace. - last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No - 20% off food and drink for key workers. - last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 February 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - WCs downstairs. - last updated 03 November 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 October 2015 by hondo .
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