Lamb, WC1N 3LZ
- 020 7405 0713
- 94 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ
- noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thu-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Young's pub in Bloomsbury, on Lambs Conduit Street.
It's a very good pub, and so can get crowded in the evenings; not to the extent that you might have trouble getting in through the front door, but certainly to the extent that you might have to hover for a while before you get a seat. It's known for its period Victorian fittings, including an island bar with the old-fashioned snob screens (glass partitions which swing open and shut at eye level, originally to prevent the working men in the public bar side from staring at their betters over in the saloon, though of course nowadays there is no physical distinction between the two sides of the bar) photo of bar.
Seating is in the form of tall banquettes around the edge of the room, with four tables in a smaller area down a few steps behind the bar, and a small beer garden out back. There's also a separate little glass-panelled space on one side of the bar with a larger central table with high stools. Upstairs is a function room which is often booked out (they offer favourable rates), or used to accommodate more drinkers.
They have around six handpulls for ale, and a pint of ordinary was £2.88 in June 2009 (most drinks seem to be priced rather oddly, presumably to do with VAT changes). Apart from Young's Bitter, they also regularly have Courage Directors Bitter, Bombardier and Deuchars IPA (£3/pint), and the seasonal Winter Warmer in December (also £3/pint). They've also been known to have Tribute on.
According to the Young's website as of December 2012, food is served noon-9pm Monday to Sunday.
Kake comments (April 2007): Good food, though not cheap. The burgers are particularly recommended; steak photo, lamb, chicken and vegetarian burgers are all £8. They do go for quality over quantity. Other mains range from the burger prices to a maximum £9.50. There are also sandwiches from £5.50-6.50.
Chips are £2.50, though you don't get a huge amount (verified in March 2008 by Ewan), while the vegetarian burger sampled by Ewan in December 2008 wasn't particularly spectacular, and nachos in March 2009 were a little disappointingly lacking in cheese, guacamole and sour cream given the price (£8). Ewan's never been particularly impressed by the food, being a bit skimpy for the price, though it's generally been of reasonable quality.
Puddings on offer are sticky toffee pudding with custard (£3.25), orange and cranberry cake (£3.50), and jam roly poly with custard (£3.75). Kake found nothing at all wrong with her sticky toffee pudding, but is not a pudding connoisseur; anyone else got comments?
Accessibility: Gents' loos are on the ground floor (there are two of them, one on either side of the bar), but the ladies' is upstairs (staircase is wide, with a sturdy handrail). One interesting aspect of the ladies' is that the cubicle itself is in a separate room from the handbasin, which lives in the "powder room" across the hallway.
There's a small beer garden out the back and a function room upstairs which can be hired out.