The Chamberlain Hotel, Tower Hill

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FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Part of the Fuller's hotel chain, this one is a touch above your average hotel bar though. You'd expect the beers to be up to scratch, and so they are. Given its recent arrival on the scene, you get the impression that not all the local punters had cottoned on to this one yet. Perhaps a good sign, given the in yer face atmosphere of the Three Lords across the road. Saying that, a trip to the gents did lead us past a function room showing the aftermath of a bruising brainstorming, so it seems at least some part of the City has found it out. A decent effort in the food and drink departments, but with one odd feature: a barman who (following in the footsteps of the shopkeeper in Mr. Benn) appeared as if by magic. Well, from behind a curtain. Certainly surprised us though.
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28 Oct 2012
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Although the Chamberlain is a hotel, it’s a Fuller’s hotel and as one might expect from this purveyor of some very fine London pubs, it certainly knows how to run a hotel bar. There’s a definite pub feel to the place, from the shiny polished wood of the bar and tables to the sparkling brass hand pumps displaying an extensive if not complete range of Fuller’s beers. On my visit there was London Pride (no surprises there then) ESB, Bengal Lancer and Gale’s Seafarer (brewed by Fuller’s of course) as well as a generous selection of other Fuller’s beers on keg and in bottle (London Porter, Honey Dew and Discovery all represented). For those looking for something a little more exotic in the beer stakes I also spied bottles of Chimay Blue, Sierra Nevada and Fruitesse from Brouwerij Liefmans.
Service was quick and professional and whilst not quite at the “personal” level of your favourite local the Italian barmaid and Polish bar manager were more than happy to pass the time of day with us as they were serving.
The Thursday evening that we visit was pretty quiet and it may be that casual drinkers in the area seek out the more traditional looking pubs of which there are many in the Minories so for those wanting a quieter locale to enjoy their after-work beer, the Chamberlain might well be the place.

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