Paris-Opera and Les Halles
May 11, 2018
Situated in Bishopsgate, Dirty Dick’s,/is a great place to connect with your co-conspirators as you begin the evening’s adventures, or as a pleasant spot for Sunday lunch. The 3am weekend closing time (at the manager’s discretion) also makes this a great spot to finish your night out before you head for the night tube.
The fun starts in the downstairs bar, with its solid selection of cask and bottled beers (DD’s is a Young’s pub). The food is excellent, an outstanding example of modern British cuisine. Choose from light and tasty bar snacks like their home-cooked quail Scotch eggs or a half-pint of pork scratchings, or enjoy something more substantial in the airy upstairs dining room. Dishes on offer include sharing boards, or meals for one like the buttermilk fried chicken burgers or a hearty Sunday roast. To wash everything down, you can select from an extensive and sophisticated wine list. Smokers will be relieved to discover the heated terrace at the back.
Established in 1745, Dirty Dick’s has played host to any number of historic figures, including Charles Dickens. While the building has changed a lot over the years, it still retains its 17th-century facade and the original timbers. One of DD’s most famous features is a clowder of mummified cats, once stashed behind the cellar bar to ward off evil influences and now housed in a glass case near the Gents’.
If you’re looking for a traditional London pub with a modern twist and plenty of 21st-century appeal, Dirty Dick’s is unmissable. Just watch out for the cats.
Main photo credit: Dirty Dick official Facebook page