Friday, April 22, 2011
No. 33 The Little Oak
Visited on 21/4/11. This pub used to be the hostelry of choice for law college students and posh middle-class hangers on. Rugby and even hockey were always more popular than football and it wasn't unheard of for spontaneous outbreaks of the Eton wall game to occur in the beer garden. Within these very walls, I once even witnessed some toff plea for silence before proposing a toast to the queen ! How times have changed. The Nigels and Charlottes have moved on and nobody has followed in their wake. The place was almost empty. Even the tropical fish had gone. The choice of ale was between the increasingly ubiquitous Timothy Taylor's Landlord - here, served lifeless and insipid or Rudgate Viking - an ale with a quite spectacular lack of taste. Maybe we caught it on a bad night. Maybe.