Lamb & Flag

33 Rose Street,
WC2E 9EB

Like the Nell Gwynne Tavern, this pub is a grade II listed building but it is not one of London’s Real Heritage Pubs. However, it has old panelling, a Victorian bar counter and a partitioned-off space at the rear. Over the left-hand doorway an arrow points to the ‘public bar’ to the right – clear evidence that there was a separation of the front part into two bars (removed, sadly, in the last couple of decades).

The listing description is as follows: “Public house. c.1688 or early C.18 carcase, front rebuilt 1958. Red brick front, stock brick rear but with probably original plum coloured brick to remains of closet wing, slate roof. Convincing early C.19 style elevation. 3 storeys and attic in old slate roof. 2 windows wide. Ground floor has wooden pilastered public house front with central window flanked by double doors, under entablature-fascia and to right passage entry to Lazenby Court. Recessed glazing bar sashes to upper floors under flat gauged arches with keystones. Parapet with coping. Rear wall retains part of original closet wing and the open passage to Lazenby Court on the pub side has framed and weatherboarded facing probably late C.18 or early C.19. Interior retains part of dog leg staircase and some plain panelling on ground and 1st floors. Survey of London; Vol. XXXVI”

The Lamb & Flag featured on the Oranges Are Not The only Fruit - Have a Banana: Evening Crawl of The Strand and Covent Garden in April 2010.