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Lamb & Flag

© Rob Greig
Leicester Square
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Rose Street wasn’t always the domain of puzzled tourists sipping pints of Bombardier. Squeezed between Garrick Street and the old Covent Garden market, this dog-leg alleyway was once the haunt of whores and bare-knuckle fighters, the latter hosted at this low-ceilinged tavern when it was called the Bucket of Blood (the poet Dryden was beaten up here in 1679). Today’s regulars are now honoured with a photo and a plaque; Robert ‘Bob’ Townley even has his flat cap framed.

Estrella and Peroni make welcome appearances as draught options, though most seem to stick to bottled Corona or Beck’s. Food comprises ploughman’s lunches and doorstep sandwiches; heartier meals (sausages, roasts) can be taken upstairs or in the back room.

Two centuries of mounted cuttings and caricatures amplify the sense of character and continuity, although not everyone gets to see them: space is always at a premium, hence the pavement cluster on summer nights.

Venue name: Lamb & Flag
Contact:
Address: 33 Rose Street
London
WC2E 9EB
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube

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SPARTACUS STEVE

SUNDAY LUNCH USED TO BE VERY GOOD(CARVERY STYLE),BUT FOR SOME REASON GRUB IS NOT TOO GOOD NOW.I WON'T BE GOING BACK UNTIL THE FOOD IS A LOT BETTER.GREAT SHAME,STEVE

oggy

Nice to see a good old traditional pub with good atmosphere, great beer & fantastic staff in a world full of overpriced and same old same old chain establishments!

noggin

OK so its not a great restaurant but it is a proper boozer in the centre of London with decent beer well kept, friendly bar staff and a good atmosphere in a historic building. A priceless asset among the chains and over-priced tat in Covent Garden.

mary

Had a lovely meal there yesterday, shepherds pie with lightly cooked broccoli, delicious. And reasonably priced. The staff were very friendly and polite and helpful. Will defifnitely go again.