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The Friend At Hand (Bar)

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4 Herbrand Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1HX
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 020 7837 5524 | Transport: Russell Square | Write review

The Friend At Hand Review

The Friend at Hand: it sounds nice. Almost as if the helpful folks at the Salvation Army have started brewing in order to use the pub as a forum for preaching ‘the word’.

However, taking a scandalous stab in the dark, I’ll guess that this pub is actually run by a bloke whose idea of ‘the cloth’ is his Hawaiian polyester shirt and the only ‘word’ he reads is the Daily Sport (if this sounds like you, stop reading now, I’ve found the pub of your dreams).

Where else would an offensively loud combination of God-loving Metallica and a herd of Chelsea fans watching their team spank yet another opposition be deemed as ‘inviting’. See, not very friendly at all.

Beer + pie + football = The Friend. Style, comfort, and a beer garden: these things appear not to be important.

Unfrequented? I can see why!

The pint of no return, do not go back.

Customer Reviews for The Friend At Hand

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of The Friend At Hand.

“Good food, nice atmosphere, reasonable price.”
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Jaybe, Hendon (11 years 6 months 2 days ago)

“I don't know whan you were in the pub, but I drink in in here for 2-3 days every month and the beer is good, the staff are great and the atmosphere is fine. I presume that the previous reviewer is one of those those poncy idiots who reads the Guardian reviews and thinks they are accurate. I've been drinking in bars since I was 15 (now aged 48), I've also ran bars myself, and the "Friend" is a good place.”
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Cal Desmond-Pearson, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (11 years 8 months 4 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Pub
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: (Unknown)


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