Welcome to my new series on London pubs. Their decline is much publicised and as I walk around London I’ve become more and more aware of how many have closed or been converted into shiny new restaurants. There are still around 48,000 pubs in the UK but it’s estimated that over 100 a month are closing down.
So I thought it would be good to share some of my favourites with you. I remember the very first one I went into when I arrived in London, it was small, dimly lit and very smokey – and I had a campari and orange…well it was the 80s! Way before the time you could get the wonderful selection of wines you can now – and way before I drank wine, too! And of course there’s no smoking allowed anymore…how things have changed.
For obvious reasons it seemed appropriate to start in Covent Garden. The Salisbury sits on a corner in St Martin’s Lane right next to a theatre – well, we are in the middle of Theatreland after all. It’s been featured in a number of films and frequented by stars of stage and screen since it was rebuilt in 1898.
There’s a lovely seating area outside in the alley – the perfect spot for people watching and absorbing that wonderful Covent Garden feeling.
As well as a good wine list and an interesting range of beer on tap, The Salisbury has a lovely menu, too. From sandwiches, jacket potatoes, pies, fish and chips, burgers and Sunday roasts there’s plenty of tasty pub fare to tuck into.
Do you have a favourite London pub? Or one somewhere else in the UK? Do you have a local that you visit regularly? Please get in touch and let me know…we need to keep pubs alive. And I need more to explore.
The Salisbury is at 90 St Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden, close to Leicester Square tube station.