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The Nags Head, Covent Garden, WC2

10 James Street
WC2
WC2E 8BT
Phone: 02078364678
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Nags Head

Just across the road from Covent Garden tube station, this is a rather attractive traditional pub that I’m surprised I’ve never set foot in previously, having walked past it countless times. The pub has a reversed C-shape layout with carpeted floors throughout, except around the bar where an attractive decorative tile area follows the path of the servery. The bar is centrally positioned with a nice curved dark wood counter and matching gantry which has coloured checkerboard stained glass frontage and a brass pot shelf. The smart bar back boasts pleasantly styled corner posts and some top-quality panelling. The room follows the front, right and rear parts of the bar, with high table and stool seating closest to the bar and then a mix of button backed banquettes and standard chairs around the perimeter. Large windows down two sides of the building have etched glass panes bearing McMullen’s name and more stained-glass checkerboard upper sections. Floral wallpaper covers much of the wall space, especially in the rear left corner, whilst a floral pattern lincrusta ceiling can be seen through much of the room. The rear wall has been covered with a series of very large etched glass brewery mirrors whilst a few old black and white photos can be seen in the plainer rear left area. There was standing room only on my Saturday early evening visit, with pop tunes playing reasonably loudly and a constant stream of passers by entering the pub and fighting their way through the crowd to use the pub’s toilets.
The windows give away the fact that this is a McMullen’s house, so it came as no real surprise to find AK and IPA on handpull along with Rivertown Red from their subsidiary Rivertown brewery. The latter turned out to be a perfectly acceptable pint that went down well after a long walk here in the freezing cold, and I was served by the sort of cheery, friendly barmaid that you rarely find in this part of the city.
This isn’t the sort of place I’d immediately think of as being a good bet, what with the tourist trap location and uninspiring brewery, but I was pleasantly surprised with the smart, comfortable interior, good beer quality and friendly service. I’d never recommend Covent Garden as a destination for a pub crawl, but I’d definitely recommend this place for a quick stop-off when passing through.

On 30th March 2020 - rating: 7
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Brainy Pool left this review about The Nags Head

it’s a nice location but only an okay pub. Soap tasting pint of ale which wasn’t particularly pleasant. Or cheap. Ornate though open interior.

On 13th May 2019 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about The Nags Head

Pleasant enough corner pub with decent strength own seasonal ale (5.2%). Not as busy as I had expected so got a seat easily enough. Worth a revisit.

On 18th January 2017 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Charing Cross, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.19 miles, 22 min walk (show)
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30th Mar 2020, 16:42
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
13th May 2019, 20:10
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 18 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 18 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes - McMullen's. - last updated 18 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 October 2016 by hondo .
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