The Tipperary claims to be the first Irish pub outside Ireland and the first to sell Guinness in England. The claim to the title is explained by Mooney's Brewery of Dublin buying the pub in 1895. They had it refurbished and added Irish touches such as the shamrocks in the mosaic floor and the two brilliant glass panels advertising Irish whiskies and stout. Mooney's kept the name, the Boar's Head, although it was later renamed after the First World War song.
This is an historic site, first occupied by a 13th century White Friars monastery, then a 16th century tavern at the sign of the 'Bolt-in-Tun', later to be a busy coaching inn . The 'Boar's Head' name was adopted in 1883 or 1605 depending on what you read. Either way the original pub, which survived the Great Fire of 1666, was demolished (Bolt Court opposite the only lasting clue) and rebuilt in the 19th century.
Although the frontage has been changed the interior has been preserved and was 'refitted' by Greene King who bought it in the 1960's. Today's pub is essentially late Victorian with some fine features with a strong Irish theme, not to be confused with the 20th century pastiches we have grown to loath. Greene King obviously didn't do a bad job as it is listed in CAMRA's inventory of special historic interiors. Whether the stout is up to par, you'll have to decide for yourself. Slainte!
Nice little pub with good food & friendly service. Not good for big parties as space limited, well worth a visit
I visited this pub for lunch with my study abroad class in the summer of 2009. It has a great atmosphere, and I had the most delicious ham sandwich there of anywhere in London! I returned for another one before the trip ended. Highly recommended.