The Rose & Crown, our usual pub, is closed for a refit. Sadly it will changed from an independently run pub with a landlady we know to one with management installed by the brewer (Shepherd Neame). As a result, we have made the decision to try somewhere different for our May meeting and then form a decision on what to do for the future depending on the success of the change in venue, the benefits or otherwise of the refit at the Rose & Crown and whether the new manager there would be so accommodating with regards to the room upstairs if not otherwise booked.
So this month on Tuesday 13th from around 6.30 p.m. onwards we will be in the downstairs bar of The Blue Posts located in the part of Rupert Street which is between Shaftsbury Avenue and Leicester Square. As always we’ll try to have a few interesting books on hand from our bookshelves, and bringing your own items to share is always welcomed.
It is a very short walk from Leicester Square, although technically the nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus.
The Blue Posts is a traditional pub in central London which tends to be surprisingly quiet in the early part of the week. For those like myself who are partial to a proper pint, it normally has a few ales on tap. It is rather small but we are assured that even if it is busy early on it will quieten down – generally when the theatre performances start. For the benefit of anyone meeting with us the first time we will try and display something with a transport theme to make it obvious, but we will probably stand out as a group anyway and you can always email us and ask for a contact number if you are worried.
When the Pub Quiz has finished at around 9.00 p.m. we might take over the room upstairs, if numbers mean it would be more comfortable.
One big advantage over the Rose & Crown is that normally the pub does decent food in the evening and offers a reasonably varied menu.
Graham Feakins has kindly provided walking directions from Piccadilly Circus which are below:
From Piccadilly Circus tube station, take the Shaftesbury Avenue exit and walk straight ahead along Coventry Street. Rupert Street is the second turning on the left after Piccadilly Circus, past the Trocadero, the first being Great Windmill Street. Coming from the Coventry Street end, The Blue Posts is about half-way up on the right-hand side of Rupert Street, with its entrance in the alleyway (Rupert Court) beside.