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January, 2011 Archives

There aren't many pubs that have their own well, particularly one dating back to Roman times. The well is located at Café René in Gloucester, England and used to be located in a courtyard. In the 1980s the courtyard was covered over and a pub built around it. You can read a review and view more photos at Travels with Beer.

Columbus IPA

Honestly one of the best American IPAs I've had in ages. If you are ever near Ohio, pick yourself up a bottle of this from the brewery. Strong simcoe notes in the nose and perfect bitterness. Two thumbs up! Thanks to Bob (and his wife!) for the gift of this bottle. Photo taken at the Hoppy Daze festival at Monty's Krown in Rochester, NY.

This fireplace is located in the Old Bell pub. The Grade I listed building dates from the mid 17th century and was built for Thomas Yate, a former mayor of Gloucester. It is dated 1650 and bears the coat of arms of the Yates family. It appears to be constructed from wood but is actually made from stone. You can read a review of the pub at Travels with Beer.

Samuel Smith is well known for running historical pubs (e.g. the Cittie of Yorke, Crown and Sugarloaf, Ye Olde Murenger House) and Robert Raikes's House in Gloucester is a one good example. The building dates back to 1560 and the brewery spent £4.5 million pub restoring it to its original state. Visiting the pub is like stepping into a house that's just been built during Tudor times. You can view more photos and read more about the pub at Travels with Beer.

The Argyll Arms is a busy pub located just off Oxford Circus in London. The pub dates from 1866 and unusually retains its original interior. The pub has fine etched and engraved glass through out, an ornate plaster ceili8ng and a large number of mirrors. Like many Victorian pubs, the Argyll has a number of partitions that split the pub into a number of booths. Each booth has its own access to the bar and offers privacy from neighbouring booths. You can see one of the partitions on the left of the photograph.

The Cittie of Yorke is a grade II listed pub located in London. Owned by Samuel Smith, the pub dates from the 1920s but public houses have existed ont he site since 1430. You can view a shot of the interior here.

The Euston Tap is a tiny pub located in an old gatehouse outside Euston Station. An unlikely place for a pub, the Euston Tap has a huge selection of cask, keg and bottled beers from around the world. You can read a full review of the pub and view more photos at Travels with Beer.

The Euston Tap is a tiny pub located in an old gatehouse outside Euston Station. An unlikely place for a pub, the Euston Tap has a huge selection of cask, keg and bottled beers from around the world. You can read a full review of the pub and view more photos at Travels with Beer.

The tiny bar in the Old Red Cow in Smithfield, London. The pub dates back to 1854 and has a larger upstairs seating area. The pub was closed when I visited early on a Saturday morning so I had to take this shot through the corner door.

The Viaduct Tavern in London is a striking Victorian pub owned by the Fullers Brewery. The pub is located across the road from the Old Bailey, England's Central Criminal Court. On the site of the present day court used to be the notorious Newgate Prison and next to it, the Giltspur Street Compter. The compter was used to house debtors. The cellar of the Viaduct Tavern still contains cells from the compter and the staff are happy to take you downstairs to view them. You can view a shot of one of the cells here.