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Star & Garter, Soho, W1

62 Poland Street
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Tris C left this review about Star & Garter

Dating from 1816 this is probably the only remaining real boozer in Soho; no gastropub leanings here, as all there is for food are hot snacks.
There are hanging flower baskets with some fine Courage branding in gold letters to the picture windows.
The interior is much more old-school: the floor’s modern bare boarded with linenfold-style wall panelling to three-quarter height, full-height in some places. The bar front and ceiling are some type of matchboard. Furniture is traditional with some banquettes. Décor features mirrors, brass knickknacks, framed prints, mirrors, hanging copper pans and willow pattern plates, balanced atop the picture rail. Lighting comes from Victorian-style brass and tulip lamps, with matching sconces. Period rock music played over the stereo and at least one TV was showing the football, with no one remotely interested. Customers were much older than most in the area and probably heterosexual.
On arrival, the barmaid was outside smokin’ a fag, but extinguished it to serve me. Two unused pumps, then one dispensing Harvey’s Sussex at a reasonable £4.90 (I actually asked for only a half) and ok.
This is a decent pub for what it is, but is let down by the all-dominating TV and one adequate ale; I agree with BF about the questionable GBG listing, which if improved – and assuming the TV were chucked in the builders’ skip outside – could be a destination pub.

On 16th October 2021 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Star & Garter

A charming small Soho pub with lots of original features,it's open plan these days with a bar to the left side serving from three sides.There is lots of light leather bound bench seating,a wooden ceiling,traditional ephemera and well chosen light muzak giving a timeless feel to the interior.Worth a visit for that alone.
There are 3 handpumps offering on my trip London Pride,Wadworth (in tiny letters!) Horizon and St Austell Tribute (NBSS 1.5 ,flat).
Badly let down by poor ale and a poor selection,can't understand why it's in the 2020 GBG unless it's the old story of a CAMRA branch that knows nothing about beer.

On 6th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Star & Garter

Just when you think you've visited every pub worth knowing in Soho, you stumble across somewhere like this - a fine little traditional pub in the heart of the neighbourhood. The pub has a pretty impressive facade thanks in part to the excellent Courage livery including some excellent branded windows. There are two doors at the front, only one of which is still in action, but the compact interior does make you wonder how these could possibly have once led into different rooms. The room has scuffed bare boards which run around a U-shaped servery on the left hand side. The bar has an angular counter, mirrored bar back and a very smart wood and glass gantry plus an unusual rail hung from the ceiling from which all the spirit bottles are suspended. The gantry has a load of old radios, whisky boxes and other such accumulated bits on top. There is dark wood panelling throughout with a number of drinking ledges squeezed in between the various fixed benches and low stools that run around the perimeter of the room. The walls have been decorated with loads of old photos and paintings in military, seafaring and theatrical themed groups plus a huge Star and Garter mirror on the back wall, which is the real focal point for this part of the room. There are also a lot of old taps, beer engines and other items related to beer dispense, including one antique looking set of pumps that were apparently taken from the bar in the mid-1980's. Elsewhere, a high shelf displays a collection of plates, the ceiling beams are hung with tankards, pans, jugs and the like and there was a framed photo of a chap playing the spoons, with the spoons beside it in the same frame. I did notice a large TV screen in one corner, although I have to say it's hard to imagine it getting much use. Stairs lead up to a first floor bar, unexplored on this visit, which can be used for private functions.
A simple ale range comprised Fullers London Pride, Greene King IPA and Shepherd Neame Spitfire. I decided to try the Pride, which came in at £4.30 - about par for the course in Soho - and was in absolutely tip-top condition, so full marks to the cellarmanship of the owners, who have apparently been in-situ for over thirty years now.
The previous three reviewers have all used the term 'Old School' to define this place and I think that is probably a fitting summation of this fine old pub. With only one change of landlord in over fifty years, consistency and resisting the urge to overhaul has been key to allowing this place to develop plenty of character and charm. I really liked the atmosphere in here and was very pleased to enjoy an outstanding pint of a beer so often poorly presented. A good find in a part of London it is easy to feel a little jaded about and I'm sure I'll be back fairly soon.

On 7th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Charing Cross, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.45 miles, 27 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.62 miles, 31 min walk (show)
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  • Hot Food : No last updated 07 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - But no access to the toilet - last updated 07 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
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