Historical version 23 of Crosse Keys, EC3V 0DR
- 020 7623 4824
- 7 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0DR
- Mon-Thu: 8am-11pm; Fri: 8am-midnight; Sat: 9am-11pm; Sun: 9:30am-6:30pm
This is a very, very big pub, and hence not a bad choice if you want to meet up with people at peak City drinking hours. Due to its location, the evening clientele is mostly made up of suits, but you won't get looked down on for turning up more casually dressed. Looks perhaps more like a bank than a pub from the outside, and indeed it used to be one. It has at least one bookable function room. It opens from 9am so is handy for breakfast.
Kake and other RGLers visited for breakfast on a Friday morning in May 2008, as the first stop on the Waterloo & City Line Pub Crawl. Kake's traditional breakfast (£3) was actually pretty good for the price, and competently cooked, though my side order of toast (extra cost which I forget) was cold. The barstaff didn't seem at all disconcerted by us ordering beers at 9 in the morning. We weren't the only customers by a long shot, either; there were several other people in for breakfast too.
On Kake's September 2008 visit, there was a minor kerfuffle later in the evening as the staff realised they'd run out of burger buns. They had several interesting guest ales on including Salopian's Oracle.
On our December 2016 lunchtime visit as part of the 2016 Waterloo And City Line Pub Crawl, we were lucky to get a table when we arrived around 12:30pm, as despite the size of the place it was packed. They'd also run out of various menu items including scampi and chips and vegetarian wellington.
Accessibility: Toilets are down a flight of stairs, in the basement; haven't yet located an accessible one.