Friday, 29 January 2016

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, the City, established 1667

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, the City, established 1667

Ye Old Cheshire CheeseEven darker and dingier on the inside.
This tardis-like, six-tiered building feels more like a museum than a pub. American accents and the sound of Japanese tourists clicking cameras resonate though the tiny hallways.
The reason they’re here -- it’s unfathomably old.
Renamed the Cheshire Cheese in 1667, the first pub on this site was Horn Tavern, built in 1538. Prior to this it was an inn, during the 13th century, owned by the Carmelite Monastery.
There’s no natural light inside and each room has a different flavor. The smallest, near the entrance, is Victorian in character. Above the doorway a sign reads, "Gentlemen only served in this bar," but this rule no longer applies.
Inside are striking original portraits, a roaring coal fire and woodchips scattered around the floor -- as there would have been years ago ­-- to soak up the spilled beer, dirt and bile walked in from the streets outside.
A converted cellar decorated with beer barrels offers a rustic feel, while the higher floors are elegantly furnished, softer and regal.
Verdict: Excellent novelty value and tasty beers, but lacking ale varieties.


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