Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
This pub is something of an institution on Fleet Street. In the heyday of the Street of Shame, you could regularly find the great and (occasionally) the good gathering here to do the business of Fleet Street. Sadly (for some) those years are now over, but the history of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese actually goes back much further than recent decades. As the sign in the passageway attests, the pub was rebuilt just after the Great Fire of London and there's been a pub on this site for much longer than that. Since Fleet Street's dispersal eastwards, tourists are now the pub's main customers, but that comes as no surprise - the pub oozes character and history: nooks and crannies abound, there are numerous large and small rooms (some with fireplaces) at different levels, dark wood on wall and ceiling, flagstone floors and there's not a right angle in the place. The past clientele reads like a roll-call of literature - Dr. Johnson lived just around the corner, and scribes such as Voltaire, Dickens and Twain have all raised their drinking arms here. Sam Smith's excellent beers add their own touch of quirkiness to the offer, topped off with traditional pub grub. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese neatly encapsulates the last few hundred years of London history in a single lunchtime - long may it last
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03 Dec 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
This has got to be one of the best pubs in London. Mostly for its "olde worlde" charm and the fact it is hundreds of years old. You can't help feel like you are going back in time when you walk through the door!

It has some great history to it and considering its tucked down a little side alley, you would never think its as big as it is! It's massive! Multiple different rooms and bars, a huge cellar bar, restaurants, saloon bar etc.

The staff all seemed nice and being a Samuel Smith pub the drinks are very well priced too!

A mate of mine recommended a new iPhone pub-finder app called "Smith Finder" that features this pub in it and loads more like it. Great for doing a bit of a pub crawl around London.
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14 Jun 2011
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A good Sam Smith's pub. There are plenty of nooks and crannies and you can usually find somewhere to sit and chat and sup. The food is usually good without being fancy and the beer Sam's usual reasonably priced brews. It's a down to Earth pub and pleasant to visit.
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10 May 2010
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Went on May 8th, is closed on Sunday FYI. Found this out when we went back :(. This was my favorite pub. Unfortunatly some of the other must sees were closed on Sat/Sun, Ye old Mitre and Jerusalem to name a few (business district). But this place is really neat. Well I thought so my wife did not like it at all, it gave her the creeps. She said you could feel all of Londons past in it. I just loved it. It goes down a couple levels underground and you can feel the history. Great staff, Sam Smiths pubs from what I saw had £2 pints of the English Cask ale, great stuff and for £2 you cant go wrong, easy drinking!!! Fish and chips were tasty. But again this place is just neat. We wanted to make it our last pub in England but since it was closed we'll just have to come back.

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145 Fleet Street, Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2BU
020 7353 6170

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