The Lamb and Flag is nestled down Rose Lane (originally Red Rose Street) in the the north western part of Covent Garden. The street was built in the early part of the 17th century and like many parts of London their were no shortages of alehouses. The Coopers Arms was one and was the predecessor of the present day Lamb and Flag.
The Coopers was commonly known as the Bucket of Blood in the 17th century due to the fighting that was held there. The fighting wasn’t confined to the rooms in the pub; just outside in the adjacent alleyway the poet Dryden was set up and badly beaten up. According to Ted Bruning’s London by Pub, the Earl of Rochester had hired thugs to go after Dryden after he suspected him of writing a satirical pamphlet about the Earl. It transpired that the pamphlet was in fact written by the Earl of Mulgrave.
In the 19th century when Covent Garden was a little more respectable, the Coopers Arms was rebuilt and renamed as the Lamb and Flag.
The interior of the pub is basic and some may say run down but this very much adds to the character of it. There is a lot of dark wood throughout the pub along with a dark papered ceiling. The bar is located on the left of the pub and a partition separates the front sparsely furnished area from the snug at the rear. The windows on the front of the pub open fully to let in fresh air on a hot day.
Due to the size of the pub space is at a premium so many people congregate outside the pub in Rose Street. Whilst I haven’t ventured upstairs, it appears from this Time Out review that there appears to be additional seating along with a bar upstairs.
Real ales is always available in the Lamb and Flag and you will likely find Young’s beers, Wells Bombardier and Adnams available plus guests including Dark Star.
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Lamb and Flag
33 Rose Street
Tel: 020 7497 9504
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