Monday, 14 December 2015

The Ship and Shovell

The Ship and Shovell - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

1-3 Craven Passage, London WC2N 5PH

GW put out a call-to-arms a week or so ago for some trusty souls to embark upon a drinking session at a pub close to where we all work. The call was answered by myself and GL and GF - all of whom worked at my previous place of work - it was a bit of a work reunion. GW had decided on a pub he had only visited the once previously and fell in love with as it is the only pub we are aware of that has a bar on two sides of the same street and the only one in London that sells Badger beers (Hall & Woodhouse brewery). I cannot believe that in all the years I have worked in London, the amount of times (thousands) I have passed through Charing Cross station and walked down Villiers Street, and been to the shops, bars and clubs in the arcade, I never made it to the end of the arcade and up the steps to this little gem of a pub(s).

It was a busy night in the two bars but we were lucky to have a table due to GW and GF getting there nice and early. As we had already eaten, we missed out on the fine looking fare on offer, so concentrated instead on a few pints of great ale. Seeing as it was a Badger house, we quickly settled into a steady pace on one of my all time favourite beers - Tanglefoot.

This is definitely a pub I will visit again - and soon!

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) First Call (4.0%) - Badger Brewery, Hall & Woodhouse, Dorset - clean, fresh, single hop
2) Tanglefoot (4.9%) - Badger Brewery, Hall & Woodhouse, Dorset - a floral, fruity golden ale

Visits : 1st

After a goodly few pints at The Ship & Shovell we decided to move on and save a few Badger ales for another visit. We moved up the road a little to The Coal Hole.

The Coal Hole
91-92 Strand, London WC2R 0DW
This pub has become one of my regular haunts now - it always offers several different ales and a lively atmosphere. This evening was no different and we had to prop up a bar close to the rear of the pub by the fruit machines. We all decided to stick to the same beer after the first pint - Three Wise Hops. I gave everyone a quick taste of this very fine ruby red ale and they were all hooked. This beer is brewed under licence from the Nicholson's pub chain to the Truman's brewery.

Several pints of this later and we had to wend our merry ways home. All of us via the kebab shop nearest to our own homes - great minds thing alike.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Three Wise Hops (4.3%) - Truman's Brewery, Hackney Wick - a spicy, citrusy ruby red ale

Vists : Several

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