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The Old Bell, EC4

95 Fleet Street
EC4
EC4Y 1DH
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Pub Type

Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Will Larter left this review about The Old Bell

The second stop on my brief tour of ancient Fleet Street pubs, the Old Bell has a lovely front window featuring the pub's name and a very nice entrance porch leading through a small seating area to the bar, an almost complete oval that separates the front and rear parts of the pub. There are four hand pumps on the bar facing upon entry, with the same number (and the same beers) repeated on the rear-facing part of the bar opposite. I went for the interestingly named Never Mind the Kent Hops from London Brewing Company (another Sex Pistols reference, perhaps, after Friggin in the riggin at the previous pub), which was a well flavoured strong bitter at 5.5%; the other offering was Firebird Parody, a session IPA. I enjoyed my half, which cost £2.35, and wished I'd had time for a pint before my train to Luton.

This is a Nicholsons pub, easily the smallest of theirs I've been in, and certainly very low key, with just one person serving and one cooking at the time of my visit, just after 5pm on a Tuesday. As with the Tipperary, this is one I'm glad to have been to though I'm not sure I'd be in any hurry to return. Especially if they're still playing that CD of 1980 hits.

On 30th January 2019 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2293 recommendations about 2184 pubs]


Bucking Fastard left this review about The Old Bell

A Nicholson's house,the entrance leads to a flagstoned front snug with a few tables beneath a good stained glass front bay window.Tables here can be reserved and all were on my visit but nobody had arrived leaving it void. Up a step leads to a wooden floored bar with lots of wood panelling , traditional features and furniture.The servery has two sides and the rear room contains an unused fireplace and more wooden features ,pleasing etched glass and doors to a rear passage where you can drink and this acts as a natural overflow given the modest size of the interior.There are two sets of four handpumps offering the same ales namely Doom Bar,Fullers Off Piste,Camerons A-Hop-Alypse Now and Firebird Parody (inoffensive),while the food offering was standard chain fare.
Worth a look if passing to inspect this old building,but a mundane ale selection would mean that I wouldn't base myself here all evening.

On 26th January 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1908 recommendations about 1908 pubs]


Tris C left this review about The Old Bell

A small pub with front and rear entrance, one emerging out onto St. Bride's Church, the steeple of which was the inspiration for tiered wedding cakes the world over.
The pub was built by Christopher Wren to cater for his workers who were construction his aforementioned church and boasts a relatively simple interior with part flagstone floor and central bar dispensing the usual Nicholson's beverages and to their consistent standard.
A must-visit if crawling along Fleet Street.

On 31st August 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 874 recommendations about 860 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Old Blue
City Thameslink, 0.18 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.6 miles, 50 min walk (show)
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18th May 2019, 09:13
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
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  • Car Park : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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