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Sanctuary House specialises in serving traditional steak and ale pies alongside a variety of real ales and fine wines. Located close to Westminster Abbey, this is ideal choice for refreshing drink or a tasty meal.

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Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:30

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By Andrew M.

Sanctuary House is a Fuller's Ale & Pie house. It is really popular with the locals and gets packed at night, especially with office workers. The bar staff are good although you do have to queue for drinks when its busier. Sanctuary House has a really beautiful interior so have a look when its not so busy.


By Bob W.

Finding myself in Westminster recently I decided to make a visit to this venue. Being a Friday evening I found it was busy but not uncomfortably so. With efficient friendly staff it didn't take long to get served. I was planning to have a couple of pints before making my way home, that was before I tasted the London Pride (the best laid plans ....) which was superb the best I have tasted in quote a while. Haven drunk Fullers ales for a number of years I know what it should taste like. Anyway 5 or 6 pints later I decided to pull myself away and go home ! Another visit is on definitely on my agenda as I didn't try the ESB which is another favourite ales.


By Des D.

A reliable Fuller’s Ale and Pie House in the heart of Westminster office territory, complete with attached hotel.

The Venue
Among office buildings on a historic street just along from St James’s Park station and only a short step from Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the Churchill War Rooms and the park itself, the Sanctuary House couldn’t be better placed as a small – and very highly rated – hotel. As an added bonus, its bar is actually a Fuller’s pub, one of the brewery’s Ale and Pie Houses, which is open to all.

Occupying a lengthwise sliver in one corner of an imposing early 20th century building that once hosted insurance companies and publishing firms, the moderately sized bar area has been refitted relatively recently in traditional style with plenty of rich and warm wood, pillars, mirrors and engraved glass. Split level floors and small screens create a few hidden cubby holes, some of them decorated with stained glass on ecclesiastical themes that nod to the proximity of the abbey and its sanctuary. There’s plentiful table seating throughout and standing room at the bar.

The Atmosphere
Local workers from nearby employers like government departments and London Underground, which has its headquarters above St James’s Park station, mingle with tourists in an atmosphere where there are a fair few suits and certainly not much buzz or energy, but it is certainly civilised and friendly, in contrast to many of the tourist traps closer to the main streets. Staff do their best to be helpful though don’t always seem particularly knowledgeable about what they’re selling.

The Food
As the name of this mini-chain suggests, traditional pub comfort food is the order of the day, although with a slight upmarket twist, and at prices you’d expect in the area. Pies with mash and vegetables are the main feature, most of them of the “crust only” kind where the filling is placed in an ovenproof dish and roofed with pastry. The house special is steak, kidney and horseradish in a red wine gravy (£10.25); alternatives include smoked fish and leek (£9.95) and Quorn cottage pie (£9.50). Other options might be pan fried scallops (£7.25), beef stroganoff (£9.75), beer battered fish and chips (£9.95), ribeye steak (£14.75) or a slightly dry puy lentil burger (£9.25). A retro dessert menu includes knickerbocker glory (£4.95).

The Drink
Fuller’s beer is of course the main focus at the bar, and since the manager of this Cask Marque and Good Beer Guide listed pub holds a Fuller’s Master Cellarman accreditation, it can be relied upon to sell the Chiswick brewer’s ales in top condition. Chiswick Bitter, Discovery, ESB, London Pride and a seasonal are usually on handpump, and there are a good few Fuller’s bottled beers including 1845, London Porter and Vintage Ale. A wider than normal range of international specialist beers from other brewers is also sold on keg or in bottle, including Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser Budvar, Erdinger, Hoegaarden, Duvel and Singha. Most of the 24 wines are sold by the glass (from £3.90), with a list that ranges from easy going varietals to more pricey options like Chablis and quality South African pinotage. Tea and coffee are also available.

The Last Word
Admittedly, the Sanctuary House isn’t bursting with character, but it’s a decent and comfortable environment with good beer and the feel of a proper pub rather than a hotel bar. A good backstreet standby in a much visited part of town.

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