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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, EC4

145 Fleet Street
EC4
EC4A 2BU
Phone: 02073536170
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Quinno _ left this review about Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

A long-overdue revisit as part of the Sam’s London Pub Challenge. Same as it ever was in the magnificent upstairs rooms. Rammed on my visit so explored the downstairs cellar bars in more detail – which run much deeper and further than I had realised! Glugged a bottle of the Oatmeal Stout, which is probably the finest beer in the Sam’s range. A visit a few days later also found the cask Stingo, which was dangerous. It’s a massive tourist trap, so this one is all about timing your visit when the landlady unlocks the front door.

September 2009
One of London’s best-known heritage pubs, this place was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed the original and it has remained fairly similar ever since. The entrance is down a narrow alleyway off Fleet Street and is easy to miss – though it is signposted by an attractive illuminated lamp. It also sits around the corner from Dr Johnson's house and I dare say he had the odd pint here. The interior is best described as ‘atmospherically gloomy’, with smoked blackened oak beams, wooden settles, hidden snugs and winding stairwells. There are a number of rooms on different levels – the sooty front bar is always open, whilst the restaurant rooms and cellar catacombs (mind your head on the stairs!) are sometimes closed off for private functions. The pub is owned by Sam Smiths, so it’s cheap but you have to like their beers (I don’t, generally); they do have real ale in the form of OBB, but it’s a pretty pish beer at the best of times. There’s no music or TV’s so often it’s just chatter and the ticking of the clock. I’d say that this is more of a winter pub than a summer one as there is a real fire in the front bar in winter but it’s pretty dim and murky during the summer which can make for a relatively depressing feel when it’s quiet. Overall, it’s well-worth a visit for the heritage factor – whether you’d want to stay beyond a pint depends on your view on Sam Smiths. Rated 7

On 20th December 2019 - rating: 8
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hondo . left this review about Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

The entrance is tucked away down an alleyway. Sam Smith's pub so you know what your getting beer wise and as you would expect an atmospheric old style interior that is spread over 4 levels with a number of different rooms and bars. Stairs to the toilet a bit dodgy if your tall.

On 8th October 2019 - no rating submitted
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Brainy Pool left this review about Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

I tend to think Sams do a much better job with these historic pubs than the likes of Nicholsons and Greene King, if you can get over your phobia of their beer. a lively boozer with many areas but the old fella waiting on the dining room was a bit miserable. at £3.60 easily the most expensive pint of OBB i’ve had but still a snip for central London.

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
City Thameslink, 0.26 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.52 miles, 48 min walk (show)
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20th Dec 2019, 14:00
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
 
16th Dec 2019, 20:42
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