33 Rose St, London WC2E 9EB
There was another comic signing this weekend to see out the 40th anniversary of 2000AD. I attended the signing as usual and had also arranged to then meet MB, whom I haven't seen for several months now. All went very quickly at the signing so I got to the pub a lot earlier than I was intending to. When I arrived (around 4:40pm) it was absolutely heaving inside and stayed this way pretty much for our entire time there.
As I had plenty of time to kill before MB arrived I decided to start at the weakest and work my way up through the beers. In quick succession I got through 4 of them before having to then buy a round for two. The atmosphere in the pub was fantastic with different bands of revellers popping in and out all the time. This must be the only city in the world where, in one pub, one can encounter, a dozen turkeys all gobbling away between sips of beer, over 200 Santas and reindeer, as well as people from all over the globe going about their everyday Christmas celebrations. Everybody was friendly and I enjoyed some short chats with several of the other patrons.
Beers drunk on this visit:
1) Seafarers (3.6%) - George Gale & Co. Ltd (Fuller's Brewery, London) - a hoppy, malty easy drinking bitter
2) Harvest Pale (3.8%) - Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham -a golden coloured, light, fruity beer
3) Wise Men (4.0%) - Fullers Brewery, London - a golden hoppy beer
4) Oliver's Island (3.8%) - Fullers Brewery, Chiswick, London - a golden crisp, slightly malty ale
After all this beer, I needed something to eat to soak it up and slow down the effects. MB and I decided to grab a burger just round the corner at Five Guys. We took it easy and only ordered up a burger each (no fries or drinks) and then ehaded back out into the London night time.
Mr. Fogg's Tavern
58 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4EA
I had walked past this a couple of times already today and it had piqued my interest. As MB and I wandered around the Covent Garden area looking for another pub to frequent, we came across it again. We couldn't remember what was on the site of this pub previously, so decided to give it a go as we had not been in here before.
This pub was full to the brim too with revellers of all kinds. The bar staff were dressed in period costume which really added to the atmosphere. MB and I propped up the bar whilst supping our ales and managed to get chatting to a few people on occasion. The bar service was fantastic - on one occasion I overheard a conversation between one of the barmen and a customer - the customer was deciding what to order when the bar man quoted back his previous order and wondered whether Sir would care for the same again - call me impressed! We noticed that alongside the ales many different types of gin were sold (possibly a nod to the period and the sister gin bar that I have just discovered with a Google search) in half-pint glasses no less! What I liked about this bar was that the ales were served in handled jugs and the half-pint gin servings were in those traditional dimpled glasses that we no longer seem to be able to get in oubs these days.
Beers drunk on this visit:
1) Mr Fogg's Best Bitter (3.7%) -
2) Mr Fogg's Pale Ale (3.9%) -
Not sure who the brewer is of these ales - presumably the tavern owners? I will need to find out more details for a future visit and entry on the blog. As a result I do not have any pictures of tap labels.