This pub offers 3 different bars: 2 on the ground floor housed building rebuilt after the great fire of 1666. The first one, immediately on your right is cozy little niche with limited seating and a fire place. The back bar, has more space and enough seating for the crowds.
The third bar is found in the darkest reaches on the 3rd floor of the cellar. The basement (as mentioned 3 levels) is from a 13th century Carmelite monastic order, and has pointed arch niches with wooden tables.
The approach is found down a small alley where the signage out front has a running list of monarchs through which the pub has proudly been serving customers. Amongst them: Mark Twain, Tennyson, Sir Author Conan Doyle and Dickens.
The beer is basically unparelled in 2 aspects: quality and price. On draft are a variety of lagers, ales, their wheat beer and stout: most hovering around the £2 mark which in London is basically unheard of. Or, you can splurge on a bottle of their delicious Famous Taddy Porter. Well besides in a Wetherspoon’s, it is unheard of. The bottle beers offered include the delicious Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and Organic Cherry Beer. To be warned though, their spirits and wines also carry the Sam Smith label, and being a brewery, well I won’t speak for their quality. To be sure, the beer is great. To order wine their is like asking a butcher to do your taxes. He might be able to do it, but do you want to risk it? Plus beer is just better.
Having successfully made its way into tourists book, it is often tough to hear yourself think over their yells, but they have it right by stopping into this amazing pub on Fleet Street. A must see, and I encourage a sampling of their beers – both on pull, draft and also in bottle.
Check out the map! Open 7 days a week but closes at 19:00 Sundays.
145 Fleet Street, City of London, EC4A 2BU