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The Jackalope, Marylebone, W1

43 Weymouth Mews
Phone: 02075804412
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Tris C left this review about The Jackalope

Situated in a mews and not a place to be stumbled on by accident, this is situated in an area dominated by embassies and BBC Broadcasting House. Etched glass to the picture windows indicates that this late 18th-century pub was originally the Dover Castle, the current stupid name dating from 2018 and featuring on CAMRA’s list of pubs with historic interiors, this rated as being of Regional Importance.
There are some good heritage items in here, notably the woodwork and especially the glass fronted cupboard, inset into the wall to the left of the bar. There’s a blackboard listing the pub’s wares, though not matching that available at the bar and likewise, not on the pub’s website. At the time of arrival, the pub was fairly full of very raucous young people. The clueless barman served someone who was about three places behind me in the queue; another barman plonked a stack of used glasses on my table as if I weren’t there. Poor acoustics didn’t help any, seemingly only amplifying the sound. It did empty out not long after my arrival, though hopefully not because of. I chatted to a much older regular who seemed knowledgeable about London pubs and made for good company during my brief stay, much improved for the drop in customer numbers. There’s a dining room downstairs, which I didn’t view and the pub is closed at weekends when the whole thing can be hired out.
Ales: Peckham Pale, Thornbridge Lord Marples, Redemption Kazbek and Pale Ale at the very cheap price of just £4.20 and very good shape it was in too.
When less busy, this is a very nice pub, serving a decent choice of ales and at decent prices; definitely worth a visit.

On 9th October 2021 - rating: 7


A revisit last night and the four pumps were down to just two, dispensing Five Points XPA and Howard Town's Dark Peak at just £4.20 a pint and in good shape. This is still of course the same pub, but just two pumps operating reduces the incentive to visit; marked down accordingly.

On 12th January 2022 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Jackalope

A revisit to this place – now run by the people behind the ‘Tap’ pubs (Euston Tap, York Tap etc…) although more in line with their non-station venues such as the Resting Hare – found things, on first glance at least, looking much as they did when Sam Smith’s owned the pub. The first notable difference is, of course, at the bar, where the Sam Smith’s brews have been replaced in favour of four handpulls which offered Five Points XPA (£4.10), ELB Pale Ale, Redemption Rock The Kazbek and Adnams Southwold Bitter, with the XPA being in fine condition. The dark wood panelling is still the predominant feature, but this has been infiltrated by some ‘Jackalope’ themed wallpaper, which cheapens the effect somewhat. Meanwhile, the seating has been modernised and there’s a room to the rear left, behind the bar, which I don’t recall being open previously. Pop music plays in the background and the lack of soft furnishing has left the place loud and echoey when there’s a decent sized crowd in. Overall, I thought the pub had made some gains in terms of the diversified beer selection and additional seating area but taken a step back when it came to the décor and acoustics. Still a good bet for this part of town though.

Original review from 18th May 2012 - Rated: 7

Hidden away down a quiet mews close to Regents Park tube station, this is an attractive Grade II listed Sam Smith’s pub. The interior is very smart and clean with plenty of dark wood, a nice carpet and some comfortable banquettes and leather upholstered low stools. The overall effect is of an upmarket traditional pub and judging by the posh clientele and lack of modern day distractions such as TV screens and games machines, that is exactly what this pub is. The front windows have nice etched designs bearing the pub’s name and although the main room is now mostly opened out into one area, the positioning of the previous partitioning is still fairly apparent. The bar, with its small curved counter, is over to the left hand side where a few display cabinets display various artefacts, but for me, the right hand side of the room is the more pleasant space to enjoy a pint. There is a nice fireplace on the far wall and there are a number of old pictures of sportsmen hung above the banquettes. A few high shelves display various bottles and jugs, but overall the place feels very simple and uncluttered. There is one separate room to the rear right with lots of dark panelling and furnishings including some very smart looking banquettes that run around the entire room.
As a Sam Smith’s house there are no surprises at the bar, with their normal range of keg products on offer. Thankfully the Old Brewery Bitter is served on hand pump and my pint set me back £2.90 – a price rise of 96p since Malden Man’s visit just over two years ago, but still a competitive price in this part of London.
I never feel all that comfortable in this sort of posh mews pub for some reason, but I thought that the Dover Castle was a friendly enough place. It’s certainly worth a look for the warm traditional interior and a comparatively cheap pint of beer.

On 28th October 2019 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Jackalope

Tucked away on a quiet mews the pub is part is the group that includes the Euston tap. Old style multi roomed interior serving 3 real ales and 11 keg taps. Well worth seeking out if in the area.

On 3rd October 2019 - no rating submitted
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This pub features in the following crawls:
W1: Baker Street to BT Tower by Sir Tubbs
London W1 Crawl, 26/03/16 by Komakino .
London's Mews Pubs Crawl. by Bucking Fastard
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
London Marylebone, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.03 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Jackalope, W1
12th Jan 2022, 19:11
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
9th Oct 2021, 22:28
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved

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