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Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street
Aldwych
London
WC2R 3JF

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Opening Times

11-11 Mon-Fri; Closed Sat & Sun

Meal Times

11-8.30 Mon-Thu; 11-3 Fri; Closed Sat & Sun

Owner

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About the Pub

Just off Fleet Street near the Royal Courts of Justice, near all the barristers' chambers in the Temple and the Aldwych, this is a real gem of a one room pub, with an additional drinking and eating room upstairs. The ceiling is packed with the landlord's collection of beer mats, and the walls and back bar - and more! - can only be described as a mecca of advertising signs for beers, sherry, port, cigarettes, tobacco and cigars of the past.

The landlord's collection of Edgar Wallace crime novels, pub guides, etc., will make you want to linger. And with between six and eight ales generally available, all but one being rotating guests sourced from breweries, including micros, from all over the country, you're spoiled for choice. The landlord John (he gets by on around four hours of sleep a night - he's used to it after 46 years in the trade and 8 at the Edgar Wallace; it's a way of life) is invariably on hand at his table by the main door, and will happily help you make your choice of beer. Good value food is served all day (but just until 3pm on Fridays).

This pub does not open at all at weekends. It's a "quiet" pub with no music, laptops, mobiles and so on allowed. With its great range of interesting real ales, it operates a try-before-you-buy policy but, to compensate for this, note that half pints may be charged at a premium rate.

Historic Interest

There has been a pub here since at least 1777. Past customers of the Essex Head Tavern (known as Sam's for the publican Samuel Greaves, an old servant of Mr. Thrale - of H. Thrale & Co., brewers at the Anchor Brewery Southwark) included Dr. Samuel Johnson and Richard Brocklesbury who are said to have founded the Essex Head Club here in 1783. Rebuilt in 1891 as the Essex Head, it took its present name in 1975 to celebrate the centenary of the famous crime writer's birth.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Crouch Vale Brewers Gold

Changing Beers

This pub serves Many changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Dark Star Hophead
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord
  • Usually five, sometimes seven changing ales.

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Edgar Wallace, London

Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub

Facilities

  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    The main door provides level access; but not to toilets upstairs.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not on Fri.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Only if eating.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    At front of the pub.

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Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street
Aldwych
London
WC2R 3JF

Sat Nav Reference

51.512687, -0.112778

Transport

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Nearby Bus Routes (75m)

TfL: 11, 15, 4, 23, 26, 76, 172, 341

Nearby Station (800m)

Blackfriars

Nearby London Underground/DLR (300m)

Temple

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  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Events Events
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited Cask Marque Accredited
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • Function Room Function Room
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • LocAle Accredited LocAle Accredited
  • Events Events
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Function Room Function Room
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited Cask Marque Accredited
  • Real Fire Real Fire
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Function Room Function Room
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Member Discount Scheme Member Discount Scheme
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes
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