Weds 28th February 2001

HASSRALE has conducted a number of forays in the general area of Tottenham Court Road and over a period of time visited most of the pubs featured on this trip, but not all on the same itinerary. Anyway in our opinion these various hostelries bear revisiting so why not join us? To reach the first port of call either walk up the road on the east side from Tottenham Court Road tube station or exit right from Goodge Street tube then walk down to the pedestrian lights, cross over then continue in down a short distance. Approximate leaving times are denoted by [ ].

1. The Jack Horner - Tottenham Court Road WC2 [18.30]
Fullers ESB, London Pride, Chiswick + Honeydew 3.8%).

This is a Fullers Ale and Pie House, with the usual bare floorboards and clear glass windows. These latter look out onto the busy thoroughfare. A perennially busy haunt populated by students, office workers, tourists and shoppers seeking a respite after spending large sums in the many hi-fi shops near by. On leaving, turn right and head up the road. Cross at the pedestrian traffic lights where diagonally opposite is ...

2. The Rising Sun - 46 Tottenham Court Road [19.00]
Greene King Abbot; Courage Directors; Theakstons XB & Best; O'Hanlons (4.5%, no specific name, but tasted like porter) also other guest beers.

Once reduced to being called Presley's in the Seventies, it still retains a somewhat elaborate exterior, not quite in the same style as the rest of the area. It is now restored to a reasonable J-shaped bar, which is usually very busy at the main entrance, but empties out towards the inner reaches. Has a small range of foreign bottled beers as well (e.g. Timmermans, Leffe and Budvar). A similar interior to the first pub, but has more tables and is less reliant on food for its sales. Continue north up Tott Court Rd, then left into Goodge St. Cross over at some point and a coupleof hundred yards along is ...

3. The One Tun - 60 Goodge Street [19.45]
Young's Winter Warmer, Special and Ordinary.

This used to be a Bass pub under the guise of a Finch's establishment, but when Youngs took over the chain it became part of the estate. Large circular central bar counter decked out in dark wood, with an array of seating round the periphery. Apparently used to have jazz sessions, but no evidence of this now. Extensive range of wines as per Young's ethos for their London pubs now. Dartboard at the far end was actually in use for an inter-team match on the trial run. Can be quite smoky, but at least this pub has an authentic atmosphere (smog?). Food served in the evenings, but beware of blocking the bar where the condiments are on display as you will be asked to move by the bar staff. Exit to the right cross back over and on the corner to the left you will come to ...

4. The Cambridge - 48 Newman Street [20.15]
Courage Directors and Best; Theakston's Best.

A large single-bar pub, purportedly famous for its Victorian decor. Spacious plain glass windows on two sides illuminate the rich, elaborate interior which seems to embrace a variety of styles, not just Victorian. There are central supporting pillars reaching to the decorative ceiling. The bar extends along the far wall and there a number of seats around tables arranged in a haphazard fashion. Some background music, but not much evidence of food. Perhaps this busy establishment was populated by staff who had recently dined in their place of work i.e. the Middlesex Hospital which is opposite.
On leaving, turn left and head down Newman St then turn left into Rathbone St which is fairly narrow. Just down o the left as the road bends is ...

5. The Newman Arms - 29 Rathbone Street [21.00]
Bass; Fuller's London Pride.

There are two entrances, one on the corner and the other is just down the alley-way to the left. This is a very compact pub and this fact is highlighted by its great popularity. The main area is the L-shaped one at street level, but there is another at the back accessed by the stairs that also lead down to the toilets. In the summer there are usually a number of drinkers standing outside as well. The landlord appears to be quite friendly with the regulars and is usually to be seen mingling with the clientele. There are a number of pieces of maritime memorabilia and the interior has nautical-style wood panelling. Now continue along Rathbone St to the left and on the left at the junction with Percy St is ...

6. The Duke of York - 47 Rathbone Street [21.45 or whenever]
Greene King Abbot and IPA.

A compact street-corner pub that is a former Charrington's house. It has just one bar that continues round the U-shaped counter and extends into a wider area at the back. Standing room only at the front, but seating continues down the sides. The right hand side (formerly the saloon) is particularly jammed with seats although you may have to climb over people to access them. There is an old fireplace in the corner into which the seats encroach, but there is also a separate gas-fire in a more modern setting in the wall. There seem to be far fewer students here than elsewhere. On leaving, turn left down Percy St to reach Tottenham Court Road. The tube is to the right (Goodge St tube is to the left), buses head north or traverse New Oxford St..

Trial details: Edmund & James Featherstone, John Wright on Weds 15th Nov 2000 & Weds 31st Jan 2001.