One of those places you visit for the ambiance not beer. Just upon entering there are two room on each side, restaurant on the left and bar room on the right. And I believe there is one more room in the back. Luckily after ordering beer we did some exploring and it turns out there are three more levels below, like a maze. Fascinating. Lots of wood, has very traditional and historical feel to it. Beer selection is limited to Samuel Smiths, Extra Stout was good, bitter not so much. Staff was patient and kind, although we had all of our luggage with us. I guess they are used to tourists. As I said well worth visiting, but not for beer.
Visited on 6th May 2017. Lovely old pub set back from Fleet St. It’s a bit of a maze inside and is popular. We ended up sitting in what felt like a corridor, decor is very trad, lots of dark wood, flag stone floor and is pretty nice. There’s a downstairs bar too which was also busy plus a few rooms to relax in. Pretty good range of Sam Smiths beer, prices decent, service good and quality OK. It’s one to visit for the pub first unless you’re a Sam Smith Fan!
A sign on Fleet Street leads you through an alleyway with the pub just beyond this. It’s an old world Sam Smiths pub serving its own ales, and is very spartan inside, but no less atmospheric for it. Dimly lit, there’s several rooms you can drink in all with their historic charm.
"Rebuilt 1667" says it all - this is an icon in London pub history, and a must for anyone remotely interested in this (which I guess most rb-users are). Famous for its associations with Dr. Samuel Johnson (the lexocographer, wit and celebrated 18th-century man of letters), and with its splendidly dark rooms all faintly smelling of tar, creosote and burnt wood. Fuller’s beers only but they can be a real treat.
ma è un posto fantastico si respira la storia qui dentro veramente unico come ambiente peccato che le birre sono monotematiche ovvero solo samuel smith che non è male ma in un posto del genere si dovrebbe trovare molto di più.
Amazing historic pub right on Fleet Street before St. Paul’s. Cozy, dark interior with labyrinthine passages leading to bars on several levels. Tons of charm, good Samuel Smith -- a must visit as a tourist.
WoW what a lovely charming place. I have passed this place many times without knowing it is there.
Not to easy to find.
The best room was kind of third level down stairs.
Good variety of Sam Smith’s. I did not see anything else. Could get small glasses if you wanted to try them all also.
Lovely ambiance. A kind of must visit.
The Olde Cheshire Cheese could be a very nice pub but my experience there was adversely affected by the atrocious service, the long queues (literally - queues!) to be served and the arrogant gits blocking the bar. Oh, and the toilets were pretty poor too. The front bar and the little rooms off are certainly atmospheric but some of the downstairs rooms, together with those upstairs, are now given over to dining. There was no elbow room in the front so we went through to the larger back bar. There were two staff doing everything - serving drinks and food as well as clearing away - and not only were they very slow, they were clueless. There are four casks (all Sam Smith’s), a few keg taps and perhaps 20 bottles. We decided to have a bottle of Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout, which was delicious, although my mood wasn’t improved when, having finally got to place our order, the barman had no idea where to find a bottle opener.
(Visited 24 April 2015).