Soaking up some history

When the Old War Office on London’s Whitehall officially reopened its doors recently as Raffles London at the OWO it couldn’t fail to impress with its largesse. Its gargantuan 71,000 sq m encompass four kilometres of corridors, and the cost of acquiring the lease from the government and renovating the property totaled a hefty £1.4…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

The rolling road the grey waves made, as they crashed onto the golden sands of the beach at Ostend, brimming with foam as if to remind me it was nearly time for a beer. Far out at sea, tankers that had slipped their anchors in some faraway port could be glimpsed, dots that suggested another…

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Book Review – Greenwich Pubs

When I first came to London to work I signed up for an organised pub crawl that ended in Greenwich, which I’d never visited before, at a pub called the Prince of Orange that was renowned for the quality of its jazz. Sadly the pub is long gone, along with many others in the area,…

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Taking pubs to task on cask

Ordering a pint of Outer Haze from Dark Star Brewery at The Globe Pub in London’s Moorgate resulted in an attractive looking pale beer placed on the bar. It was also sufficiently cold to the touch that I was very pleased with my selection. I need not have worried on this occasion, because I was…

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In defence of dynamic pricing

Despite the extreme unexpected late-summer heat, I cycled across north London to the BrewDog bar in Camden Town and bought a pint of much welcome “Cold Beer” for a highly discounted rate of £3.05 versus the regular £6.55.  There was method in my “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” madness because…

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Rooms for improvement

Crossing Chislehurst Common through the heat haze of early summer (remember late May?), the vision of The Crown came into view like an oasis in the distance. Okay, I’m exaggerating a tad, but it was a very welcome sight, even though we’d only travelled 30 minutes or so from London on South Western trains. The…

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Good things come to those who wait

Tucked away on a side street near King’s Cross is a lovely little pub called the King Charles I that I’ve been irregularly visiting for many years to enjoy the superior quality of its beer. A recent visit involved a couple of pints of perfectly served cask pale ale, followed by the same beer that…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

Exploration. I am partial to exploring English market towns in the Welsh Marches with their black-and-white timber framed houses, the suggestion of the quiet passage of history, the shop-fronts, and the passing vans drum-rolled with the names of Joneses and Evanses whose descendants came from a different place. I am also partial to pubs in…

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A model to stem the tide of brewery closures

Approaching the dour former Quaker Meeting House alongside Chelmsford train station, there is little indication of the stunning interior that will greet you when you cross the threshold. The open plan, double-height structure houses a floor-to-ceiling back-bar and mezzanine level encircling the entire building that puts you right in among the giant lobster pot-like lampshades…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

It’s a long way from Mechelen to Malaga but I’m happy with my glass of Het Anker’s Charles V Rouge Rubis as I sit at the counter in El Rincón Del Cervecero, a compact bar/bottle shop in the up-and-coming Malaga neighbourhood of Soho (or has it already arrived?). It’s bittersweet in its approach to the…

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