Hung, Drawn & Quartered, Fenchurch Street
'I went to see Major General Harrison. Hung drawn and quartered. He was looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition'. So wrote Pepys on 13 October 1660 having witnessed the unfortunate fellow's execution at Charing Cross for regicide after the Restoration, which fact is recorded on a plaque on the side wall facing the Tower (the diarist lived in nearby Seething Lane at the time). This place is one of the Fuller's Ale & Pie House format, and is something of a hybrid in terms of clientele - City workers meets gawping holidaymakers, but then again you wouldn't expect anything else given the location. Less of a tourist trap than you might in fact expect, there are nevertheless a number of nods to history, with a noose hanging from the bar and various reproductions such as Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII (who looks as though he has been sampling Fuller's ale and pies rather too often) and the Princes in the Tower. Deceptively small inside, a spiral staircase leads one down to the dungeon (WCs) below. The usual Fuller's range is on offer, with Bengal Lancer IPA the guest on our latest visit. The wine selection is pretty fair as well, Peter Lehmann Grenache at a heady 14.5% being wine of the month. All in all it's venerable enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Review: 2 out of 4 people found this review helpful
12 Jun 2011
Popped in for a quick drink whilst killing a few mins waiting for a train from Fenchurch St and was dumbstruck when I get charged £4.05 for a pint of Guinness!! Wont be going back again as it a total rip off, enough said!!
26-27 Great Tower Street, Fenchurch Street, London, EC3R 5AQ
020 7626 6123
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