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St James Tavern, Soho, W1

45 Great Windmill Street
W1
W1D 7LW
Phone: 02074375009
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Pub SignMan left this review about The St. James Tavern

This rather grand looking Soho pub is just round the corner from Piccadilly tube station and seems to always be doing a roaring trade whenever I've passed. Finding myself in the area, I decided to pop in for a quick pint so I could have a look at the pub's famous tile paintings. The pub is much as you would expect for a tourist-trap type venue, doing its best to convince customers of its history whilst simultaneously succumbing to the pubco's corporate identity (Stonegate in this instance). There is a straightforward single room set-up, with dark wood floorboards and window frames, walls painted in various dark shades or else adorned with decorative wallpaper. High banquette and stool seating options can be found down the right hand side of the room, with three rows of basic tables and chairs through the centre and to the left. An L-shaped servery can be found to the rear of the room with its dark wood counter and mirrored bar back which was somewhat marred by vast amounts of England rugby bunting and placards. Two mirrored pillars through the centre of the room, including one embedded into the bar counter, help break up the sightlines a little in what is otherwise quite an open plan space. Large arched windows with some embellished floral patterns run down two sides of the pub, letting in plenty of light during the day and there are also some nice, seemingly original, curved etched glass panes flanking a side entrance. Various old pictures have been hung from the walls but the main attraction has to be the aforementioned tile paintings of various sizes along the left and rear walls. These depict scenes from Shakespearean plays including a great depiction of Falstaff wearing a set of deer antlers from The Merry Wives of Windsor. There is also a painting of some grape vines and another of some hops with the inscription
"And let me the canakin clink
A soldier's a man;
A life's but a span
Why then let a soldier drink"
which I believe is a quote from Othello. Music played quietly in the background throughout my stay and there was a muted TV screen showing some rolling news.
There were just two beers on the bar - Sharps Doom Bar and Brains Rev James, with a Purity Mad Goose clip turned round. The Rev James was priced as you might expect for Central London at a wallet busting £4.45 and was in reasonable condition, although I can't say I saw anyone else drinking it. Unusually for this part of town, the barmaid who served me was very friendly and welcoming.
This is very much a typical Central London pub well set up to take money off the ample passing trade but not really somewhere you're likely to settle down for a long session. The rare sight of some old tile paintings made the visit worthwhile and the friendly service was an unexpected bonus, but it's all rather run of the mill and better boozers are a short walk away.

On 12th April 2017 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The St. James Tavern

Uninspiring ,foody ,touristy pub.Ales on were Hobgoblin, Doom Bar and Tongham TEA, if your into beer walk past and go to the Lyric up the road.

On 25th October 2016 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The St. James Tavern

Unexciting, if typical, central London pub; with the most interesting feature being some decorative tilework on the back wall. Three of the four handpumps were in operation, offering Adnams Gunhill, Rev. James and Brains SA Gold (£3.80). On the plus side, the barstaff seemed a bit more organised since my last visit five years ago.

On 8th February 2014 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by hondo .
London Charing Cross, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.38 miles, 26 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 1.47 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • CAMRA Discount : No - Discount expired Nov 2014 - last updated 09 February 2015 by ROB Camra
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 February 2015 by ROB Camra
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
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