Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Swan and Edgar Pub
Recently visited what used to be The Feathers in Linhope Street NW1, tucked away between Baker Street and Marylebone. Now named The Swan and Edgar it has adopted a literary theme, with a bar literally propped up with books.
Stopped in originally on a crawl of the area several years ago - the appeal was that it was supposed to be one of London's smallest pubs, and at the time it indeed was, with the bar occupying a much larger part of the small room, or so as I remember.
A nice Hungarian girl serves us. It is Tuesday evening and fairly quiet, but the crowd are a nice mix. They have an ale on tap - Spitfire, but with no clip on the pump people could be forgiven for not realising and defaulting to lagers.
Bar close up
Apparently punters are always trying to pull the books out from under the bar - one would imagine they would protect them with perspex or something, but they are simply piled up!
Scrabble tiled toilet
Next interesting aspect is the toilet, where the floor is lined with scrabble tiles! The quiltwork seat coverings are hand-made by the landlord's Russian interior designer girlfriend, and chairs are wrapped in newspapers!
Their nibbles are great simple pub food, with yummy sharing platters, mini Cumberland sausages etc.
Overall, a recommended stop-over if you're in the area!
Posted by Sam Crawley at 8:35 pm