Located a minute’s walk away from Centre Point, The Angel is one of the older and better established of the Sam Smith’s pubs in London, with the building retaining many of its original Victorian features.
One of the most notable aspects of the pub is its layout – consisting of three distinct areas including two separate bars on the ground floor that require you to venture outside to travel between them. The smaller of the two rooms houses a darts board and a rather charming collection of West End musical posters on its walls. There is also an upstairs seating area that looks remarkably like someone’s living room – it's brightly lit and with a few homely sofas and chairs scattered around.
There is a sheltered passage to the side of the building, for those who fancy popping outside with their drink, although smoking here is (in theory) not permitted.
The clientele of The Angel is varied – from tourists who have stumbled upon it on their trips between Oxford Street and Covent Garden to groups of colleagues on after work drinks to an older crowd of regulars who seem to mainly stick to the darts room. It all makes for quite a noisy environment and those who would like some peace and quiet may want to settle in the more sparsely populated upstairs lounge.
Basic pub fare is served at lunchtime (12pm to 2pm), but food is definitely not a priority here. However, you can indulge in a range of snacks whenever you please – including chilli peanuts (86p a bag) and cheesy biscuits (91p).
The usual Sam Smith’s drinks menu is on offer – and this is definitely a branch that attracts the pint drinker. Out of the beers, the most popular choices seem to be the Pure Brew lager (£3.95 a pint), and the lower percentage (2.8%) Alpine lager (£2.58).
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The Angel fulfils its role as an option for that rarity – moderately priced and unpretentious drinks in a central London location. Its Victorian features possess a certain charm, but this is definitely one of the grungier branches of Sam Smith’s, and those who have a problem with noticeable wear and tear may not be impressed.