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Crown & Sceptre, Fitzrovia, W1

27 Foley Street
Phone: 02073079971
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Crown & Sceptre

Unbranded M&B (Castle) corner pub with an attractive facade. The inside has been remodelled to form a reverse question mark around the 'U'-shaped bar. Not much character left in the side lounge area but still a few interesting features such as the columns, tiling and moulded ceiling around the bar. Usually has quite a young crowd in. Number of handpumps increased to five since my previous visit, with four on this time and the regular Doom Bar and Pride supplemented by beers from Purity and Windsor & Eton.

On 10th May 2015 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Crown & Sceptre

Unwittingly popped back in here again last week and it wasn’t until I checked the next day realised I had done this one before eight long years ago. Since that visit, the place appears to have been lightened-up and knocked through more (bar relocation?) and is now a bit of a drinking canteen, with a large main front bar with a smaller more intimate rear area. The interesting moulded plasterwork ceiling remains and there is now an exposed brick back bar. High tables in the main bar room, quite long with unusual inlaid drawers (glued shut) underneath. High chairs to match but of a very high quality and possibly the only time I've sat like this and felt as comfy as sitting in a regular height chair. Semi-amusing 'Top Bun' burger menu advertised on a large blackboard. Large eye-catching photo painting of two young fillies in what looks like a country manor lounge (resolutely unexplained) which also appears to have been in situ in 2006, as I can see it peeking out from one of the old photos on this website. A change from 2006, as we’ve seen across much of central London, is an upswing in the amount of ale available. Five pumps with four ales, Cameron's, lkley Mary Jane, Pride and Doom Bar. My Camerons was in pretty good form but my enjoyment of it was tempered by the ludicrous expense, £4.20pp if rounded-up from the half. A good keg selection, including Camden Hells, also in situ (didn’t see Budvar Dark this time though). Given the barn-like nature of the place and the greedy mark-up on the ale, I can’t say I’d be making planned a return here despite the positives.

September 2006
A good place to try some continental fayre (with Budvar Dark on tap, mmmmm...) at reasonable prices for the area. Only one handpump (Tim Taylor's Landlord) though, but it tasted fine. Friendly barman as well. An imposing gin-palace style exterior hides the fright within - this place has clearly had some mad makeover when perhaps just enhancing some of the original features would have been enough. The inside does have some nice touches (the Deco doorway for instance), though I was less sure about the stuffed goats head that reminded me of Alanis Morrissette. I suspect that if the foreign beer was less prominent, I'd give this place a rather lower score. Rated 7.

On 28th May 2014 - rating: 6
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Mark Davey left this review about Crown & Sceptre

A stripped out and modernised traditional boozer with lots of varied seating for the affluent pretty young things of Fitzrovia. We called in for a quick drink before proceeding to the Bonnie Gull for seafood. Ordered a couple of pints of Mary Jane and a couple of glasses of fiz and went to stand out on the pavement to get away from the girls at the bar who were talking dolphin at dangerous volumes. The pub has few soft furnishings and being pretty full, the volume was well up on the decibel levels. The beer was OK, if slightly cloudy, but was a better option than the mainstream UBU or Doombar. Sorry, too many rolled up jeans with stripey socks and loafers for me, won't be going back.

On 27th May 2014 - rating: 5
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28th Mar 2016, 22:49
Pub added to pub crawl (London W1 Crawl, 26/03/16) by Komakino .
10th May 2015, 11:46

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