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The Hercules Pillars, WC2

18 Great Queen Street
WC2
WC2B 5DG
Phone: 02072422218
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Hercules Pillars

Lively one bar pub in the front of an office block with a reasonably good attempt at a pub interior. A bar down one side and tables the other, with a central counter affair with stools running between two pillars, presumably alluding to the name. A fair range of beers, usually including one or two from Sambrooks; one sampled was in less than perfect condition but others were fine.

On 27th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Hercules Pillars

This pub is at least early Victorian but was rebuilt in 1961 at the base of an office block towards the east of Covent Garden, away from Theatreland.
I came here once before around 2010 and recall it as being a bit of a lifeless locals’ pub and it would seem that little has changed. It still has the fake ‘old’ interior and there’s a fake marble kitchen counter top masquerading as the bar. Some naff furniture, fixtures and fittings look like they came from a Benidorm-themed pub with the inclusion of substantial trompe l’oeil columns. Furniture is otherwise conventional and there are multiple TVs blasting out the sport. Customers may be Freemasons from the edifice across the road, but I didn’t see any funny hoods or anyone being addressed as Grand Wizard - the pub even features a Masonic food menu though it looks conventional to me – perhaps there are alternative dishes, but only for those who can decipher a hidden code.
Ales: at least one unused pump, thereafter Caledonian Brewing’s Deuchars, Sharp’s Cornish Coaster and Vale Brewery’s Best Vale IPA which was good but at an eye-watering £2.85 a half.
This is a sports’ bar of sorts so obviously there’s no chance of me returning, unless I’m with my mates and we are actively looking to watch the game, but the sky-high prices alone are a deterrent.

On 24th February 2018 - rating: 3
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Malden man left this review about The Hercules Pillars

I thought this was a fairly routine and unremarkable pub, although it was rather busy with folk watching the live rugby game so difficult to get comfortable and appreciate the surroundings. Bar counter to one side with a brown granite type top, a pair of Hercules figures are positioned on the bar back, dutifully holding up the said pillars while a bust of the eponymous character sits opposite the bar as does a reclined version in a framed picture. Curiously, the middle of the room has a rather tacky double pillared light wood feature with stools to sit at, didn't work at all for me. Otherwise fairly regular seating with leather buttoned banquettes featuring. Décor included apart from Hercules, a framed picture of Winston Churchill.
The beer range was in fact quite decent, Twickenham Naked Ladies and their Yakima Valley ABA, Caledonian Rare Red Rye, The Mad Squirrel's Milk Stout, Vale Brewery Brewer's Choice plus a Black Sheep Bitter from a shiny font rather like the GK IPA version, real or not, I can't be sure. Clips behind the bar indicate a changing guest policy.
The beer range alone should make me like this pub however I didn't like the layout and it was very busy with "rugger types". Maybe I'll try it again or maybe not, we'll see.

On 3rd December 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Hercules Pillars, WC2
27th Nov 2019, 09:13
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26th Nov 2019, 23:23
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - 150-person capacity. - last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
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