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Cornish Beer in Covent Garden

Published: Oct 3rd, 2009 | Author: The Beeralist

*** UPDATE *** Unfortunately the Cove Bar closed at the beginning of 2011. See: So Farewell to the Cove in Covent Garden

If someone asked you where in central London you could find five cornish real ales consistently available, what would your answer be?

A good answer would be the Cove Bar in Covent Garden. It’s a pub that has been a favourite of mine for many years but still seems to be a bit of a secret.

Cove Bar, Covent Garden – the entrance beside the pasty shop

Cove Bar, Covent Garden – the entrance beside the pasty shop

To find the Cove you should head for the north west corner of the Covent Garden piazza and look for the West Cornwall Pasty shop. Behind this shop there is a small staircase – head upstairs and you’ve arrived at the bar – decked up to look like it’s a boat. Do you remember when other pubs used to do that – or am I just showing my age?

Five beers are regularly available at the Cove:

The quality of the beer is usually goodand the Cornish Knocker (my favourite) was excellent – a hoppy, floral beer.

Cove Bar, Covent Garden – Skinners and St Austell beers

Cove Bar, Covent Garden – Skinners and St Austell beers

It can’t be denied that the Cove is expensive – most beers are £3.80 a pint, but I guess that’s because of its location.

The interior of the pub is very wood and brick with two small rooms as well as the area in front of the bar. There is also the balcony which is a great place to watch the acts performing on the piazza – but don’t be surprised to be asked to contribute to the acts’ pot after they’ve finished.

Food is available too – most people seem to order off the pasty menu from downstairs, and they bring it up to you.

In my view the Cove is far superior to the nearby Punch & Judy

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