Remarkable Pubs are a group of independently run, traditional pubs based in London. Each pub has been thoughtfully restored or reinvented with inspiration often taken from the Victorian era, with a long time understanding that pubs are places to socialise, hubs for the local community and ultimately a refuge for relaxation, pleasure, company and enjoyment. All but one of our pubs serves great food made on the premises and there is always a large and interesting array of cellar cooled, hand pumped beers and real ales, fine wines and spirits to choose from. Each and every one of the pubs listed here are looking forward to welcoming you.
In 1985 much of the local pub scene in Inner London was fairly lacklustre. Grubby and often boarded-up property lined the streets, yet to be swept up in the new wave of regeneration, the Georgian or Victorian elegance of these grand establishments had faded.
The Prince George in Hackney was one such pub, standing statuesquely on the corner of Wilton Way. As founders Robert and Jean Thomas cycled past it, they admired its classical pillared porch and architectural charm – but didn’t much fancy a drink inside. Upon discovering the pub was for sale, having never worked in or run pubs before, the young couple decided to take a chance on the old building and carefully resuscitate it. Sympathetic to the era it was built in, and appealing to those who happened upon it, The Prince George was stripped back and turned into the kind of pub they had wished for all along. Carpets were pulled up and floorboards sanded, reclaimed church pews were placed, the real fireplaces exposed and the original mahogany bar brought back to life. A 7″ vinyl jukebox was installed and several Real Ale pumps were instated as part of their mission to serve great beer to the local community. The pub quickly became a much loved local gem and a place full of animated conversation, genuine charm and fun. Not much has changed from then to this day.
15 (and counting) pubs later and Robert and Jean’s tentative venture into the world of drinking venues has resulted in a very remarkable and much loved set of pubs.
Genuine Czech lager established 1893
Litovel is directly imported by Remarkable Pubs across Europe for a thousand miles or so, shipped across the Channel and then decanted into kegs at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick. It’s then distributed exclusively around our pubs. So if you’re in London you’ll only be able to enjoy Litovel at a Remarkable Pub.
Lager (a German word meaning stockade or “keep”) was first developed using a cold brewing process at Pilsen in the Czech Republic in the 1840’s and has been imitated throughout the world ever since. Litovel is a genuine Czech lager brewed in the Czech Republic.
Beer has been lovingly brewed at the present Brewery in Litovel since 1893, but this story goes back much further than the 19th Century. The Brewery itself took up the tradition of beer brewing in Litovel which can be traced back in history records as early as 1291. Thanks to its quality, the Litovel Beer spread beyond the Haná Region shortly after the Brewery was opened and during the period of the so-called “First Republic” Litovel beer was dubbed “the Moravian Pilsen”.
A brewing plant, set in cardinal marble, is one of the jewels of Czech beer brewing. It’s complimented by a classic fermenting and lager cellar. In the 1990s, the Brewery was modernised, and the new bottling line, pressure tanks and filling room of barrelled beer has extended the traditional technology, which is indispensable for the production of the genuine Czech beer.
The Royal Litovel Beer is brewed, according to the time-proven prescriptions of Litovel brewers, from exceptionally good water, high-quality malt and mild cultivated sorts of Czech hops. It’s so highly valued that not only is it seen as a prestigious brand, it’s also exported to countries across the world including Germany, Canada, Italy and Sweden.
The quality and flavour of the beer have won Litovel a total of 4 gold awards in famed Czech brewery contests, as well as a silver medal at the world renowned Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival and a bronze medal at the European Beer Star competition.