Address: 40 Essex Street, Temple, London WC2R 3JF
Telephone: 020 7353 3120
Traditional street corner pub in the legal district near the Royal Courts of Justice and Temple tube station.
The black exterior is striking and is set off by the golden coloured trim on the windows. The pub also seems to be guarded by two large toy soldiers.
Inside, the Edgar Wallace has a bar down one side divided into two halves. The busy seating area is open plan though. The walls are covered with collections of old 60s posters advertising beers and cigarettes.
In the corner there is a staircase leading to an upstairs seating area. This area is calmer and features a non operational bar at one end behind which are many well stocked book shelves. The marketing posters here give way to more information about Edgar Wallace himself – a prolific author who created the King Kong character in a short story.
Beer wise, there are 8 hand pumps on the bar at the Edgar Wallace. Regular ales are the Crouch Vale Brewers Gold and the house beer – Edgar’s Pale Ale brewed by Nethergate. The remaining 6 pumps feature a varying selection from breweries such as Dark Star, Hop Back etc.
Food is available lunchtimes and evenings. The menu is reasonably priced for the West End and the food tastes good and the portions are large. I’d definitely recommend eating here if you are in the area.
In this small area of London there is a close concentration of pubs. The Edgar Wallace is definitely the best of the bunch.
Last visited: September 2015
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