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The White Horse & Bower, Westminster, SW1

86 Horseferry Road
SW1
SW1P 2EE
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Tris C left this review about The White Horse & Bower

Dating from 1818 and rebuilt in 1894, this is a fairly commanding corner backstreet pub in a Pimlico/Victoria hinterland.
It’s all a bit bland inside, with mushroom-coloured paints and new floor, with mixed height furniture. TVs were showing nothing of consequence and the loud chatter of office workers didn’t make for a restful experience. The only item of interest was a gilt framed (reclaimed?) White Horse & Bower mirror, perhaps an indication of better times passed.
Despite being a Shepherd Neame house, all four pumps were unused, with an info board blocking them, leaving the only credible option being keg Spitfire, which in fact turned out to be Spitfire lager.
This is a dull pub. The vastly superior Speaker is just round the corner, so I doubt I’ll return. Note restricted opening times.

On 24th November 2021 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The White Horse & Bower

This is a Shepherd Neame pub, so it's no surprise that the ales on were Spitfire and Whitstable Bay Pale (£2.25 a half). Sandwiches are from £4.95 (ham & chutney) to £6.95 for the club sandwich. Main courses are par for the area - the burger is £11.95 and cod & chips is £12.95.

It's now a single room, but the doors testify to its multi-room past. The corner door takes you into a small vestibule; and a further set of doors - a sort of airlock system therefore - takes you into a carpeted area furnished with tall tables and tall stools. Then on the left is the bar counter, which looks inter-war as does the bar back, and past this is an area with normal tables and chairs.

There are a few prints on the walls, and a "White Horse & Bower" mirror that looks modern. A pop music radio station was being broadcast; rubbish music as it happens, although thankfully not too loud. It's an ordinary run-of-the-mill pub - I wish we had more of them.

On 23rd September 2018 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The White Horse & Bower

A slightly Spartan-looking Shepherd Neame house, particularly inside where large expanses of green painted walls give a somewhat institutional feel (enlivened only slightly by a selection of black & white photographs). Traditional dark-wood furniture. Prices are high but the quality is good, albeit usually with an unadventurous choice of Whitstable Bay, regular Spitfire and the Spitfire Gold (£4.65) available from three of the four handpumps.

On 6th May 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by paulof horsham
London Victoria, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Vauxhall, 1.06 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The White Horse & Bower, SW1
24th Nov 2021, 19:27
Review submitted by Tris C
 
23rd Sep 2018, 10:27
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - BT Sport. - last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Occasional. - last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 28 January 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : No last updated 24 November 2021 by Tris C
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