Pub Crawl Round the Strand – 24th June 2009

I currently work in a building just off the Strand but I’m due to move down to Tothill Street near Victoria so it seemed to be a good idea to have a pub crawl round the Strand. Not that I wouldn’t come back in the future but you need an excuse. The Strand is a busy place with lots of tourists especially now during the summer months so it isn’t the best place to drink in London but there are a few reasonable places worth a visit. This was a short crawl and not all the pubs were worth a visit though to be fair they all served real ale in reasonable condition.

The first pub that we went into was the Lyceum which is on the Strand.

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This is a Sam Smith’s pub and hence has what must be some of the cheapest beer in Central London. The Old Brewery Bitter is only £1.90 a pint. One thing to remember in Sam Smiths pubs is that they have their own variants of all the major beer types so if you want a stout you will have to drink Sam Smiths stout rather tan Guiness though again at £2.30 a pint its a lot cheaper than stout is normally.

The pub wasn’t that busy when I went in though it started to get busy downstairs. There is a fairly plush bar upstairs where they also serve food but we sat downnstairs which is fairly sparse.

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Moving on from the Lyceum we walked a short distance west to The Wellington which was a much busier pub.

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This has an extensive drinking area outside but this was very busy so we attempted to find a seat inside and we were lucky enough to do so. This is a Nicholsons InnI think and has a good range of real ales though in truth I can only remember the one that I had which was Taylors Landlord. Another pub which is big in food and tourists plus I think that they get quite a bit of theatre trade as there is a large one just up the road (which wa showing The Lion King).

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We now dived off into the back streets, all the pubs looked very busy so in the end we came to The Maple Leaf in Maiden Lane.

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This as you might guess is a Canadian themed pub and specialises in Canadian beer and sport so perhaps not a place I would normally drink but they did have Fullers London Pride and Greene King IPA so I can’t complain too much. Very busy so we ended up propping up the bar and watching the somewhat varied sports coverage on the numerous screens scattered about.

We walked on to the end of Maiden Lane and nearly to Charing Cross where we stopped at the Lemon Tree which is a small busy pub but we got lucky and found three empty stools by the window. The pub had several real ales though I can only remember drinking Sharps Doom Bar which was in good condition. This is a very pleasant pub but you would need to be very lucky to get a seat.

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We decided to call it an evening at this point though there are several nice pubs nearby (though all very busy).

One Response to “Pub Crawl Round the Strand – 24th June 2009”

  1. Alison Pidgeon says:

    Hello Edmund (and rest of the boys in the band!). Long time no hear. If you’re ever up for a trip to Leeds then we must arrange a “crawl” around. The old “Troy” eating club still exists in sunny Yorkshire but only has 5 members!!

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