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The Old Bank of England

#1,228 of 17,958 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Holborn
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT, England
442074302255
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11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 16:00
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice building. But I don't do mice. First noticed by some French people sat next to us who screamed. Then saw one running towards our table and another one appear shortly after. We notified the bartender, who said they knew about them - didn't seem at all bothered. No way we will return. A place serving food which has a... More 

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Thank Louise L
HERTS
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old historic building with most decorative ceiling, gallery etc. Nice atmosphere, very good staff and quick service, lovely pint of Fullers ale! The pies seemed to be the specialty of the house so we chose them! Chicken and chorizo, and beef steak and ale etc, served with mash and greens/salad and chips. To be honest they were quite good,... More 

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Kent
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Old Bank Of England several times now. It’s a historic building, nice atmosphere and the staff are always friendly. Unfortunately, it really falls down badly in terms of the food. The main focal point of the menu are the pies, which they push very hard indeed; it’s difficult to understand why when you order one,... More 

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Thank Dunmall
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello Dunmall, Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. I am pleased to read you find the staff friendly and helpful, it is something I pride myself in. I am disappointed to read our food fell below our usual standards. I have noted your comments, and shall discuss with my head chef. Apologies to you... More 

London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The clue is in the title. Have been visiting TOBOE for years. It's a large space, with fantastic ornate decor from its previous existance as (funnily enough) a bank. The oblong shaped bar occupies a central area and there is therefore plenty of space to get served, and then to retreat to a quieter area. There's also a gallery floor... More 

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Thank Rhod J
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review us, and I am pleased to read you like all aspects of the pub. Next time, dig into one of our freshly made handcrafted pies, they really are delicious! Kind regards Sarah Corcoran More 

Kent in UK
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Visited on a Friday evening for a drink and wow what a setting. Lovely central bar with huge ceiling chandeliers...great character. A plaque states that Sweeny Todd's barber shop was next door and his victims were "processed" for pies in the basement...so a great bit of history.

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Thank DavidHartleyKent
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your 5 star rating, we hope to welcome you to The Old Bank of England soon! Kind regards Sarah Corcoran More 

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70 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Came across this beauty of a pub a few weeks back. Went in for the first time yesterday on a pub crawl around pubs we'd never visited before. This one must be one of the most beautiful pubs in the country!! There's a good selection of beers and pilsners. We will have to sample the food some other time though,... More 

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Thank Linda H
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hi there, WHAT A GREAT REVIEW!! I particularly like the comment about the most beautiful pub in the country, tell the world! We do close early on a Saturday unfortunately. It is something I am looking at extending, so keep your eyes peeled at our website to find out more! Many thanks Sarah Corcoran More 

London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Went with a number of friend for lunch. We did book in advance. The steak pie was okay but the club sandwiches were excellent. We were shown the bank vaults which was great

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Thank mossgrant
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review, I am pleased you were shown the vaults!! We are more than happy to show our guests an amazing piece of history! Tell your friends! Kind regards Sarah Corcoran More 

Epsom, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We reserved a table and served by Julian who could not have been more attentive and polite. London Pride was good but the food was pretty average, I had Madrass pie which was small and mostly crust, then, and this is my pet hate, NO LOCK on the gents, we spent over £100 and a £2 lock on the gents... More 

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Thank Pat B
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello Pat B Thank you for your review, and I shall pass on the comments to Julian, and I am happy to read he was attentive and polite. Apologies about the lock, it has now been fixed, Kind regards Sarah Corcoran More 

Little Canfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Very historic building formerly The Old Bank of England. Beautiful interior, staff were friendly and reasonably efficient, good value for London and v good choice of beers on offer.

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Thank PAND1961
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello, I am happy you enjoyed what we have to offer, I have to agree with you, the interior of the pub is not to missed! We hope to welcome you again soon, Kind regards Sarah Corcoran More 

1 review
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We paid £5 for a tea and coffee and both were awful. Nice interior though...and worth a visit but the teas/coffee should be avoided.

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Thank Karen H
oldbankofengland, General Manager at The Old Bank of England, responded to this review

Hello Karen H Thank you for your review, and apologies that you didn't enjoy the hot drinks your purchased. Thank you Sarah More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Holborn
  • Neighbourhood: Holborn
  • Phone Number: 442074302255

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Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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