40 Essex St
(0207) 7353 3120.
Mon-Sat 11-11, Sun closed
A corner pub not far from the High Court just off the Strand. The nearest tube is Temple a short walk away. Don't bother trying to visit on a weekend as it's closed.
This is an office part of London and they can make their money during the week and have the weekends to themselves - sensible people.
The pub gets its name from the writer and journalist from nearby fleet street when it was the centre of newspaper production. The pub has a single bar in a small-ish room.
The decor is rather dark with green pillars holding up the building in awkward places. The bar is dark wood and the carpet dark too. This is not helped by the imitation hanging gas lamps which throw no light at all - note the shelf above the large window as it has lots of bottles on it.
Seating is at benches against some walls with mainly round tables although there are some square ones. There are also stools around the tables and a couple of high leaning places.
It can get busy at times and only does food at lunchtimes (for the office set), this is traditional stuff, such as fish and chips, jacket spud, etc. Prices are keen for London though.
Beers on at the time were not out of the ordinary (London Pride, Adnams Bitter, Greene King IPA, Taylor's Landlord), but seemed to be well kept. The beers were served without sparklers but were still short measure. Hoegarden served here too now. Not a noisy pub, so conversation is possible.
Access for the disabled is not good as toilets are upstairs.
None as yet
Fuller's London Pride
Greene King IPA
Hotel Strand Continental
143 Strand, West End
From D:£50, S: £42