Even on a return visit this pub can be a little hard to find, but persevere and you will be rewarded. The Dover Castle is a comfortable and cosy pub which has retained an old fashioned London boozer atmosphere. It looks its best at night, when the warm glow of the lights welcomes you into an otherwise dark mews.
It was built in the mid 18th century and has held a licence since 1777. The attractive wooden frontage is pretty-much original and intact. A pair of doors, etched with "Bottle Room", are now not used but would have provided a separate access to the bar counter for 'off-sales'. Another set of doors are signed 'Retail Entrance', which is unusual.
The wood panelled interior has been opened-out , the small area to the left of the main doors was once partitioned off as a private bar. Mirrors, on the beam above the partition allowed the carriage drivers and stable-hands to see if their clients were about to leave.
The larger room at the front was a store room but is now a pleasant lounge, with a real fire. A dark panelled dining room at the rear of the pub offers a little more privacy. Perhaps this is why rock-band, The Who, used it when they popped in for a pint between sessions at the recording studios opposite.
The Sam Smith's Bitter is well kept and inexpensive, the Wheat Beer is worth trying and there's also a wide selection of bottled beers including their fine Russian Stout. The food menu is unfussy and reasonably priced too. The Dover Castle -