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Philomena's, WC2

40 Great Queen Street
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Tris C left this review about Philomena's

Reviewed as O'Neill's:

Once a Bass/Charrington pub called the Sugar Loaf and visited as above around 17 years ago. Typical for the breed, it was one of the better examples though could get impossibly crowded.
Converted from O'Neill's into Philomena's in 2012.

On 24th February 2018 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about Philomena's

They had on Doom Bar and Black Sheep Bitter, with a couple of handpumps unused on my Monday afternoon visit. The BSB was £2.20 for a half, which is somewhat over the top even for this area. There was a pretty standard pub grub menu available, with ciabatta sandwiches at either £5.75 or £5.95, and main courses range from £7.95 (gammon & chips) to £12.95 (lamb shank). I saw a special of the day advertised for £6.95, and on Monday it was "chicken breast, chorizo, smoked cheddar, jalapeono, ciabatta and fries". Now there's a cacophony of flavours for you.

This used to be an O'Neill's, but is now an Irish themed cafe/bar/restaurant converted from two shops/houses. They open fairly early in the morning. Furnishings are mainly normal small stools, and standard tables and chairs, but there are a couple of those tall fixed tables and benches where your feet don't reach the ground if you're under 6'. A couple of tall tables are out on the payment for those needing some fresh air, or wishing to enjoy the late Autumn sunshine. There's a bit of attractive panelled on the floor at the back, but otherwise it's quite unexceptional. Of course there's some Irish themed decor about, such as an England/ROI football scarf being displayed.

Live sport is big here, with seemingly something being shown every day of the week. I saw a bank of seven small chalkboards displaying daily events being shown, with each of the panels labelled with a day of the week in some foreign language (Lundi, Mardi, etc) for some reason. This place is handy if you need an early sharpener, and is an improvement on its predecessor.

On 13th November 2014 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Philomena's

This former O'Neills is now a family-owned Irish sports bar, and unsurprisingly has a much more authentic feel than its predecessor ever did. The narrow twin-bar layout remains much the same, and you can still see signs of the former brand on the font frames. Fortunately, also serves real ale from two handpumps - Pride and Oxford Gold (£3.90, and in decent shape) when I visited. Tayto crisps and lots of TV screens showing a range of different sports, as you would expect, plus a reasonably-priced menu. Overall, rather better than I was expecting.

On 30th June 2013 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.97 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 1 miles, 19 min walk (show)
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28th Oct 2018, 22:40
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  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 June 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 June 2013 by Moby Duck
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