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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Reported as closed by trainman.

Pontefract Castle, Marylebone, W1

71 Wigmore Street
W1
W1U 1QA
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Mark Davey left this review about Pontefract Castle

02/01/15

Called back to the Castle and sampled two excellent pints of UBU Purity. The couple of kids that we had in tow had chips for lunch, which were excellent. Sat upstairs this time to keep the monsters from the punters. Will call again.

04/09/12

Popped in for a pre lunch pint on the Sunday before August BH. Sampled a couple of brews, which whilst drinkable were a little cloudy. Sat outside on Wigmore Street, soaking up the August sun and chatting with friends. Great little corner pub, well worth a visit, the cloudy beer is a first for me here, having called several times before and been more than happy with the state of the beer. Will probably call again as the pub is not to far from a friends gaff.

On 6th January 2015 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Pontefract Castle

I wouldn't deliberately drink in this area but have been forced to do so on a couple of occasions following a film at the Odeon and a meal. This is just off the tourist route and is certainly one of the better pubs in the area, but of course that's not saying much. In short, worth a minor detour if you're stuck in the area with no hope of escape before last orders.

On 8th February 2014 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Pontefract Castle

One block north of Oxford Street, the Pontefract Castle is a pleasant, functional Nicholson’s pub. A relatively small main bar has bare floorboards and pastel shaded walls, but thankfully there is enough dark wood, especially around the servery, to give the place that unmistakable London pub feel. The servery is on the rear wall and boasts an attractive curved bar counter. High tables and stools fill the space opposite and much of the rest of the room, with a few sofas and pouffes set up on the right hand side. My evening visit saw the place lit by some nice ornate lamps above the bar, but there are some decent sized windows which should make it bright enough during the daytime. Downstairs is the ‘St Christopher Cellar Bar’ – packed on my visit and playing loud music, seemingly as part of a private function. Meanwhile, a spiral staircase leads from the main bar up to the ‘Top Bar and Dining Room’, which I failed to explore. Hot food is served in the dining room and I also noticed a good bar-snacks menu with a few tempting offerings. A decent soundtrack played quietly enough in the main bar, certainly a lot more restrained than downstairs, although a few people preferred the tranquillity of the benches available outside in the adjacent alleyway.
As is often the way with this chain, an encouraging ale selection was provided, with options on my visit consisting of Roosters Nectar, Oakleaf Hole Hearted, Nicholson’s Pale Ale, Holt's Mild, Inveralmond Ossian and something enigmatically labelled ‘Cornish’. A very friendly barmaid poured me a pint of the Nectar which was top notch – easily the best pint I found during a crawl of the surrounding area.
Whilst there is nothing particularly exciting or unusual about this place, I thought it was a comfortable spot for a well kept pint or two and could well imagine myself sneaking off here in order to escape the Oxford Street hoards.

On 23rd September 2013 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for Pontefract Castle, W1
2nd Apr 2015, 14:06
Request to mark pub as closed by ROB Camra approved
 
2nd Apr 2015, 14:06
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Other: Reported as closed by trainman.

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