“Gertcha! A pint of Courage Best.” Highbury, North London.
Meux’s Original London Stout advertised on a derelict pub building at Finsbury Park, North London.
Former pub building, now a creative media advertising thoughtspace, Islington, North London.
Former pub building, now residential, Islington, North London.
Engraved windows, Islington, North London.
“Taylor Walker Ales & Stout” — the legendary Hope & Anchor, Camden, North London.
A 1930s former Young’s house in Fitzrovia, Central London, given an unfortunate cod-Victorian makeover.
‘Charrington’s Entire’, former pub-building, now under redevelopment, in Hammersmith, West London.
There are lots of pubs and former pubs on almost every street in London, often with advertisements for long-gone brands.
The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, in the ‘Northern Quarter’.
The bar in the Castle Hotel, Oldham Street.
Crown & Anchor, Port Street, Manchester. Chester’s were famous for their ‘fighting mild’.
The Crown Hotel, Salford, most recently a beauty salon.
The Lower Turk’s Head, central Manchester. ‘MB’, we are told, stands for ‘Manchester Brewery’.
The Salutation, Chorlton on Medlock, currently undergoing preservation work and renovation.
Many Manchester pubs have more or less elaborate tiling and we managed to snap a few pictures on our visit last week.
We’re taking a couple of days off from the old blogging game. We’ll be back on Friday with a post for
the 86th beer blogging session but, in the meantime, the picture above is from a Franconian Biergarten that we walked for two hours to reach.
The Thirsty Scholar in Penryn wasn’t open when I walked past. Lots of students live nearby.
Entering Falmouth on foot from Penryn, the Star & Garter is one of the first pubs you pass.
The Seven Stars, Penryn. I didn’t pop in this time but we have drunk here before: Sam Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter, oddly enough. Teen Wolf was on the telly. Sort of liked it.
The Seven Stars, Falmouth, is ‘An historic pub interior of national importance’ according to CAMRA.
Depending on your taste in pubs, the entrance is either very enticing or rather intimidating.
The Oddfellows Arms, Falmouth, is an an enticing looking back-street boozer up a steep flight of steps.
It’s huge and has a lovely portico. I wasn’t quite read for a beer at this point, though.
The Kings Arms, Penryn. The typeface is a dead giveaway: surely a former Devenish house.
Think Finn Mcoul’s might be an Irish pub. Always very busy and, like many Falmouth pubs, allows you to bring your own food.
The featured image of Penmere Station is a cheat: it was taken in the summer of 2013 on a previous trip to Falmouth.
The Wellington, Aldwych, now a fairly ordinary Nicholson’s chain pub, but Ian Nairn loved it: ‘…comfortable and quietly elegant and what every pub or street should be and isn’t.’
The Globe, Covent Garden. Union Flags, fish’n’chips… they probably sell plastic red buses and police helmets from behind the bar.
The Coach & Horses, Covent Garden. Twin sister to the Globe, with a window full of burly blokes who glared at us while we took this photo.
The Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market. One of the most beautiful pub frontages in London — green tiles over three storeys, and yellow text advertising Courage’s Fine Ales & Stout.
The Harlequin, Islington. It was closed when we passed. It would probably look better with original signage; gorgeous tiles.
The Alma, Chapel Street, Islington. Apparently an old-fashioned market traders’ pub in an otherwise extremely gentrified area. Busy on a Friday afternoon, too.
Some pictures we took while walking from one meeting to another in London a couple of weeks ago. We’d forgotten quite how densely ‘pubbed’ London is, and how characterful and varied those pubs can be.
(There’s more of this kind of stuff on
our Facebook page, by the way.)