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A walk down Long Acre – Wednesday 24th September 2008

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

As I was up around the Barbican on Wednesday we decided to take a stroll down Long Acre. This street used to have some good pubs but if there are any left they aren’t serving real ale so our trip is more around Long Acre than actually on it. We start near Smithfield market, here is a view towards the market

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The first pub that we visit is The Butchers Hook and Cleaver an obvious reference to the nearby meat market. This is a fairly modern Fullers pub with reasonable (though pricey) beer. They had London Pride, Discovery and Chiswick on handpump. The pub was quite busy with office workers and the like plus lots of food being eaten so we decided to move on.

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We walked round the corner onto Long Acre and then down towards the Barbican till we came to Rising Sun Ct on our right (you can’t miss this as the pub has a noticeboard announcing its presence). Down here we came to the Rising Sun.

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This is a small pub mostly just standing room pub as a Sam Smiths pub has some of the cheapest beer in London though of course if you want real ale you only have a choice of Old Brewery Bitter. A much quieter pub than the last and all the more pleasant for it. As you can see from our expressions:-

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Leaving here we turn onto Middle Street but not without looking at the impressive church of St Bartholomew the Great opposite:-

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We now walk down Middle St to the Hand and Shears

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This was a nice well preserved pub with Wadworths 6X and Courage Best. Fairly busy but we still managed to get a seat. A sign said that they had  restaurant upstairs but there was no sign that this was in operation while we were there. Worth a visit. Here is a picture of John and James in said pub.

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Leaving here we made our way back onto Long Acre by way of Cloth St and then walked to Aldersgate St turned left and walked past Barbican tube station to the turning on our left for Carthusian Street where a short way down we come to our last pub of the evening which was the Sutton Arms. This appeared to be another Fullers pub having on London Pride, Discovery and Chiswick though James opted for a bottle of Honeydew I seem to remember. It was reasonably busy and still serving food (up to 9:30 PM according to the notice on the wall) but we still managed to get a seat. I can’t ever remember being in this pub before but who knows.

Leaving here we had a short walk back to Barbican station and so in our different directions went off home.