Young's Bitter, Young's Special , and seasonal ales,
The Lamb has seen many changes; not only to itself, but to its clientele. A century ago it would have been packed with market porters and traders. Most fresh produce was sold through London's wholesale markets, so their importance was only matched by their frenetic activity. Thirsty work!
Leadenhall, Billingsgate and Smithfield markets were designed by Victorian architect, Sir Horace Jones, but only Smithfield meat market is still trading. The rest, like Covent Garden and Leadenhall, have become shopping arcades and tourist attractions.
In the heart of the City, Leadenhall suits its new role very well. A few meat and fish traders remain, but for the most part, trendy shops, smart cafes and sandwich bars have taken over. Most of the drinkers in the Lamb work in the financial markets, Lloyd's Building and the Stock Exchange are nearby.
Lunchtimes are hectic and it's standing room only on the ground floor. There's a cellar bar ( which has original tiles), a mezzanine bar (added in the mid-eighties) and on the top floor, a food bar. The ground floor has some interesting tiles in the entrance, including a scene of Sir Christopher Wren showing his plans for the Monument to a royal lady in a sedan chair.
Both Leadenhall and the Lamb have previous incarnations. The original Leaden Hall was built in 1309, its roof made of lead. The original Lamb Tavern, which occupied part of the site of a Roman basilica, was built in 1790. The Lamb has been a film location for John Wayne (Brannigan) and Robert Mitchum (Winds of War) and we are told appears in the Harry Potter films. The Lamb Tavern -
We were really looking forward to visiting this pub due to it's location and surroundings. The design of Leadenhall market sets this pub up well and the décor inside is beautiful. The main feature for me was the spiral staircase which fits in extremely well. A pub not to miss!