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The Old Bell Tavern

$$ - $$$
City of London
Bar, British, Pub
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95 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH, England
+44 20 7583 0216
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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208 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From J Boy of Derby Situated on Fleet Street next to St Brides church this is a charming old world pub that serves a good pint with friendly efficient bar staff. The menu looked interesting but did not eat here due to lack of time. This is a real good local real ale pub in the heart of the city,... More 

Thank John B
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is pure history! If you like somewhere to drink that has real character, then this should be your destination. I believe that Wren had this place built so that his St Paul's workers had somewhere to drink, and it's still providing the same hospitality today. Serves a great pint too. Creators of new drinking establishments should model their... More 

Thank tony s
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Tony S, thank you for leaving this lovely feedback about your experience with The Old Bell Tavern. Completely agree with you, it is a little gem. Have a great day! More 

York, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old Bell is another genuine old London pub that is on my list, lovely warm atmosphere, friendly staff, I would have liked to try out the Pies but we had other eating plans, good selection of beers, a must visit establishment.

Thank robert w
Viki B, Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks Robert W, for leaving us this response. We always love to receive feedback from our guests. More 

Elstead, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely pub very full but we were able to get a table. Brilliant menu and very friendly staff. We just needed a quick lunch, they have a pie menu which is very traditional along with a standard menu. All in all good food, nice setting and friendly staff.

Thank NARedit
Viki B, Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing these comments Naredit. It means a lot! More 

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440 reviews
335 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Now a regular fixture on our London tours. A nice historic pub with friendly staff. Serves a very good pint of Guinness.

Thank Montyf1
Viki B, General Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing these comments, Montyf1. More 

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520 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We dined here with friends who were visiting London and wanted to see some of the sights. A quaint old pub which they really liked. They had a good selection of ales, beers and wines. The menu is quite extensive and has something for everyone's taste. I went for the Hunter's chicken which proved to be very nice. A thoroughly... More 

Thank Rojo447
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Rojo447, thank you for leaving us such a lovely feedback. More 

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely old pub on Fleet Street. Had a nice pint of Fullers in an unassuming but authentic ambiance. Not too busy or noisy, background music unobtrusive. Staff pleasant and range of beers and gins very good.

Thank johnmlees
Viki B, General Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Johnmlees. We're glad you've enjoyed your pint and thank you for leaving us response. More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I had a lovely fish and chips lunch with a pint after visiting St. Paul's. The food was great and the staff were very helpful when I had questions about ordering. Some Italian ladies (non-English speakers) came in after me and the bar staff person was very patient in making sure they understood the menu and were able to order... More 

Thank Lisa F
Viki B, General Manager at The Old Bell Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback, Lisa F. We strive to provide excellent service to our customers at The Old Bell Tavern so really appreciate your great feedback! More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

A lovely bar full of atmosphere and tradition. Serving a good selection of beers, wines and spirits. The craft allows in particular were nice

Thank John B
March, United Kingdom
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274 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Popped in for a drink to meet up with friends and ended up staying for 3 and half hours. A lively place at the Ludgate Circus end of Fleet Street. Plenty of beers to chose from and the complete range of wines and spirits. Limited seating as this is a fairly small public house. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 95 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7583 0216
You will find The Old Bell Tavern in Fleet Street London within a short stroll of Farringdon Street, City Thameslink and Ludgate Hill - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Old Bell Tavern is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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