YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE



ALPINE RATING: 8 OUT OF 10



WINE OFFICE COURT, 145 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4A 2BU.
BLACKFRIARS AND CHANCERY LANE TUBE.


HISTORY. WHAT IS HISTORY?
IT CAN BE MANY THINGS AND YET NOTHING WHAT SO EVER. WAIT, I'LL EXPLAIN....
I ATE A MARS BAR YESTERDAY AND NOW I EXPECT ITS HALF WAY DOWN THE THEAMES. THAT'S HISTORY.
NAPOLEON WAS DEFEATED AT WATERLOO IN 1815. BOTH HISTORIC EVENTS. THE FIRST NOT MATCHING THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SECOND EXAMPLE. NEVER THE LESS, BOTH ARE HISTORY.

I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PUB IN HISTORY.
HERE'S SOME BULLET POINTS:

*IT WAS BUILT IN 1538

*CHARLES DICKENS USED TO DRINK HERE. THE PUB IS MENTIONED IN THE 'TALE OF TWO CITYS'. ITS ALLEGED THAT THE INSPIRATION FOR THE BILL SYKES CHARACTER IN OLIVER TWIST CAME FROM A CHAP WHO FREQUENTED HERE.

*IT PARTIALLY SURVIVED THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON IN LONDON IN 1666.

*DR JOHNSON LIVED NEXT DOOR (17 GOUGH SQUARE) AND MADE THIS PLACE HIS LOCAL. WHO'S DR JOHNSON? OH, NOBODY REALLY... JUST THE CHAP WHO WROTE THE FIRST EVER DICTIONARY......

*OTHER FAMOUS 'REGULERS' WERE OLIVER GOLDSMITH, MARK TWAIN, ALFRED TENNISON AND CONAN DOYLE.

* ITS MENTIONED IN THE BETTY CROCKER COOKBOOK (WHAT???)








NO REVIEW COULD EVER DO THIS PLACE JUSTICE. ITS JUST NOT POSSIBLE.
I SUPPOSE IT'S WORTH JUST EXPLAINING WHY YOU HAVE TO VISIT THIS PLACE BEFORE YOU DIE....
MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN TO PARIS TO VISIT THE LOUVRE, RIGHT?
IT'S GOT TO BE DONE WHEN VISITING THE FINE CAPITAL OF OUR GALLIC COUSINS. NON?
YOU'VE MORE THEN LIKELY BEEN TO A GALLERY TO POUR OVER A VAN GOUGH MASTERPIECE. IT HAS TO BE DONE.
THIS PUB IS TO LAGER DRINKERS WHAT THE MECCA PILGRIMAGE IS TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.
IF YOUR A BEER AFICIONADO AND YOU HAVEN'T BEEN HERE, HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME.




 FIVE MINUTES FROM THE 'CITTIE OF YORKE', THIS PUB IS LIKE TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME. THE DOOR WAY IS TINY. WALKING IN, THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IS HOW DARK IT IS. VERY DARK IN FACT. I COULDN'T TAKE ANY PHOTOS INSIDE, THAT'S WHY YOU CAN SEE ME MUGGING OFF OUTSIDE.




ITS OLDER THE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

IT FEELS LIKE THE PLACE IS GOING TO COLLAPSE ANY SECOND. LOW SLUNG CEILINGS TO SMASH YOUR HEAD ON (PEOPLE WERE SHORTER IN THE 15TH CENTURY, SO I'M TOLD).. A MIXTURE OF OLD BLACK OAK MIXES WITH TIRED LOOKING BRICKS. IT IS A TRUE WONDER. THE BOTTOM FLOOR IS FOR EATING AND IT WAS PACKED.
THERE ARE LOTS OF LITTLE SPACES TO HIDE IN ALSO. I FULLY EXPECTED TO SEE FAGIN COUNTING HIS ILLICIT BOOTY IN A DARK CORNER.
THE SERVICE WAS SPOT ON, EVEN MY DAD ASKING "WHATS THE STRONGEST BEER" *CRINGE* WAS ANSWERED PROFESSIONALLY AND WITH COURTESY.

THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC. THE TOILETS ARE VERY MODERN AND THAT MADE ME LAUGH. I EXPECTED A BUCKET FULL OF HORSE MANURE TO URINATE IN TO BE FRANK.

ONE TOUCHING THING I SAW WAS A YOUNG TOURIST GIRL WITH HER FAMILY. THEY WERE AMERICAN. AS THE YOUNG GIRL WALKED IN, SHE WAS CLUTCHING A CHARLES DICKENS NOVEL (DIDN'T SEE WHICH ONE) AND SHE STOOD STILL IN AMAZEMENT TAKING IT ALL IN. HER FATHER SAID "WELL HERE WE ARE" AND SHE REPLIED "I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ACTUALLY HERE. IN THE CHESHIRE CHEESE".... IT WAS TOUCHING TO SEE SOMEBODY TRULY AMAZED. THE FATHER THEN COMMENTED "THE BEER IS OK. I JUST WISH THEY SOLD BUDWISER". W***ER.



I SHAN'T BANG ON ANYMORE. THE TADDY IS ACE, THE STAFF WELCOMING. GET YOUR ARSE DOWN THERE PRONTO. EDVARD MUNCH'S 'THE SCREAM' SOLD FOR A WHOPPING 74 MILLION *WHISTLES*.... IT HAS BEEN DEBATED WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS WORTH THE MONEY. THE SCREAM MAY NOT BE WORTH 74 MILLION, BUT THIS PLACE IS.
SUBLIME.

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