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Tom Cribb, SW1

36 Panton Street
SW1
SW1Y 4EA
Phone: 02078393801
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Tris C left this review about Tom Cribb

This was originally built in 1707 as the Union Arms, to celebrate the Act of Union, rebuilt in 1878 and given the current name in 1962, in memory of the early 19th century boxer Tom Cribb and publican here from 1820 to 1838, whose English Heritage blue plaque can be seen to the Panton Street façade at second floor level.
Situated opposite the…

…Harold…

…Pinter…

…Theatre, this is a very small affair, very traditional with perhaps a more recent bar back, adorned with memorabilia from submariners. Unsurprisingly, the walls are adorned with boxing related prints, ugly Singha bunting and one pointless Perspex barrier remains. The pub was rammed on my Saturday visit, with many men with shaved heads, perhaps former boxers making a pilgrimage; they certainly looked like they knew their way round a ring. I managed to perch at the bar, hemmed in by vertical drinkers, many taking their drinks outside in obligatory plastic glasses. Some customers were a group of young and very rowdy Portuguese, singing away and doing shots. The landlord looked as fed up as me, but rather than deal with it, he let it continue. The lavs must be the smallest I’ve ever seen, with what in effect is a tiny cupboard, with two urinals and basin; there was barely enough room for one urinal alone; I don’t know what would have happened if another customer had come in?
This is a Shepherd Neame joint, so there are no surprises in the ale department, but just Whitstable Bay (clips reversed) then Bishop’s Finger at £5.35 a pint and ok but I’ve had better.
This is a fine, atmospheric pub, but the claustrophobic and loud conditions weren’t conducive to a good experience, so best time your visit wisely.

On 21st November 2021 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about Tom Cribb

A small Shepherd Neame's pub opposite the Harold Pinter theatre, with the feel of a traditional local and numerous boxing photos after the eponymous fighter. The muted cream décor and medium wood fittings provides a good antidote to the excesses of the West End. usual Shep's beers in good condition.

On 2nd October 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Tom Cribb

This really is a small corner pub ,with impressive exterior glazed tiles.The interior has small leather bound benches in buttoned back red ,and a few modest sized tables,but seating is probably limited to about 20 people.Pictures of pugilists hang on the walls,there is also a flatscreen with BBC 24 News sensibly on mute.A board describes a food offering of sandwiches and burgers,but on my trip after work there wasn't rooom to swing a cat,let alone eat from a plate.The pub is tied to Shepherd Neame and on my trip the 5 handpumps were dispensing Spitfire,Bishops Finger,Whitstable Pale ,a decent seasonal Late Red with one clip reversed.
At a quiet time the authentic interior would make this a comfortable place to enjoy a pint,but when it's busy the charm leaks away with most punters drinking vertically or spilling out onto the pavement.Time you visit carefully.

On 8th December 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
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22nd Nov 2021, 19:07
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21st Nov 2021, 19:33
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  • Real Ale : Yes - Shepherd Neame. - last updated 21 November 2021 by Tris C
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