Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Lamb and Flag

The Lamb and Flag - Friday 10th February 2017

33 Rose St, London WC2E 9EB
I took a trip to London to visit a few comic shops prior to the 2000AD 40th Anniversary celebration event on the 12th February (see my other blog -  Little Odo's Grand Days Out for more details) in order to pick up the 40th anniversary Thrill Power Overload book. I used this new tome for collecting a few autographs of the artists and creators of the magazine.

Anyway, it was a miserable day and after a lot of running around in the rain trying to find the book I decided I wanted a beer to warm my cockles. I had passed the Lamb a few times on my walkabout, so decided to pop in there for a pint before grabbing a burger and heading home. I was greeted warmly by the bar staff and the 8 (eight) beers on offer (5 Fullers and 3 guest ales) also made me feel welcome. I could easily have sat in here all day working my way through them all, but I had to be home by a certain time for when the kids got home from school.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Front Row (3.7%) - Fullers Brewery, Chiswick, London - a seasonal, refereshing session ale, brewed to be drunk whilst watching rugby

The Lamb and Flag is another of London's great old boozers. Again, a drinking hole that can claim Charles Dickens as one of its patrons, as well as a slew of bare-knuckle prize fighters. From the pub's website...

"Great London pubs don't get more historic than this. The very first mention of a pub on this site is in 1772, when it was known as The Coopers Arms (the name changed to The Lamb & Flag in 1833).
The building's brickwork is circa 1958 and conceals what may be an early 18th century frame of a house, replacing the original one built in 1638.

The pub acquired a reputation in the early nineteenth century for staging bare-knuckle prize fights earning it the nickname 'The Bucket of Blood,' and the alleyway beside the pub was the scene of an attack on the poet John Dryden in 1679 by thugs hired by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, with whom he had a long-standing conflict" 

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