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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly
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City of London
0.3 miles from St. Paul's Cathedral
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To begin with what everyone agrees about for Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, the building itself is amazing. Historic and atmospheric, well worth a visit for a *drink*. We visited for lunch, were seated quickly, but considering there were literally only eight items on the would...have been expected to be told what unavailable, especially as it was the first main on the menu. As it was we had to change our choices on the fly. Out food was not great, we ha a burger (dry, lacklustre) and the fish & chips (average, even less chips than the burger). Service was very absent, took ages to get our bill. I won't ever eat there again but would consider a drink there.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a lovely pub serving great drinks! Would highly recommend for its historic and cultural background. Didn’t have any food but the waitress seemed lovely.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had pitchers of water for beverages, so i think the waitress thought she had a free pass to never come back to check on us. Well, everyone in our party got their dinners except for me. My husband went to check, didn't come. Eventually...a cheeseburger came and she said my onion rings were coming, but I didn't order onion rings, nor did i order a cheeseburger (i ordered a bacon cheeseburger)...so wrong and wrong. Waited some more. Nothing came. My family all finished their dinners. I went to check-i met the waitress in the hall with the same cheeseburger (which was now not hot) with French fries (which was correct). I told her i ordered a bacon cheeseburger, and she later brought me one slice of pure fat that was supposed to pass for bacon, which in my opinion was not edible. And not one apology. Our kids didn't get juice boxes with their kids meals-they got goldfish graham crackers instead...its fine, they ate them, not a big deal, but i think at most reataurants, the wait staff lets you know when they are out of something. Ice cream cones were stale, but flavors were good. When we were up by the register paying for our disappointing meal, a waitress went from the table behind us to the kitchen, and u could hear someone in the kitchen shout "oh, NOW they want sauce?!?!?" We all heard, the customer could clearly hear. Forget about what's professional, that was rude and 100% tacky. For a mediocre at best meal and crappy customer service, I'd skip it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

I will just quickly mention pub number 7 which was the Lord Nelson on Old Kent road which doesn't appear to be on trip advisor. It was a very traditional pub with the most friendly staff of any we visited. They really do welcome Monopoly...crawlers and nothing was too much trouble for them. On to the Cheshire Cheese which has got to be one of my favourite pubs in London. It wasn't the friendliest on this visit and the prices seemed to have shot up ( haven't they everywhere!!) I still loved it for the sheer history of the place and how it has been left in it's original state. We got chatting to an American couple and that is another reason I like it so much - the place is internationally famous!! One that I will continue to visit whenever I am in London Next pub - Bow Street Tavern, Bow StreetMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

It is must see when visiting London! This place is full of history. It has many different floors with history going back to the 14th century. Charles Dickens used to visit this pub. There are some interesting artefacts to view there. Very nice place to...enjoy a drink with friends and family.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 31, 2022

Extended our stay in London a day just to go here for lunch. When they finally opened the waiter bartender said they they are not serving lunch today! And he had an attitude as well. They don’t have a web page and their Facebook page...said nothing about no food service We have enjoyed many great meals there in the past - but it’s off our list - I would recommend skipping until they get their act back togetherMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 16, 2022 via mobile

Lunchtime today. 1 lad behind the bar. No wonder he didn’t smile, he was having to serve every guest with their drinks, take their orders and deliver food to the table. No lemon slices for the drinks. My coax cola was flat and sweet. Extremely...poor fare. The pastry for the steak and ale pie was rock hard, the contents lukewarm, the mash was also lukewarm and a solid lump, the carrots cooked from frozen and runny gravy. Couldn’t eat it although we both made an effort because we were hungry. Would not recommend or return. Didn’t say anything to the lad, he had enough on his plate. Just paid up and left asap.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 7, 2022 via mobile

Strolled in around 7:30 pm on a Saturday after a day of site seeing. Got there at a lull. Small rooms and only the Chop Room seemed to be serving dinner. Only one server, so he was running pretty fast. Ordered two different in-house micro...brews - one like Stella and the other like a pilsner. They were very good. Limited menu, but just what we wanted. Fish and chips fore and steak and Ale pie with mash for the wife. Took 40 min to get food, but it was great! Very relaxed atmosphere and since server was busy if you wanted something you had to ask. Great little spot with lots of character. Would go again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022

I must admit to loving this pub albeit that I hadn't been since before lockdown. The food was good, although it could have been hotter but that I think is a result of there definately not being enough staff. One waitress was trying to manage...the whole of the restaurant area for taking orders, delivering to tables and supplying the drinks from the bar - in truth she was doing her best but she needed some assistance. I don't think that the barman (ground floor bar) wanted to be there - if he had been any slower he would have stopped. Given that the prices of Sam Smith's own brand beer, cider and shorts was most definately high (a large G&T was over £10) they need to spend some money on more and better staff. It is disappointing that the management seem happy to rely on the pub's reputation and historical importance and don't really care about their clientele. We won't be returning in the near future. PS They need cushions on the settles - those seats are HARD!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 6, 2022 via mobile

We tried to call before we went. They did not answer the phone. No updated hours o google. We walked 20 min to get there only to be told. Sorry closed for private function.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

We were in 5, my family. Tuesday evening, 8th of march. The waiter was unbelivable rude, at the end "invited" us to leave the place. We couldn't find a reazon for this shameful treatment. Maybe because we were foreign (Brazilians)?? In all searches for London...top pubs, this one always appears. So It was the very first place we wanted to go. So disappointed. Anyway, we will come back to London and visit so many others pub, except this one. Its just unacceptable what happens to a group of people (with good maners) that was just trying to enjoy holiday.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 10, 2022

I'd been meaning to pop in to the pub for a pint for a while and finally made it. Luckily it wasn't too busy for a Thursday evening so managed to get a drink fairly quickly and find a table. Overall, worth going to if...you are in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 9, 2022

After multiple visits to London, we finally made it here. We just had a drink to get out of the cold and to look around. Most of the bar is set up for dining. the bar areas are relatively small.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 27, 2022

Great time with friends and family, definately will be back very soon. Next time will take for a longer time

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 25, 2022

I visit the pub with a view to having a late lunch.....which I was unable to do as it was after 3pm.After ordering a drink I was asked not to sit in a the part as this was dining only,then ten minutes later asked to...move again to a not so nice area of the pub...the staff were herding people off off tables saying they were booked despite food not being served for another 2hrs.I have never been treated like that and certainly London pubs are usually good natured and freindly. But not this one.They don't care about customers it seems.......so try one of the many other freindly pubs in the area and give this a miss.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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It’s not a favourite chair it’s a bench in the corner of the original pub. There is a plaque which reads “This was the seat most frequently occupied by Charles Dickens. There is a chair which was used by Dr Samuel Johnson... More
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5