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De Hems, W1

11 Macclesfield Street
W1
W1D 5BW
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Tris C left this review about De Hems

The Horse & Dolphin occupied this site from 1690, but was rebuilt as the Macclesfield in 1890. The current name belongs to a former Dutch naval captain; the pub was also the meeting place for the Dutch resistance during World War II, a bit like the French House up the road; it’s still a popular haunt for the expat Dutch in London.
No longer a Nicholson’s outlet, I came here once before on 11th March 1990 and as my preferred CAMRA heritage pub was closed, decided to pop in for the fond memories I had of the place, which I recall having stepped booths of some sort and perhaps décor which was a bit more Van de Valk; Oranjeboom was the default beer of choice, but is seemingly no longer available.
Well, the booth devices have been stripped out to give tall and slightly industrial seating to the front half; standard height and more traditional furniture to the rear. The floor is modern boarded, the bar back is unlikely to date back to the 19th century, but may not be very modern; the De Hems mirror is of course a relatively recent addition. The bar has some type of fake marble top, seemingly Formica, from which rise two impressive columns with Corinthian capitals; above is a modern square section tubular steel gantry. Below at centre, is a large porcelain Fruli 'samovar'. To the side, there’s an original fireplace with polychromatic tiles and full wood surround with mirror and broken pediment. There are hints of Anaglypta around and lighting comes from large, metal shaded hanging lamps with filament bulbs. Two TVs were showing the football with the sound down, so as not to compete with loud Euro Rock. There are quite a few illuminated signs, advertising the likes of Vedett, Duval, Delirium and Lindemans. The bar features an extensive array of large, illuminated chrome founts, dispensing almost exclusively Dutch but mainly Belgian beers; flags of the two countries can be seen in the picture window, so perhaps this place is more Flemish than Dutch.
The solitary British beer was Five Points JUPA at a painful £3.40 a half.
This bar isn’t too bad, but was better in days passed when it actually had more discernible originality about the place.

On 11th October 2021 - rating: 4
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Ian Mapp left this review about De Hems

Interesting place, well worth discovering.

Large number of continental beers in bottle and draught.

Delirium Noel a festive choice in December.

Typical large london pub interior - nothing to make it seem unusual.

On 12th December 2019 - rating: 8
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custodian 42 left this review about De Hems

Belgian bar with a good selection of beers. I had Leffe which was on form. Would have got a seven but for an annoyingly loud woman sitting near me. I moved as far away as possible but could still hear her!

On 22nd February 2017 - rating: 6
[User has posted 1693 recommendations about 1691 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.53 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for De Hems, W1
13th Oct 2021, 14:57
Request to add pub to area Chinatown by Tris C approved
 
11th Oct 2021, 22:11
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
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  • Beer Garden : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 11 October 2021 by Tris C
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