Young's Bitter, Young's Special , Wells Bombardier, and seasonal ales,
There may be a lamb on the sign, but the pub and the street were named after philanthropist William Lamb. In 1577, he improved the conduit that brought fresh water to the people of the area. The pub was built in the 1720's but was "improved" in Victorian times and much of the original structure was lost. What remains is a fine Victorian pub.
The exterior is fairly typical with the exception of striking green tiled walls. Inside, above the U-shaped counter, are rare snob screens. These small pivoting panels of etched glass were positioned at head height to conceal a drinker's identity. The pub would have originally been divided into several small bar areas, each with its own access to the counter.
Dark wood, leather sofas, smoke-brown walls, sepia photographs and Victorian artefacts provide a bygone atmosphere. A Polyphon, a kind of Victorian juke box , occupies one corner, and by all accounts it still works. At the rear of the pub is a small covered patio.
Let me state that the majority of the above comments are totally inaccurate there is a great atmosphere and charming and friendly staff i go in every time i am in the city so yah boo to most of the above.
We useto go to this pub a lot in the 70s, whet back recently for a look. verry dissapointed, first thing that struck me straight away all the privaty shutters have been removed from the front of the bar and just the ones left at the sides . This was the main feature of this pub. why do brewerys have to do this, mind you youngs is no more , charls wells youngs is not the same , lets face it cant be water does not come from the old well which is the main ingredient of ale.
I worked here 20 years ago. Back in the UK for the firstbtime since then and went back for a few beers with family this week - was just as good as I remembered - great atmosphere, and great food - was very impressed with the pie platter. The friendly service by bar staff made us feel welcome. It was so good to return after so many years and feel right at home again.
One pf the Best Pubs in London!!
I wish people would understand English Pubs before they post things that they dont know. For one if you come into a pub and want food and there is someone behind the bar. You go up to the bar to order. they dont come to you unless there is someone working on the floor. In most cases not. You have to respect the customs of the country your in or go home.
I was in this pub on Saturday evening, and it was busy enough when we entered (although 3 pints later there were few people left in the building). There were no issues with service, or the measures of my pint. This pub is still a top 10 pub in London. Sometimes people, best things come to those who wait.
This used to be one of the best pubs in London and it still could be. There are too few staff to deal with the number of customers,they are poorly trained and, in one case, positively rude. Short measures - and I mean short - are the norm. I always ask them to top up muy pint.
Had fond memories of this pub from student days a long time ago. Went back on New Year's Eve and how things have changed. The place was quiet and I can honestly say that I have never had a more unfriendly welcome in a pub - seems to be a common thread on this forum.
Really nice little pub with some excellent authentic fixtures and fittings. Excellent well kept range of real Ales. Bar staff were a bit difficult to communicate with due to lack of English, but got there in the end. Other than that there was no conversation with them. This pub does appear to have been gentrified a bit. Therefore my mates and I did feel a bit out of place standing at the bar necking a fey beers having a chat, while surrounded with quiet diners. You could have heard a pin drop.
Visited 27/07/2010. Completely inadequate number of bar people given the popularity of the pub.
Went in here a couple of weeks back, on a Wednesday evening about 18:30 with 4 friends. Although only half-full, after 10 minutes we had still failed to "attract the attention" of either person behind the bar - after being ignored for the umpteenth time in favour of someone coming straight in off the street, we left.
What a complete and utter waste of time - who knows what the beer is like - the utterly rubbish service put paid to finding out....