Where are all the Samuel Smith pubs?
Samuel Smiths Brewery pubs are a perfect example of something London has to offer that you might that you might not find out about until a Londoner mentions it.
I was first introduced to a Samuel Smiths pub by someone I knew living in London the first thing that struck me about the pub was that they are pretty much the cheapest pint in London at around just over two pound a pint.
The longer I lived in London the more of these pubs I discovered mainly on lunch breaks from work looking for a cheap pint in central London.
The Samuel Smiths pubs sell really cheap food (mainly the standard pub lunch affair) like pie and veg, cheap alpine lager and reasonable priced spirits.
The pubs are so cheap because most of the beer and spirits are not branded and as such the brewery running the pubs doesn’t have to pay the big boys cut backs for having branded booze and mainstream lagers.
The pub decorations and interiors are instantly recognisable, in a good example of the subtle branding. The staff are friendly and the customers always have a smug in the know kind of feel about them.
All of the pub buildings feature their original fittings and oldie worldie interiors. Most of the Samuel Smiths pub I have visited even feature cowboy style saloon split entrances and glass screens which separate the main bar from the food areas.
Although the pubs are often in central London they create quiet spaces where life seems to go a little slower (in a good way). Basically after some hunting around on the internet, inspired by a post five a side football match pub conversation, I managed to find out where most of the pubs are located and created a Google map marking them all
View all the samuel smith pubs in a larger map
Samuel Smiths pubs make great credit crunch lunch locations as you can easily grab a meal and drink for under a tenner.
If you have visited a few of these pubs in the past with friends why not pass this link around so people can start some credit crunch bar crawls.