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7. The Lamb and Flag Pub

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The Lamb and Flag Pub

Where Floral Street meets Garrick Lane, Rose Street cuts between the two, you’ll find the Lamb & Flag, a small wooden fronted pub. At over 300 years, it’s the oldest in Covent Garden, and possibly one of the oldest in London if claims of a Tudor past are true.

It used to be known as the Bucket of Blood because of the bare-fist fights that were held here. Today the only fight you’ll see is the one to get to the busy bar. In 1679, the poet John Dryden is said to have been attacked by hired thugs in the alleyway at the side of the pub and was nearly killed. The upstairs bar is called the Dryden Room, presumably in honour of the man, rather than his beating. It’s a good place to escape to when the ground floor bar is heaving.
Downstairs , there’s a delightfully simple olde-worlde cosy atmosphere, created by the low beams, wood panelling and bare pine floors. To the rear of the pub is a fireplace surrounded by wooden settles. The Lamb fills up in the evenings with office and shop workers and can get a bit too busy. In the summer, drinkers spill out into the courtyard.

For the hungry the bar food is simple wholesome fayre; jacket potatoes, doorstep sandwiches, sausages and the like. Hot food is served upstairs, typically Beef and Yorkshire pudding or Lamb Hot Pot. There’s a selection of real ales to wash it down. On Sunday evenings there’s Jazz, but wise to check first.

The Lamb and Flag Address:
33 Rose Street
Covent Garden
England, UK

The Lamb and Flag Opening Times:     
Monday to Friday 11.00 am – 11.00 pm (10.45 pm Fridays)            
Saturday 11.00 am – 10.45 pm                     
Sunday 12.00 pm – 10.30pm                       
The Lamb and Flag Admission:           

T  +44(0)20 7497 9504
The Lamb and Flag Pub location

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