French House, W1D 5BG

A tiny French-themed pub in Soho.

The pub downstairs is indeed exceedingly small, with a few little tables in an alcove to the left of the bar, some high tables opposite it, and stools around the walls. It's very much not a place to meet groups of friends. However, the clientele have definite character, and seem to embody a lost side of Soho: it continues to feel like a locals' pub and its walls are decorated with vintage images of French actors, not to mention famous patrons of the past (such as Francis Bacon).

The bar itself has no handpulls for ale, and only a couple of draught lagers (including Kronenbourg). Beer is served only in half pints: it is a point of pride that they do not offer pint glasses. This means that the wine offering is to the fore, and as such it is fairly extensive; the house wine is priced reasonably.

As of April 2010, bar food was served noon-4pm Monday to Saturday, but we're not sure if this is still the case given the restaurant changes noted below.

There's a small restaurant upstairs; this used to focus on French food (according to Brockley Central, the ex head chef moved to the Old Nun's Head in Nunhead), but in August 2010 the space was taken over by Polpo as the home of a small Italian restaurant called Polpetto (see Fay Maschler's review). However, Polpetto too has now moved on.

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Last visited by Ewan, 16 February 2010. Bar food times taken from the French House website, April 2010. Pub opening hours taken from Time Out 2008/2009 guide.
OS X co-ord: 529736 OS Y co-ord: 180978 (Latitude: 51.512839 Longitude: -0.131796)
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