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The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, WC2

21-22 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden
WC2
WC2E 7NA
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Porterhouse

A lot larger set up here than it's sister pub in Dublin. There was plenty of space in the front patio area and the interior was also a good size, with an impressive bar area as you step down into the pub. There was lots of copper ducting and piping all around the place and I asked one of the floor staff did they do any brewing in here. Apparently all their Porterhouse beers are brewed in Dublin and are shipped over. Apart from the extensive range of keg beers displayed on fish eyes along the centre of the bar, they also had a choice of two cask ales and one cider, which were doubled up. The choice was Sambrooke's Wandle and Purity Mad Goose and Monty's cider.

On 17th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Porterhouse

Many moons since I was last here and internally nothing much has changed, it’s still a fairly unique interior and worth a visit just for that. As mentioned below the acoustics are terrible in here, so expect to have to shout conversation if it’s busy. There is real ale now, 3 pumps. Also, they have dropped the bizarre claims about all foreign beer they had in the fridges but were rarely (if ever, in some cases) stocked. I went for the Porterhouse Oyster Stout, served up by a very engaging barman and got a pretty decent keg stout for my efforts. A good visit.

February 2008
An apparent re-creation of the Porterhouse establishment in Dublin. This bewildering pub is set over four levels and is pretty huge inside, fitted out in an industrial style with copper piping and various other brass and copper fixtures. There are also a number of display cabinets with various bottles of beer from around the world inside. The Porterhouse beers (Red, Oyster Stout, Chiller and Plain Porter) are kegged which is a shame as the Red does taste fairly good. Prices are steep but no worse than many other places within half a mile and at least you get something unique for your cash. However the place can often be a let-down. Half of the 'world beers' on the menu are never stocked, which is annoying when you’ve just traipsed over with an order for three of them from a distant table. Staff quality varies - I've had some excellent service punctuated with others who seem to busy chatting to their mates the other side of the bar or serving attractive girls before everyone else. Mrs Quinno also had an issue in here with the food and a surly bar manager here a while back. Novelty has worn off for me. Rated 6

On 11th July 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Porterhouse

I came here once or twice around 20 years ago, not long after this pub conversion opened and at an age when this sort of thing had greater appeal.
Not quite as large as described and claiming to be an Irish bar, it is mulit-levelled (12 including mezzanines according to the website) with a huge amount of polished brass and copper handrails. It's dominated by office workers in suits and laadz in T-shirts, all of whom are in high spirits. A wooden floor and dark brown woodwork add to a degree of gloom in a pub which, with so many hard surfaces, has terrible acoustics and despite the lack of music, the noise of chatter was so great as to make conversation all but impossible.
Seemingly there were three ales at the lower bar but I couldn't reach it due to the midweek crush. A smaller bar upstairs offered around three craft ales at £5.00 a pint which is increasingly the norm in London and an absolute giveaway in Covent Garden.
Neither Covent Garden nor this kind of drinking establishment are my thing though it does have a soupçon of curiosity value, so I'll not be hastening back.

On 10th August 2018 - rating: 3
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London Charing Cross, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.02 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.9 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Porterhouse, WC2
17th Nov 2019, 16:59
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray
 
17th Nov 2019, 16:57
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 10 August 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 September 2019 by Quinno _
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