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The Guinea, Mayfair, W1

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30 Bruton Place
W1
W1J 6NL
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Guinea

This is a smart, traditional Young’s house down a rather attractive Mayfair back street with a fairly well preserved interior. Two entrances, each with their own ‘Private Bar’ and ‘Lounge Bar’ etched glass panes, both lead into the same partially opened out bar area, albeit at opposite ends of the room. The left side is ostensibly a separate restaurant area with a small partitioned carpeted seating area to the front giving way to a full dining room up a few steps and through a doorway manned by a formally dressed doorman. A gap in the partitioning allows you through to the bar proper – a bare boarded room with a lovely curved dark wood counter along the rear wall and a somewhat underwhelming mirrored back which displayed a very small Young’s sign but was otherwise fairly unmemorable. Low stools and hard benches run along the front wall under sizable windows with nice panes denoting ‘Wines’, ‘Spirits’ and the pub’s name. Two windows has a rather nice brass rail across them with low level lamps fitted to them, which help generate muted, moody lighting once darkness descends outside. The bar and room both turn 90 degrees and run to the ear down the right hand side of the room where a drinking ledge and high stools compete for space in the narrow gap between wall and bar, before things open out again at the back, allowing space for a few more tables in what must arguably be the cosiest spot in the pub. Decor throughout consists of a few quirky adverts, some Hogarth style pictures and the obligatory shot of Prince Charles pulling a pint. The clientele in here was very upmarket on my visit, but I didn’t feel bad or frowned upon propping up the end of the bar in my jeans and hoodie.
On the bar, the two unsurprising Young’s beers – Ordinary and Special – were complimented by a couple of guest ales in the shape of Truman’s Runner and Sambrook’s Pumphouse Pale (£5.15). The latter poured quite temperamentally but settled soon enough and turned out to be a very nice pint. The barman was very polite and formal in his dealings with customers and despite the place having a strong food emphasis, the location of the diners in the rear room meant that the bar area was solely in use for drinkers, making for a better overall atmosphere.
Young’s certainly know how to mess up a perfectly good pub, but with this one they have for the most part, acted as sympathetic, tasteful custodians of what is clearly a fine historic pub. I liked the cramped but evocative bar area and thought they had plenty of interesting features to reward repeat visits. If you’re keen to splash out on a pint in this pricey part of the city, you could do a lot worse than this fine venue.

On 5th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Guinea

The 1675 sign attests to the age,it's a historic pub but will attract tourists as a result.There are two marked entrances ,restaurant to left with bar to right , three drop down tables exist at the front for exterior drinking.The bar is really quite small,with three tiny tables below the front windows and only enough room for low level stools,The righthand wall has a drinking shelf and bar stools while to the rear there is fitted bench seating,but this pub will fill very quickly and can be uncomfortable at peak times.There is a good internal dividing doorway in wood if you decide to transfer to the first floor restaurant from the bar.Some etched glass also looks authentic .
Being a Youngs pubco means suffering both their Ordinary and Special with guests on my trip Truman Runner and Sambrooks Pumphouse Pale (acceptable ).There is a sandwich and pub snack menu ,the latter advertised on bar mats and containing some traditional dishes so maybe the food is better than the ale,if you are lucky enough to get seated.
I've ticked it off for it's historic interest but I won't be rushing back.

On 8th March 2019 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Guinea

A pub has stood here in some form since around 1423, with the current incarnation dating from 1741. A first in here the other night and the immediate thing you notice is the enormous number of drinkers standing outside. The second thing you notice is the frontage with name of the upstairs Guinea Grill picked out in awful garish yellow neon lights which makes the place look like a lap dancing club.
As mentioned, it's a very small traditional pub with much dark wood and selection of Young's beers served with admirable efficiency by the overworked bar staff; a pint of Special was very good though was £4.90 which is what you expect if you drink in the world's most expensive residential area. Still, I've paid more in substantially less genteel areas. A scotch egg was nearly delicious but was marred slightly by the addition of far too much salt.
Overall it would seem that this is a very decent boozer which I'm informed does indeed get packed at lunchtime. However, it was absolutely packed on our evening visit and a couple of groups couldn't contain their 'exuberance', resulting in a very noisy evening, so much so that in the end we gave up and went to look for somewhere more restrained; this is probably the first time that I've been forced out of a pub by the noise of conversation.
I'd generally be happy to come here again but only at a much quieter time.

On 23rd November 2018 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 1.14 miles, 21 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.48 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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11th Mar 2020, 20:21
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11th Mar 2020, 20:21
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 November 2018 by Tris C
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by Tris C
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 November 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 05 June 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 November 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 November 2018 by Tris C
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 November 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 23 November 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 June 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 05 June 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 June 2019 by Pub SignMan
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