Lord Raglan

Lord Raglan pub
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Venue : Lord Raglan, 61 St. Martins le Grand, City of London, EC1A 4ER
Reviewed : February 2011 Telephone : 020 7726 4756
Brewery : ?
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Facilities : Sky TV, Large Screens, Fruit Machine, Food, pub grub £5-£8,
Real Ale - Bombardier, London Pride and guesting Butcombe, friendly staff, busy for a Monday, City workers, rarely tourists.

Located on the rather grandly named St. Martin's Le Grand the Lord Raglan occupies the ground and first floor of a lovely three storey Victorian building. Although the pubs frontage is small, it stretches back for a good distance, the bar is midway down on the left, there is a large first floor balcony overlooking the ground floor bar. An abundance of dark wood and red walls, old pictures and maps of the City along with other memorabilia gives a traditional feel, which is in keeping with the building.

The multiple levels and carpeted seating areas help to reduce the ambient conversation level, whilst wood and stone flooring around the bar area helps to keep it clean. We enjoyed the Butcombe and Bombardier on a surprisingly busy Monday lunchtime, the food was okay and the staff attentive and friendly.

The Lord Raglan stands next on the site where Aldersgate stood prior to its demolition in 1761 and is worth a visit if you work in the area or on the way to visit the Museum of London or St Paul's. Aldersgate was the gate through which James I entered the City on his arrival from Scotland to assume the English crown.

Come out of the Lord Raglan, cross the road, turn right and head towards a blue police call box about 25 yards walk, there, on your left you will find the entrance to Postman's Park. A small park where you can find a tiled wall celebrating ordinary people who lost their lives trying to save others. This was the idea of the painter G F Watts (1817-1904), the hand lettered tiles are the work of Doulton and is something very special to see.

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