This started out as being Goodge Street II, but the above title seemed more appropriate considering the area covered. We begin on Tottenham Court Road, not too far from Goodge Street, but then veer off towards the extended campus of colleges that form the University. Goodge Street tube is the closest and from here head South (right) and across the road to find on the corner of Bayley Street (corner od Bedford Square), the first port of call. Approximate leaving times are shown in [ ].
1. The Jack Horner - Tottenham Court Road WC2 [18.30]
Fullers ESB, London pride, Chiswick + Seasonal Beer (Honeydew 4.3%).
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; Charles Wells Bombardier; Courage Directors; Theakstons Old Peculier, XB and Best; Ushers Bitter.
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. ¶Head back to Tott Crt Rd cross back over and head down Store Street where past the junction with Alfred Place is ...
3. The University Tavern - 18 Store Street [19.45]
Old Speckled Hen; Boddingtons Bitter; Gales GB; Greene King IPA.
The usual bare-boarded floor. It certainly seems to have quite a clientele of students. The main bar is at street level and extends back towards the projection TV area at the rear. There is a further bar downstairs and is appropriately furnished as a Kellar Bar. It had a bar counter, but no handpumps (and no staff to serve apparently). Busy due to football on TV although the downstairs bar was deserted.¶ Exit right and then right again along Alfreds Place. Past Whittington House (ITSA's HQ) right along Chenies St and left into Huntley Street. About 100 yards up on the left is ....
4. Marlborough Arms - 36 Torrington Place (junct with Huntley St) [20.30]
Courage Directors and Best; Theakston's Best.
Capacious two-bar back street pub. Once again don't look for carpets. The bar counter is an elongated S-shape outlining a large central seating area, but continuing round to another area at the back. This is the Saloon, but meanwhile there is also the Public bar which houses a pool table and somewhat more limited seating. Both bars have high ceilings with elaborate plasterwork and prominent suporting pillars.¶ On leaving, turn left and head up the road. Eventually at the junction with Unversity Street, on the corner is ...
5. The Jeremy Bentham Tavern - 31 University Street [21.15]
Morlands Old Speckled Hen; Theakston's Old Peculier and XB; Charles Wells Bombardier; Marston's Pedigree; Courage Directors and Best.
Formerly The Lord Wellington until the year 1840 when it was renamed to commemorate the eponymous 19th Century philosopher who had connections with University College Hospital. Allegedly Mr Bentham's embalmed remains were taken along to some annual meeting. Unfortunately since the demise of his head (fell off during soe student prank) he no longer attends. Pleasant one-bar establishment. No TV and fairly quiet (both in sound and attendance) by comparison with other pubs in the area.¶ From here the optimum routes back are by tube, either via Warren St (Victoria or Northern Line) which is exit to the right to Tott Ct Rd, then right i.e. nortth again) or to Euston Square (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) which is to the left , then left up Gower St.
Trial details: Edmund & James Featherstone, John Wright on Wednesday 17th February 1999