Friday night in Central London. When you don’t work there, you forget how busy places get from anything from about 4pm onwards, as offices and other workplaces empty, and their occupants spill out into nearby pubs and bars, to have a few drinks and let their hair down, without having to think of the impending 2 hour commute home for a few more hours.
What this means is that you can spend quite a while wandering around and looking for somewhere where you can get a sit so you can sit down and eat and have a drink, and catch up with the friends that you have travelled down to spend the weekend with.
Some times this means that you can end up somewhere that you weren’t intending to. Callaghans Bar is situated on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury, which is where we were staying. We had spent around 20 minutes wandering around the three nearby pubs, but seating was lacking, so we ended up here.
This was not my first choice, as I’ve been in here before when staying at the hotel. The beer selection is poor, as they have just a couple of vaguely interesting German beers in the fridge, and nothing decent on tap. Contrast this with the pub across the road, where they have around 8 decent ales on tap and more bottles and cans available. And ciders as well.
So my first drink of our London weekend ended up being this Paulaner Hefe-Weisbier, an unsubtle and slightly fruity number, which went down well.
As we couldn’t get in anywhere for proper food just yet, we opted for some nachos, because the menu was pretty limited – a few burgers and hot dogs, some pasta, fish’n’chips and a steak.
The nachos were very tasty – good salsa and guacamole, it’s just a shame that everything else about the place is so uninteresting. It’s basically a sports bar type place, burgers and lagers and not much more. Having been in it during a football match, it’s not exactly a relaxing atmosphere.
Only for use in emergencies, like this one!