Sunday, 25 December 2016

Fleet Street Pub Crawl II

Fleet Street Pub Crawl 2 - 24th November 2016

MB and I promised a month or two back to complete our crawl of Fleet Street. We started where we left off and then moved further up the road. However, time was not on our side again and we didn't quite complete all of the pubs we wanted to get to. Another trip will be required to do the side-streets justice. We decided that we would call a halt at or around the Central Criminal Law Courts, and class the rest of the main road as another trip.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BU
I plumped for the same bar as last time (this pub has several bars on several levels within the building) as it was so busy in there. I was hoping to grab a bite to eat in here but had to settle for a bag of crisps as all tables were fully booked.

This time I was able to take in more of the ambience and do a little people watching, the highlight of which was that the famous parrot over the bar came up in conversation with a group of people. The Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch went through my mind upon its mention and lo and behold a couple of gents wound up one of the ladies in their party about the parrot being asleep.

Beers drunk on this visit :
Old Brewery Bitter (4%) - Sam Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire - a full-bodied, malty beer

Ye Olde Cock Tavern
22 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AA
As MB had not been to this pub yet we decided to pay a visit anyway for completeness sake. We grabbed a pint and ordered a very nice meal in here to line our stomachs for the rest of the evening. It was not as packed as the previous time I visited with SH, but it was still busy. The bar staff were very attentive again and knew their beers.

Beers drunk on this visit :

Blindside (4.3%) - Truman's Brewery, East London - a fruity golden ale with a malty after taste

The Old Bank of England
194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT
A burger and a beer later we headed on down the road to our final port of call; The Old Bank of England. This is a pub I have been into on many occasions. Back in the 1990s I used to work just over the road from here and it was also the main port of call (outside the campus bar) for when I was out drinking with my university friends. Its a Fullers tied pub but that does not stop it from stocking a great cellar and a fantastic food menu (albeit a little pricy even for London).

It was very busy in here tonight, so we had to prop the bar up right in front of the main six pumps, which was a real bummer as there was all that beer to tempt us but we were on our last drink.

Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Seafarers Ale (3.8%) - Fuller's Brewery, Chiswick, London - a crisp. lihgt amber ale

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