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The Lyric, Soho, W1

37 Great Windmill Street
W1
W1D 7LT
Phone: 02074340604
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Lyric

Today was my first visit to the Lyric in almost 5 years. It is a small pub that appears to be one of very few to have re-opened in the West End. Having been all around the country over the last 6 weeks, I was dismayed to find many of central London's pubs still closed. Most will be bigger than the Lyric. So, this is a great shame. But just wandering around the streets, it can be seen that London is much quieter than normal.

A few other customers were in and there were 3 bar staff. The ale and cider range was not as large as normal. But the selection was still ok. The regular ale is Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter. Guests were Tring Pale Four, Big Smoke Distant Lands & Southwark El Dorado. The real cider was Abrahall's Slack Alice. In addition, there were about a dozen craft beers.

Certainly one of the better pubs in the West End.

On 14th August 2020 - rating: 7
[User has posted 378 recommendations about 378 pubs]


Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Lyric

Odd little pub, comprising a sparsely decorated 'L'-shaped bar with a limited amount of furniture. There is also an upstairs room; but, when the weather permits, most of the customers are either standing outside or using the tables in the small rear patio area. However, my latest re-visit occurred towards the end of the Covid-19 lockdown when this place was notable as being one of the very few central London pubs open for take-outs and thus a very welcome brief stop on my first (essential travel) visit to the capital for more than three months. Unsurprisingly, most of the handpumps were temporarily out of use, but two cask beers - the Strickland dry Irish stout collaboration between Thornbridge and Adnams, and the Distant Lands golden ale from Big Smoke - were not only available and in good form but also remarkably priced at just £2.50/pint. Well done for keeping things going...

On 4th July 2020 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Lyric

Well, me and my chum decided to pop back and see if things had improved in the intervening five years since my excoriating dismissal of the place below. The interior looks to have been blandized a bit from what I remember, but is essentially similar. The range of ales remains and we were both drawn to the Titanic Plum Porter and Siren Craft, as, it appeared, were most of the other punters. We were quite impressed and decided to stay for another – a chance to fully bury the hatchet! – but sadly our following two beers were insipid dishwater. That’s more like the Lyric I was expecting…I suspect this will be my last visit as there’s a distinct Princess Louise feel about it, (a local CAMRA branch more interested in choice over quality and people who assume choice = good rather than actually appreciate how well a cask ale has been cellared). As the PL showed, there are more than enough of them to keep this place ticking over, whatever I might think.

September 2013
A little pub situated round the back of Shaftesbury Avenue, which I had been tipped off about being yet another recent beer-centric conversion in the capital. Entrance is through an attractive Art Nouveau green/orange glazed-tiled entrance porch, complemented by appealing curved bay windows (inset wood with frosting). Inside is a pretty small single room bar with a dining area upstairs. Interior in brief: wood flooring, painted tongue-and-groove wood panelling, an old wooden beer barrel for table, collection of knick-knacks on high shelving plus some framed pics of various military personnel. Unusually, no piped music. Pub attractions included free WiFi and live Jazz on Sundays. At the bar - six eclectic ales, one proper cider (Gwent y Ddraig) plus an array cask keg and Camden bottles in the fridge. Cask priced by abv, £3.50 through to £4.20. The list of ales on the blackboard above the bar bore little reality to the pumps. I tried a couple of casks; the Milk St was fine though was clearly the first of the day and not pulled through. The Alley Cat tasted like an actual alley cat may have bathed in it. Pub offers a loyalty card, buy 9 pints get 10th free. Barmaid was busy plunging the errant dishwasher and failed to wash her hands before serving me. Overall, pretty disappointing and I felt like that this was less of a Damascene conversion to the cause of good beer and more a bit of bandwagon jumping. Rated 5

On 13th June 2018 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Charing Cross, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.43 miles, 27 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.64 miles, 31 min walk (show)
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14th Aug 2020, 19:52
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
4th Jul 2020, 22:37

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 August 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
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