Our Pub of the week this week is footballs ‘other’ spiritual home - The Freemasons Arms
, Covent Garden. The Victorian-built Freemasons Arms pub in Long Acre is a lasting tribute to the founders of the Football Association.
The pioneers of Soccer met at the original Freemasons pub over six evenings in October 1863 to thrash out the rules of a game now played in more than 200 countries across the globe.
Today, the Freemasons Arms celebrates its historic location with a display of Football Association memorabilia and the perfect set-up to enjoy televised football in the modern era.
The bar has six high definition plasma TV screens featuring all the top matches, with a split feed so it is possible to show two games simultaneously - There’s even a special Match Day menu, consisting of hearty snacks such as burgers, sausages, chicken wings, chips and nachos.
Manager John Annetts who follows Liverpool, and his wife Linda, an Arsenal fan, have run the pub for 16 years. He said: “We have a display cabinet on the history of the FA, including a Three Lions plaque which they’ve donated to us, as well as pictures of football legends such as Bobby Moore. We pride ourselves on making the Freemasons Arms a place where customers can enjoy their football in comfort with good food and drink in the place where it all began.”
The Freemasons Arms has a long history as a meeting place and has been used by the founders of Clerical and Medical, the Geological Society and the London Irish Rifles and the eponymous pub is still used regularly by Freemasons for Masonic dining and also hosts events as varied as quiz nights, beer tastings, training courses, birthday parties and wedding receptions.
Featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the pub serves a variety of authentic Kentish cask ales, as well as distinctive international lagers and a good selection of wines.There is also a good selection of traditional pub food, including set menus and buffets for people holding events in the pub’s two well-equipped function rooms.
Just 200 yards from Covent Garden tube, a short walk from Charing Cross and with two secure car parks nearby, the Freemasons Arms occupies a prime spot near the Royal Opera House and other tourist hotspots.
To get in touch with the Freemasons arms you can visit their webpage
or give them a call on 020 7836 3115.