Royal George, WC2H 0EA
- 020 7734 8837
- Goslett Yard, 133 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EA
- noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-1am Thu-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Given the usual range of dispiriting options in this crowded tourist area, the Royal George does a good job of providing a fine place for meeting up and having a drink. There's plenty of upstairs seating (couches, and both low and high tables with stools) and more downstairs, which on a sunny Friday early evening was almost empty as everyone crowded into the cul-de-sac to drink. The downstairs room, in particular, has been done up and is quite bright.
There are extensive drinks options, with one London Pride pump and another for cider. There are also plenty of draught lagers (Leffe £3.90/pint, Budvar £3.30/pint, Staropramen £3.50/pint, et al.), cider and bottled beers. The wine is drinkable, with a large glass of chardonnay coming in at £5.
Food is served noon-10pm Monday to Saturday, and noon-9pm Sunday. It's decent quality, from a standard Mitchells & Butlers menu. Apart from mains, there's also a selection of smaller dishes which can be combined as a sharing platter. Ewan tried the vegetarian pie, and it was a tasty concoction, and a properly encased pie at that, served with mash and cabbage (£8.50) photo.
There's a ukulele group on a Wednesday, who use the downstairs room, though generally there's still space to sit downstairs if you can possibly stand the sound.