|Mon - Sat||12:00 - 23.30|
|Sunday||12:00 to 22:30|
|Budget||Reasonably Priced (£30 - £40)|
|Nearest Station||Tottenham Court Road|
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Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road
The Ape & Bird Public House is situated on the south-east corner of Cambridge Circus at the junction of Shaftesbury Avenue and West Street. The site previously housed The Marquis of Granby, a favourite haunt of The Sex Pistols and The Clash in the 1970s and 1980s. The pub building has been substantially extended into the neighboring premises and has undergone a total bottom-up refurbishment. With the exception of the five ground-floor windows, absolutely everything has been meticulously replaced. The curved ground-floor feature bar is made from English oak and was built by Ian Thomas in Bristol. The copper-topped bar in the Pub was salvaged by Robert Mills of Bath and the beautiful carved mahogany bar in the Dive is a Victorian bank counter. The iron chandeliers are replicas of those still hanging in the ticket hall of Balham Underground Station, the floors are built from reclaimed Georgian nine-inch boards and the ceilings feature rusted tin tiles from the USA.
In the first floor dining room, the southern wall features a specially commissioned mural by Neal Fox showing characters of Soho past and present. In total, The Ape & Bird Public House comprises a 120-cover restaurant split over two floors, a public bar accommodating a further 100 and a dive bar with space for 60.
Our menu offers comfort classics such as Cumberland sausage & mash, free range chicken & smoked bacon and a full roast on a Sunday, as well as some signature dishes such as duck hash, spring onion, fried egg. Our beers include a lager and a pale ale from Camden Town Brewery, usual suspects such as Guinness and a best bitter as well as guest cask ales. Cocktail hour starts at 5pm in the Dive Bar with Martinis, Sours, Old Fashioneds and Absinthe, all priced at £8. The Public Bar, as well as promoting good beer in convivial surroundings, is also proud to feature classic crisps and snacks, including a rather good rolled gammon & piccalilli, beet pickled eggs and Monster Munch...
The man who brought us Polpo and Spuntino has now launched Ape & Bird, a pub in the heart of theatreland. But fear not, this boozer has history and gorgeous original features. Beers are London-brewed and food is best of British with lamb leg, burgers and sausages on the menu and if you get there early enough (5pm), there’s a cocktail hour where you can team Absinthe with Monster Munch (yes, really). The staff are friendly and know what they’re doing but we’ve come to expect this from the mastermind that is Russell Norman. This man can do no wrong.