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The Magpie, Bishopsgate, EC2

12 New Street
EC2
EC2M 4TP
Phone: 02079293889
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Reviews of The Magpie (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Magpie

A Nicholson's house, and like most City pubs either heaving or totally deserted depending on the time of day. Not much seating in the 'L'-shaped bar with dark traditional and decor, with most space required for 'vertical drinking' during the busy periods. Efficient staff. Nicholson's. Nine of ten handpumps in operation on this visit, with real ales including NPA, Pride, Hobsons Champion Mild, Trawlerboys Best Bitter from Green Jack Brewery, IVB Pride of the Valley and Robinson's Trooper (£4.85).

On 28th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Magpie

An atmospheric little lane close to Liverpool Street Station and fairly typical of the Nicholson's brand with bare boards, lots of dark wood panelling and a fairly large and eclectic ale selection, much reduced since previous reviews.
Heritage has given way to a marble/granite bar top which looks like it belongs in a kitchen and unfortunately, there's a games machine. There's a dining room upstairs and muted music played.
What really lets the formula down though was the prevalence of some locals who swore to point that one could be forgiven for thinking that one had stumbled into a dockers' pub in E14; rarely have I heard such awful language - there's no way I'd come here on a date.
Ales: Nicholson's Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar, a reversed clip, St. Austell's Cornish Best and Exmoor's Silver Stallion at just £2.15 a half and a decent drop too.
This isn't a bad pub but I won't be returning until the foul-mouthed dross is expelled, otherwise I'd have given the place at least another point.

On 19th August 2016 - rating: 3
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Malden man left this review about The Magpie

This is a fairly compact L-shaped Nicholson's establishment situated at the end of a lane opposite Liverpool Street station. Wood panelled walls, a fireplace to one side and a backlit shelving arrangement in a cabinet featuring books, glasses and gin bottles. Otherwise decor consists of a large Nicholson's mirror plus the usual B&W photos of the area in yesteryear. A framed display explains that the pub is on the site of a former ambulance station which featured an electric ambulance.
There are nine handpumps here, in two banks on each side of the central L-shaped bar, Saturday had a choice of Brain's Rev James plus Bread of Heaven, Truman's Runner, Doom Bar, Deucher's IPA, Great Heck Cleaveland Brown (£4.15), Ilkley Rosa Ostara, Hobgoblin and Nicholson's Pale Ale. Service was friendly and I was offered a taster when I turned my nose up at the Rosa Ostara which is brewed with rose petals.
A very nice pub on a quiet Saturday afternoon, I doubt it is the same place post work in the week. Seating mainly at high tables and ledges but the place is small and I suppose they need to maximise the space. There is apparently another area upstairs but this was not immediately obvious.

On 1st November 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Liverpool Street, 0.17 miles, 3 min walk (show)
London Fenchurch Street, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Magpie, EC2
19th Nov 2018, 23:33
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19th Nov 2018, 23:33
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No - Women's WCs upstairs. - last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 October 2015 by hondo .
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