Porterhouse is, amazingly, a central London pub with both a warm atmosphere and reasonable prices. It’s the perfect place for an early evening drink before hitting a bar or club in Covent Garden, and you may end up just staying.
This pub is perfectly located en route to Covent Garden. Set over multiple floors and mezzanine levels, the pub is a sprawling jungle of high seats, booths and bar areas. Yet despite its vastness, Porterhouse does not feel huge and unfriendly – rather, it is cosy and inviting. Timber frames, wood panelling and chequerboard floors help give the impression of a grand house. There’s even an impressive and vast - certainly by central London standards - beer garden out the front. With numerous benches and heaters or parasols depending on the time of year, it's ideal when inside is a bit cramped, whatever the weather. If you’re visiting at the weekend make sure you pop down to the basement for some live music.
Being an Irish pub, Porterhouse has the typical friendly, warm atmosphere reminiscent of Dublin pubs, with smiley, chatty staff ensuring there is a relaxed vibe. The pub is usually full of tourists as well as Londoners looking for a good place to chill out and have a pint. It is – as you will note from the numbers spilling out the front - extremely popular, so get there early if you want a seat.
While the drink is arguably the most important part of your trip to Porterhouse, there’s still good grub on offer if you’re feeling peckish - and Porterhouse offers excellent value for money. The food is the usual pub grub, but unusually there is a big selection of it. From house salads (around £7) to a steak and ale pie (with Porterhouse ale, naturally, and for around £9), there is something for every appetite. If you’re vegetarian, choose the mushroom burger (around £8) – not too heavy, and with a subtle smoky grilled flavour topped with gooey melted cheese. If you’re an indecisive group, get a Greek sharing platter, (around £12.50), which has tasty staples such as stuffed vine leaves and gorgeously grilled halloumi. If that hasn’t quite done the trick there is also a modest dessert menu, and all options are under £5.
Beer, ale and stout is the order of the day, and being attached to Dublin's Porterhouse Brewing Co means this pub can claim to have the ‘best stout in the world’ on offer. So proud are they of their Gaelic routes, the beer brewed in Dublin is shipped over to this London outpost. There are plenty of speciality beers and ales, including seasonal featured ales, but there is also a large selection of wine on offer, as well as the usual bar fare of spirits, bottled beers and ciders.
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Everyone in central London knows Porterhouse, but if it’s still that pub you always pass on your way to Covent Garden, then it’s high time you visited. Whether you’re in need of a post-shopping tipple, a pre-clubbing pint or an intimate catch-up with friends, you can’t go wrong with Porterhouse.