Fitzroy Tavern – Sam Smiths Quest Round 21
The Fitzroy Tavern is a pub that I have walked past numerous times without popping in for a pint or two… it was always too busy with the after work crowd who descend on this Sam Smiths London pub – not my scene man! So on Saturday afternoon during a ramble around Bloomsbury I popped over to Fitzrovia to finally check out this popular boozer.
From the outside the Fitzroy Tavern looks like a typical old school traditional pub – brown frontage! Inside the pub it was a bit of a let down, not what I was expecting. I guess I have been in too many Sam Smiths pubs in London which grab you by the balls when you walk and its like wow… this is a real step back in time! The Fitzroy was like a step back in time to the 1970′s with my grannies well worn carpet on the floor, chipped wall paper, chipped dark wood panelling… everything seem to be chipped, thankfully apart from the beer glasses!
Even though the interior was somewhat dark and dated, it was still a fairly comfortable and welcoming boozer for a couple of lazy Saturday afternoon ales. The bar tender was friendly and polite, the Stout which was £3.40 a pint was excellent – Sam Smiths prices ain’t as dirt cheap as they once were – and the atmosphere was relaxing! Not a bad pub, but not a great one! A wee bit of TLC and this pub could be transformed into something special…
Once upon a time from the 1920′s to the 1950′s the Fitzroy was frequented by young writers and artists including Dylan Thomas, George Orwell and Jacob Epstein. I should feel inspired drinking in a pub which has been frequented by such illustrious patrons. The walls feature quite a few interesting photographs from the old days…
The Fitzroy Tavern is an okay pub for a drink or two and if I’m ever back in the area in need of a quiet afternoon ale I wouldn’t hesitate to pop in. The Sam Smiths Quest to drink in every one of their London pubs is gathering steam…
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