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Trip to London's historic pubs: UPDATE

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Canterbury West Station

Station Road West, Kent, CT2 8AN · Canterbury

How to find us

Meet on platform near the front of the 0954 (or the 1025) train

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Please note that the meeting at the first pub (the Lamb) is now noon. Some people are getting the 1025 from Canterbury West (so they can use railcards), others are catching the 0954.

I have come out of "retirement" briefly to organise a branch pub crawl in London on Friday 26th October - it would be nice to see those of you who can make it, new faces and old.

We will be visiting six pubs, all of which have a common denominator. They have good beer and are steeped in history and pub architectural significance. Four of them are listed in the current GBG and a couple of them are featured in an article in the latest Beer Magazine - see page 42. Details and timings are below. As with other events of this nature, you can join or leave the crawl at any point during the day. Just let me know in advance so that we can look out for you.

We will be meeting at Canterbury West at 9:45 for the 9:54 High Speed train to St. Pancras International where it is due to arrive at 10:57 (or you could catch the 1025 from Canterbury West if that is better for your rail card). Please make sure you buy a Day Travelcard as we will be using the underground network. Those travelling independently from other stations or on different trains should meet us in The Lamb in Lamb Conduit Street (18 minutes walk from St. Pancras or underground Piccadilly line to Russell Square). We will be starting there at 12:00. It is recommended that you bring your CAMRA membership card and vouchers for our stop in the Wetherspoon's pub in the City.

We plan to get back to St. Pancras International at about 17:30 for a pint in The Parcel Yard or The Betjamin Arms. There are several train options back home. I would recommend the 18:20 High Speed Train to Canterbury West.

Here is the plan:

1. The Lamb 94 Lamb Conduit's Street Bloomsbury WC1N 3LZ

11:20 - 12:20

Young's plus good guest beers

Full meals

Grade 2 listed CAMRA Heritage Pub; snug & snob screens


2. Ye Olde Mitre 1 Ely Court, Ely Place Hatton Gardens EC1N 6SJ

12:40 - 13:25

Fuller's plus good guest beers

Hot snacks & toasties

CAMRA Nationally important pub interior; 18th Century


3. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese 145 Fleet Street EC4A 2BU

13:40 - 14:10

Sam Smith's Old Brewery Bitter

Pub food

Grade 2 listed Historic pub which was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London

4. The Black Friar 174 Queen Victoria Street Blackfriars EC4V 4EG

14:20 - 15:05

3 regular and five changing beers; a Nicholson's house

Full meals

A superb facade and an Art Nouveau style interior

5. The Crosse Keys 7 - 12 Gracechurch Street The City EC3V 0DR

15:15 - 16:15

24 hand pumps for cask drinkers

Wetherspoon's menu

Housed in a former bank and a mecca for real ale drinkers


6. The Old Red Cow 71 -72 Long Lane Smithfield EC1A 9EJ

16:25 - 17:10

4 changing beers and 60/ 70 bottled beers

British tapas style

Close to Smithfield Market


For further information, please contact me (John Hedington) at email address [masked] or by phone[masked]. On the day, you will be able to contact me on my mobile phone[masked].