HASSRALE - 15 YEARS

Date: 11th October 1994
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To get everybody in the mood for the HASSRALE anniversary party we have put together a modest pub crawl starting about midday and ending up at the SHIP on Borough Rd at about 17:00-17:30. We are starting in the George which is in George Ct off the Strand. There are various arguements about where the club started but the most plausible one is that there was a meeting in John Adam St (Now the Royal Society for Arts) at which it was proposed to set up a club under the aegis of HASSRA following this meeting everybody adjourned to the George which is the nearest pub to that building.

1. The George, 2 George Court {RBIWL 4-38} [13:00]
Fullers Pride, Charrington IPA

Fairly small pub, tends to get busy about 1pm, mainly used by office workers. Antipodean bar staff (fairly normal for this area). Does a nice plate of chips. Note the Australian wine shop just across the alley.

2. Chandos, 29 St Martins Lane {RBIWL 3-98} [13:30]
Sam Smiths OBB, Museum Ale

Quite a large pub, wooden floored bar downstairs mostly standing room and a plusher bar upstairs specializing in food. This pub has very reasonably priced beer considering where it is. Something of a tourist trap can get crowded later in the week.

3. Welsh Harp, 47 Chandos Place {RBIWL 3-114} [14:00]
Charrington IPA, Hancocks HB

Small narrow bar, TV at back, crowded but friendly. A nice contrast to some of the tourist dominated pubs in the neighborhood.

4. Peacock, 13 Maiden Lane {RBIWL 4-60} [14:30]
Bass, Charrington IPA, Fullers Pride

This pub originally had two bars downstairs, the front bar was the scene of a number of darts matches in the early days of HASSRALE. There is now just one bar and the front has doors/windows that can be folded away for a street cafe style look. The bar goes back a fair way. Lots of theatrical mementoes on the walls.

It is now time to cross the river (via Waterloo Bridge) into South London, where the heart of Hassrale moved after the abandonment of the John Adam St complex.

5. Hole in the Wall, 5 Mepham St {SELPG 75A} [15:30]
Adnams bitter, King & Barnes bitter, Youngs bitter, Greene King IPA etc

A large popluar pub under the railway line, small front bar and large bar at the back, fairly noisy but usually has a good range of beer.

6. King's Arms, 25 Roupell St {SELPG 88A} [16:15]
Burton Ale, Tetleys, Youngs special

Small two bar pub with beer garden at the back. Recently re-furbished (which has not improved it!) but beer continues to be well kept. Gets very crowded in evening but should be quiet at this time of day.

7. Anchor & Hope, 36 The Cut {SELPG 4A} [16:45]
Charles Wells Eagle and Bombadier

Two bar pub oft frequented by people from Wellington House. Beer reckoned to be good, food at lunchtime also has its supporters.

8. Goose & Firkin, 47 Borough Rd {SELPG 63A+B} [17:30]
House beers plus guests

The original Firkin pub, spartan interior, piano. Used to have excellent baps. A number of early Xmas parties were held here.
RBIWL Map 4 SELBG Map SE1 Waterloo/Borough
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