UPDATE: September 2015.
This pub is currently closed for "redevelopment". According to the pub website the closure is "temporary" but it is not due to reopen until November 2016.
Small street corner pub tucked away between Holborn and Fleet Street. Recently given a bit of a makeover by the Red Car Pub Company, which also owns the Wheatsheaf in Borough and the Bell in Cannon Street. Decor is in the bare board vein and drinking, apart from a few high tables and stools, is principally of the vertical variety. Clientele is mainly after work office and legal types. The main draw is the eight beers on handpump. The house beer, Redcar, made by Nethergate is a rebadge of Nethergate Three Nine. The remaining pumps carry a constantly changing range of microbrews, which makes this pretty much the premier ale venue in the city. A nice touch is that the chalkboard shows not only the current beers but the next ones coming on. Not sure about opening times, so I haven’t included them, but, knowing area I wouldn’t be surprised if it is closed at weekends. Didn’t notice whether they do food.
Visited in winter 2013 .. If this pub had had this selection just 8/10 years ago would have been a must in town .. The problem is that now there are many places far better .. It’s a good pub anyway and worth a visit if you’re nearby ...
Ten minutes walk from the Craft Beer House on Leather Lane, slightly off the beaten track. Packed in the evenings it is more relaxing in the afternoons. A good selection often from obscure micro breweries from all over the country. Friendly staff and a keen cellar manager means quality is usually very good. Usually 8 ales on but as the pub closes weekends Friday not the best day to visit as I don’t think they replace a beer if one runs out.
Small busy traditional corner bar close to Chancery Lane Underground. Few tables and lot of floor space makes it feel bigger than it is. Also most of the clients stay outside. 5 well cared for interesting real ales on tap at London prices. Satisfactory service. Worth a visit.
Nice pub not far from the busy High Holborn. Classic backstreet pub with one single room and some seating. On my visits it’s been everything from very crowded to very calm. Eight hand pumps with varying beers of good quality. Friendly and efficient staff. Not far from Edgar Wallace, Old Mitre, Cittie of York or Jerusalem Tavern, so it’s easily included in a pub crawl. Possibly not exceptional, but a nice little pub with something new to offer on almost every visit.
Visited lunchtime 27 October 2010. Very pleasant traditional backstreet pub. Retro 70’s wallpaper loved by some, disliked by others. Around 8 real ales from small regionals and one or two bigger breweries. My pint of Nethergate Redcar Best Bitter was well kept and enjoyable.
Food served lunchtimes only; menu looks reasonable and daily specials are offered. Good range of seating.
Worthy of a visit, and good to include in a crawl with the Old Mitre.
I had a few new ticks here but I couldn’t see myself spending too long here if it werent for the beers. Full of suits in the afternoon and quite simple inside. The bar chick didn’t look overly impressed with being there. I may have to give it another chance when I’m in London again.
Ale-related freehouse located on a backstreet corner, just off High Holborn. Eight handpumps, the only regular being Youngs Bitter. All the others seven real ales were new to me, two from Nethergate and two from the Manchester brewery Phoenix, among them. Service minded and friendly barmaid. The place itself is filled with charm and classic English pub atmosphere. A gem for real ale drinkers and ratebeerians as well. Closed at weekends (visited, 03.08.2009).