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The Porterhouse

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The PorterhouseThe Porterhouse
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

21-22 Maiden Lane
London, WC2E 7NA
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 20 7836 9931

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Reviews by soulgrowl:
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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%

The Porterhouse didn't look like much from the photograph in my copy of CAMRA's London Pub Walks. But it is really, really unique - the interior is like no pub I've ever seen, split between five or six floors and semi-floors, with all sorts of nooks and crannies bound up in a labyrinthine interior design or brass, steel, and wood. Reminiscent of Erector sets, the whole place has a pleasingly twisted layout and aesthetic, like an M. C. Escher drawing or a setpiece from a Jules Verne story. The reason it only gets a 4 from me for atmosphere is because it gets really, really crowded and loud - no doubt an inevitable symptom of its singular awesomeness and its proximity to Covent Garden and Charing Cross. Get there early and get out early.

Service is a tad surly, but that's understandable in light of the crowds. Though they have a remarkably interesting lineup of house-brewed beers as well as an extensive bottle selection, don't expect to talk beer with the barmen - they're busy. But the beers are very nice; there is only one real ale, the TSB, but you're sure to enjoy the other brews on offer, ranging from the brewpub's own excellent oyster stout to unexpected offerings from America and Belgium such as Goose Island IPA and La Chouffe.

Definitely worth a visit - and repeat visits after that. Easy to find near Charing Cross.

soulgrowl, Oct 27, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Lare453, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Mebuzzard, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tbeckett, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of thepeter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

I am shocked I have not reviewed this place before. I have been here many times and met up with my old college roomate here the other day. A very cool looking place with copper piping almost everywhere, I once heard there was £2M worth of copper in the place but who knows. . . that sounds like a lot to me. The pub is separated into different floors and rooms which I am finding difficult to explain but can give it a very cozy feel if you find the right nook or a more social feel when you are in a more open area. It can get very packed on the weekends so I don't go then. The beers are all kept rather well and being that they have mostly their own beers on tap they do a good job of making sure they are tip top, No cask here though which would be nice as I believe some of their beers would be GREAT on Cask. Service is pretty average, you always have to wait even if the place is empty and the staff are adequate enough. I have definitely had to ask for correct glassware on occasion though. Food is better than average but not by much. I don't think I ever will go there again to just get food, but a snack with beer is nice enough. the value for the area is fine. This is the kind of place I find myself going with non beer geeks who are visiting and they all seem to like it.

thepeter, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +3.1%

This 3 level Dublin-based pub is one of the largest boozers, area-wise, that I’ve had the pleasure to visit during my on-going London Pub Crawl series. It was awarded the CAMRA/English Heritage award for conversion to pub use in 2002.

Neatly tucked away on narrow Maiden Lane, you first come upon a large garden patio (smokers paradise) preceding the fancy pants double-door entrance. The doors lead to a dramatically vast interior anchored by an immense wooden L bar. It’s sort of like stepping inside a massive old wooden ship that a band of flamboyant, beer-loving pirates invaded, and then decorated.

The stairway down to the left leads to the basement level where the restrooms (more on them later), TVs and an entertainment stage are the focus. To the left of the bar, a wide stairway leads to a quite foyer nook halfway up the stairs. The top level provides you a more spacious seating area. Extensive (and expensive) wood and brass-trimmed brewery-related piping and plating run throughout. Even the hanging light fixtures are brass-trimmed. A very cool brass clock hangs over the upstairs balcony and can be viewed from most any place in the top floors. The wall nooks and windows are lined with Porterhouse beer bottles and knick knacks. It must be a bitch to keep clean!

It’s a bit cluttered. I’m trying to spy the tap handles, but all the little doodads and bric-a-brac catch my eyes, forcing me once again to concentrate on the task at hand…deciding which beer to try next.

The seating choices are varied enough to suite any individual or group needs. Hang out near the bar on simple wooden stools, or relax upon cushioned leather armchairs and/or coach-style benches, or just stand around gawking, beer in hand. Choice is yours. Enjoy your surroundings early in the day, before the after work crowd arrives…unless you enjoy mob scenes. In that case, arrive at 7pm (1900) on a Friday night.
The on tap selections are brewed mostly by Porterhouse and poured under pressure. There are always a couple of “Real” ales and guest beers (Erdinger on this day) available. I can highly recommend the Plain Porter and the Turner’s Sticklebract Bitter on cask. Lovely stuff! There are plenty of bottled selections from the wonderful world of Beerdom plus a solid selection of wines and mixed drinks for the folks not very interested this review.
The food menu is fairly extensive. A mix of pizza, burgers, fish & chips, standard Irish and gastro-pub food is available. The best option might be the fresh Rock Oysters. ½ dozen for 7 pounds is a very fair deal by London standards.
Now to the restrooms as promised; My wife felt a little uncomfortable going to the lady’s room because a group of guys were hanging out by the door. We’re sure they meant no harm, but creating a little separation between the restrooms and the lounge area would be smart.
All-in-all, an interesting pub with a bounty of very good beers to try.
Place Porterhouse on your ‘Should’ visit London Pub list.

BeerResearcher, Nov 11, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

OK now this is a bit pricey just like every where in London but still you get quality/value for money and one of London's best selections of beers.

There is Doppelbock, Weizenbock and some Belgian Triples. There is also Califormian steam beer, Samichlaus and many others. I go there just for the selection since the food does not look that great and neither does the clientele.

It also tends to get packed quickly and very noisy. Location is good since it is right next to covent Garden and you can get everywhere from there. Nonetheless well worth a visit!

DerBayer, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BarryNL
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

This is the London arm of the Porterhouse Brewing Co. - supposedly Ireland's biggest independent brewer. It has the full range of Porterhouse's own brews comprising three stouts, three lagers and a handful of others including the monster Brainblasta and the Porterhouse Red.

If there isn't enough to choose from in their own range there is also an extensive menu of bottled beers from around the world with many of the finest examples of various styles to be found.

I've visited the Porterhouse both in London and Dublin and I have to say, I found the beer in Dublin far better - I believe they brew it all in Ireland and ship it over to the London pub so maybe the travelling doesn't do it too much good. Nevertheless, the beers are still good and a better selection than most pubs - and there are usually good guest ales on tap as well.

The menu consists of good pub grub and the atmosphere is good - almost constantly busy and the layout is something out of an Escher painting.

Always worth a visit when you're in London.

BarryNL, Feb 27, 2009
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2.68/5  rDev -30.9%

My first impression of the place was good: nice interior, good beer selection, alright atmosphere. However by the end of the evening I was wishing I had gone somewhere else.

The layout is complex with mezzanine and sub-mezzanine levels spiraling above the ground floor area. There are small bars serving each little area but each one has a very limited selection compared to the main bar downstairs. If the nearest bar doesn't have what you want you have to find your way through the maze of stairs and levels to the main bar, which can be near impossible when crowded.

The beer selection does look impressive on first glance. However a large bulk of the selection is cheap lagers made to look fancy because they're from a foreign country. San Miguel from Spain, Kronenbourg from France, Stella from Belgium etc. And the beers that did look interesting where hard to get because they didn't have half of them in stock. House beers were standard - not bad but nothing exceptional. And it was a shame they only serve one, the TSB, on cask.

Service was awful. We were there when it was very busy - during an England match - but even so trying to get someone's attention whilst they're chewing their fingernails staring into space was hard.

jro4200, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

The only Irish pub I'll use in London.

A; It varies greatly from day to day and also at what time you get there, normally full of a good mix of Londoners and tourists enjoying themselves. Modern in design, but not plastic or cheap in any way.

Q; All the beers I tried were fine, not great, but better than most for Covent Garden.

S; They have trouble when it is really full, which is often. Otherwise no problems.

S; Good selection, their own brews of course, but others also, plenty of variety in styles and nationalities.

Covent Garden is not a cheap place to drink, this is a little bit more though. I don't go out of my way to come here, but if in the area, I'll pop in and have a couple, you should too!

BlackHaddock, Aug 16, 2006
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The Porterhouse in London, United Kingdom (England)
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.