Everyone should pay at least one visit to this venerable Fleet Street landmark. It’s one of the oldest pubs in the city (rebuilt not long after the Great Fire of 1666, and still today occupying the same labyrinth of seemingly random rooms connected by higgledy-piggledy passageways). The tourists love it, naturally, for its manifest antiquity and its literary connections: Charles Dickens and PG Wodehouse are just two of those who frequented these dimly lit rooms. Today you can follow their lead for nothing more than the price of a pint of Sam Smith’s beer, and perhaps a meal in the chop room if you fancy some basic pub grub.
|Venue name:||Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese||Contact:|
145 Fleet Street
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Food served noon-9.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-8.30pm Sat; noon-3pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Chancery Lane or Temple tube|
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Stopped in on a chill autumn eve. It's a film set. Incredible. The beers are excellent too. Despite Fleet Street being so busy it was so quiet in there. Only the tick tock of the big clock above the door and the crackle of the burning wood on the fire. Bring a headtorch though ;). So dark it's Impossible to count your change!
It is definitely an experience here. Go during the winter, and on a quiet evening and you'll find a gorgeous little drinking hole that could nearly convince you that you are in the Dickensian era. Cheap ish drinks and good food make this is very goo choice when it's quiet and colder. Go on a summer day during the weekend and you may just find it to be too busy, too warm, an odd aroma, and much too dark. What is charming when it's cooler turns oppressively muggy during the warmer months. And when it's rammed it's completely rammed and you can spend quite a while wandering around trying to get a seat. Definitely go, but don't expect it to be a perfect visit.
I agree with Enn C. - it is literally the worst pub management I've ever come across. Not only did I witness the rudest treatment of a customer I've ever seen, but I then saw a member of staff treated in a similar fashion. An unpleasant experience.There are plenty of other historic pubs in London and I now frequent them instead.
A place like this where you can hide an entire party without it being generally known that they are there is a diamond among pubs, it should be more widely known that “party people” can wet their whistles there with impunity.