Nell Gwynne Tavern, WC2

Nell Gwynne Tavern. 2 Bull inn Court, WC2.

Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern line, National Rail), Embankment (District line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).

Ambience: Tucked away from the main drag of The Strand, Nell Gwynne feels like you’re nipping back to Victorian London for a cheeky half. I arrived at lunchtime and shared the bar with a slightly demented woman who talked to me about my star sign. The place is quaint but definitely has its own personality.

Drink: An interesting selection of hand pumped ales and a good choice considering the size of the place. The standard Fosters, Stella and Kronnenberg 1664 selection when it comes to lagers. The place is very small so one must assume their cellar is equally small.

Price: A pint of Lager costs £3.20 and the ales aren’t too far off this amount. The big prices are across the board with a glass of wine at large £3.60, small £2.90. Spirits are touching the £3.50 mark, which is what one would expect in this area.

Staff: I had a coffee for my first drink. The bar man informed me they didn’t really do coffee but would make me an instant. He asked me how much I would like to pay. I offered him £2 but he said it was too much and would only take a pound. ‘Nuff said.

Food available? Crisps, 80p.

Toilet: These, sadly, add to the Victorian feel of the pub… and mind your head, very low ceiling.

What brought Yesterbeer here?
The pub was originally called The Bull’s Head, which is where the alleyway gets its current name. It changed to Nell Gwynne Tavern in 1897 as a tribute to the Covent Garden trader who used to sell her wares and come here for a drink on her way home.

Is the Nell Gwynne For You?
Not if you’re hungry is the first thing. But if you have a meal and quite fancy a drink before the theatre or you just want to hide yourself away for an hour or two with a good book, then yes. Do note however, this is a very small pub and it wouldn’t take too many people to make it crowded.


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