Located opposite Baker Street station, the Globe is a Taylor Walker pub that's popular with the scores of tourists who flock to the famous attractions nearby.
The Globe is fairly large and set out on two floors – the upper of which (given the rather predictable title The Sherlock Bar) is exclusively for dining. Downstairs, it’s all sticky floors and tables, fruit machines, and dingy wall paper – expense has definitely been spared.
The venue’s outside area is on top of Marylebone Road, where the throngs of customers are encouraged to rest their drinks on one of several rotund barrels or on several long trestle table to the side.
The pub’s popularity is almost certainly down to its location – evenings play host to a steady influx of tourists and an after work drinks crowd who favour convenience above comfort – meaning that the place has all the noise and clamour without any of the charm to justify it. Bar staff are efficient enough but somewhat harried and downtrodden.
The food menu - which helpfully includes a Union Jack flag key to indicate “Classic British favourites” – is a bit on the steep side for what you get. Main meals like steak and ale pie (£9.45) and bangers and mash (£8.49) are available alongside sharing platters (£10 to £12) and lighter bites such as jacket potatoes (£5.15 to £5.75) and sandwiches (£5 to £6).
The expected lagers such as Becks, Kronenbourg and Stella Artois are available on draught (averaging at £4 a pint), and a fair selection of big name bottled beers and ciders (including Aspall) is also present. Commendably, several options for real ale are on offer at any given time, and are sourced from a range of breweries including Young’s and Adnams. The wine list is brief and unfussy, with house bottles priced at £14.79.
The Last Word
Weary travellers and eager tourists could do worse than stop off here for a pint, but the authentic London pub experience the venue sells itself as providing is not one that is worth repeating.