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January, 2010 Archives

The Lowlander in Covent Garden London has a huge selection of Belgian beers (probably more than the nearby Porterhouse). The food menu looked impressive in particular the chicken cooked with Leffe which I unfortunately didn't get to try.

Tucked away in St Michael's Alley, part of a labyrinth of charming medieval courts and alleys off Cornhill and Lombard Street, the Jamaica Wine House was originally London's first coffee house, which opened in 1652 and is thought to have been visited by Samuel Pepys. The current 19th century building is one of the most atmospheric pubs in the City, flush with Victorian splendour, featuring an oak-panelled bar, high partitions and ornate ceilings. The pub is currently owned by Shepherd Neame who refurbished the pub in April 2009.

Whilst there has been a pub on this site since 1430, the interior of the present day Cittie of Yorke dates from a 1924 refurbishment when it was owned by wine merchants George Henekey & Co. (note the wine vats on the top left of the photo). Sam Smiths acquired the pub in 1979 and named it the Cittie of Yorke after a long-vanished pub across the road in Staple Inn. An interesting feature of the pub is a fireplace located in the centre of the pub which has three faces, and dates from 1815. It is rare in having an underground flue - the draught pulls the smoke back down and out.

The road to the Purity Brewing Co. which is located in a farm near Gt. Alne, Warwickshire.

Spotted at the White Horse in London.

The Market Porter, opposite Borough Market in London, is a lively pub where it you are always guaranteed to find a large selection of beers. Being in close proximity to the bar means that on a Friday or Saturday afternoon the pub gets very crowded. On a Sunday lunchtime you pretty much get the pub to yourself.

Two Samuel Old Brewery Bitter pumps from the Rising Sun in Smithfield, London. As it was lunchtime on a Saturday, Smithfield was a ghost town and I had the pub to myself to take some shots.

The eclectic Green Man in Fitzrovia, London is a popular pub that serves a very large range of ciders and some excellent beers. There are about a dozen ciders on draught and as many again in bottles. They even serve their own cider made by Westons. Beers include Sierra Nevada, Leffe, wheat beers and three guest ales.

A delicious but expensive bottle of Worthington White Shield. The photo was taken on a sunny January afternoon in the Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell, London