Wells Bombardier (Guest), Caledonian Deuchars IPA (Guest), Wadworth 6X (Guest), and seasonal ales, and Guest Ales,
The Salisbury is one of London's jewels. Originally built in 1892 as a restaurant called the Salisbury Stores, evident by the double 'S' etched into the windows, it was transformed six years later into the glittering pub we see today. The 1890's was the boom decade for Victorian pubs and this refurbishment was an expensive and lavish affair.
Huge decorative mirrors, cut and etched glass and gleaming mahogany, created a dazzling and extravagant interior. Perhaps the most extraordinary items are the art nouveau light fittings; beautiful bronze nymph figures support long stemmed flowers, with light bulbs at their centre. These electric lights showed Victorian customers that this was an upmarket and modern pub.
The comparatively less exuberant exterior is decorated with fluted columns and mythical figures. Above the entrance a small canopy is supported by two angels, between them, the Cecil coat of arms. The gentleman on the pub sign is the Marquess of Salisbury, Robert Gasgoyne-Cecil, three times Prime Minister from 1885 to 1902. His family once owned the pub's freehold.
The Salisbury offers not only a slice of sumptuous Victorian history, but an international menu with some classic British favourites and up to 6 well kept real ales. The pub is one of just two pubs in the country to receive the Beautiful Beer Platinum Award, so you can expect an exceptional pint. Staff will also help suggest ales to compliment food.
During the day it's a relaxing place for a pint and a pub lunch, in early evening it's filled with office workers and later theatre goers, being well placed for both Theatreland and Covent Garden. The back bar can be reserved for private parties up to 20 persons. Well behaved children allowed on weekdays 12pm to 5pm. Board games available; dominoes, chess. Wheelchair access to bar only. The Salisbury -
Sono stato la prima volta a Londra nel 2007. Ci sono tornato 3 volte e ogni volta sono stato in questo meraviglioso pub: davvero molto molto molto bello e ottimo per la favolosa birra (bombardier) e il cibo. Personale preparato e gentilissimo mi hanno anche regalato un bicchiere per birra marchiato bombardier: grazie ancora.
the salisbury is another one of my absolute favorites. take a perfect 10 for beer, food, atmosphere, staff and yes, good people there.
Went in here with friends on London pub crawl. Outstanding internal fixtures and fittings. A real Victorian gem. Standard and range of real Ale was superb. To top it all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Certainly in the top five London pubs. Maybe even number one!
Very interesting victorian interior with plenty of etched mirrors.Good selection of well kept beers and efficient staff.Well worth another visit
Visited today, 17th October 2010. As soon as the staff saw that we were intending to come in with a disabled person, they were there to help. They helped my mother inside, helped with the wheelchair, and could not possibly have done anymore for us than what they did. The food was first class and the service excellent. It was so good that we have already planned out next visit. Not just excellent but absolutely incredible!
The Salisbury is indeed a jewel in London's pub crowns.. with its original cut glass and etched mirrors. Totally unique. So, where have all the original pieces gone i ask? Was it due to this 'lavish' refurbishment? Seem a vast amount of the old amazing pieces of mirror have been removed and evidently sold? What has replaced them is cheap sandblasted decoration that is stencil cut, in place of hand brilliant cutting and engraved mirrors. Look in archives of images of the pub. Seems like a criminal act to be left with a mere reproduction of an original and really incredible pub that is being passed off as the real deal. It is not all original. Only a few original pieces of glass exist, and the light fittings also look reproduction.
Discovered this pub in the early eighties. It is now a family ritual to visit the premises on any occasion we are in the city, evn if it means travelling accross town. Never a bad meal, always a warm welcome.
Visited 28th January 2010 and went back for more 29th and 30th! Beautiful, atmospheric old pub with friendly and efficient staff. Despite what non Londoners say about London, we found the other customers friendly too!