Packed with mostly men in business suits, Counting House Pub was busy when I walked in at around 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon. I’m not quite sure if they’ve finished work or just having a quick break/lunch, I’d be truly impressed if they’re doing the latter as all of them were holding a drink. I don’t think I can ever go for a drink during lunch time and get back to work with a clear head and not wanting to take a nap.
I went to Counting House Pub after visiting the Sky Garden. I’ve done my research of course and looked for interesting pubs or restaurants around the area and this came up. I love visiting unique pubs and restaurants, it could be because of their history or the food they serve or the interior design. In this case, it was more because of the design and history of the pub.
Counting House Pub used to be a bank in the late 18th century, old fixtures and fittings are still being donned in this pub with a wooden staircase on the left side of the bar, chandeliers and high-domed ceilings. It doesn’t look like your ordinary pub, it looked more like a posh lounge for me. Don’t be discouraged though as they do have your normal London pub prices for their food and drinks.
I haven’t had a steak pie before so I decided to try it here at the Counting House Pub. Pies are one of the most traditional dishes served in a pub here in London, probably next to fish and chips (don’t quote me on that though as I’m not so sure if I’m correct lol). The steak pie was amazing! Meat was tender and juicy and the gravy made it all the more succulent. I’ve been ordering fish and chips in pubs since we moved here in London and I guess after this meal, I’ll order steak pies instead.
Note: I’ve never had steak pies before so I’m not sure if the one served at the Counting House Pub was really that good. 🙂
Counting House Pub
50 Cornhill London EC3V 3PD
Nearest underground station: Bank
lived there for two years. Lots of nice pubs in unique settings. Great post!
That steak pie looks like the typical steak pies that we have in the North of England. I haven’t been to London for a long time but do love a good pub. The Counting House looks really grand. I too love a bit of history within a place. Thanks for sharing
The steak pie is absolutely amazing! I’ve had another after this visit but in a different pub but this pie from Counting House was much better. 🙂
I just came back from London, visiting my brother, and it is a common custom to have drinks in-between work hours or just end up leaving work early.
I’ll have to get used to that. :p
Yes, especially when you get drink at nice looking pubs like that!
Oh I wish I had gone to more pubs when I was in London. It’s funny how the Brits cook pies and eat all the pies. It looks like you went to some lovely tradtional pubs.
I have a list of all the traditional pubs that I must visit here in London, I’m not sure if I can complete it since the list goes longer. :p
This is a beautiful pub. The Bank Station area I didn’t get to that much while I was living there. I only saw this area when I did the Paddington and Shaun the Sheep trails! I am sad I missed this beautiful building as I would have loved enjoying a pint in there while marvelling at the beautiful interior.
There’s always a next time Janine. 🙂
I have never been to London, but it’s on my bucket list. This place looks stunning. Thank you for sharing
The interior of the Counting House Pub looks beautiful. I had steak pie before but would be nice to compare with the Counting Pub’s!
Whoohoo!!! Good to see a pub that’s not from Shoreditch, Covent Garden or Soho! Lolz!! A 18th C bank turned into a pub?? Wow! That’s cool!!! Love its retro vibe!!
LOL. That’s a great observation, most of the pubs mentioned by tourists are almost always in those areas. :p
What a beautiful building. London is a great city – lived there for two years. Lots of nice pubs in unique settings. Great post!
I’m enjoying it here! Have been living here for only 6 months now and I’m still in the honeymoon phase, hopefully I won’t ever get out of that phase. :p
I know what you mean having a drink at lunch then going back to work, I’d be sleeping. Surely it’s against the rules? There sure is a lot of history to this pub, I wouldn’t like to sleep overnight. The steak pie and chips look really good, my mouth is watering! Great pictures of the pub, you present it well.
I won’t be able to drink and go back to work, that would be torture! :p
hahaha that was one thing i was so surprised by! people drinking since noon… you don’t really see that here in bangkok and if i ever did that i too would end up napping at work lol.
The drinking as early as noon is a normal sight to see in Greece BUT normally, it’s during a holiday so they don’t have to go back to work. I don’t think I can ever drink and work afterwards, that would be torture! :p
it looks really nice!:) your commentluv doesn’t seem to work
I haven’t been to London in ages. Your post is making me miss the pubs and the steak pies!!! xx
Time to go back Sofia! :p