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Bag of Nails London

Bag of Nails is a pub in London, a few minutes from Buckingham Palace. We’ve had lunch there before visiting the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham. I will talk about that in another post, in a few days.

Bag of Nails London. Outside

The pub is lovely and it was very busy, as one can imagine. The first historical record of the pub dates back to 1775, when it was a tavern on the site, called “Bacchanals”. It gets its name from a play by Ben Jonson. From 1820 the pub was redeveloped and rented. The name changed from “Devil & Bag O’Nails” to Bag of Nails in 1905.

The funny thing is that they ran out of coffee. It was the first time this happened. Initially I thought my husband is having a laugh and that he will bring me the coffee I was hoping for. But no, I had to settle for a cup of tea. Lovely as it was, I was in dire need of a coffee. It did make the lunch more memorable though.

Vegetarian lunch - woodland mushroom and ale pie

I picked woodland mushroom and ale pie. It was £10.99. I loved it, with chunky chips and garden peas was really really good. The roasted mushrooms had a vegan ale sauce. I think the mushrooms were delicious and the pie was cooked beautifully. It actually inspired me to try to make my own mushrooms and ale pie.

Vegetarian lunch

My husband decided to have three cheese toastie, at £8.49. It was made with mature Cheddar, Gouda, and Emmental cheese, and he enjoyed it a lot. I liked it too, but I would pick that vegan mushroom pie again. It was amazing, but I think I said that a few times, one way or another, didn’t I?

Bag of Nails is in 6 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PP. It is part of the Greene King chain. Have you been to Bag of Nails?

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