|Venue :The Jamaica Wine House, St. Michael's Alley, off Cornhill. EC3V 9DS|
|Last Visit : January 2010||Telephone : 020 7929 6972|
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|Facilities : Downstairs bar|
You will find the Jamaica Wine House in the alley just off Cornhill at the church of St Michael, it occupies the site where Pasqua Rosee Coffee House stood, which in 1652 was the first establishment to sell coffee as a beverage in London.
A large Victorian illuminated sign marks the 'Jampot's' location, It's exterior is architecturally interesting and built of red stone. The interior is richly panelled with traditional wooden floor. You will not find any piped music or gaming machines and now that smoking is banned perhaps only a matter of time before the cigarette machine is gone. Behind the bar you will find traditional ales, which are reasonably well kept, the alley outside becomes very busy in the summer evenings with City workers enjoy a pint before heading home. There is a downstairs bar, on my frequent visits over the years I've never seen it in operation. I would recommend a visit to the Jamaica Wine House, it's a lovely pub which stands out from the many new venues in the City.
There is a plaque on the wall of the pub - "Here
stood the first London coffee House at the sign of Pasqua Rosee's head
1652'. The merchant Daniel Edwards and his Greek servant Pasqua
Rosee offered coffee for sale, the original handbill said that the coffee
was 'to be drunk, fasting half an hour before, and not eating an hour
after, and to be taken as hot as possibly can be endured; the which will
never take the skin off the mouth, or raise any blisters by reason of
that heat'. It also cured distempers including 'Defluxions of Rhumes,
Dropsy, Gout, Scurvy, King's-evil and Spleen.