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One of my favorite traditional London Pubs is The Counting House. A former banking hall built in 1893, it has had its 19th Century charm preserved with chandeliers, a wooden staircase, high-domed ceiling, and authentic fixtures reminiscent of that era.

Be sure to check out The Counting House when you’re in London…


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The Counting House is located at 50 Cornhill and showcases a traditional office facade.

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It’s packed like an old boys’ hangout with people having power lunch and drinks at midday.

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We went up to the 2nd floor for a private function. Just look at the elegance of the bar with overhanging chandelier.

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The Counting House Menu: About the Counting House | Weekly Specials | Starters, Sandwiches, Mains | Pies | Sides, Puddings, Tea & Coffee | Evening Snacks, Sharers | Wines: White Wines, Champagne & Sparkling Wine | Wines: Red Wines, Rose Wines | Fuller’s Ales

We had a set lunch of traditional British food.

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My power lunchmates made The Counting House meal more memorable.

(From left to right): Pinky Balagtas from PAL, The Cito Beltran, our tour guide – Richard Briggs, Millet Mananquil – Lifestyle Editor of The Philippine Star , Anna Sobrepeña of Lifestyle Asia, and Pepper Teehankee. 🙂

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The starters were a simple serving of seasonal vegetable soup and baguette.

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A traditional British dish is the Shepherd’s Pie with meat, topped with cheese and green peas.

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Fullers Brewery Beer battered Fish & Chips, served with peas & traditional tartar sauce.

One of the best Fish & Chips we’ve had during our trip.

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It was soft, still juicy, not too oily, and presented well in a fish shape. 

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London Pride is a smooth & well balanced beer, which has a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well-developed hop flavours from the Target, Challenger & Northdown varieties in the brew. London Pride is an ideal session-strength premium ale. 

When you’e in London, make sure to have some Fuller’s London Pride as it goes well with the Fish & Chips. 🙂 Best of all, they serve London Pride as draught (British spelling of “draft”) beer in the Counting House!

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Sticky Toffee Pudding served with pouring cream.

I like the toffees in London. This is just the best dessert to end a traditional British meal in a traditional London Pub. 🙂

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Thank you for the awesome company — Millet, Anna, Mikael, Cito, and Pepper!

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This was the best British Pub experience for me during our trip. 🙂  The Sheperd’s Pie, Fish & Chips with Draft London Pride, and Sticky Toffee Pudding has changed the way I look at traditional British food.

My only issue is the service is slow and the entire place has an old boys’ club feel.

Live an Awesome Life,

Anton
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

P.S. Fly to London Non-Stop 5 times a week on PAL’s Boeing 777-300ER! Leave Manila in the morning, and make it to London just in time for Afternoon Tea! Book your direct flight to London via PAL via http://www1.philippineairlines.com/

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Read: PAL Manila Non-Stop to London: A Photo Essay of the Maiden Vogage of PAL Flight PR720!