Built in 1791 – and purporting to be the oldest pub in Marylebone - this compact and cheery venue serves traditional food and drink in an unstuffy and relaxed setting.
A small ground floor bar area offers booth-style seating in front, with a further seating section tucked away at the back. The décor is kept simple but retains the look of a traditional English pub - perhaps aided by the impressive age of the building itself – and, with its low ceilings and deep red and mahogany colour scheme, the venue has a cosy and welcoming feel. Outside, pretty hanging baskets adorn the entrance, and pavement seating is available during the warmer months.
The pub has a relaxed ambience and staff are warm and welcoming, with the background music tending towards low-key folk and indie tunes. Here, ‘traditional’ does not necessarily translate as old fashioned and fusty, and the pub attracts a range of age groups.
Award winning ‘Pieminster’ pies (£6.50) are the order of the day, prepared with fillings that are more refined than the average pub offering - including a beef, chorizo and olive number – and a hearty serving of mash is £1 extra. Further options for filling comfort food, such as mini sausage rolls (£1 each or five for £4), are also available.
At least five real ales (sourced from a range of breweries) are served at any given time, and Doom Bar, Butcombe Bitter and Gale’s Seafarers ale are amongst the selection. Similarly good quality pub staples such as Fuller’s Honeydew beer and Aspall cider are also on tap, and, despite this more upmarket drink selection, most pints are under the £4 mark.
The Last Word
Overall, this is a charming little venue that exudes far more character than the average central London pub. Here’s hoping that it will continue to enjoy its old age for some time to come.