According to a leaflet found in the pub, The Tipperary claims to be the oldest Irish pub in London (dating back to 1700). It also claims to have been the first pub outside of Ireland to have bottled Guinness and later draught. Whether either of these claims are true are questionable.
The pub was originally called the Boar’s Head and was built in 1605. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 due to it being built of stone. The pub was purchased by J.G. Mooney and Sons Brewery of Dublin who refitted the pub in 1895.
Both the leaflet and CAMRA’s London Pub Walks note that the pub was renamed the Tipperary in 1918 but research by Dead Pubs shows that a pub at that address was known as the Irish House in 1945. This indicates that it was sometime after 1950 that it was renamed to the Tipperary. The pub is now owned by the Greene King chain.
The long interior has a very traditional feel to it with a bar dominating one side and large advertising mirrors on the other wall. Seating is limited to predominantly stools but there is additional seating upstairs in the Boar’s Head room.
Real ale is served here although I can’t recall which ales were on offer when I visited in October 2011. As it’s an Irish pub, many people tend to purchase a Guinness.
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66 Fleet Street
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