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Horse & Groom, Belgravia, SW1

7 Groom Place
SW1
SW1X 7BA
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Will Larter left this review about Horse & Groom

This is a very small Shepherd Neame pub, with room for about 20 people at a pinch in the downstairs room - I didn't venture upstairs to measure the other seating area. The bar counter on the left on entering has three hand pumps, with three Sheps pump clips: Whitstable Bay, Bishops Finger and Spitfire. I asked for Spitfire, only to be told that it wasn't available because of delivery problems; Doom Bar was on this line but they hadn't been sent a pump clip. It was a similar story with the next beer, only here the substitute Timothy Taylor Landlord was still conditioning in the cellar (at least they hadn't put it on too soon, unlike some pubs I can think of). Not being a fan of Whitstable Bay I went for the Doom Bar, but after a few mouthfuls it had a discernable banana-ish taste, but rather than complain about it I just put the remainder of the beer on the counter and prepared to walk out. At this point I was accosted by a person who turned out to be the landlord - an enthusiastic man with an eastern European accent - he had been sitting at a table opposite the bar. He asked me what was wrong with the beer. I gave him my opinion, which is that it is sent out from the brewery already conditioned, with very little if any yeast, so that once it is opened there is no protective carbon dioxide being produced in the beer remaining in the barrel and it consequently starts to oxidise and its flavour changes quicker than he would be used to with Sheps beers. He explained about the delivery problems, even showing me emails and invoices, and offered me a replacement beer, but I said that I had drunk Whitstable Bay before and it is not to my taste, and I didn't want a keg beer. I promised to call in next time I am in London when he can make amends if he so wishes. I have given this pub a lower than average rating for the time being, and hope to find it improved in the near future.

On 2nd February 2022 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about Horse & Groom

Well described below, this is a tiny pub in a mews; or is it?
I wasn’t quite so taken with this one. Yes, there’s charming woodwork and framed black and white pictures of possibly celebrities or former visitors. The pub wasn’t that full for a Friday, some of the visitors may have been lost tourists, one group leaving a hefty tip on the table.
It loses some charm on account of the modern floor and some furniture, which looks a bit too modern for a traditional boozer, with tables sporting pot plants. What really put me off, was the music; not because it was too loud, but because it was delivered by of all things, an FM radio, perched on a ledge; it was tinny and very annoying; a Geordie was whistling along loudly.
Ales on offer included Whitstable Bay, Bishops Finger and Spitfire at £2.60 a half and good.
This is ok, but the tinny music with whistling accompaniment, SN beers and cheap furniture, put me off a bit. There are better mews pubs in Belgravia and indeed, better pubs

On 6th November 2021 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Horse & Groom

A classic mews pub,and really quite tiny.Shepherd Neame tied house with good exterior paintwork and signage,the ground floor is a square wooden panelled room with a small bar to the left,some high tables opposite and a wrap around fitted bench seating below the etched glass window.I've been in bigger micropubs !.There is additional seating on the first floor althgough I didn't investigate,while upturned barrels and modern metal furniture with umberellas are placed outside in the courtyard.It's all very charming and authentic and conversation flows easily inside.There is a perilous descent to the gents.
There are three handpumps with SN Spitfire,Bishops Finger and Whitstable Pale (NBSS 3 ,£5.25).There are further SN kegged beers offered.Food is also served although I didn't partake.
Well worth a visit and a very fine example of it's type.Beware of Sunday closure and possible private hire on Saturdays.

On 10th September 2021 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for Horse & Groom, SW1
2nd Feb 2022, 13:29
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
 
2nd Feb 2022, 13:27
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : No - Outside seating on the cobbles - last updated 06 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 04 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 04 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 31 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 06 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 04 October 2015 by Steve C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 October 2015 by hondo .
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