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The Gunmakers, Marylebone, W1

33 Aybrook Street
W1
W1U 4AP
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Gunmakers

This is a single room Victorian pub close to Paddington Street Gardens and looking out across a rather dull car park. The pub is quite smartly appointed, having undergone a relatively recent change of name from its former incarnation as the William Wallace. Some limited pavement seating is available with great views of the aforementioned car park but you'd be better off entering into the spacious main bar. The room is bare boarded and has button backed bench seating down either side and under the etched glass front windows. Walls have high wood panels decorated with hunting scenes down one side and framed bullet displays down the other, which I suppose bear some relevance when considering the pub's new name. Various portraits and photographs appear on the uppers, including a picture of Muhammad Ali near the bar, apropos of nothing. Equally baffling is the collection of Churchill photos, statuettes and the like, including his image on the pub sign, which I can't seem to account for although one image of him drinking a pint did vaguely look as if it could have been taken in this pub. The bar is on the rear wall and has a dark wood counter and plain bar back topped with blackboards listing live sports coverage and detailing a function room available for hire. The room extends to the rear past the right hand side of the bar where you'll find a dumb waiter on the side wall with a fine old mirror for 'James Grafton - Gunmakers' above. A couple more tables and chairs can be found back here under similar panelling with a large bust above the toilet doors and more photos on the walls. A couple of TV screens were showing muted coverage of a Europa League fixture with music playing quietly in the background.
There were four beers on here - Trumans Zephyr, St Austell Tribute, Twickenham Black Eel and a strange pump clip bearing a vaguely familiar logo but no other information as to what beer might be on. Upon enquiring, the friendly barmaid conversed with a colleague before telling me it was Whisper and True Milkshake Stout! I then instantly recognised the clip as having the logo of the Wiper and True brewery and ordered a pint (£4.90). I have to say it was in great shape but it must be one of the heaviest drinking pints I've ever tried, tasting exactly like a pint of milkshake.
This is quite a nice pub with some interesting and well kept beer differentiating it from the majority of pubs in this part of town. The interior is a bit too opened out, with nothing to break up the sight lines or afford much privacy, but there is enough going on to maintain interest beyond a quick pint and I would consider this for a revisit when in the area.

On 5th June 2017 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Gunmakers

A late Victorian pub, until quite recently trading under its original name of The Bricklayers Arms before a spell as The William Wallace, recently renamed The Gunmakers.
Located in something of a Marylebone backwater, the place overlooks a rather unattractive car park. Inside, it's a fairly decent-sized pub with very attractive three-quarter height parquetry wood panelling, which probably dates from the 1930s. Walls are adorned with old shotgun cartridges and the like as well as loads of Winston Churchill memorabilia; for why? The floor is modern bare boarded and there are three TVs showing sport with the sound down, which for me isn't exactly a selling point; muted music played in the background.
Food here is more 'posh' pub grub rather than gastro and apparently the place boasts a pub cat. I didn't see it, so perhaps it's languishing in one of their pies! Clients are a mix of estate locals and the well-heeled in suits.
Service was slow and barely competent, thereafter it was St. Austell's Tribute, a reversed clip or Truman's Rio Gold or Runner at £2.10 a half which was fine and surprisingly cheap for the area.
Wood panelling aside, I can't really recommend this pub as it's a bit bland. I won't be returning, but wish all the best for those who want to give it a go.

On 4th August 2016 - rating: 5
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Gunmakers

Small but grand pub near Baker Street, light wood floor. high ceiling, padded red leather benches around the outside.

Various sketches & photographs around the walls, there is an unused fireplace in the middle of one wall & a pillar in front of the bar for perching around. Nice tidy pub with four well kept real ales.

There is a lucky black pub cat.

Best pint of Trumans Runner I have had (though tended to avoid it previously)

On 28th January 2016 - rating: 7
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7th Mar 2019, 19:52
Request to mark pub as closed by ROB Camra approved
 
7th Mar 2019, 19:52
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Other: Now permanently closed according to Google and CAMRA

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 July 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
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