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Cask and Glass

Cask and Glass, 39-41 Palace Street, Westminster SW1 5HN

Mixed feelings about telling people about this superb pub nicknamed “The Queen’s Local”. Why? Because it is only yards from the back door of Buckingham Palace.

It is said to be the smallest pub in central London and it was really busy when I last visited. Alerting people to it could increase its popularity and brass off Her Majesty.

One regular said it was a gem only known to those who work or live in the area. He described it as an oasis of calm.

However, for the greater good you should pop in for a pint to this cosy, quaint Shepherd Neame pub tucked away in a back street near Victoria.

I’ve been going here on and off for around a decade because it is a haven for good beer and chat.

Continuity is important and it is the same landlord. Doesn’t say much and doesn’t smile, but the beer is good with brews from Britain’s oldest brewer on tap.

They also serve snacks – it’s not Cordon Bleu cooking but instead a mouth-watering cheese and ham toastie – and there are allergy signs in the pub, but it is the beer people go for.

It’s comfortable in the Cask and Glass, if you can get a seat, and there are some atmospheric pictures of nearby Victoria station and the brewing trade on the walls.

If it is busy inside, there is always space outside on the street, a popular place for those with a strong constitution in February.

Oh, and this may be busy Victoria but the prices are not sky high, another attraction.

The Cask and Glass might be small, but it has a mighty reputation among those in the know.

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