The Golden Eagle Review
Hearing a muffled, slightly eerie piano sing-along emanating from within as a light mist swirled about us in Hammer Horror fashion, my old friend Allan and I exchanged uneasy glances, but felt compelled to venture in. Especially as we’d just emerged from “the most boring pub in the world” (and that’s the opinion of one of its regulars), the Duke of York in New Cavendish Street.
Once inside we found a kindly gent tinkling away on the ivories, with virtually everyone in the house joining in this right royal Cockney-style knees up, here in the gentrified milieu of Marylebone Lane. Didn’t seem too horrific, and we weren’t propositioned by any toothless drunken hags, nor were we lured to the attic and fed to a hideous ghoul, so we relaxed a little and enjoyed a couple of ales.
Despite not knowing any of the words to any of the songs, we tapped our feet and occasionally tried to guess along to a chorus. Often, when you walk into a small pub with a regular clientele such as this one, you aren’t made to feel especially welcome, but everyone seemed disarmingly friendly and charming. Perhaps a little too friendly. Maybe we had stumbled into a horror movie after all. Maybe this was like the hostelry in that seminal British chiller, The Wicker Man. Mind you, as I remarked to Al boy after our fifth pint of the evening, if I could watch a young Britt Ekland look-alike performing a naked fertility dance, it would definitely take the sting out of being ritually sacrificed afterwards.
Alas, no Britt Ekland look-alikes were forthcoming, though it’s quite a mixed crowd, ranging from the happily middle aged to young studenty types.
The story of the singing, as the amiable barman explained, is down to the man with the thick sheaf of song lyrics leading the chorus of revellers. He started the whole thing off years and years ago, and he, along with a regular crowd, turns up every Thursday night to get the place hollering. “June here’s been coming for over twenty years”, smiled our barman friend. And June smiled. And we smiled. This place is nice, we agreed. The sort of pub some jaded superstar like Madonna might visit because “it’s so uncool it’s cool”. Whatever, we liked it. If the beer was thirst quenching, the lack of self-consciousness and easy-going atmosphere were even more refreshing in this neck of the woods, though I suspect that non-music nights might be a rather less beguiling experience....read more
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“My impressions are entirely in accord with the FF reviewer, with the notable addition that I found it entirely serendipitously while looking for the similarly-named 'Golden Hind' fish and chip shop. This, it turns out, is not only just down the street, but the two venues offer a marvellously symbiotic service which enables one to take your pint from the pub, wander down the street, and then avail yourself of the chippy's "bring your own" liquor policy. Refreshingly civilised.
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