England > Greater London > Fleet Street
BlackHaddock (270) , England | March 29, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Caytinator (94) Tucson, Arizona | February 6, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Historic old pub, an anachronism surrounded by modern buildings, this place survives to remind you that drinking beer can still be a civil affair centered around good conversation instead of ESPN & Hooters. The Sam Smithís is particularly delicious here, I donít know why.
PaulW (15) Southampton, England | December 30, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
I have never really had a chance to explore the real architectue, as it is ALWAYS rammed. However, it does have a very historic feel to it, especially if you descend towards the bowels of the bottom bar. Sam Smiths is good, and still the cheapest pint in London. Food was good when we have eaten here, but service is always slow due to large numbers of customers. Worth experiencing, and possible better if you can get into the old top bar with the fire,
EdKing (118) London, England | November 18, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
armando629 (75) Budapest, Hungary | August 12, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Little bit dark inside but a very good ambiance. You can feel the spirit of history. Three Samsmith ales, two Samsmith lagers and a hefeweiss on tap. Three (four?)separetad rooms, all have their own tap systems. I was enjoyed it.
KyotoLefty (420) Kyoto, Japan | August 7, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
kwik-lime (38) London, England | June 12, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty cool pub, if a little touristy. Cool building, cheap Smiths beers, nice place to eat/drink
beansoup (22) , | April 22, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dr. Samuel Johnson drank here, apparently. Me, too.
ndon (52) London, England | February 26, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely beautiful old pub. Samuel Smith beers, so nothing spectacular, but the pub itself is fantastic.
Leighton (468) London, England | December 11, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
View Proximity Map
Print Travel Map