We wandered into the Essex Serpent when street construction kept us from another scheduled pub lunch destination. I cannot speak to the upstairs dining as we ate in the pub downstairs. I can say that the cottage pie and the bangers and mash were excellent. The ale was great and the bartender fast to bring out food. A local celebrity was doing an interview in the far corner quietly and the ambience inside was comfortable. The large window afforded us a place to watch people quickly walking to Covent Garden shops, bustling here and there. As it had been quite warm out, the cool interior was welcomed. Overall our bill as a couple for lunch and 2 pints was £22 and we found the experience to be worthwhile.
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