Queen Victoria opened the nearby Holborn Viaduct in 1869, and this eponymous pub honored the road bridge by serving its first pint the same year. Much of the Victorian decoration is still extant, with gorgeous paintings (depicting the statues on the viaduct), carved wood, and engraved glass. The tavern has a haunted reputation, which stems from its proximity to the former Newgate Prison and its gallows. Prison cells in the basement, once used for debtors, can be seen with a free tour when staff aren't busy with customers. There are usually three or four ales on tap; lunch is also served.