In the heart of the City of London, on Fleet Street Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a hidden jewel. From the outside it feels a little like Gordon’s Wine Bar. It looks closed and run down with the iconic laterns outside turned off and the windows boarded up. Thankfully walk down the short alley way to find the entrance and you find a great pub. The main room when you walk in feels and looks like it hasn’t changed since it was rebuilt in 1667 with roaring fire in winter and dark wood. Plus additional space for the restaurant (although I haven’t actually eaten here). Head down the unfeasibly steep stairs towards and passed the toilets and it is a huge expanse of tables set across numerous levels and look chiseled out of the chalk walls. Loads of space to sit. Plus being part of the Samuel Smith chain of pubs the beer is tasty, different from your usual and inexpensive. Even in central london I bought 2 pints for under £4.50 that tasted so much better than your standard pub fare. Drinks of note are their Alpine Lager and Organic Wheat Beer.
Well worth a look to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It is a little harder to get to than many pubs which are nearer tube stations but this is worth the effort. Only thing is it can get busy (it is on many pub crawl maps too) so get there early.
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