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Sherlock Holmes, Charing Cross, WC2

10 Northumberland Street
WC2
WC2N 5DB
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Greene King

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Tris C left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Last visited around 20 years ago, this was formerly the Northumberland Arms, rebranded by Whitbread as a Sherlock Holmes-themed pub in 1957; the place apparently appears in one of Conan Doyle’s novels and supposedly contains elements from the [Ideal?] Holmes’ exhibition, salvaged from the Festival of Britain, 1951.
Arriving on a Monday mid-evening, the pub was unsurprisingly rammed with tourists, looking for the Ye Merry Olde London experience. I’ve been in busier pubs and the crowds here should come as no surprise to the staff, but there was absolute paralysis, staff standing there like rabbits caught in the headlights of a car. After about five minutes, I saw red (A Study in Scarlet?) and went to the vastly superior Ship & Shovel next door; this place acts like a forcefield to keep the tourists away from it. I returned 20 minutes later and there was a relative calm, with glasses and plates of partially eaten food on tables, chips all over the floor, one trodden on by a woman, who slipped and narrowly avoided a nasty accident. The furniture is tatty, my studded banquette cracked and leaking stuffing, though otherwise there are typical Greene King nods, the only difference is a TV ‘beer board’. Décor is Holmesian, with a toy dog’s head in a wall mounted, glass fronted box, I suppose a reference to the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Ales: two Lilley’s ciders, Abbot, GK IPA, Sherlock Holmes House Ale (Morland) and Windsor & Eton’s Father Thames at £2.70 a half, tasting like it was sourced from the nearby said river, soapy and grim.
This has to be one of the worst pubs in central London; less Conan Doyle, more Conan the Barbarian.

On 2nd November 2021 - rating: 3
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Street corner Sherlock Holmes themed pub with modern etched glass depicting the stories heroes.Internally quite small and L shapes with original external doors for the Saloon and Bar but just the apex door open due to Covid regulations.Lots of pavement seats which seemed a better option than the rather busy interior,tourists will want to tick off this place,although it is a little faux.No T&T if outside with table service.

Greene King owned meaning Abbott and their IPA,a house bitter (no doubt GK as well) and something called Dr Watson's Porter which I was told by the server was brewed by Portobello.It was shockingly bad,very watery and impossible to finish my half despite being clean and non vinegar.I should have guessed this might be the case in a tourist trap,beware.

On 3rd September 2020 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Not a bad two-room Greene King pub, provided that you don't get there at the same time as a coach-load of Conan Doyle enthusiasts... Typical 'olde London pub' interior; supplemented, of course, by loads of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. Beer-wise, there is a bank of six handpumps in each bar; and, whilst many of the clips are duplicates, there is usually a reasonable selection of well-kept beers. These were the Sherlock House Ale and Watson Golden Ale, Greene King IPA, London Glory and Abbot plus the seasonal Belhaven Scrum Down (£4.30) on my latest visit.

On 12th March 2016 - rating: 6
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London Charing Cross, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
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2nd Nov 2021, 19:23
Review submitted by Tris C
 
12th Mar 2021, 22:58
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Pavement seating. - last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
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