THE FITZROY TAVERN



ALPINE RATING: 9 OUT OF 10



16 CHARLOTTE STREET, FITZROVIA, LONDON, W1T 2NA
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD AND GOODGE STREET TUBE.



THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE PUB WITH A RICH LITERARY HISTORY. DYLAN THOMAS, GEORGE ORWELL AND AUGUSTUS JOHN ARE JUST A COUPLE OF THE GREATS IT IS CLAIMED TO USED TO DRINK IN THIS FINE WATERING HOLE. IT'S EVEN HAD A BOOK WRITTEN ABOUT IT. BUT, IT'S NOT JUST THE "FAMOUS WRITERS USED TO DRINK HERE" ELEMENT THAT'S IMPRESSIVE.
THIS PUB IS SHRINE SAMUEL SMITHS. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THERE IS VINTAGE PHOTOS, NOT JUST OF THE FAMOUS FORMER PATRONS, BUT OF THE BREWERY IN IT'S HAYDAY.



IT HAS EVERYTHING A SAMUEL SMITH NUT LIKE MYSELF WOULD FIND EXCITING...


BELOW IS A PICTURE OF THE INFAMOUS 'MAN IN THE BOX'....
THIS PICTURE IS HUNG NOT ONCE BUT TWICE ON THE WALLS. I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING WHEN I WENT IN. THIS PICTURE TICKLED ME NO END. I SUSPECT IT COULD HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY NAPOLEON DYNAMITE.



THE BREWERY LIKES TO KEEP PUBS IN THE STATE THEY WERE MANY YEARS AGO AND I LOVE THAT ABOUT THEM. IT LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME (THE JOHN SNOW AND CITTIE OF YORKE ARE OUTSTANDING EXAMPLES ALSO)
THIS PUB DELIVERS ON IT'S TRADITIONAL LOOK AND FEEL.
IT HAS A CRACKING DOWNSTAIRS. WORTH HAVING A PEEK ONCE YOUR ON YOUR WAY TO THE TOILETS. OR SIT DOWN AND HAVE A DRINK THERE. GO ON, PUSH THE BOAT OUT.



THE SERVICE WAS CRACKING. THE BAR LADY WAS POLITE. THE TADDY WAS EXCELLENT. 

THE SEATS AGAIN HAVE THE 'OPEN BOOTH' STYLE I LOVE. YOU COULD SPEND HOURS LOOKING AT THE WONDERFUL PHOTOS ON THE WALL.


THIS PUB COMES A CLOSE SECOND TO 'THE CITTIE OF YORKE' IN TERMS OF LAYOUT AND HISTORY. AGAIN, I CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN. IT'S BRILLIANT.



THE OLD SOAK GUZZLING CIDER IS MY DAD. HE TAGGED ALONG. WELL HE KNEW WHERE IT WAS... I HAD TO BRING HIM.



2 comments:

  1. Used to pop in 20 years ago when lived at the top end of Charlotte Street, far better than the student bars!

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  2. Its a cracking boozer Arfur.....

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