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London Gastropubs – The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea

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298 King’s Road ,London,SW3 5UG

Situated on the King’s Road in Chelsea, The Cadogan Arms is a Gastropub with aspirations to be a Country pub. The hunting trophies may seem a little odd but the Country Pub ambience carries on through the bar into the dining areas.

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The Country feel carries on into its food with starters which include Nettle soup, crème fraîche, pickled walnuts, there is Chargrilled English asparagus, crisp hen’s egg, Pecorino, Chardonnay dressing and Grilled Cornish mackerel, black pudding croquettes, chimichurri

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The main courses include Roast haunch of Suffolk venison, Grelot onions, pancetta, parsley root ravioli, bone marrow jus, there is Roast Iberico pork shoulder, almond purée, pickled plums, pork jus and Truffled spaetzle, purple broccoli, pea purée, hazelnuts, barrel aged feta.

Desserts include Gooseberry fool, grape nuts, gooseberry sorbet, Vanilla cheesecake, hibiscus jelly, poached rhubarb, sorrel and Sticky date pudding, ginger bread ice cream, toffee sauce.

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The Cadogan Arms is a piece of the “Country” in the City and offers a wide range of beer and wines.

Opening Times

Monday–Saturday: 11am -11pm
Sunday: 11am -10.30pm

Kitchen

Monday–Friday: 12noon – 3.30pm / 6pm – 10.30pm

Saturday: 12noon – 10.30pm
Sunday: 12noon – 9pm

For more information, visit the Cadogan Arms website here

Great London Pubs – The Blackfriar

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Blackfriar Pub

Location -174 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EG

It may be  in an uninspiring spot near Blackfriars Bridge but this is without doubt one of the hidden gems of a pub in London.

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Built on the site of a Dominican friary, the original building from 1875 was remodelled between 1903-1925 to create an Art Nouveau masterpiece.

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The various sculptors and designers went to town with the Blackfriars theme with jolly friars popping up everywhere in the pub both on the exterior and inside. Architect H Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole are considered the major influences on the Grade II listed pub that was saved from demolition by a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman.

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It does get quite busy at lunchtimes and early evenings but it is worth spending some time to look at the numerous friezes and mosaics all around the pub. It has built a reputation for quality beers and serves mainly English food especially pies.

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Great London Pubs – The George Inn – Borough

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The George Inn

Location – The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1NH

The George Inn is one of the most famous pubs on the South side of the River Thames, it is the last surviving galleried London coaching Inn and is currently owned by the National trust.

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There has been an Inn on this site from at least 1543, and there are records that show the George was rebuilt in 1677 after the fire that destroyed much of medieval Southwark. At this time there were a large number Inns in the area due to its proximity to London Bridge. One of the most famous the Tabard where Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales pilgrims departed from was also rebuilt at this time but was eventually demolished in the 19th century.

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The pub has other literary connections being mentioned in Dicken’s Little Dorrit, this was an area Dickens was very familiar with because his father had been imprisoned in the nearby Marshalsea prison and there is evidence that he  frequented the George on his travels through the neighbourhood.

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The building is Grade I listed, and has a host of small rooms and wonderful outside drinking area.

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Even if you do not go for a drink, it is well worth visiting and admire the galleries which once would have been vantage points for watching plays and events in the courtyard.

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