Big bustling Fullers pie-and-ale pub with impressive Victorian façade and interior, and a small back terrace
Good Pub Guide Recommended
To find this extraordinary place, just head for the cathedral - the pub is opposite. The interior is impressively flamboyant: chandeliers hang from the soaring pink and gilt ceiling, gently illuminated busts line the top of the ornately plastered walls and there's a splendid cupola above the centre of the room. Photographs of the historic building's past line the walls; there's also a big dining balcony reached up a grand sweeping staircase. As well as Fullers ESB, London Pride, Chiswick and Seafarers on handpump, they keep local micro-brewery guests and a beer named for the pub (from Silhill); background music. Most nights see something on in the smart purpose-built little theatre on the first floor. The small back terrace has cast-iron tables and chairs and wall-mounted heaters.
Good Pub Guide Food
Popular food includes sandwiches (until 5pm), smoked salmon with bubble and squeak potato cake, a poached egg and chive cream sauce, soup of the day, wild mushroom ravioli with tarragon butter and tomatoes, cumberland sausages with mustard and ale chutney, pies such as spiced mutton, black pudding and plum, beer-battered cod and chips and puddings such as vintage ale and molasses sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and apple and blackberry crumble.
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