Thursday 12th April 2001

Once again we have arrived at that point in HASSRALEs social calendar where we celebrate Maundy Thursday and hopefully get together and update on who is where now and doing what (if anything). Once again we shall be following our standard leisurely route around the Waterloo and Blackfriars Rd area, visiting a number of old haunts including a couple of extra stops along Stamford Street. Due to the changes to the White Hart it has been dropped from the itinerary (also to keep a manageable number of venues overall). The committee attempted a trial run, but were not able (or willing) to visit EVERY pub on the trip so as in previous years, beware if the beer is off then we will move on. Approximate leaving times are shown in [ ] for those that wish to join the trip part-way through, but again as in previous years, please allow some flexibility (and probably some backtracking may be necessary) as people tend to linger. Since it is now our policy to only alert HASSRALE members electronically rather than send out hard-copy circulars, there will be some who do not have Internet access so if you can think of anybody who may have been omitted or would like to join us anyway, then feel free to invite them and give them a copy of this itinerary. As the route is fairly well known you will have to provide your own maps, but the best way to locate us and therefore keep up is to join us as early as possible on the trip.

1. The Duke of Sussex - 23 Baylis Road [14.00]

Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen

Old fashioned two bar pub, back bar has pool table. Not very busy on our visit. Has a TV and promises karaoke on Friday evenings. Lots of old pictures of the market and the surrounding area. Large seating area round the walls with a few tables.

2. The Wellington Tavern - 81 Waterloo Road [14.30]

Greene King IPA, Brakspears Pale (3.4%), Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Hancocks HB

Large pub with a long single bar but roughly divided into various areas. Large tables and lots of seats but can get crowded. Impressive ceiling painting depicting some sort of battle.

3. The Mulberry Bush - 89 Upperground [15.30]

Youngs Special and Ordinary; Smiles Mad March Hare

Very busy modern pub with the front open in summer (whens that?) and popular with Channel 4 employees. Slightly quieter back area (non-smoking). Stylish interior, again food is prominent.

4. The Stamford Arms - Stamford Street [16.15]
Courage Directors and Best; Wadworths 6X; Youngs Ordinary.

Fairly large corner pub, wooden floorboards, background music. Football on the TV. Bar and dining area upstairs, food apparently served till 8pm (we should be gone by then!). Not too busy on our visit.

5. Hogshead - Stamford Street (just farther along from previous pub) [16.45]
Old Speckled Hen, Fullers London Pride, Wadworths 6X, Adnams Bitter, Boddingtons.

Large bright and airy though busy, looks a bit like an All Bar One. Quite crowded, but we managed to get seats. They had various guest beers in barrels behind the bar but the one we tried (Nimmos 4X) was off but the 6X was in excellent condition.

6. The Mad Hatter - Stamford Street/Blackfriars Road [17.30]

Fullers ESB, London Pride, Chiswick and Honey Dew.

Large Fullers pub and hotel in former bank premises. Can get very busy, but the seating area extends right through to the back.

7. The Rose and Crown - 47 Colombo Street [18.15]

Shepherd Neame Best Bitter, Masterbrew, Spitfire, Bishops Finger.

An island in a sea of mediocrity, a haven from the anonymity of the neighbourhood. What can one say? This is a survivor pub with a nice albeit small bar plus an upstairs bar, good quality beer and not too many people.

8. The Prince William Henry - 217 Blackfriars Road [18.45]

Youngs Special and Ordinary.

Not visited since last years trip, but a traditional haunt for HASSRALE members, especially from the former Friars House. Can get busy with staff from the Grey Lubyanka (Express newspapers building) just along the road.

9. The Ring - 72 Blackfriars Road [19.30 or whenever]

Burton Ale, Tetley Bitter, plus guest beer.

Included on many a HASSRALE trip and still worth visiting especially as it still sells a decent pint of Burton (now brewed by Marstons presumably, who in turn are part of Wolverhampton & Dudley i.e. Bankss)

At this point we are at the corner of The Cut (or half-Cut perhaps) and opposite Southwark tube station (Jubilee Line). However those who are heading back towards Waterloo Station may wish to call in at the replacement for the Anchor and Hope or perhaps the newly revamped Windmill. Alternatively the Kings Arms in Roupell Street is near by or even try the Hole in the Wall in Mepham Street opposite Waterloo Station.

Hopefully see you all at some stage - Edmund & James Featherstone and John Wright (the HASSRALE Committee in exile).