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The Old Shades

3.9
3.9
13 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

The Old Shades is an iconic Grade II listed traditional pub that has been serving the people of London since it was originally built in 1898. Ideally situated in the heart of Westminster, just off Trafalgar Square, The Old Shades is a favourite amongst locals and tourists looking for a proper British pub.

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Menu

To Begin

  • Artisan Breads with Hummus£4.50

    extra virgin olive oil & aged balsamic vinegar

    • Today's Soup£4.95

      with warm crusty bread

      • Chicken Wings£7.50

        coated in Louisiana hot or BBQ sauce, blue cheese dip & celery

        • Herb Crumbed Somerset Brie Wedges£6.95

          cranberry sauce

          • Salt & Pepper Squid£7.25

            mint, spring onions & rocket salad, sweet chilli dressing

            • Heritage Tomato & Mozzarella Salad£7.50

              sourdough croutons, basil pesto

              Sharing Platters

              • Meat Board£25.00

                Mini sausage rolls, BBQ chicken wings, BBQ ribs, Scotch egg, meatballs, chunky chips

                • Sea Board£22.00

                  Battered fish fingers, squid with sweet chilli sauce, Tempura prawns, smoked salmon, chunky chips

                  • Vege Board£16.00

                    Artisan breads, olives, hummus, crudites, nachos with guacamole, brie bites

                    Main Event

                    • Fish & Chips in London Beer Batter£12.50

                      chunky chips, crushed minted peas, tartare sauce

                      • Dukesmoor Beef Burger£10.95

                        100% beef shortrib burger, hand pressed served in a brioche bun with mayo, lettuce, red onion, relish and chunky chips. Add to your burger for £1 each - mature cheddar; blue cheese; smoked bacon

                        • Pie of the Day£12.50

                          seasonal vegetables, with mash or chips

                          • Dingley Dell Award Winning Pork Sausages£11.50

                            mash, onion gravy

                            • Caesar Salad£10.95

                              crisp romaine lettuce, parmesan, anchovies & creamy Caesar dressing

                              • Creamy Mushroom Risotto£11.50

                                kale, poached egg

                                • Wholetail Whitby Bay Scampi£11.95

                                  chunky chips, crushed minted peas and tartar sauce

                                  • Corn Fed Chicken Breast£13.75

                                    sautéed new potatoes, mushroom, bacon & white wine cream sauce, buttered kale

                                    • Dukesmoor 28day Aged Steaks

                                      Oven roasted tomato, onion rings, rocket & parmesan, chunky chips. Choice of sauce: garlic butter, peppercorn or béarnaise

                                      • 10oz Sirloin£21.95
                                      • 10oz Rump£14.95

                                    To End

                                    • Belgian Chocolate Brownie£6.25

                                      chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream

                                      • Eton Mess£5.50

                                        meringue, mixed berries, raspberry coulis, sweetened cream

                                        • Sticky Toffee Pudding£5.75

                                          toffee sauce, ice cream

                                          • Selection of Ice Creams£5.50

                                            Sides

                                            • Bread & Butter£2.00

                                              • Baby New Potatoes£2.50

                                                • Mixed Leaf Salad£2.25

                                                  • Skinny Chips£2.95

                                                    • Chunky Chips£2.95

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                                                      What 13 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                      3.9
                                                      3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                      • 3.7Food
                                                      • 4.0Service
                                                      • 4.1Ambience
                                                      • 4.0Value

                                                      NoiseModerate

                                                      86% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                      1. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 4 April 2019

                                                        overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                        Booked as advertised as a gastro pub however they were not serving food on the day. If there was a problem they could have made contact to let their customers know. It was also very busy and noisy with the after work crowd.

                                                      2. E

                                                        Easydiner1

                                                        London

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined on 15 February 2019

                                                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                        Just felt like a genuine pub - hard to find these dats

                                                      3. T

                                                        Toni

                                                        London

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 26 January 2019

                                                        overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                        Arrived at 5pm. No staff around apart from behind bar. Waited 10 minutes. Bar staff said knew nothing about booking & said we were 10 minutes late. Said we had waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged. Said he would fetch another staff member, who also knew nothing of reservation. People were leaving a table. Staff member said "you can have this table" It was now 5.20pm. We asked for the manager. Manager asked "what is the problem?". Showed him booking reservation on phone & how we had been treated. He said " there was a table reserved at the end of pub & Bar staff know how to use iPad for reservations. Considering you are in the middle of Whitehall you should expect to wait for service. We are busy" Told him we hadn't had this problem before. He said "I have been doing this job for 10 yrs. It is normal". We were appalled. He gave us a free drink & then apologised. Also gave free desert. We think he felt he had to do something about disgusting service. We won't be returning again. But as the pub is " in the middle of Whitehal"lI don't suppose the Manager gives a damn anyway. By the way, the pub wasn't even that busy when we arrived last Saturday.

                                                      4. MR

                                                        MRYN

                                                        London

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined on 22 January 2019

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        Staff were lovely. Remembered that we mentioned we needed to get to the theatre by 7.30. They rang in advance to advise a good time to arrive, and our Kiwi waitress made sure we were served in good time despite busy room. She had worked there for two years, her whole visa length, which is always a good sign!! Pie was huge and very warming on a a cold night. Atmosphere is convivial and room is interesting. Atmosphere buzzy but still able to chat easily. Good prices also. Thank you.

                                                      5. IT

                                                        IntTraveler

                                                        Vancouver

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on 18 January 2019

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        Fantastic, authentic English pub, with great atmosphere on a Friday evening. It’s narrow, but it never got too crowded. Reserving a high top table was a good idea. They have a large selection of beers (including 2 gluten free options), and an extensive bar. We ordered two sharing plates which were sizable and decent. Service was always fast and friendly. A great discovery in the heart of London, 2 minutes walk from Charing Cross.

                                                      6. KC

                                                        KCandDD

                                                        London

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on 12 January 2019

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Authentic and friendly pub right in the centre of town, with a good selection of beers and a range of tasty choices on the restaurant menu. We had a pre-theatre supper and everyone really enjoyed their meals.

                                                      7. TL

                                                        ThibaudL

                                                        London

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 2 January 2019

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                        Great pub for dinner and take a beer! Do not hesitate to go at this pub!!

                                                      8. JK

                                                        JohnK

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 27 December 2018

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                        Nice Pub for before theatre. Staff was excellent. Food was typical (comfort) pub food. Be careful using Open Table for reservations close to the time you want. The communication between the app and the staff takes time - at least two hours ahead.

                                                      9. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 25 December 2018

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        I would have booked in a restaurant in london for the day of Christmas day and while it was confirmed sources in the restaurant and told me we closed! You are the worst company, of course I will not pick you again

                                                      10. TN

                                                        TeriN

                                                        London

                                                        1 review

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 22 December 2018

                                                        overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                        We had a great time having dinner at The Old Shades. My husband can't eat gluten, and he was over the moon to have gluten free fish and chips! Otherwise, the food was generally quite good, service extremely friendly if a bit slow here and there, and it is just a beautiful old pub. Amazing value, especially considering the location - we went pre-theatre!

                                                      11. JF

                                                        JaneandFriends

                                                        London

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 18 December 2018

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Very good food, service and value. Bit noisy but it is nearly Xmas after all!! All our group had great evening and we'd come here again.

                                                      12. F

                                                        Fenmore83

                                                        London

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on 15 December 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        The staff were great. A really nice and professional bunch that made the stay great

                                                      13. WJ

                                                        WJLB

                                                        New York Area

                                                        17 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        17 reviews

                                                        Dined on 20 November 2018

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                        Gluten free fish & chips was outstanding! My husband enjoyed the burger. Nice atmosphere. If I lived in London, I would be dining at The Old Shades on a regular basis.

                                                      14. The reviews below were submitted before 2 May 2017, when this restaurant changed management.

                                                      15. K

                                                        Kimince

                                                        London

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on 10 March 2013

                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                        We picked this as a not to fussy place to meet with the Mother and the Mother In-Law for Mothers Day - altoghether there were 7 of us. The location was excellent and the atmosphere was what I was expecting a cosy pub. The food was ok, pricey and smally for what it was and a couple of things not on the menu. The staff were nice and friendly and overall we had a nice time.

                                                      16. SB

                                                        SeetoBe

                                                        London

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on 8 March 2013

                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                        Needed to grab a quick bite to eat before going to the Trafalgar Studios for a 7.30 pm start. Was glad that we had booked since it was very busy. Good atmosphere and clearly a favoured watering hole for the nearby workers - I would describe atmosphere as loud and good-humoured so not one for a romantic tryst. Not many people eating that early in the evening - we were there at 6.15 pm. Our orders arrived fairly swiftly and represented good value for money. The stilton salad was particularly good. Only down point was that the burger buns were cheap catering buns and hadn't even been warmed but the burger and trimmings were good and triple fried chips lovely. House Shiraz was excellent. Would definitely visit again. Our waitress was charming.

                                                      17. M

                                                        Mary

                                                        London

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on 13 January 2013

                                                        overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                        I took my parents to the Old Shades for Sunday lunch. It was convenient in location as we were going to the national gallery for the afternoon. The restaurant website said that on Sunday, roasts were available from midday however when I asked about Sunday roast, I was told it was only the roast beef on the normal menu which I found disappointing. So I ended up having the fishcakes which were nice enough, not enough sauce for my liking but perfectly edible. The restaurant was pretty quiet which was perfect for us as we could have a good catch up. In summary, perfectly nice and a handy location but nothing to write home about and a wider selection of Sunday roasts would have been appreciated.

                                                      18. A

                                                        Anon1

                                                        London

                                                        55 reviews

                                                        vip

                                                        55 reviews

                                                        Dined on 24 December 2012

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        I was genuinely surprised at this place. Nice food in an old pub setting. Worth a visit.

                                                      19. S

                                                        Sisabelle

                                                        London

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        Dined on 5 December 2012

                                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                        Nice local feeling pub - good food, very chilled would recommend

                                                      20. SH

                                                        SirHumphrey

                                                        London

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on 4 December 2012

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                        Very handy for the theater! The evening went very well starting with an early booking at the Old Shades. Reservation on the table. Attentive service. We went for the Fish and Chips (triple cooked!). Beautifully done. Excellent pub grub. Bit crowded. Prices about normal for that part of London. Would have got 5* if the fish were not from frozen.

                                                      21. h

                                                        hazel

                                                        Chicago

                                                        27 reviews

                                                        vip

                                                        27 reviews

                                                        Dined on 8 April 2012

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        We were visiting from outside of the country--made the reservation, received a confirmation email--arrived at the appointed time----and found out the restaurant was no longer! Unbelievable!!!!!! To say we were left in a difficult situation is mildly put--extremely disappointed in the OPENTABLE process!!!!!

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                                                      The Old Shades is rated 3.9 stars by 13 OpenTable diners

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