CHEF JOE :: Back in Jolly Olde…

by admin on June 21, 2012

Editor’s note: As we prepare to touch on our second stop in France and head into the UK ourselves, we find Chef Joe moving back to London. Here, he offers a quick glimpse into a joyous “back home” drop-in to his new neighborhood.

Ah yes, it’s 5:00 in the afternoon on a sunny but slightly cool London afternoon. Dealing with the office is over and what could be better than quenching one’s thirst with a delicious and flavorful proper British ale.

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in the Marylebone area of London, then wander down to one of the oldest pubs in the area, the Golden Eagle. Not a place for trendies but a good spot for lovers of craft beer. At the corner of Marylebone Lane and Bulstrode Street (a five-minute walk from Bond Street Tube Station on the Central and Jubilee Lines), you will find an establishment whose current proprietor takes pride in having a rotating selection of four hand-pulled British craft beers. Fuller’s London Pride is always available as is Tribute, a mild Cornish ale with a solid bitter finish. The other two selections change on a regular basis. Today’s choice was White Bear, a gorgeous golden ale from Hertfordshire. At 4.5% ABV the ale had a perfect combination of rounded flavors to quench one’s thirst with a satisfying slightly bitter edge at the back.  

… and off he goes!

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