If you’re visiting London, be sure to stop by Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese for a bite to eat. It’s one of the oldest pubs in London and a wonderful place to visit.
While my family and I were in London last June we had dinner at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of the oldest pubs in London. Originally built in 1530, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire of London. A step inside this interesting place is like stepping back in time.
This historical pub is full of character and history – Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alfred Tennyson and Mark Twain are among the many literary giants who have dined here. As I sat in the same room that so many of these famous writers regularly dined, I wished that the walls could talk, what fascinating stories they could tell.
The walls of the pub are lined with various newspaper clippings and magazine articles dating back to the 1800’s. Many of the articles mention the pub and talk of activities that took place within the walls of the building. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is also referenced in A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens.
At the entrance to the pub is a board that records the reigns of the fifteen monarchs that ruled while Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has existed, beginning with Charles II and ending with Elizabeth II.
The restaurant is very dimly lit and the ceilings are quite low, so you’ll need to watch your step when you enter each of the rooms. In addition to the pub, there is a restaurant inside. If you come for dinner and there isn’t a table available, leave your name and have a drink at the bar while you wait for your table, it’s definitely worth the wait.
This was actually my second time visiting Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. My husband and I had dinner here back in November while he was working in London. We knew we wanted to take our kids back for dinner when we returned. I’m so glad we did, they loved it!
I apologize for the quality of these pictures, the room was so dim and I didn’t want to use my flash because I didn’t want to disturb any of the other people in the restaurant.
Here are a few of the dishes we enjoyed on both of our visits…
After dinner, we ordered the Cheese Plate which consisted of an assortment of four delicious cheeses. The cheeses were fantastic, so be sure to save room for either this or…
for the Knickerbocker Glory!
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is worth a visit if you’re visiting London. It is located at 145 Fleet Street.
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