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The Footman, Mayfair, W1

5 Charles Street
W1
W1J 5DE
Phone: 02074992988
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Tris C left this review about The Footman

Dating from 1749, this was originally the Running Footman, named after the footmen who ran in front of coaches to act as some sort of advance warning. Rebuilt in 1937, this has undergone an assortment of footman-themed names since the original: I Am The Only Running Footman, Only Running Footman and now just Footman – may I suggest just Foot for the next round?
It’s a strange-looking building, with five floors and shutters. Now under the Metropolitan Pub Co. banner and visited once around five years ago, I can remember little of the place other than that it was packed due to the small bar area, so my friends and I spent the evening outside.
I don’t recall an enjoyable experience, visiting only as it was a friend’s choice of destination; there are better pubs in Mayfair.

On 16th November 2020 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Footman

This Mayfair establishment promotes itself as a pub and dining rooms. I just hope the Footman performs better as a restaurant upstairs than it does as a pub downstairs.
The true test of any central London pub is how it performs for drinkers during the busy few after work hours on a Thursday or Friday and this one didn’t.
Firstly as described by others the downstairs bar area is not the biggest space and despite the front section being for vertical drinking the back section is packed with tables to maximise the food trade and whereas it’s probably OK on a quiet early afternoon, with the after work crowd in situ it becomes an uncomfortable and noisy space to try and enjoy a pint.
I can always live with this and turn a blind eye if the ale is good. As previously mentioned this is a Greene King owned house under the Metropolitan pub company with four ale hand pumps on the bar and to walk in a find the two Green King ales of IPA and Abbott not available should have been in hindsight a big clue to what was to follow. Alongside the house Footmans Best was a guest ale of Sambrooks Wandle. This started off OK but by the second round was clearly reaching the end of the barrel resulting in returned pints to be replaced by the Footmans Best, which being another boring GK brew was a bit of an oxymoron on the naming front. Infuriatingly we also experience some shocking short pulling and for the second round of seven pints, five had to be returned to be topped up to a full pint, something you should bloody well get when it’s costing you £5.10 a pint. Then by the time of the next round the Footman’s Best was clearly going off as well, although it continued to be poured by the staff. At this point we cut our losses and headed to the pubs in Shepherds Market. It’s lazy cellar work and lazy bar work like this that gives real ale a bad name.
This pub is famed for its gastro food and I guess those who come here for that don’t care about the state or quantity of the pint served.

On 29th February 2020 - rating: 4
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Footman

Sadly the original pub name has been shortened,with the loss of some historic interest.It's a 30's building owned by Greene King,while the interior is now open plan with a large drinking shelf running along the bay window and other front window with bar stools offering a street view.There is also a fitted bench seating area to the rear ,but clearly the open area around the bar is designed for verticle drinking at busy times.A roped off area on the front pavements is another option at busy times.
There is a first floor restaurant ,and further rooms for hire higher up,but the menu looked very expensive to me ,with mains starting at £15.
Four handpumps were delivering GK IPA and Abbott,plus a house Footmans Best (no provenance but likely a GK horror story ) with a guest Southwark London Pale Ale (tepid,on the turn).
I used to work next door but it's not improved over the last 15 years and I can see no reason to rush back.

On 8th March 2019 - rating: 6
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Latest updates View all updates for The Footman, W1
16th Nov 2020, 19:18
Review submitted by Tris C
 
29th Feb 2020, 09:21
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21

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