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Royal Star, Old Street, EC1

220 City Road
Phone: 02072537323
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Royal Star

I have often seen this pub from across the road on my way up to the Wenlock,so curiosity killed the cat.From the outside it has the look of an estate pub,but internally it has been stripped out and is larger than it appears.Beyond a small front patio,the front door leads to the lower level bar area with two large banquettes either side of the entrance with a locked wine cabinet to the left.I initially settled in an area with a stale urine smell before quickly shifting.At a slightly higher level the back area has very little furniture and is souless with a drop down screen showing nothing in particular on mute.There is a side room,very gloomy with worn red leather sofas and tatty tables with an open kitchen before a door to an exterior courtyard,lacking in charm.
At the bar a single handpump was dispensing the ubiquitous and dull Doom Bar (£2.30 the half),the keg taps were the usual multinational crap and there just seems no USP here at all.With gangsta rap by way of muzak,why bother despite a friendly welcome.

On 12th August 2018 - rating: 4
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john gray left this review about Royal Star

Nice enough but basic pub.Very nicely decorated for Halloween but few customers.Lots of ghoulish things like spiders and cobwebs but I wasn't scared.Only Doombar on cask now that is scary.

On 27th December 2016 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Royal Star

Ignore the reviews below, such is the construction of upmarket flats in the area and the resultant influx of wealth, that what was once a locals' estate boozer is now a gastro style bar so you can forget pool, darts and TV sport.

This pub's very spartan interior is now bare brick, the floor being boards with peripheral bench seating along the picture windows with stools. Otherwise there are marble topped tables with bent wood café chairs; patio tables and heaters face City Road. Most notable are the bare oversized incandescent bulbs hanging low from the ceiling. To the left as you enter is a large full-height cage containing dozens of racked bottles of wine. The bar is located to the centre left as you enter. The loos were good. A decent sound track was playing at an acceptable volume.

Three ales were spotted: Doom Bar and two others. There are also 18 craft bottle beers offered along with a mix of premium and not so premium lagers, a premium cider (Aspall's) and the distinctly not so premium Magner's; there's no stout. Online, the menu is not high-end gastro but is a bit of a dog's dinner pick 'n' mix of dishes from all over the world along with burgers and (hot?) dogs; bar snacks include marinated olives and wasabi nuts.

Midweek, there were few people in here and they certainly weren't the locals of old - the Eagle over the road was heaving. Locals yes, but striped shirts for the men and strappy dresses and Ray-Ban Aviators for the exclusively blonde women. The American barman was efficient but certainly wasn't welcoming. I'd come here again if passing as there's little in the area but I prefer the Eagle. I also don't like pubs that are so gloomy that I can't see my own hands and the view out over the virtual dual carriageway that is City Road isn't exactly a plus point.

On 17th July 2013 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Old Street, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Royal Star, EC1
12th Aug 2018, 11:12
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
12th Aug 2018, 11:07
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 July 2013 by Tris C
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 11:45pm
Tuesday11am - 11:45pm
Wednesday11am - 11:45pm
Thursday11am - 11:45pm
Friday11am - 1am
Saturday11am - 1am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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