Virtually every town/village/city in the UK has a local pub. Pubs or, to give the full name - Public Houses, have been around for many years. The oldest English pub still on its original site is called Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem ...www.triptojerusalem.com ... it is carved into the rock beneath Nottingham Castle and shows the date 1189AD on its wall. It is fairly touristy but is worth a visit. The smallest pub is The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds ... only 15ft by 7ft ... The Nutshell | Britain's Smallest Pub in Bury St Edmunds serving Ale since 1867
Pubs tend to be in close proximity to churches in the towns/villages ... must be something to do with needing a pint after a particularly poor sermon ...
True beers or 'ales' have been drunk in England since ... "a long time ago". In the middle ages, the water supply was pretty unreliable so most people would drink ale instead of water. (As ale was 'brewed', there was a chance that it was more reliable than water ... unless, of course, the inn keeper 'watered' his beer.) Ale was drunk at all meals, including breakfast ... if the individuals were wealthy enough. There is a group in the UK that has been in existence for about 40 years and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional ales and encourage production from independent breweries ... the CAMpaign for Real Ale, generally abbreviated to CAMRA.
If you are visiting the UK and would like some guidance on pubs around the area where you are staying, add your request to this post and we'll see what info/advice we can give.
If you have found a great pub on a UK visit, please add some info to this post so that we can all share in your knowledge ... although I have visited many pubs, I am always finding new ones (that may have been there for centuries)!
If you are in the Euston area of London (not far from the Renaissance at St Pancras) and you want to try some real and good food then I strongly recommend the Bree Louise 69 Coburg Street, Euston, London, NW1 2HH.
I know I have shown this picture before, but the Concierge at County Hall Marriott and a number of taxi drivers have told me that the first thing they want to see in London is The Sherlock Homes Pub. It is in front of the only home of Ben Franklin that is left in the world, and just South of Trafalgar Square. You can walk from the hotel, about a mile away.
Upstairs is a room dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, his study! You don't see this in every pub you go to!
Tryt, another pub worth a visit is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese ... it's been around a long time. There is a good write up on wikipedia ...Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There's also a good summary on pubs.com ...Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, City of London, London EC4A 2BU - Pubs.com Passionate about Pubs
We are planning it for 2 years from this fall. My wife will get her other knee replaced and be good to go by then. We know we'll be going non-stop, but are slowly planning that out. We hope to go on all points (along with a few free nights at Radisson Blu). We've seen enough here to make sure we start trying to make point reservations about a year plus, in advance.
If you fancy a bit of British hospitality, let me know your dates closer to the time and we could meet up ... we live about 40 miles outside London and can be in the centre within an hour. My wife is always happy to visit London ... we are normally there at least twice a month.
Yup, I agree with you Jerry, a very interesting pub. I think that the beer selection was a little limited when I was last there, but the Sherlock Holmes collection was fascinating ... I think that the food was quite reasonable too ... but it was a while ago that I was there.
Here are some pictures of some of my favorite pubs in London. Hope you enjoy and if you have been to some, please share your thoughts!
Blackfriars Pub, by the Blackfriars Bridge, a fun place!
A short walk from Harrods, this place is a little difficult to find, but has great fish and chips, The Grenadier!
TT's Treehouse, is not far from The Tower of London, and is another nice Pub!
Not far from the entrance to The Tower of London, the name says it all!
The Audley, just outside the JW, and close to the US Embassy, is my personal favorite!
Jerry, I'm beginning to wonder if your visits to the UK are really just to sample our pubs and wine bars! The next time that you're over we'll have to try and make it to Le Terriors ... interesting food and wine ... near Charing Cross ...Terroirs Wine Bar & Restaurant
Sounds like a plan! Hope some other MI can join us! The Big Red Bus had a free walking tour to London Pubs, it was really fun! The also had Jack The Ripper tour and others. If you can see London for less money than them, let me know!
Yes, I really go to London and other cities to dine more than anything! Here are a few more great places.
A great way to see London.
Colorful Pubs galore!
The Albert is a nice Pub!
Jerry, my only reservation on a walking tour of London pubs is ... how many pubs can you visit before you can no longer keep walking? I hope that you were on light beer! The trouble that I have always found when doing a 'pub crawl' is that we generally find a pub that we like and then give up and stay put ... we generally only manage about 3-4 pubs.
Jerry ... it was more the 'quantity' of beer that was concerning me ... I can walk a long way but only when 'sober'. We seem to have a pint in each pub when we do a 'crawl'. Given the strength of some British beers, you can imagine that it is not long before we are 'crawling' ...