Historic London Pubs

Mar 23rd, 2006, 08:49 AM
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I keep on file notes on London pubs where I like the lunch. I have edited this, to cut out modern buildings, and here is the result.

Children are welcome in the restaurant of each pub I list with the exceptions of time and place that I note pub by pub. Most of these pubs serve big portions, and all either accept an order for one meal and an empty plate, to allow adults to share with children, or of coyurse offer starters big enough for a youngish child. Main courses are about six pounds, starters about two, and hot puddings about two. In the first four pubs, in Chelsea and Belgravia, you should add a pound to each figure: you are lunching among the comfortably off. A pint is two pounds or just over, and each pub will happily serve tap water, fizzy lemonade, or a cola. Pubs I list serve Mondays to Friday lunches only, unless I say they serve evenings or weekends too. The list starts in the west and swings east. Each place I name has its own cook in the kitchens, who prepares the meals, rather than a system of factory-made ready frozen meals heated by microwave and served.

The Anglesea Arms, 15 Sellwood Terrace, Chelsea, SW7. Phone 7373 7960. South Kensington tube. Thai lunches Tuesday and Wednesday, English lunches other five days and English suppers daily. Children welcome throughout. Good for visits to South Kensington Museums -- though in fact there are plenty of fairly cheap ethnic restaurants beside and opposite South Kensington station.

The Coopers Arms, 87 Flood Street, Chelsea, SW3. Phone 7376 3120. Full lunches daily and evening bar snacks daily. From October there will be full suppers too. Children welcome to full meals, but not sat at bar snacks. Tube to Sloane Square and bus along the Kings Road. Good for visits to the National Amy Museum.

The Nags Head, 53 Kinnerton Street, and the Wilton Arms, 71 Kinnerton Street. Both of these Belgravia pubs have evening meals. Knightsbridge tube station. Children are welcome in summer only outdoors at a street table.

The Two Chairmen. Corner of Queen Anne's Gate and Dartmouth Street, 100 yards from St James' Park tube station. Useful for visits to Parliament, Westminster, the Cabinet War Rooms, and St James' Park. Some Members of Parliament use it, and have sone so since it was founded in the eighteenth century. Children are welcome for lunch but not supper

The Albert. Corner of Buckingham Gate and Victoria Street. Nearest tube St James Park. Downstairs good hot food, with spices well used, served also in the evening. Upstairs for lunches only a carvery, three courses at 15 pounds. Grand Victorian place, dedicated to Prince Slbert. The house beer is Courage, but other and better draught is also served. Children are welcome at lunch but not supper.ot down for supper

The Devereaux. Just west of the Inns of Court and just south of the Law Courts on the Strand. Nineteenth century. Nearest tube is Temple. Good for visits to Covent Garden (where things are touristy and expensive), to the Courtauld Gallery, and to Dr Johnson's house. Much used by lawyers.

The Three Stags. Corner of Kennington Road and Lambeth Road, 300 yards west of the Imperial War Museum, nearest tube Lambeth North. Lunch and supper daily till 8.30 pm. Outside tables take children (of course). Sunday roast for lunch. Real fish and chips.

The Founders Arms. At the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, downstairs to the Jubilee walk which runs along the river, and a hundred yards downstream. Nearest tube Blackfriars. Lunch and supper seven days a week: last orders 8pm. Good for visits to St Paul's, the South Bank, the Tate Modern, the Globe, and next year the new Tate Gallery building. Used by all sorts of people. From May 2000 this pub has become more crowded, with an influx of contented visitors who've just been at the Tate Modern. So ordering meals in high summer involves a five minute queue and a ten minute wait for your food. No problem: you can spend your time quaffing London's best beer and admiring St Paul's. The beer and food are impeccable, and the service cheerful, multilingual, and friendly. Children are welcome in summer only outdoors on the terrace by the Thames.

The Sir Loin Restaurant, above The Hope, 94 Cowcross Street. Duck, Pork and Beef, all roast, all fresh from Smithfield meat market and never frozen at any time. Upstairs at the Sir Loin you pay twice the cost of an average pub meal, but the food is good. Downstairs in the pub are joints of pork and beef ready for carving to go into sandwiches. Monday to Friday breakfast 7 to 9.30, lunches noon to 2, no evening meals.

The New Market. 26 Smithfield Street, opposite the south west corner of Smithfield Market. Nearest tube Farringdon. Meals Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 8 pm, and Sundays noon to 5. Closed Saturdays. From 6.30 a pub for Smithfield meat market (but open to you if you want a pint at seven in the morning). Nineteenth century. Useful for evening pub meals. Good for visits to the Museum of London, St Bartholomew the Great, St Bartholomew the Less, St Etheldreda's, and St Paul's.

There are several restaurants for lunch in Leadenhall Market, on the corner of Leadenhall Street and Gracechurch Street, but only one pub, the Lamb, nineteenth century. It has no choice, but only roast beef and full trimmings, and the vegetables are mixed, and frozen. It would be useful if you're at the market, the Bank of England Museum, the Monument, or nearby 17th century churches. Used by city gents.

The Market Porter, on the southern side of Borough Market, nearest tube London Bridge. Good for visits to Southwark Cathedral (older and better looking than St Paul's), the Globe, the Old Operating Theatre, Hay's Galleria, HMS Belfast, and the George Inn (fine for a pint, but pricey for meals). Nineteenth century. Good cheese shop next door and cake shop round the corner. On the third Saturday of each month the market is well used by stalls offering gourmet food (venison, real pork pies, Portugese fish, and so on), and the pub offers a Saturday lunch that day. Used by Southwark dealers, traders, and financiers.

The Mitre, next to the great church of St Alphege, Greenwich. I'm not sure whether they admit children. If not, no matter. Nearly as good are the two pubs that have outside tables in old Greenwich Market, a hundred yards away. All three are nineteenth century. No tube: nearest station Greenwich, 15 minutes by train from Charing Cross main line station - or an hour by boat from Embankment. Good for all the pleasures of Greenwich.

If anybody knows a pub in the West End that can offer food this good at moderate prices I'd be grateful for an e-mail: you'll see that I've not yet found one, and tend to cycle along to the Devereaux.

TheWetherspoons and the Ale and Pie chains both serve meals with little flavour. I think factories make them.

The Independent newspaper of 26 March 2001 listed three pubs owned by cooks from leading restaurants in London. Meals are about 12 pounds, single dishes 9 pounds. The first two are rather noisy. The pubs look late nineteenth century.

The Eagle, 159 Farringdon Road, London EC1, 020 7837 1353. Farringdon tube
The Lansdowne, 90 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1, 020 7483 0409. Chalk Farm tube.
The Duke of Cambridge, 30 St Peterís Street, London N1, 030 7359 3066. Angel tube.
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Sincere thanks Ben! Cheers!
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Date: 03/23/2006, 11:11 am
I'm wondering if anyone has visited the infamous Dirty Dicks Pub in London and can answer the question i pose at the bottom. Thanks in advance for any insight.
I thank David for the following reply:
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Date: 03/23/2006
It's just a pub full of city boys in suits these days. No better and no worse than any other city pub. There are a few black and white pictures on the walls and that's about it.
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Thanks for starting this thread since we are now thinking of spending a few days in London at the end of the year. I have bookmarked this thread and have given my liver fair warning of our impending journey.

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Nothing to do with London Pubs, although I am slightly inebriated, which partly explains this incongruous (hic) boast ..... I have actually seen the real Mulberry Bush ... as in "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush". So there.
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