Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Sam Smithís) | Fleet Street, Greater London
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Sam Smithís)
Exceptional based on 22 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

145 Fleet St
Fleet Street, Greater London England EC4A 2BU [ print map ]
020 7353 6170



Mayor: Theydon_Bois (6) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 12


Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Sam Smithís)

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Beer Available At Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Sam Smithís) (arranged by most recent)
Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter (Cask) 48, Samuel Smiths Double Four Lager , Samuel Smiths Light Mild 35, Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale 72, Samuel Smiths Handcrafted Organic Fruit Apricot 93, Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout 99, Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter 98, Samuel Smiths Extra Stout 86, Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout 97, Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo 97
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22 reviews for Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Sam Smithís)
 Ambiance  91%
 Service  70%
 Selection  55%
 Food  65%
 Value  80%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  80%
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70
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (559) London, England | December 11, 2010
A Sam Smith House. This pub oozes character. And I will admit, I had walked past the alley entranceway about 20 times before realizing (through Yelp) that itís actually a pub. Inside, the place is classic: wood everywhere, lots of different seating options, staircases, big rooms, little rooms, dining rooms. For ambience this place gets five stars, no question. On the night I visited (Friday, 8pm) the place was full but not crowded. There was only one bartender preparing drinks, though, and I think there should have been two. Not a huge deal, but we did have to wait about seven minutes for a beer. And as far as drink selection goes, this pub is about average. I do like Sam Smith, so as far as tied houses go, I would rank Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese above, say, a Youngs or a Fullers house. But compared against a free house with decent selection, Ye Olde earns runner-up status. Although, to Mr. Smithís credit, he does charge bargain prices for his pints; thereís almost nowhere in this city where you can find a pint for £1.99. So to sum, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a good pub with that old-world, historical vibe. For the discerning beer drinker the beer selection is average, but for the average drinker (or tourist, or cost-conscious dude) the Sam Smith range will meet their needs. I would bring a guest here and will probably return at some point as the pub is about one block from my ladyís place of work. Overall a nice pub that everyone in London should check out at least once.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (548) The íSham, England | February 24, 2013
Well worth a visit for a great historical pub dating from the 1660ís. Sam Smiths so cheap for London but boring Sam Smiths cask. Iíve nomally gone for something of the keg taps - bottles are pricey! Split over 3 levels all downstairs from the entry - the feeling is cellars/dungeons - good atmosphere and usually fairly packed with a youngish crowd of office workers and some tourists of a weekday evening. No destination for good beer (simply adequate/below average for London) - but for a slice of history you should hit this one up!
62
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty  (435) Kyoto, Japan | August 7, 2011
This gets points mostly for atmosphere. Dark, old, slanted, and fun. Like a dungeon maze! Usual Samuel Smiths beers. A must stop for the history and architecture.
70
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (357) Croydon, England | August 3, 2012
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a without doubt a classic London Pub. A great place to take non-beer type visitors to experience a traditional public house. Inside itís a bit of a warren Ė full of dimly-lit rooms with sawdust on the floor and fireplaces and such like. The beer is good value Samuel Smiths, so do yourself a favour and order an Oatmeal Stout or Taddy Porter and soak up the atmosphere. If you havenít been here before a visit is a must.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Brugmansia  (356) Jylland, Denmark | April 15, 2013
No matter why you are in London, you simply have to visit this awesome pub :-) First time i visited this great place I had a lovely chocolate cake and a Taddy Porter, and I loved it. This old pub, time seems in one way to have stand still and yet its a perfect place to go for a beer, some food or some cake and coffee if you are touristing ( or pub crawling ) in London.. The pub have several rooms, fireplaces in each room, friendly staff amd beers are in a good condition... Make sure you visit this historic pub at least once :-)......
68
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock  (286) , England | March 29, 2012
Another fine Sam Smiths London Classic pub. Very cheap, because everything is brewery owned (the Gin, Vodka etc). Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter is always on draught, along with their normal selection of lagers and bottles. Multi roomed, I like the first on the right when entering, it is a drinking room, the rest favour the eating type people. Jet Black wood is the order of the day in here. Fleet Street was the home of the British Newspaper Reporters before they moved out in the 70ís, to be replaced by accountants and bankers, who donít seem to drink as much. They do come in and fill the place at lunchtime though, mostly to eat and get in the way! If you like history and drinking it in, or if you like history and drinking in it, this is a must for a visit while in London.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
Strebs  (149) St. Louis, Missouri | April 23, 2012| Updated April 24, 2012
When you step through the close to get to the front door of Ye Olde CC, you step back into the 17th century. I really enjoyed my couple of visits there...itís a real treat for history deprived Yanks. As w/all Sam Smith pubs that I have visited, the food is a cut above other pubs, and the bitter is the cheapest in London...highly recommended.
70
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing  (132) London, England | November 18, 2011
Probably the oldest and most atmospheric pub youíll ever go into. Rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire, thereís been a pub here since 1538. Inside is a maze of bar rooms and cellars. The range is Samuel Smiths so a lot of solid hitters (Oatmeal Stout, Extra Stout, Old Brewery Bitter, Wheat Beer, Pure Brewed Lager) if nothing truly remarkable. Go for the history and take in the atmosphere. Check out The Tipperary opposite which was the first pub in London to serve Guinness and still has the original 19th Century fittings. Poor beer range though.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101  (123) Quebec | April 8, 2014
We went there on Monday around 7 p.m. Beautiful old-ish looking place where you go more for ambiance/history than for beer. Not much light (it add to the ambiance). Staff was quick to deliver beer, but not really friendly. Selection is only Samuel Smith, but thereís a decent variety of their beers on tap and in bottles. Thereís some food, but we didnít tried it. Prices are fair for London, but considering how cheap Samuel Smith beers are worldwide, it was a little expensive. A nice place to go with friends who arenít beer geeks. A must-visit once for the place itself and for the ambiance, but the selection isnít enough to keep you happy longer than for one or two visits.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
McWorta  (106) , Luxembourg | July 22, 2013
Nice pub set on fleet street with the entry set aside. Dark wodden panaled inside with a tiny bar at first but covering several floors which expand out. Also a restaurant and pub grub was available though i did not have any but it looked pretty good and typically Sam smith priced which is unusual for London. Sam smith on tap and several different bottles available, too. Service was average non-smile London type with London prices for a pint. Overall a good pub though really worth the visit taking in the atmosphere and beer...

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