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Glasshouse Stores, Soho, W1

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

This was the Coach & Horses on inception in 1730, but given the current name in 1876, when I suspect this pub was rebuilt. Confusingly, there’s the Glassblower near here, along with another Sam's pub, the Duke of Argyll.
I agree with two of the previous reviewers in that this place must have had a refurb, as the tattiness mentioned isn’t in evidence. Wood is good and suitably Victorian, with much etched and cut glass. There’s what I’d call something amounting to a secular rood screen to the rear room, which does feature glass with the trademark Sam Smith’s Yorkshire rose motif. The walls and ceiling are covered with magnolia Anaglypta and furnishings were in good condition, as was the nice deep red lino floor; décor comes from framed prints. Customers seemed local, were at the bar chatting with the very friendly young barmaid; indeed, they all seemed a friendly bunch, though few in number, certainly when compared with neighbouring pubs.
Ales: sadly, no OB on pump, just Sovereign and OB keg, which always disagrees with me; why I drank it, I don’t know.
This is an attractive pub and lightyears away from other Soho pubs; it’s neither touristy, Greene King, gay or sport orientated. It’s a great little boozer; if only they’d serve something worth drinking, I'd give it an '8'.

On 19th October 2021 - rating: 5
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Brainy Pool left this review about Glasshouse Stores

whatever you think of their beer or their boss , credit has to go to Sam Smiths for keeping the traditional conversational pub alive in central London. this one has a lovely interior though it’s tatty with ripped seats and very tired looking wood. However it was friendly, atmospheric and a haven for good natured banter amongst the regulars on a Monday lunchtime. No tourist trapping, fish and chip smells etc- it felt like an old school local. Well worth a visit.

On 17th February 2020 - rating: 9
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Quinno _ left this review about Glasshouse Stores

Unless there’s been a full-scale refurbishment taking it 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. However the place feels really scruffy these days 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 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 11th February 2020 - 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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19th Oct 2021, 18:44
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
19th Oct 2021, 18:40
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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