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Captains Cabin, Westminster, SW1

7 Norris Street
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Roger Button left this review about Captains Cabin

The Captains Cabin stands on the site of a previous Coaching Inn called the Cock that was later known as the Punch House.
The current building was formerly a private residence whose rooms and floors all bore nautical names hence when the building became a pub, the nautical theme stuck.

The pub is quite tucked away and generally overlooked by most West End visitors. The pub is split across 2 floors, the main downstairs bar being L-shaped with a large expanse of standing room in front of bar and seating pushed to sides. The floor has a ships planking effect and there are several nautical pictures in keeping with the pub’s name although you can’t help feel it is all a bit contrived. The far end is slightly rasied and contains some Shakespeare influenced pictures. The upstairs bar is generally a bit more sedate and can be reserved for private functions and meetings.

In the 1960’s the cast of BBC’s Round The Horn used to meet here being close to the Paris Theatre studios where the programme was recorded.

The pub is currently part of Punch Tavern’s Taylor Walker brand with the formulaic and safe as houses food and drink offerings that go with it. The 6 hand pumps offered a very uninspiring choice of London Pride, Bombardier, Spitfire and London Gold but on the plus side, prices are reasonable for the area (£3.25 for London Gold). The upstairs bar has 4 hand pumps that echo the same choices. The food menu is much of a muchness that you find across the pub chains with main courses around £7-£10. Service was fine albeit the place wasn’t very busy and the imported bar maid that seved me was actually quite cheerful and jolly, unlike some of the morose automatons you find across the West End.

There is no real reason not to pay the pub a vist but on the whole it covers the basics without having much to make it stand out against its competitors. Unfortunately I find myself thinking that about so many West End pubs.

On 18th October 2011 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Captains Cabin

Fairly functional Dark wood exterior Punch taverns chain pub offering in the back streets just off Haymarket. Very busy when I popped in early evening, especially as it was raining and only the desperate smokers were braving trying to shelter underneath the smallish outside awning.
But still managed to get served promptly with a decent pint of Adnams Broadside.
Still six hand pumps in operation but the beer choice was unfortunately not as good as it could have been as four of these were double up with London Pride and Youngs Bitter and the last one was Bombadier.
The pub has a fairly decent space being on two levels and can take a fair few people without being overly crowded, so I could well find myself looking it up if in the area again.

On 13th June 2011 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Captains Cabin

Fairly typical ex-Spirit Group exterior and interior decor, but retaining a few features of interest despite the various refurbishments over the years (e.g. the figurehead above the corner door). It is also in the process of being rebranded as a Taylor Walker outlet by Punch Taverns. The main bar area is reasonably large, but if busy you can usually access the upstairs bar which is of about equal size but much less crowded. Six handpumps downstairs, with a further four at first-floor level, offering usual suspects such as Pride, London Gold and Spitfire plus the regular Directors and a guest such as Adnams Christmas Cheer (£3.45, but in excellent condition). Overall, it gives the impression of being well managed and I think it's pretty good for a chain pub in central London.

On 4th January 2011 - rating: 7
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15th Oct 2014, 10:44
Request to mark pub as closed by ROB Camra approved
15th Oct 2014, 10:44
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Other: Closed according to West London CAMRA. Randomness Guide agrees.

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