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The Old Coffee House, Soho, W1

49 Beak Street
W1
W1F 9SF
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Tris C left this review about The Old Coffee House

Originally the Silver Street Coffee House (when this was Silver Street), dating from the mid-18th century, but unsurprisingly rebuilt and in 1894.
There’s some wood panelling but much crimson Anaglypta to the walls and ceiling; unusually for the area, the floor is carpeted. There’s a green tiled fireplace to the rear, the bar’s field panelled with a granite top and interesting wood handrail, with tall stools, otherwise furniture is conventional. There are one or two stuffed animals; a moose head protrudes from a wall and there’s a riot of copper and brassware hanging from the ceiling. There are knickknacks aplenty, along with framed prints, autographed photos of celebrities (one from Warren Beatty) and many brewery mirrors; there’s a Watney’s Red Barrel bar parapet; lighting comes from Victorian-style lamps and sconces. Some customers seemed a bit too cool for school and one woman who sat next to me at the bar was either mad, drunk or both, gyrating to the decent sounds on the stereo. Despite studiously ignoring her, she said ‘Oh. Goodbye then’ when I left.
Ales: two from Brodie’s, being Shoreditch Sunshine and Bethnal Green bitter at £2.70 a half and nice; sadly, four pumps were unused.
This is a fantastic place, reminiscent of a more Bohemian Soho of old; it’s a must-visit if in the area and really still fits this criterion if in central London.

On 21st October 2021 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Coffee House

Things sliding downhill here after my last couple of drop-ins. A quick visit the other day found three Brodies cask ales (no keg or bottles – I guess they are dead ducks now it’s brewed in Rhymney). All the beers were sub-par (NBSS 1, 2, 2.5). Might be my last visit for a while as I think the current management have given up on the ale, perhaps foreshadowing a disappearance of the Brodies brand entirely? A shame really because it’s a nice place.

June 2018
Decided it was time to put in an update after realising it’s been eight years with a couple of visits sandwiched in that time. Popped in again the other day, not much change inside and it does have a nice ambience. A good range of Brodies beers, guests and styles across cask (six) and keg, both of my choices, Brodies Stout and Sunshine, were in good nick. No sign of Grumpy Jock lately so hopefully he’s been P45’d. Rated 8

December 2010
This street corner boozer - originally a coffee house run by the Temperance Movement - was taken over by Brodies Brewery at the end of 2009 and I made sure I’ve dropped in a couple of times since. The exterior is enticing and gives way to a deceptively large interior, long and narrow with a bar that runs along a large length of the left-hand wall. The interior is also attractively decorated, with dark wood and brewery mirrors along with some sporting memorabilia. There are usually four to five Brodies ales on the go along with a guest, often another London-based brewery like Redemption. Quality is usually pretty good and prices are cheap for the area. The rear seating area is usually a good bet and it’s easy to settle in here for a few. A couple of minus points though; one of the barmen (manager?) is as miserable as sin and seems to find customers an inconvenience. Mate, you need to shape-up or ship out as you can put a right dampener on proceedings. Secondly, the toilets are pretty poor, even by London standards – these require a few quid spending on them. I like the place but it could be a bit better with a minimal effort and be a real ‘must-do’ on the central London circuit. Rated 7

On 20th December 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Coffee House

Nothing much seems to have changed since my last visit to this 'proper' pub on the western side of Soho five years ago. Traditional furniture and decor, with lots of breweriana on the walls. Efficient staff and a good, friendly atmosphere (with quite a young clientele). Best known as being Brodie's central London outlet, with Piccadilly Pale Ale, London Fields Pale Ale, Bethnal Green Bitter, Guardsman Best Bitter and Soho Stout (£5.20) available from a total of six handpumps when I stopped by recently. Remains recommended.

On 28th April 2019 - rating: 8
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London Charing Cross, 0.8 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : 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 : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Lunchtimes Only - 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 : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes 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 _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 21 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 November 2018 by Quinno _
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