Mar 31 16

The Crown & Two Chairmen, Dean Street, Soho, W1

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Thursday 4 February by JC

This pub has found a nice balance between trendy bar and proper pub without alienating the kind of people who prefer either one.

On the Thursday we visited it was suitably busy: in London the weekend starts on Thursday night. It’s interestingly decorated without being too try-hard (Boozehound did have to avert his gaze from some of the wallpaper though, which was olde fashioned photos of naked women).

But before you throw your CAMRA pint glass at the computer screen in disgust at another hipster bar taking over what used to be a Proper Bloody Pub, it’s retained plenty of the features which make a pub great: they take the beer selection seriously, with a great range of lagers on tap, five ale pumps, and a huge selection of bottled craft beers. If you’re up for trying something a bit different every time then their craft beer of the week is £3 for a bottle.

The food also looked excellent and reasonably priced, and their roasts seem to be particularly popular. And, like all respectable pubs, they even provide somewhere for the solitary drinkers, with some stools by the windows overlooking the always entertaining Dean Street.

Soho is weird, and it must be hard for publicans to figure out what kind of customer they should be targeting. The Crown and Two Chairmen has done a good job of providing different things for different people. Great if you’re in London with the family on a Sunday afternoon and fancy a roast, but also great if you want to celebrate the end of the working week on a Thursday evening by trying fifteen different beers.

In case you’re wondering, Boozehound is probably in the second category.

Beer: 4
Price: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 4

Do they do food? Yes, all sorts.
Are they in the 21st Century? Contactless.
Are there dogs? Maybe when it’s not so busy.
I want to smoke: Small area outside.
Televisions? Had loads of six nations crap on the walls so we assume they’re showing sports.