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Pub just off [[Locale Baker Street|Baker Street]], in [[Locale Marylebone|Marylebone]].
A pricy gastropub just off [[Locale Baker Street|Baker Street]], in [[Locale Marylebone|Marylebone]].
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It closed following a fire in August 2015, but reopened in January 2017. (For an assessment of the pub pre-fire, see <a href="http://london.randomness.org.uk/wiki.cgi?id=Beehive%2C_W1U_6BF&version=7">earlier version of this page</a>.)
<b>Note:</b> According to the Oct/Nov 2015 <i>London Drinker</i> magazine, the Beehive was temporarily closed following a fire in August 2015. As of December 2016 it remained closed, and [http://spitalfieldslife.com/2016/12/28/the-disappearing-pubs-of-marylebone/ Spitalfields Life reported] that it was looking somewhat derelict. However, it opened again in January 2017. The information below predates the fire and reopening, and hence some details may be out of date.
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A padded banquette runs the full width of the pub beneath the front window, and the centre of the room is dominated by tall back-to-back booth-like seating. The floor is pale wood boards, and the walls are half-panelled. It has an overall feel of being set up more for diners than for drinkers, though it's absolutely fine to come in just for a drink, and there's some more pub-like seating at the back beyond the bar. Three picnic benches out the front offer space for open-air drinking.
The website may be keen to call it one of London's oldest pubs (though 1884, however quality a vintage, doesn't really qualify it as that) and highlight its olde worlde charms, presumably for the benefit of the plentiful tourist trade around these parts, but in reality this is a recently refurbished and somewhat continental-style gastropub just south of [[Baker Street Station]]. Of course, compared to some of the nearby competition (of the JD Wetherspoon and Spirit Group variety), it's certainly a good deal more welcoming.
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[[Kake]] visited on a Saturday afternoon in March 2017. There was one other party in when I arrived around 3:15pm &#8212; a group of four just finishing a late lunch &#8212; and two more diners came in while I was there. Music was playing, not too loud, but a rather incongruous mix of dance and soft rock.
Outside, and always reliably busy when it's sunny, are several tables with canopies for shelter. Inside, tables with benches run the length of the front window, with another ring of tables around a tall leather banquette seating area <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3633365853/ photo of interior]</small>. A couple of small tables with lamps sit at the side, one of which even has a rocking chair (not perhaps the most comfortable seating option).
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Both handpumps on the bar were on, offering Truman's ales. They also have various keg taps for craft beer. A pint of lime and soda was &pound;2.40; rather steep considering the soda came from a gun rather than bottles.
There aren't any 'cooking lagers' here, just premium-quality imported ales and lagers, including a good range of bottled beers and a decent wine list. Prices are taped prominently to the front of the taps, perhaps to minimise shock at the prices. There are two handpulls, one of which was off on a June 2009 visit, and the other dispensing RCH Pitchfork for &pound;4/pint. The Greenwich-based Meantime brewery accounted for three of the draught taps (all likewise &pound;4/pint), with their London Pale Ale, Stout, and Helles. The final two taps had Brugse Zot and Erdinger Weissbier (each &pound;5.50/pint).
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Accessibility: A step to get in. Once you're in, there's an accessible toilet on the level, though it's rather blocked in with furniture and is kept locked with a non-RADAR lock (key behind the bar). Other toilets are down a flight of stairs with a landing in the middle and a handrail on one side reaching only half of the way down.
Food is served, again European-influenced, and with only paltry vegetarian options (a pasta and a salad on [[Ewan]]'s visit). However, my drinking companions were very much taken with the quality of the steak sandwich (around &pound;8), served between thin slices of toasted bread, and with some decent chips on the side. A bowl of chips on their own was a proper basket size, making it good value at &pound;3.50. Peanuts are sold at &pound;1 and there are other bar snacks (such as hummous & pita) available.
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Accessibility: There's a ramp up at the entrance, and a separate accessible toilet on the same level as the bar and seating (though it's somewhat blocked in by furniture). Other toilets are down stairs at the back, and very pleasantly kept at that.

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* Photos of the menu as of March 2017: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/32855518153/ main menu], [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/33668917945/ bar snacks]
* [http://www.fancyapint.com/pub/684 Fancyapint review]
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* [https://whatpub.com/pubs/WLD/16244 WhatPub entry]
* [http://www.timeout.com/london/bars/reviews/13329.html Time Out review]
* [http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/pubsandbars/the-beehive-review-43334.html ViewLondon review]
* [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/34337.htm London Eating comments
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]], March 2017. Opening hours taken from the Beehive website, April 2017.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Ewan]] and others, June 2009. Opening hours taken from the website, June 2009.</div>
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summary='Pub just off Baker Street.'
summary='Gastropub with pricy beer, just off Baker Street.'

A pricy gastropub just off Baker Street, in Marylebone.

Note: According to the Oct/Nov 2015 London Drinker magazine, the Beehive was temporarily closed following a fire in August 2015. As of December 2016 it remained closed, and Spitalfields Life reported that it was looking somewhat derelict. However, it opened again in January 2017. The information below predates the fire and reopening, and hence some details may be out of date.

The website may be keen to call it one of London's oldest pubs (though 1884, however quality a vintage, doesn't really qualify it as that) and highlight its olde worlde charms, presumably for the benefit of the plentiful tourist trade around these parts, but in reality this is a recently refurbished and somewhat continental-style gastropub just south of Baker Street Station. Of course, compared to some of the nearby competition (of the JD Wetherspoon and Spirit Group variety), it's certainly a good deal more welcoming.

Outside, and always reliably busy when it's sunny, are several tables with canopies for shelter. Inside, tables with benches run the length of the front window, with another ring of tables around a tall leather banquette seating area photo of interior. A couple of small tables with lamps sit at the side, one of which even has a rocking chair (not perhaps the most comfortable seating option).

There aren't any 'cooking lagers' here, just premium-quality imported ales and lagers, including a good range of bottled beers and a decent wine list. Prices are taped prominently to the front of the taps, perhaps to minimise shock at the prices. There are two handpulls, one of which was off on a June 2009 visit, and the other dispensing RCH Pitchfork for £4/pint. The Greenwich-based Meantime brewery accounted for three of the draught taps (all likewise £4/pint), with their London Pale Ale, Stout, and Helles. The final two taps had Brugse Zot and Erdinger Weissbier (each £5.50/pint).

Food is served, again European-influenced, and with only paltry vegetarian options (a pasta and a salad on Ewan's visit). However, my drinking companions were very much taken with the quality of the steak sandwich (around £8), served between thin slices of toasted bread, and with some decent chips on the side. A bowl of chips on their own was a proper basket size, making it good value at £3.50. Peanuts are sold at £1 and there are other bar snacks (such as hummous & pita) available.

Accessibility: There's a ramp up at the entrance, and a separate accessible toilet on the same level as the bar and seating (though it's somewhat blocked in by furniture). Other toilets are down stairs at the back, and very pleasantly kept at that.

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Last visited by Ewan and others, June 2009. Opening hours taken from the website, June 2009.

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