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The George & Monkey, EC1

68 Amwell Street
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The George & Monkey

Block-like corner pub with striped awnings on both facades that would otherwise be quite austere. The interior is quite plain too, with just two tables (and one of those rather long and thus unsuited to smaller groups) in the bar and dark green / cream paintwork which helps give a gloomy look. The side dining room is more fully furnished but shares the same colour scheme. Further seating is available outside on wooden benches along both frontages. It's also worth noting that the etchings in the gents toilets are rather more raunchy than one might expect from an otherwise staid establishment... Just one of the three handpumps was in use, although this thankfully produced a fine pint of Harvey's (£4.80), and there is a reasonable selection of craft and standard keg beers from up to 14 taps. So a mixed bag, but the atmosphere seemed friendly and relaxed.

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Tris C left this review about The George & Monkey

I came here twice before: once a long time back when it was Filthy McNasty’s which had a late licence and was rumoured to be the hangout for former Westminster public schoolboy, Shane McGowan. I returned a couple of years ago to what was briefly the Amwell Arms, named after the eponymous Hertfordshire village, source of the Hugh Myddleton-engineered New River, 1613, which flows through here. At that time, it was one of the most boring pubs I’d ever visited, with the poor barmaid sat behind the bar and reading her book.
The interior has been completely reordered, with the bar to the rear wall rather than being centrally located and what is in effect a two-room layout. There’s bare boarding of course with t ‘n’ g panelling to dado height painted a hackneyed shade of dark grey/blue, thereafter white walls and ceiling. Furniture is simple and wooden with décor comprising old framed prints and maps to the walls which also support sconce lights with filament bulbs, so gloomy that I couldn’t read the menu on the table. Music played at a sensible level and no TVs were in evidence, which bodes well. Lavatories are new and quite swanky, but the walls are lined with aquatint cartoons of hardcore Victorian pornography. I can handle this, but I think some punters could be quite offended and if this place is going to position itself as being child-friendly, would anyone want their children exposed to this? Is it even legal to expose them to this?
The barman was friendly, busying himself microwaving a piece of cheese onto a Jacobs Cream Cracker (?). Ales: two unused pumps, thereafter Thornbridge’s Peverel at an astonishing £3.00 a pint. I’d not had it before so wasn’t sure if it may have been a fraction stale, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps that’s why it was so cheap?
This is the best incarnation yet, despite the stupid name but they really need to turn the lights up in here and definitely get rid of the porn. Utilising the other two pumps would be a bonus too, but not if they are going to dispense Doom Bore.

On 18th July 2018 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about Filthy MacNasty's

This legendary Irish Pub is probably most noted for being Shane MacGowan’s regular hangout where it is said that he used to be carried into the pub first thing in the morning to start his daily bender.

My only previous visit was many years ago when I recall it being little more than a tatty bolt hole so I was quite surprised to find that it has been recently refurbished and now presents a trendily upmarket image with candlelit tables and little of the generic Irish pub that is found so often - no tricolours, pictures of toucans, inflatable Guinness glasses or photos of Croke Park to be found here.

The interior is split into a front and rear bar linked by a tiled corridor. Both have similar décor and furnishings with bare floors, solid seating. Some of its tattiness does renmain with tables showing the multiple works of various graffiti bandits and love birds (Ric + Remy + Christine certainly raised an eyebrow). The bar stools are also in desparate need of a bit of an overhaul but generally the pub is quite neat and tidy. The rear bar contains a piano and an interesting death list corner, a homage to musicians, writers and artists who are no longer with us but are celebrated once a month by a live perforamces of their work (although someone should perhaps mention that Phil “it wasn’t me” Spector isn’t actually dead yet).

The background music was an eclectic mix of old blues, jazz and country whilst there are Irish music sessions on Tuesdays and a quiz every Monday. Big Screens in both bars are present for major sprting events.

I was surprised not just to find ales on offer but, by Irish pub standards, a fairly decent selection across the 3 pumps – Wadworth 6X, Brains Rev James, & Woodforde Wherry. Prices were a bit higher than I would expect (aren’t they always) with the Wherry at £3.40 for a 3.8% strength beer being a bit OTT and, whilst perfectly drinkable, it didn’t strike me as being in the best of condition. There was a limited food menu with burgers and pie & mash seemingly the house specialities – prices around £6-10.

My visit was early evening and the pub was virtually deserted but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and would certainly call in again when I have time to kill.

On 7th January 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Kings Cross, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The George & Monkey, EC1
10th Mar 2019, 11:19
Request to add pub to area Clerkenwell by Tris C
10th Mar 2019, 11:19
Request to remove pub from area Pentonville by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 July 2018 by Tris C
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  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza-orientated. - last updated 18 July 2018 by Tris C
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 July 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 July 2018 by Tris C
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