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Glasshouse Stores, Soho, W1

55 Brewer Street
W1
W1F 9UJ
Phone: 02072875278
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Quinno _ left this review about Glasshouse Stores

Unless there’s been a full-scale refurbishment taking the pub back to late Victorian times you can always assume that there’ll be little change in the intervening years at any Sam Smith pub. And it’s true here. The place feels a little scruffy these days though so I wouldn’t be surprised if gets a full-scale facelift before long. Had a pint of the Organic Wheat Beer, which was decent. Same beer I had last time I was here, oddly enough. Still no cask OBB though.

May 2012
Tucked away down Brewer Street in Soho and a short stroll (but mercifully free from the madness of) Piccadilly Circus, the Glasshouse is a Sam Smiths pub. Featuring the usual Sam’s features – own brand drinks, cheap prices and a nice characterful ambience – we popped in on a quiet Sunday evening. Roger sums up the interior well below so I won’t try and reinvent the wheel here, suffice to say that it’s much bigger than it looks from the outside and is a bit of a rabbit warren; once you get past the narrow bar area at the front there are nooks and crannies to the rear which provide a nice bit of atmosphere (as well as a cellar bar open at peak times). It’s very Victorian in style with etched glass mirrors, (presumed) mahogany wood panelling and some old theatre and music hall pictures. Despite the lack of OBB (Sam’s only cask ale) the fridges were fully stocked and the usual keg fonts were all active so I was happy with a pint of their wheat beer, the curved conical glass in which it was served seemingly their only concession to unnecessary expense. Service at the bar was good, the young lad a cut above what I’d expect in central London. We initially settled into the small half-hexagon banquette seating at the small front section of the pub, taking advantage of the large window being fully open letting in a gentle cooling breeze and allowing us to observe the Diamond Jubilee theme in the pub which took the form of hand-drawn pictures of various Royal by the locals strung across the bar – “irreverent” being the best word to sum them up. We saw a sign for bar billiards and darts so headed to the rear section to give the BB a go (deposit needed for pegs kept behind the bar). The Bar Billiards table, whilst welcome, was a bit of a sad sight and desperately needs an MOT – scruffy top, broken timer and the scoreboard has most of the numbers rubbed off on the 10’s. It also had a tendency to veer the balls off to the right. Still, at least it was there and had the full complement of said balls. The rear section of the pub is painted in some god-awful nicotine stain/snot yellow colour and really does need a little brightening up. Board games (of the long-winded variety) are available from behind the bar if you’re planning on making an afternoon of it. Toilets were, as is the norm in central London, smelly and dank. Whilst not being without its faults there was enough here to make me think I’ll call in again sometime. With a few quid spent and OBB available, it really could be a winner. Rated 7

On 29th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Glasshouse Stores

Traditional, if rather plain, pub with a 'L'-shaped main bar and a Cellar Bar open at lunch-times and in the evenings. Variety of seating areas beside the main bar and in several partly opened-out rooms to the rear, one with a bar-billiards table, and an alcove housing the dartboard. Annoyingly, still no OBB on handpump, but it's a decent enough place and there are worse things in to do in central London than spending a little time with some Extra Stout (£1.80, half, on this brief visit).

On 21st October 2017 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Glasshouse Stores

Typical Sam Smiths pub as described by Rex below, still no real ale but the keg Extra Stout was more than passable at £1.80 a half.

On 25th October 2016 - rating: 6
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London Charing Cross, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.5 miles, 28 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.67 miles, 32 min walk (show)
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