This is by far my favorite London pub. It is always full of friendly people (when there is live music it is too full); It has a great, constantly changing beer selection; The bartenders are more then happy to let you sample the beers before ordering; About the food: They don’t have allot to chose from, but it doesn’t matter, they serve the worlds best Bacon Sandwich with Brown Sauce, and it is worth dying for. This is to me a perfect bar and together with Kulminator one of my two favorites.
Far away from the tourist area. By far the most authentic pub I have even step foot into. When this pub first opened over 150 years ago this was probably a very lively neighbourhood. The city has changed a lot over the years and the pub is now in the middle of nowhere in a half-industrial neighbourhood surrounded by cheap housings. Certainly not the cutest or the safest area of London. Best cask selection of London, focusing on obscure micros and changing almost on a daily basis. Walking into this small pub (can sit about 30 people) you’re thrown back 50 years into the past. The place probably hasn’t changed since WWII and honestly, neither did its clientele. No tourists, all locals, mostly older (40+). Week-days, no music, just chit-chat. But the highest point of my stay in London was going there on a week-end night with the old folks live jazz/blues band playing songs from the good old days. You have to be there to understand. THE shit.
What a great place! If I would live in London, this would be my weekly place. Great - dirty - heck who cares? Great Beer, great and knowlegded staff / the cellarmaster really cares about the beer, tastes it before it will be served. Wonderful music played by nice old men and as I saw an old woman in her 80s happily tapping her feet to the music while enjoying a pint of beer, I knew: this is just right, and my heart filled with love for this place.
ma sono stato da dio. grande accoglienza e locale veramente gestito alla grande. simpaticissimo il proprietario mi ha anche offerto 1 sidro di mele. è stato l unico publican ad offrirmi da bere a londra. grande grazie !!!
Not much to be said that hasn’t already. Sketchy neighbourhood. When we walked in, I thought that I had made a terrible mistake- all heads turned and gave us the one over. After grabbing a couple of stools, I felt right at home- the service was warm. They were decorating for Xmas nad while hanging something from a light fixture, the fixture came down and smashed and everyone got a hearty laugh.
Very dark and dank with a large bar in the center of the building, surrounded by a seating area that wrapped around the building with booths and high top tables. On the top of the bar and on a shelf wrapping around the building there were very old vintage bottles of different beers from around the world. These bottles were covered in dust and cobwebs adding to the romanticized surreal atmosphere of this place.
There is a large chalkboard of the real ales available and in the front of the bar there is a line of handles for the casks, probably ten different real ales. There was a live band but unlike any live band I’ve seen in a pub/bar. It was three old men playing sea shanties and old folk songs. One was playing a piano, barrel-house style, one on washboard and one playing a trumpet. This music just added to amazing atmosphere of this odd neighborhood pub.
Another characteristic that adds to the atmosphere of this place were the local patrons. I pulled up to the bar and soon was surrounded by the oddest assortment of people I’ve ever been around. Lots of crusty blue collar neighborhood people, fishermen, a schizophrenic babbling Irishman who would blurt something out and then start cackling and a dwarf. As soon as I sat down some tall toothless blonde haired man looked at me and exclaimed, "I’m fuckin’ pissed" in a cockney accent. Later on in the evening I watched him waltz with the dwarf who I met earlier. This place had so many colorful characters that it almost seemed like a dream to me. It was like something Bunuel and Dali would put in one of their early films.
The service at this place was excellent. All of the bartenders were very young but very attentive and knowledgeable.
They had a very good variety of bitters, milds, stouts, esbs, etc. They had at least ten beers on cask as well as the standard Guinness, Fosters and the dreaded Guinness Cold. The only problem if you could call it that was that it mainly focused on domestic beers and not much from outside of the UK.
I absolutely loved this place. This was definitely the best pub I visited in London and possibly my favorite drinking establishment in the world. I wish I could go back there tonight. I could not recommend this place any higher!
Great little gem in the borough of Hackney. Reakt took me here before a gig. I was really pleased to find a proper traditional English boozer with great conditioned English ale on taps.
A really cool genuine proper pub. They don’t make them like this these days. Check out the old skool bottles lined up at the top. Cool stuff. Great place. This is my kind of pub. Very raw; community orientated and authentic. Screw the fancy gimmics we get these days. Traditionalisim and conditioning is more important.
Legendary, back street traditional boozer, easily reachable from Angel or Old Street underground stations as it is halfway up the City Road, behind the Texaco filling station. If travelling by bus routes 43, 205, 214 or 394 ask for Windsor Terrace.
Constantly changing range of beers from breweries ranging in dimension from small regional to micro. The pub frequently provides a beer from Crouch Vale, Dark Star and Mighty Oak. Occasional festivals are held in the autumn, and there is often a rarity or novelty ale on tap. A handful of Belgian beers are available from the fridge, and a real cider is always stocked.
Food, served lunchtime and early evening, consists mainly of the pub’s speciality sandwiches known colloquially as sandwedges - try the salt beef. Cornish pasties are also available; for anything more substantial than this you would be well advised to telephone the pub.
Jazz and blues nights are featured every weekend. On Friday evenings there is two hours of traditional old jazz featuring trumpet, banjo and piano, whilst Saturdays have four different bands on a rotational basis. When a month contains five Saturdays the Frog Island jazz band feature on the 5th Saturday. After the main jazz sessions local pianists will occasionaly sit in for an hour or so. Further piano music is performed on Sunday afternoons.
The pub attracts a loyal local following and regularly receives customers from further afield including overseas vistors who become smitten once here for the first time.
The Wenlock is a true gem, and is worthy of a journey, no matter how far, to discover its secrets.