Perfecting Pubs since 1873 - About Nicholson’s Pubs


We’ve been perfecting Nicholson’s pubs since 1873 – And The Blackfriar is no exception.

Built in 1875, The Blackfriar is an Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece boasting an individual style, large personality, and rich history. Located on Queen Victoria Street in London, the building was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole, who were both committed to the free-thinking arts and crafts movement.

Discover the history and heritage of our beautiful pub, as told by award winning writer and beer connoisseur Pete Brown as he interviews manager, John Mckeone about this ‘living museum’.

William Nicholson

An Historic Collection of Iconic Pubs to Discover

Since our founder William Nicholson opened our very first pub in 1873, Nicholson’s pubs have continued to offer warm and inviting hospitality, proudly delivering quality food and drink, to create the typical British pub atmosphere.

We’ve been perfecting our pubs since 1873, and it’s become our passion to host the perfect atmosphere. Nicholson’s is a place where you can enjoy expertly poured pints, perfect drinks, authentic British food and plenty more.

Whether you’re in search of pubs that offer the very best in British cask ales, looking to enjoy brilliant pub food in one of our destination dining rooms, or even a venue for a private party or event, the Nicholson’s collection of pubs are the perfect setting for every occasion…

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Famous for our pub food

We’re proud to serve an extensive array of seasonal dishes at each of our iconic locations. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by our range of rich, crumbly and oozing pies, flavour-packed sausages and chops, as well as the best of the sea, served daily at each of our speciality Fish, Pie, Sausage and Chop Houses.

We cook our dishes to the utmost perfection, bringing you an ultimate and authentic British flavour experience, such as a Pulled Ham & Piccalilli Tart, Pan-seared Scallops and smoked bacon salad, or the delicious 14oz Barnsley Lamb Chops served with chorizo, peas, confit plum tomato, gravy and chips.

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Renowned for our Ales, Gins and Whiskies

From the pour to the presentation, and more importantly, the first sip, we pride ourselves on serving you the perfect drink every time. Our premium drinks selection is guaranteed to satisfy your thirst and take the edge off.

Our gins have over 140 years of botanical heritage, and our wide world of whisky boasts a sublime selection of distinctive and warming, blended and malt whiskies. For something lighter, why don’t you delve into our stunning and specialist selection of red, white, rose and sparkling wines.

Nicholson’s very own dedicated Cask Master ensures every pint we serve is as good as it can be. Our pubs serve a vast array of seasonal cask ales, craft beers and ciders. So, whether it’s dark, smooth, hoppy, fruity or sweet, you can be sure that we’ll have something truly refreshing for everyone.

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