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Holborn Whippet

(formerly Fathers Study)

25-29 Sicilian’Avenue

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This pub is long-term Closed.

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About the Pub

Craft beer pub in Holborn located on Sicilian Avenue, method of dispense is same as the Euston Tap, a flowjet pump is used to pump the beer up to a tap. Five rotating guest real ales, from the likes of Bristol Beer Factory, Oakham, Dark Star, Adnams, Redemption (and other London breweries) and Mighty Oak and, as with the Tap, a wide selection of craft-keg beers.

Simple menu, pizza, bratwurst, burgers, all nicely done. Apparently, the folk of Bloomsbury and Holborn parishes relaxed with a spot of whippet racing well into the 1800s. Occupies what were three smaller cafe and shop units - nice to see a conversion into a pub rather than into a cafe. A blackboard above the taps shows what's on sale. Basic décor with bare wooden floors, brown tiles and cream painted walls. A mixture of stools and high tables with outside seating in the Avenue.

Please note that if the pub is not busy after 10.00 pm, it may close before the advertised time.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing (as part of 1-29):- Shopping parade with offices (formerly flats) over. 1906-10. By RJ Worley. For the Bedford Estate. Red brick with white terracotta dressings and 1st floor. EXTERIOR: 5 storeys 14 1/2 window bays plus a projecting oriel on return to Bloomsbury Square with 2 bays. Ground floor with later C20 shopfronts separated by Corinthian columns on plinths carrying an entablature with plain terracotta frieze at 2nd floor level. Pilasters at either end. 1st floor with 4 and 2-light square-headed casement windows with mullions plus an oriel window on the 4th bay in from Southampton Row. 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors with canted transom and mullion bay windows, flanked by 2-light transom and mullion windows and bowed oriel windows rising from the 2nd floor. End bays with 2-light windows. All windows with small leaded panes, some with shields. Projecting oriel of 7 lights, with transoms and mullions, from 2nd to 4th floor. Beneath, an arched entrance with 4 large brackets supporting a cornice over. Projecting modillion cornice surmounted by a balustrade. Tall slab chimneys. INTERIORS: not inspected. Attached to No.29 is a screen across the Avenue. 2 Ionic columns on plinths carrying an entablature with the words "Sicilian Avenue" on the frieze, surmounted by a balustrade with urns on the 2 central piers. Nos 1-29 (odd) Sicilian Avenue form a homogeneous development with Nos 6-20 (even) Sicilian Avenue (qv), Nos 15-23 (odd) Southampton Row (qv), Nos 25-35 (odd) and 35A Southampton Row (qv) and Nos 1-6 Vernon Place (qv). (Harwood E & Saint A: Exploring England's Heritage, London: -1991: 211-12).

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Five Points --varies--
  • Redemption --varies--

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  • Garden Garden

    Seating in Sicilian Ave.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

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Holborn Whippet

25-29 Sicilian’Avenue

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51.51858, -0.12175


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Holborn Whippet

25-29 Sicilian’Avenue

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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