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26 Furnival Street, Chancery Lane, EC4

26 Furnival Street
EC4
EC4A 1JS
Phone: 02074055470
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Tris C left this review about 26 Furnival Street

Dating back in some form to 1541, I once visited this Victorian City backstreet pub around 10 years ago and recall something traditional and in line with the reviews below. Well things ain't what they used to be: the ceiling is bedecked with more industrial metal ductwork than the Lloyd's Building, dangling from it is one of those awful all-pervasive tubular steel bar gantries. The bar back is fashioned from distressed wooden planks, possibly purchased from a bankrupt firm of scaffolders. Lighting comes courtesy of yet more hipster filament bulbs, some of which are fitted to wall mounted wire caged bulkhead lamps. They afford a view of the modern bare boarded floor, distressed exposed brickwork, exposed grey cinderblocks and matching grey exposed RSJs holding up the corner entrance. In all, it's a bit like drinking in an unfinished modern office block. Windows are new 'olden style' with the maker's name in etched glass to each pane. Unsurprisingly, furniture is slightly industrial and almost all is tall. There's piped music which played at too loud a volume for comfort.
The bar's website - which gives pitifully little information - indicates that this is quite a foodie establishment, though given that no-one was eating, I assume this indulgence is undertaken upstairs. I think there may also be accommodation which could explain the existence of what looked like a check-in desk with PC terminal. Customers too seemed to be more touristy than one would expect and with kids in tow, so perhaps there are indeed rooms on high.
The barman was cheery enough, presiding over one unused pump and then By The Horns Banjo Syd and Five Points XPA at a reasonable - for the area - £2.40 a half and decent it was too.
I'm glad I experienced this pub in its original form, but this type of place really isn't my bag so I don't envisage a return visit.

On 14th November 2019 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Castle

Attractive corner pub, housing a traditional City vertical drinking house with limited furniture. Usually very crowded at office going-home time, but on this occasion I thankfully managed to find a bit of shelf space on which to rest my glass. Excellent selection of real ales from five handpumps on the main part of the counter, plus three more slightly hidden away to the side at one end: two from Nethergate (the 'house' Red Car Bitter and Six Nations), two from Milestone (Dark Lord and Black Pearl, £3.95), Galvors Smooth Hoperator, Yorkshire Terrier, Black Country BFG and (of course) London Pride. Worth a stop if in the area.

On 22nd March 2015 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Castle

Liked this traditional corner Street pub a lot, it definitely ticked all the right boxes. I was surprised to see there were eight ales to choose from, especially for such a small pub, tucked away down a side street. We were also pleased to see they had two beers from the Atomic Brewery, Rugby, which were Atomic Strike and Dark Matter. Liked the 7O's design retro wallpaper. The staff were friendly and chatty.

On 25th February 2014 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
City Thameslink, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.62 miles, 50 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for 26 Furnival Street, EC4
14th Nov 2019, 19:41
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
14th Nov 2019, 19:13
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 November 2019 by Tris C
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