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The French House, Soho, W1

49 Dean Street
W1
W1D 5BG
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Tris C left this review about The French House

This is another pub dating back to at least the early 19th century, but I suspect that this is a rebuild from the 1930s. It was the York Minster until the current name was applied in 1984, on account of it being a meeting place for the Free French Forces along with Charles de Gaulle, bravely fighting the Nazi occupation of France from his home in Hampstead.
I came here once before in March 1990 and I seem to recall that my friend was served a drink with a microscopic fish in it!
The pub is notable for serving halves rather than pints as a pint is not a French measure. Well I've got news here, 'cos a half ain't a French measure either, mon ami. As mentioned, you do see some characters in here, trying to look like Bohemian beatniks of old with many drinking wine. Early Monday evening and the place was absolutely packed to the point where it was hard to move; seating is limited at best.
Ales: none, not even on keg so I had to settle for a compulsory half of Camden Pale Ale.
This is a place of curiosity only and really not a relaxing experience, exuding a certain je ne sais porquoi. The lack of real ale, lack of proper glasses and lack of space means I doubt I'll come back - je ne regrette rien.

On 1st May 2019 - rating: 3
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The French House

Popped in here on Tuesday Eve as weekends can be hectic. The pub was still moderately busy even at 6.30. Still service was good and vertical drinking over by the front windows was fine as we could still had a good view of the interior and the feature wall of photos of some of the stars of yesteryear. Disappointingly no cask beer, but they did have a couple of choices from Camden Brewery on keg, so we went for a couple of halves. Curiosity of the pub interior satisfied, so it was on to the Lyric for a pint of cask.

On 9th November 2018 - rating: 5
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custodian 42 left this review about The French House

Basic small one room place with bar to the middle and a further area to the left rear. No real ale, just four keg fonts on offer.

On 17th August 2018 - rating: 4
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London Charing Cross, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No - Banned. - last updated 23 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No - Banned. - last updated 23 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No - Banned. - last updated 23 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No - Banned. - last updated 23 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No - Banned. - last updated 23 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 August 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 19 February 2016 by Quinno _
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