London Pubs No. 5: The Seven Stars, Carey St

London

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Hidden away behind the Royal Courts of Justice (High Court) this odd little pub is about as quaint as the courts are grand. It was one of a handful of local buildings to survive the Great Fire (1666) and in 2002 celebrated its 400th anniversary with a street party.
Proprietor Roxy Beaujolais is presumably still there – she was the last time I went – and has carried out some sensitive renovations on the pub and a revamp on the menu. A changing selection of fresh, seasonal dishes can include oysters, steak, mussels, herrings and Caesar salad.
Behind the wood frontage is a thin bar and a small snug at one end, with an open fire. It is simply but comfortably furnished, with wooden settles and a few tables and chairs. There’s a display of legal paraphernalia in the window, and posters of old British courtroom dramas going up the frighteningly narrow stairs.
It’s easy to forget that places like this still exist…