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“character with great food”
Review of Shaws Booksellers

Shaws Booksellers
Ranked #5,603 of 23,992 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$15 - US$21
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: City of London
Description: A great pub near St Paul's Cathedral, the oddly-named Shaws Booksellers combines the understated charm of a trusted local with a thriving City Centre location. Expect freshly-prepared, seasonal pub food, traditional real ale and a relaxing respite from the city. Shaws Booksellers is a gastro pub with character in the heart of London's financial district. Its location makes it handy for those working in the area, or, with its close proximity to St Pauls Catherdral, the Tate Modern, the Millenium Bridge and the Museum of London, a great stop off or evening out for visitors wanting to try some quality British pub food. The pub itself is situated in a converted paper merchant's warehouse with a split level interior giving it a cosy feel. Food is served between 12 pm - 3 pm and 5 pm - 9 pm Monday to Friday and consists of some British classics and some continental European dishes.
Reviewed 20 March 2014

This was a great little find not far from st Pauls, a really nice little place with bags of character and excellent service. It was a lunchtime visit, we had the rump steak cooked to perfection, mine very rare (Blu) just as i ordered it - perfect. The steak dressing with a hint of chilli and other spices without being over the top hot was delicious. The rating should really be a 4.5 or better but the system won't let us… Recommended!

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1  Thank leigh d
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Visited in the evening when there is a limited menu and had very good value burger and pint for £10. Food very good and Fullers beer is always worth while. Friendly staff. A bit lacking in atmosphere, not quite sure of itself, some 1950's toys, games and books, some modern prints, might be an idea to play up the bookseller theme.

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Thank KAW687
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Great gastro pub right near St Pauls in one of the side alleys between the cathedral and Lower Thames St. They do a handful of interesting beers and the food is great. I’ve eaten there twice, most recently enjoying rillette and then venison burger. Both were delicious. One tiny bugbear – why do all trendy eateries insist on serving food on small wooden boards? Surely trying to tuck into a 4 inch high burger piled up with melted cheese would be better served on a large plate!?

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Thank neil_atkinson
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

I have been here a couple of times, as it's near my work place.

The pub has nice decor - authentic but a bit quirky with plenty of seating and a good range of beers. I've eaten here both times and can highly recommend the venue (last dish was sausage and mash - didn't think sausage and potato could be so good!).

It gets busy but presumably that's because it's a nice atmosphere to be in - recommended!

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Thank VickyJP
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

I recommend Shaw's highly to have a few beers and soak in the atmosphere.

Stopped in after Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral on a warm September evening. The place buzzed with well-dressed workers who mainly gathered outside to drink their beers. The bartenders, Sophie, Supa, and a lovely woman from Latvia whose name I did not get, were very friendly, attentive, and seemed to enjoy a good chat.

Had a few good cold (American-style) beers that it had on tap. We did not dine there, so cannot comment on the food, but we would have if we had not made other dinner plans. We plan to return on our next visit to London.

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1  Thank madarchangel
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