Beyond The Harp

When I agreed to meet up with Paul on the Sunday leg of his long weekend of visiting pubs mostly of heritage interest, none of the proposed pubs were new to me, I new the company would be good, I also knew the pubs would have interesting interiors, I was though,  expecting beer that didn’t set my pulse racing, a.k.a Boring Brown Beer ,(excluding The Harp of course). I was spot on with the first two thoughts and happily quite wrong on the third.

Leaving the Harp we went a hundred yards or so around the corner into St Martins Lane and into The Chandos. Its a Sam Smiths pub, they’re well known for their interesting interiors and while this is not the most ornate it is quite a pleasant space.

It was quite noticeable on such a hot day that the air conditioning was full on.

I sometimes when in a Smiths pub, which is not that often, force myself to try a pint of OBB, just so I can justify calling it a BBB.

Mr Mudge’s pint

But I bottled it and went keg, if that makes sense?

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Samuel Smiths Extra Stout

It was lovely.

We left The Chandos and back into the heat of St Martins Lane , a bit further up the road is The Salisbury. It was a bit colder when the picture below was taken.

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Picture taken on a November evening in 2017

The Salisbury is a pub of late Victorian splendor with dark ornate woodwork, etched windows and mirrors, chandeliers hang from the high ceiling, there are also some fine looking Art Deco , or is Art Nouveau, light fixtures and fittings that do not look out of place.


The Salisbury was a well known gay pub in the 1960s and the pub scenes from the 1961 film The Victim, starring Dirk Bogarde  were filmed here.

Nowadays its a Greene King pub that attracts the tourist, but there is a decent beer range other than the GK usual suspects, Trumans Bow Bells was my choice.

Three pubs down and three good beers, we will be moving on to Soho next.



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