Big bustling Fullers pie-and-ale pub with impressive Victorian façade and interior, and a small back terrace
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Even when packed to the gunnels (which it always is at peak times), the efficient staff here manage to remain friendly and helpful. 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. Fullers ESB, London Pride, Olivers Island and Seafarers on handpump, and several wines by the glass; background music. Most nights something is presented 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
As well as breakfasts (8-11am weekdays, from 9am Saturday, from 10am Sunday), the popular food includes sandwiches (until 5pm), sharing boards, tomato, artichoke, black olive and goats cheese pasta, glazed ham and free-range eggs with piccalilli, lamb rump with basil pesto and new potatoes, chicken, pistachio and pomegranate salad, beer-battered cod and chips, and puddings such as chocolate brownie and gooseberry pie.
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