Friday, 25 September 2015

The Coal Hole

The Coal Hole - Thursday 10th September

91-92 Strand, London WC2R 0DW
This is my second visit in just a few weeks to this pub. I met up, again, with my rugby chum SH for a few pints to discuss our upcoming trip to the Oktoberfest in Munich on the 18th. Over a few pints we discussed our forthcoming trip and various sporting items like England's chances in the impending Rugby World Cup.

The picture above is of the interior of the pub from the Wolf Club area - a separated off section of the pub where a bit more privacy is afforded. There is extra space above the Wolf Club with more tables at which most patrons tend to eat. The bar is a long, sweeping affair that runs pretty much the full length of the pub. As a result, seating is relegated to the edge of the pub and around the back where things open up for the Wolf Club.

As this was my second visit, I thought I would add a little more detail about the pub itself. The below is taken from the pub's own website...

Rumour has it, The Coal Hole occupies what was once the coal cellar for the Savoy Hotel! In the Victorian era, the pub was a 'song and supper' club where regulars were encouraged to sing comical songs and sentimental ballads. Gilbert and Sullivan regularly performed here in Edwardian times, the Shakespearean actor Edmund Keane started the Wolf Club here for oppressed husbands forbidden to sing in the bath!

Beers drunk on this visit:

1) Yardbird Pael Ale (4.0%) - Greene King, Bury St Edmunds - a bright, clear golden ale
2) Velo (4.2%) - Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire - a hoppy, citrus and coriander pale ale
3) Lion (4.0%) - Hook Norton Brewery, Oxfordshire - a fruity, complex bronze ale

Visits : 2nd / a few

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