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The Old Doctor Butlers Head, Moorgate, EC2

Masons Avenue
EC2
EC2V 5BT
Phone: 02076063504
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Komakino . left this review about The Old Doctor Butlers Head

A dark-wooded Shepherd Neame pub located up an alley off Moorgate, I initially thought this was a Nicholson's pub; them being so beloved of such decor. It's a single room on two levels with two front entrances; the bar is to your left on entry and there's a raised area in the second half of the room beyond the bar. According to 'writing' printed onto a ceiling beam, this was founded in 1610 by Dr William Butler, Court Physician to James I. A victim of the Great Fire of London, it was rebuilt in the same year (1666) and "re-opened" by Shepherd Neame in 2002. Six handpumps offered 4 x SN brews (with one pump clip reversed and another pump unclipped) in the form of Spitfire, Whitstable Bay, Citra Smack and Master Brew. I managed to select an untried (to me) SN brew in the Citra Smack for £5.80, only be presented with a pint of vinegar. Exchanged without fuss, a replacement Master Brew was only so-so and a cursory glance around the busy, afterwork-crowded room saw no-one else on the ale. Sorry, but brewery-owned pubs should pride themselves on their beer quality: especially a smallish one like this boasting six handpumps. Me having to explain why my pint might not have been right to the four staff present made me feel like Homer Simpson talking to the two other guys guarding the bee in the glass jar.

On 6th September 2023 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Old Doctor Butlers Head

Seemingly a very old pub, but this could be a more modern conceit, with lots of dark wood. Either way, a pub of some description has existed here since 1610.
This is a Shepherd Neame pub with a large array of their ales - my half of Spitfire Gold was fine and cost £2.20 a half which is good for the area. The pub's interior is split level, TVs show sport and there's a games machine. Furniture is conventional.
The TVs, loud music and games machine are the kind of things which don't appeal to me in a pub, so I doubt I'll return.

On 25th August 2016 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Doctor Butlers Head

Fine old City pub, hidden away in a small alley. Quite a plain dark-wood interior, with little furniture in the 'vertical drinking' zone around the bar but some basic tables and chairs on a small raised area further back. Restauarant upstairs, but with no traffic you can usually find many of the customers outside. Six handpumps - usually with a good selection from the Shepherd Neame range - with Master Brew, Whitstable Bay Pale, Spitfire (£4.10) and Bishop's Finger available on this visit. Well worth seeking out.

On 23rd August 2015 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Moorgate, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
London Cannon Street, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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6th Sep 2023, 14:32
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2nd May 2023, 21:05
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Shepherd Neame. - last updated 25 August 2016 by Tris C
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