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The Samuel Pepys, Mansion House, EC4

Stew Lane
Phone: 02074891871
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Steve C left this review about The Samuel Pepys

Having watched a documentary about the Great Fire of London the evening before my visit to the Samuel Pepys I must admit that I was disappointed to find a modern 1st floor bar rather than an historic pub. After scaling the stairs, I found a bright bar with serving counter along the right wall. Windows look over the Thames towards the bankside. I was a little miffed why there are high tables with stools next to the windows meaning that one must stoop to avoid the top of the windows obstructing the view across the river. During my late Wednesday afternoon visit there was some background music playing. BT Sport is advertised in the front door, but I didn’t see any televisions in the bar area.
This is a Shepherd Neame run pub, so the three hand pumps were drawing Whitstable Bay, Spitfire and Summer Strom IPA. A premium keg range is also available, I paid £3 for half a Birra Moretti which I thought was hugely overpriced, but later learned that this was on par for the area. Food is available during lunch and dinner periods. I found the service to be polite in a corporate kind of way, but I do not plan to return here.

On 27th September 2019 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Samuel Pepys

A Shepherd Neame tied house furnished in a modern style but situated in what looks like a former warehouse and offering great views across the Thames to the Globe Theatre opposite.Up a stairway ,you enter into a pine floored lounge with a shuffle board to the side.Upmarket furniture including a curved banquette is evident ,but the exposed brickwork around the windows gives much needed character.The views are directly above the bankside and there is a narrow external metal terrace with a few stools for even better river appreciation.There is a side room with a bench seating running the full length of the back wall with some tables set for dining.The menu looked very much pub grub at a slight London premium.BT Sport flatscreens were playing on mute and gentle muzak helped the calm atmosphere.However tables can be reserved at set times and clearly later that Thursday evening it was going to be much more hectic.
There are 3 handpumps , the SN Whitstable Pale was unavailable but the clip not reversed (bad practice) leaving a choice of Spitfire and SN Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition (passable but not memorable).
Good views but dull ale,not sure if I would return for anything but some food.

On 5th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Samuel Pepys

Hidden away down a narrow alley (Stew Lane), then up a flight of steps to reach the rectangular bar with its front lounge and side dining room with fine views across the Thames, both busy (but not packed) on the last Thursday before Christmas. Taken over by Shepherd Neame and refurbished with semi-modern furniture and decor since my last visit some six years ago. Real ale selection understandably winding down before the break, with just Whitstable Bay Pale and the Christmas Ale (£2.50, half) from the two banks of three handpumps.

On 23rd December 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
London Cannon Street, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.62 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.51 miles, 48 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Samuel Pepys, EC4
27th Sep 2019, 20:03
Review submitted by Steve C
26th Sep 2019, 21:11
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 12 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Shepherd Neame. - last updated 29 September 2018 by Tris C
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