The Old Crown is a surprisingly quiet, relaxed Victorian pub located just off the bustle of Oxford Street and Soho.
Cosy, comfortable and homely are all adjectives that you can use to describe this pub. Part of this comes from the fact that even though it’s a small pub, it seems to be so much bigger than it actually due to huge windows installed down one side.
Although if you are heading over in a large group, it’s probably worth having a look at their private function rooms upstairs. Both follow the homely, old school boozer vibe as downstairs and can be accessed from the stairs at the back.
Renowned for it’s food, The Old Crown partly feels like an old Victorian boozer with the usual bumps and cracks some surprisingly modern charms, including a delightfully posh toilet. For those that need to avail themselves of the facilities….
For smokers, there is plenty of outdoor areas – although it just a few benches outside on New Oxford St, which can be very busy.
Even though we visited after work on Friday, on payday it was surprisingly not packed to the rafters. Space to get a seat on a comfy sofa but for there to be an atmosphere. The crowd was mixed; media folk from Soho, men in shirts and braces from… well, I never know where they come from, alongside groups out for a few drinks after work and those come to check out the pub’s famed burgers.
Aside from the regular beers on draught, a wide choice of spirits, the bar also boasts a number of cocktails mixed at the bar. Sadly we didn’t trial these but we’ve heard good things. Also worth mentioning that even though the pub is located in the West End, drinks prices are considerably average with regular offers.
The first round of drinks we had included a flat lager but this was quickly resolved after a chat with the bar staff, who were fun, jovial and friendly. Staff here always seem happy to go out of the way for customers.
But one of our favourite things about the Old Crown, and we feel like we’re letting you in on a secret here. It’s open till 3AM and has a DJ throwing down old school classics. With it being such a small space, it’s almost like a houseparty vibe in a very comfy setting.
Whilst we’re a fan, we can definitely think of better pubs, better burger restaurants but the Old Crown has a certain casual charm to it that the team here is always fond of.