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Smugglers Tavern, Fitzrovia, W1

28 Warren Street
W1
W1T 5ND
Phone: 02073888686
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Pub SignMan left this review about Smugglers Tavern

This is a typically compact Central London pub, just a short walk from Warren Street station, with a smuggling/nautical theme, which isn’t something you see all that often around the capital once you’re away from the river. Passing the roped off pavement area which was jam packed with far more people than were actually inside the pub, you enter into a bare boarded room with a good mix of chairs, low and high stools, pews and banquettes, mainly down either side of the room with a couple more tables and a good degree of standing room through the centre. The walls have a dark painted or lincrusta lower halves with plain uppers decorated with seafaring pictures, maps, a large pub mirror a ship’s wheel and bits of breweriana including large beer bottles with flowers in them on a shelf and a selection of brewery and spirit company mirrors. A couple of pillars partly block the view of the servery, which in on the rear wall, from the rest of the room. The bar has a typical dark wood counter with nice brass rails and a chunky bar back. A map-lined staircase to the right leads up to an unexplored first floor overspill seating area, whilst stairs to the left head down to the toilets. Indie music was playing in the background, but this was fairly easily drowned out by the smattering of customers within this loud room.
Just the one cask ale available on this visit – the improbably named Reunion Isotonic Gentleman’s Sports Drink – alongside an Orchard Pig cider and an unused hand pump. The Reunion beer was in reasonable condition and the barman was very friendly, offering customers tasters and advice on the beers they might enjoy.
This place doesn’t really stand out all that much from your average central London boozer, despite efforts to the contrary with the nautical theme, but I nevertheless found it a pleasant place to spend a bit of time before moving on again and wouldn’t mind popping in again sometime in the future.

On 11th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Smugglers Tavern

Odd place - looks like a traditional pub from the road, but the interior is more like a new-fangled bar with its basic modern(ish) mix of furniture and relatively sparse decor. Also has a much more old-school room at first-floor level and some bench seating out front. Features two handpumps on the counter, dispensing Butcombe Gold and Trumans Runner on this visit.

On 20th May 2017 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Smugglers Tavern

A first visit to this pub which until 1966 was called the Marquis Cornwallis and before that, the Lord Cornwallis when it was built in 1798.

As described below with a young fashionable crowd and muted music. On offer, East London Brewing Co's Pale Ale and St. Austell's Proper Job at £4.60 was in fine form and so it should be at this scorching price.

Not a bad pub at all, bar the prices, and probably the nicest in the immediate vicinity - certainly better than The Grafton around the corner.

On 30th March 2016 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
London Euston, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 1.01 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 1.01 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Smugglers Tavern, W1
11th Nov 2019, 18:19
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
18th Oct 2017, 13:47
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 June 2009 by Moby Duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 29 March 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
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