Blackfriar

Pub in The City

Built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican monastery (hence the name and the corpulent chap above the door), this prominent pub was famously saved from demolition in the 1960s by poet Sir John Betjeman. The unusual monastic-themed friezes date from an art nouveau makeover in 1905. It serves a good selection of ales, along with speciality sausages and chops.

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