Oh yes....it's that time of year again. Time to scour the streets of London for a few interesting and recommended pubs. This year, there is a real mixed bag, some of which come from Pollard and McGinn's 'Around London in 80 beers', some from 'Beer in the Evening', and others from sheer pragmatism and the need to cut down walking times during a day that looks as if it will not be blessed with great weather tomorrow!
Our journey starts at Old Street, yet again in a part of town I do not know, and then heads north west, then south west, ending up in Clerkenwell (kind of). In between we should experience, a proper boozer, an old theatre a Munich styled beer hall, and a homage to the craft beer revolution. The trip will look something like this:
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We start at the Bavarian Beerhouse on City Road. Alledgedly, we should be experiencing a bit of Deutsch Gastlichkeit whilst there; wheat beers and plenty of pork products - you know the thing....looks a bit restauranty, but we'll give it a go. A short walk north sees us at the Wenlock Arms. This looks like a really old school corner boozer, so I hope it's friendly. It has appeared in the Good Pub Guide numerous times, so I am expecting a good pint at least! Then we plough on to towards Angel, and stop at the Old Red Lion, a bar/pub in a theatre (we shall come across this kind of things again, later!). I think it is fair to say that these three represent a bit of a 'give it a go' choice of places for a pint this year. They may be great, they be pants, but that's kind of what these crawls have become about. If they are good, they end up on my master map of London pubs, which always comes in handy in times of thirst in the Smoke.
The final three pubs represent something a little more familiar. A decent stroll from the Angel sees us in the north part of Clerkenwell, in the Pakenham Arms. Looks a little more 'up market', but the bottled selection looks good, and I am promised (according to the blurb) of a changing roster of draught beers. Certainly the photos suggest a good selection. Looking forward to that one. Continuing our walk south west, towards Bloomsbury, we end up at The Lamb in Lamb's Conduit Street. We went there last year, to this pub with an old theatre upstairs and fantastic tiled outer aspect. Hoping Young's Winter Warmer is on, and up to snuff, but I liked its cosy green leathered interior. Then, tiredly, we will make our way towards Holborn, and finish in the Craft Beer Company in Leather Lane. A new one on me, but this comes very recommended, and I am looking to spend a few minutes perusing my beer menu before making my final choice(s) of the day.
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