The Beehive

126 Crawford Street , London, W1U 6BF

5 reviews

37 Gastropub Marylebone

The Beehive

SquareMeal Review of The Beehive

Run as a boozer since 1884, this Marylebone watering hole now leads something of a double life under the stewardship of owner/restaurateur Claudio Pulze. “Rough drinkers” mingle with “posh-ish lunchers” in a dark room with flock wallpaper, green banquettes, shelves laden with maritime knick-knacks and an unusual curved corner bar. Food-wise, the international menu throws up the odd surprise such as marinated salmon with red chicory and carasau (Sardinian flatbread) alongside more obvious gastropub choices including salads, steaks and a chorizo burger with crispy onion rings, Red Leicester cheese and hand-cut skin-on fries. Blackboard specials are not quite the norm, but not too scary either – think chicken paillard with radish salad. Drinkers satisfy their cravings with Meantime brews on tap (Pilsner, LPA, stout), bottles of cerveza, sherry and some enterprising wines, including exclusive Eiswein. 

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6.6

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 6.2

Value: 7.2

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Jan d. silver reviewer 16 October 2013

What a fabulous surprise! We arrived expecting nothing more than your usual pub-grub but left feeling very pleased with ourselves for having found such a little gem! Well kept draught bitter (Truman's Best) a very decent selection of wines and well-priced food served with a great smile made for a very fun evening. My lamb and chorizo burger was cooked just how I asked and delicious, served with some mouthwatering hand cut skin on chunky chips, crispy onion rings, red Leicester cheese and enough mixed leaves to make it worthwhile while daughter's fish 'n chips was deemed “fabulous” with mushy peas “just the right side of mushiness”! Her boyfriend's beef burger with pancetta, cheddar cheese & fried egg again with hand cut skin on chunky chips with both burgers being served in classy brioche type buns. I couldn't fault this place – great buzz, great food and waitress Maria made it all go with a smile…just wish we could have stayed longer!!!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Liberty G bronze reviewer 27 September 2013

We chose this pub for a Thursday evening get together for 5 girls as it was the most centrally located for all. The pub was packed with a great atmosphere, if slightly tired interior. We were late giving our orders whilst waiting for a friend but were kept amused with good red wine and bar snacks and attentive staff checking in on us, asking if we were ready to order. All of our dishes were lovely, great colours and flavours – perfect pub grub.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Steve T. 12 March 2013

I stumbled across this rare place while having a catch up with some friends. It had a great vibe as soon as we walked in. The menu wasn't what we were expecting with lots of tempting choices. The price was great, the service was great and the food was great what more can I say! We will be back!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Daniel O. silver reviewer 08 May 2012

Meeting friends on a bank holiday can be problematic so after some research, I decided to suggest The Beehive, due to its convenient location for all. I knew it would be a little left field, and indeed it was. Good pub classics alongside Italian inspired food was let down by a strange format. I really enjoyed my halloumi and pesto starter, and tucked in to the special of pan-fried skate with new potatoes, green beans and salsa Verde. Both courses were a feast for the senses. However, unused gastro pub furniture was shoved in to corners as if no one would notice, and I felt a little awkward, and uncomfortable. An interesting and well though wine list also was a plus. Good beers also from Greenwich's Meantime brewery were enjoyed, although I have to say I didn’t think much of the Beehives own ale. All this was alongside a soundtrack of Italian pop. I think some clearer definition would really help this place. Everything on its own merit I enjoyed, but it was not the sum of its parts.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Tracy W. 22 January 2011

Just got back from lunch at the Beehive and what an absolute disappointment. It is up there with my worst five meals of all time. My friend and I didn't fancy the whole “pub grub” fayre and so ordered some starters to share instead. The Grilled Halloumi on bruschetta consisted of a deep friend piece of rubbery cheese plonked on some toasted brown bread, slathered in mayonaise (!) and one slice of dry tomato with some pesto from a jar squiggled around the plate for effect. I'm sorry, but has the chef ever actually eaten bruschetta or even in a restaurant and in what universe does bruschetta consistute a mayonaise sandwich! It was disgusting. The prawns were nice but then again, there's not a lot you can do to a prawn in a shell. However, the “pan fried squid with garlic and chilli” was a whole new low. The squid was obviously cooked (?boiled) separately and served with large chunks of burnt garlic with a bit of chilli. No seasoning could be detected and the dish was enough to make us both feel queasy. Again, I would like to ask whether the chef has ever actually eaten food in any other restaurant in the world as I could not for the life of me understand why anyone who makes a living out of cooking could ever think that what was served as grilled squid could look like this. Shame on you! To be fair the staff did take the squid back after only a little questioning although the manager did try to insinuate that the garlic was bound to be burnt as it was “deep fried”. Yuuucckk. Do not eat here – aovid it if you can!

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