We’ve been in London for a couple of weeks now, time enough to check out a few pubs. Obviously I was aware that pubs were a big deal over here, but I wasn’t really aware of just how big a deal. There are probably twenty pubs within a ten minute walk of our flat. Back in Canada, there weren’t any pubs within a ten minute walk of where I lived and my pub of choice was a 15 minute drive. English people are also very worried that pubs are closing down at an alarming rate. In my opinion, these pubs must be closing down for a reason, that being they suck. Every pub I’ve walked by in England so far has been packed, and this is at all hours of the day, so it’s hard to imagine any half decent pub needing to close down. Anyway, I love pubs, so I’m pretty happy with my new found selection.
When first looking for interesting pubs to try I stumbled upon the Wenlock Arms, which is frequently voted North London pub of the year by CAMRA. They advertise nine casks of quality beer, so I obviously had to check it out. It was in a bit of a sketchy neighborhood that you would only go to if you lived there or were heading for this pub. The pub itself was a bit rundown, as was the clientele. I supposed I expected the young, hip crowds you find everywhere else in London, but what I found was a bunch of old dudes who look like they drink too much. Given the Wenlock Arms is a beer destination, it is fitting that it attracts beer nerds, and for good reason. The two beers we tried were both outstanding. It’s been a few weeks so I don’t remember what I had, but I was delighted to have a hoppy beer rivaling something from out of the North West for the first time in London. Built in 1836, the place has some pretty cool history too. Anyway, I’ll be back to try more of their delicious beer and to find out what it actually was, but I’ll only go there with serious beer people who will overlook the atmosphere.
While not every pub has nine casks of delicious beer on offer, pretty much all of them have at least three. This includes The New Rose, which is a convenient one minute walk from our place. It’s a livelier spot frequented by the trendier locals hereabouts and it just might be our regular pub. Their website is brilliant too.