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The Champion, Fitzrovia, W1

13 Wells Street
W1
W1T 3PA
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Will Larter left this review about The Champion

Having slightly lost my way to the next pub on my list, I stumbled across this gem of a Sam Smiths back street corner pub. The windows feature likenesses of some rather outdated sportsmen and other celebrities, the only female I can recall from a brief perusal was Florence Nightingale. As with all Sam's pubs, certainly in this part of London, this is a well-presented pub with the impression of a well-preserved (or restored) interior. It was busy with a post-work rush at the time of my visit, so I had enough cover to use my phone to find my way on to my next port of call. My half of Old Brewery was ok, considering it was the keg version. Having had a half of the same beer at the previous pub, I was able to make a direct comparison. Only slightly too cold and gassy, was my conclusion, and lacking in the complexity that this beer has when at its best.

On 17th February 2020 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Champion

Popped in again as part of the Sam’s Pub Challenge me and a friend had set ourselves. It’s all about the amazing stained glass windows in here, along with the lovely mahogany curved bar with some snob screens. Floor could do with a scrub though. Still no cask OBB but there was a rare sighting of the keg version. I went for the bottled organic cider. A roaring fire helped make this place feel cosy and sessionable and I liked it a lot. A cask OBB would have this one vying for the title of Best Sam’s In London.

February 2016
Traditional Sams Ye Olde Victorian boozer. Staple-shaped with traditional wrap bar, lots of dark varnished wood and settle seating. Darts off to the right hand side, a rarity in central London boozers. Biggest selling point are the gorgeous stained glass windows, depicting old sporting heroes from the late 1800s (though these are not nearly as aged as you’d assume and were installed by Sams a few years back as part of a refit). Upstairs lounge bar unseen by me, though I hear its availability is intermittent. Prices are dirt cheap for Soho. No cask OBB but otherwise the full range of Sams fonts including the new India Ale (which was a horrible tinny brew, so much so I dumped it and went back to Man in a Box). One of Sam's better central London outlets, though the lack of cask OBB detracts. Rated 7

On 20th December 2019 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about The Champion

For the area, this is a fairly typical Sam Smith's outlet with dark wood and no real ale; Sovereign on tap.
The main draw are the stained glass windows depicting sporting heroes of the past, such as W. G. Grace and Kevin Keegan. Ok, so I made that one up but it may as well be true as the windows were only installed in 1989!
If this weren't a Smith's gaff I'd return, but with the taste of Old Brewery Bitter still lingering from our trip to the neighbouring Blue Posts, two Sammy's experiences back to back was a bit much so we left, dry.

On 29th July 2016 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
London Charing Cross, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.2 miles, 23 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 1.51 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Champion, W1
17th Feb 2020, 15:27
Review submitted by Will Larter
 
20th Dec 2019, 13:47
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _

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