The Witness Box

The Witness Box Pub
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Venue : The Witness Box, 36 Tudor Street, City of London. EC4Y 0BH
Reviewed : May 2008 Telephone : 020 7353-6427
Facilities : Resturant

Located just outside the Tudor Gates of the Inner Temple on Tudor Street , The Witness Box is located on the ground & lower ground floors of a new office building.
Owned by Trust Inns it has the honour of being the most south-westerly pub in the City of London. On the ground floor is The Witness Box Restaurant, offering a simple but pleasing menu choice from 12 noon to 2pm (char grilled tuna nicoise salad £7.25, cheese and roast pepper quiche with salad £6.50) and they are open from 6am for breakfast.  The style and layout is in keeping with the pub downstairs, the neat wooden tables and chairs looked inviting, but we headed downstairs.

Downstairs is a traditional pub, with, a usually well stocked bar, on our visit there was only Courage Best or Directors, we opted for Best. Sadly after the first pint was drawn it was evidently off, but, all credit to the barman who didn't need our intervention to recognise the fact and offered Directors, which we accepted.  Being a member of Cask Marque the beer quality lived up to expectation and was a very good pint.

Being located so close to Inner Temple expect the outside seating, restaurant and bar to fill with lawyers, but sadly not journalists now that Fleet Street is no longer the hub of journalism.

In days long ago, formerly the Feathers and always known as "the Chronicle pub".

If you are a Dickens fan, then the fountain which is within the Temple grounds is of special interest and worth the short walk from The Witness Box. In Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–44) Dickens wove a romance around this court involving Ruth Pinch and John Westlock, their meeting place was Fountain Court, which dates from 1681. The area has changed little since Dickens wrote of it, ‘Brilliantly the Temple fountain sparkled in the sun, and laughingly its liquid music played, and merrily the idle drops of water danced...’

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