GPG – Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (London, UK) 4/5 Mugs

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

London’s oldest pub… Or is it?

Down a creaky little alley just off Fleet Street is the entrance to one of the oldest (if not the oldest) pubs in London, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.   A labyrinthine little warren of staircases and ancient wooden benches, low archways and grande olde bars, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a beer paradise, a touristic hell, and a piece of living history all at once.  Full of gloomy, Dickensian charm, the Cheese is a Samuel Smith’s pub.  Whenever we have friends or family over from the States, we pop round for a pint of their organic lager!

Purportedly a regular of Dr. Johnson and of Tennyson, the Cheese is a classic example of olde worlde pubbery at its finest.  It’s delightful to have a little wander wound the various rooms and flights, looking over the guest books from past decades and centuries, but It can be pretty hard to find a seat in this place because it’s so well known and so popular.  While the crowd is international, one is definitely more likely to hear a Boston or a Californian accent than one from Lancashire or Surrey.  Despite all the bother and the throngs of tourists, a pub crawl of the area would be a poor one indeed that did not include the venerable old Cheese.

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