23 Wellington Street
(0207) 836 6930.
Mon-Sat 11-11, Sun 12-8
This is another small corner boozer to be found in London. Situated below Covent Garden it has two floors and two bars, one on each.
The main bar downstairs has a narrow entrance which is not good for wheelchairs, though there is a side entrance you 'might' be able to use. The bar is the usual wooden floored with dark wood bar, no overhang this time. Seating down here is all stools up against the walls where there is a window sill ledge for your pint. There a couple of tower tables for high stools. Upstairs (very narrow and not to be negotiated after a few pints) the room has more traditional seating of dark wood tables and chairs.
There are toilets up here, but it is unisex! The beers on at the time seemed plenty but most were off and on a Saturday! The bar staff were reminded to turn the pump clips round if a beer was not on and they had never heard of this before. In any case the only decent beer on was the Bateman's Rosey nosey and there was need to ask for a top up (people in London never fill a glass correctly it seems). When busy this place can get very cramped.
Food is served both lunch and evening and comes from the same menu as the other Hogshead houses. Getting there it's between Covent Garden and Temple tube stops and Charring Cross station is slightly further away.
Not far from Drury Lane and just a short hop from the Lyceum theatre, it gets the pre-theatre crowd.
No accommodation here.
None as yet
up to 5 guest ales including
Bateman's Rosey Nosey
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