Dec, 2010 17

drink/eat, pubs Find the Hidden Pub in Kennsington~Delightful

Although London pubs can be found up and down lanes and streets, large and small, this London pub is in a bit of an unlikely location off Kensington High Street in  West London. 60 seconds walk from Kensington Hight Street Tube station, nestled in what looks like a typically residential neighborhood, you will find the Scarsdale Tavern, a pub of gracious Georgian design. Located at 23a Edwardes Square W8 6HE, this pub is especially treasured by the locals who call it their own. Lucky them, as it offers so much atmposphere inside and on its terrace. It’s absolutely perfect for catching a Spring, Summer or Fall sunset while having a “happy hour” of your own making at the end of your London day.

It’s pub food/bar menu which, while not offering shockingly unique cuisine,  does offer very decent “pub grub” and a few appetizers to have with your drink.

First glance at the Scarsdale’s exterior, and those on the hunt for cozy, eclectic, non-touristy places to eat, drink and hang out under the stars will think they have found a tiny slice of pub heaven. One of the quaintest pubs in London, it  just happens to have “good ales and a wine list that dips into the old world and new” as one reviewer noted.

Another reviewer of the Scarsdale wisely noted that this is not the place to go for gourmet, many courses type of dining, but rather: a good pint, a nice glass of wine, a bar snack, or some “pub grub” all of which they do admirably.  But, without a doubt, it is the atmosphere, at this hiding-in-plain-sight pub that will draw you back.

TO GET THERE: The  Scarsdale Tavern is literally a 60 second walk from the High Street Kensington Tube stop. Google the name of the pub and the first thing that comes up is a very close-up map that takes you from the Tube right to their door. I happened upon it one evening and knew it was something I had to share. You will love it.

Come along with me….London calling….

Jul, 2010 19

drink/eat, pubs Big on Charm: Small, Hidden Pub in Kensington

Although London pubs can be found up and down lanes and streets, large and small, this London pub is in a bit of an unlikely location off Kensington High Street in  West London. 60 seconds walk from Kensington Hight Street Tube station, nestled in what looks like a typically residential neighborhood, you will find the Scarsdale Tavern, a pub of gracious Georgian design. Located at 23a Edwardes Square W8 6HE, this pub is especially treasured by the locals who call it their own. Lucky them, as it offers so much atmposphere inside and on its terrace. It’s absolutely perfect for catching a Spring, Summer or Fall sunset while having a “happy hour” of your own making at the end of your London day.  

It’s pub food/bar menu which, while not offering shockingly unique cuisine,  does offer very decent” pub grub” and a few appetizers to have with your drink. 

First glance at the Scarsdale’s exterior, and those on the hunt for cozy, eclectic, non-touristy places to eat, drink and hang out under the stars will think they have found a tiny slice of pub heaven. One of the quaintest pubs in London, it  just happens to have “good ales and a wine list that dips into the old world and new” as one reviewer noted. 

 Another reviewer of the Scarsdale wisely noted that this is not the place to go for gourmet, many courses type of dining, but rather: a good pint, a nice glass of wine, a bar snack, or some “pub grub” all of which they do admirably.  But, without a doubt, it is the atmosphere, at this hiding-in-plain-sight pub that will draw you back. 

TO GET THERE: The  Scarsdale Tavern is literally a 60 second walk from the High Street Kensington Tube stop. Google the name of the pub and the first thing that comes up is a very close-up map that takes you from the Tube right to their door. I happened upon it one evening and knew it was something I had to share. You will love it.

Come along with me….London calling….

 

 

Jan, 2010 08

pubs Fancy “Hiding and Seeking” to Have a Drink at London’s Most Hidden Pub?

Ye Olde Mitre Tavern in The City is one of London’s best kept secrets and its most hidden pub. Can you find it?

Located at 1 Ely Court in “The City” (the financial district of London in East Central London-tell the cab driver the post code is EC1N 6SJ) this pub promises to deliver authentic old-world charm: from it’s oak-fronted building with leaded windows to its old-fashioned pub food: scotch eggs, pork pies, pickled eggs, along with a fine assortment of beers on tap.

Ah, but the trick is to find it; you might also tell the taxi driver that the pub is located 4 or 5 turns off a lane that originates in the Bleeding Heart Yard, just outside the Bleeding Heart Restaurant  and ends near #9 and #10 Hatton Garden.

If you are traveling there by Tube and foot, the closest Tube stations are Faringdon on the Bakerloo, Circle or Hammersmith and City lines(the pub is about 328 yards from the station), or the Lambeth North Tube station on the Northern Line(the pub is about 1/3 of a mile from the station).

Ye Olde Mitre was originally built in the 1500’s as a drinking place for the servants of Elizabeth I and was rebuilt in the late 1700’s. Once you find it, you will likely experience what many have-a very traditional pub that has its own small beer festival once a year, courteous staff and an atmosphere that will let you know you are truly in England enjoying a pint.

While the location is elusive, it is worth the attempt to find this true gem. Apparently it was featured in director, Guy Ritchie’s 2000 movie, Snatch which starred Brad Pitt and is a treasured favorite among those in the know.

Hint: The alleys and lanes that lead to it are off Ely Place and are somewhat near St. Etheldredas, a medieval church which is the oldest Catholic Church in England. While I have not seen this myself, I have heard that there is a sign shaped like a mitre (hat) quite near the alley that leads to the pub.

A word of caution: London cab drivers, who are trained to know everything and always seems to, were actually stumped when my cousin asked them to take her to the Bleeding Heart (as above). It’s the only time I have heard of a cab driver not knowing a location. Keep it in mind, but do try to find this hidden charm on one of your nights in London.

Come along with me….London calling….