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The Jamaica Wine House, Bank, EC3

St. Michaels Alley
EC3
EC3V 9DS
Phone: 02079296972
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Jamaica Wine House

The Jampot is a classic City drinking institution and is very difficult to locate amongst the back alleys.I started my career closeby in the late 70's so was a regular and the building has not really changed since then.Now a Shepherd Neame tied house with a large front bar mainly for vertical drinking,but then followed by a series of rooms with three quarter length dividers,lots of wood panelling and the final section is a pleasing snug .There are drinking shelves in most section and an ornate glass covered ceiling,the place reeks of tradition with a good bar back and long bar serving all the different sections.Downstairs the is a restaurant called Tod's Wine Bar and down here there is a telephone kiosk sadly not operational.
At the bar the three options were SN Spitfire,Masterbrew and Whitstable Pale Ale (very good nick).A quiz night was advertised for the first Tuesday of the month,so the days of strict closure after the 7pm swill are a thing of the past.
There are lots of city types in here but it's worth hunting out and is much more a boozer than the nearby George & Vulture (a chop house) and Simpson's Tavern (restricted access to the small bar when busy).

On 11th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Jamaica Wine House

As described below, this place is really one to visit at a quieter time if you can make it, to appreciate the art nouveau sandstone exterior which dates from 1869. The interior too is rather fine as mentioned earlier and there's also Todd's Wine Bar in the basement.
I can't remember what I had as my drinking partner was buying so equally absent was the price though I'll expect it was high.
Certainly one for the curiosity value but is probably best appreciated as part of a local crawl.

Closed at weekends.

On 29th November 2017 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The Jamaica Wine House

Update – August 2015

Pub as described below in my February 2010 visit. Yesterday lunchtime a distinctly moderate Spitfire - £ 4.15p - was the only real ale available amongst a bank of unclipped pumps. I’m afraid to report that service also left something to be desired - four staff members standing round behind the bar chatting to themselves, ignoring customers. Even though the pub was not particularly busy and I was standing right up by the counter, I still had to do my best bookies at the racecourse impression ( i e – wave my arms around ) and call out in order to attract attention. Needless to say, I declined to make a contribution to the prominently positioned large “staff tips” bottle directly in front of me.

This was not an impressive visit at all – I do hope it’s much better all round next time.

ORIGINAL REVIEW – FEBRUARY 2010

Typically traditional City pub in an alleyway off Cornhill, next door to St Michaels Church.

Wood partitions divide the pub up into a number of smaller adjoining areas. There's a larger room at the end with a plasma TV, which was on silent on the early evening of my visit. Here there's a food counter serving sandwiches and soup at lunchtime. There's a restaurant / bar downstairs serving more substantial meals.

Of particular note architecturally is the large lantern over the entrance inscribed with the establishment's name and the ceiling, part of which consists of unusual glass panels. The sandstone exterior of the building is also noteworthy.

A plaque outside the pub tells us that "Here stood the first London Coffee House at the sign of Pasqua Rosees Head 1652". The present pub on this site was acquired by Shepherd Neame in March 2009.

The pub was in the 2009 CAMRA GBG, but it's not in the current edition. My pint of Late Red - £ 3.40p - was slightly cold and lacking in flavour.

In many respects, this pub has a typical City pub feel to it - all brightly polished dark wood and subdued lighting. There's plenty of pubs like this in this neck of the woods and - whilst I'd be happy to pop in again - it doesn't really stand out from the crowd for me

On 26th August 2015 - rating: 5
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London Cannon Street, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London Fenchurch Street, 0.52 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Jamaica Wine House, EC3
11th Jan 2019, 18:27
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
11th Jan 2019, 18:22
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Darts : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 17 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs - last updated 17 March 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 July 2014 by john mcgraw
Opening Hours
SundayClosed
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
SaturdayClosed
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