|...step back in time...|
| YE OLDE
|LONDON EC4A 2BU||Wine Office Ct.,
145 Fleet St.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the few pubs in London that can justify a Ye Olde prefix.
Approached through a narrow alleyway (Wine Office Court) the Cheese beckons you into a bygone world.
By the entrance a board lists the reigns of the 15 monarchs through which this grand old pub has survived.
The dark wooden interior is an enchanting warren of narrow corridors and staircases, leading to numerous bars and dining rooms. There are so many even regulars get confused.
The ground floor bar is the most interesting. This small room is very dark, with black timber panelled ceiling and walls. There's an open fire
beneath a high mantle and above that the portrait of a waiter who started at the Cheese in 1829.
On a high shelf behind the bar are the leather- bound visitors books. They contain the signatures of prime ministers, ambassadors and peers.
Other patrons include Thackeray, Boswell, Dickens and Dr. Samuel Johnson, whose house is just around the corner.
|The pub was rebuilt after the Great Fire(1666) destroyed its predecessor. A tavern is known to have stood here from at least the 16th century and a 13th century Carmelite Monastery once occupied this site. The vaulted cellars are thought to belong to that building.|
TEL 020 7353 6170
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RAIL City Thameslink
FOOD Bar Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30
Sat 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.30
Sun 12.00-14.30 RESTAURANT
|BEERS Samuel Smith's