London's last ale house adds spirits

Pimlico's Fox and Hounds last of the beer-and-wine-only pubs

Aug 9, 1999 - London's last ale house expects to begin selling spirits this week. The Fox and Hounds, a small pub in Pimlico, has served only beer since it was built in 1821.


The consortium that owns the pub plans to add a full license this week at the one-bar pub.

James Symington, who heads the group that owns the pub, said it will remain primarily a place to enjoy beer and good food. "The full licence does not mean we are going mad. We consulted the regulars who have been drinking here for years and over 90 per cent had no problem with the introduction of spirits," he said.

He added: "Even so, all we intend to do is stock about six specials - a couple of good single malt whiskies, a nice cognac and premium grade vodka, gin and rum. There will be no Malibu."

Among the celebrities who've imbibed at the Fox and Hounds are Peter O'Toole, Liberace, Pierce Brosnan and Harrison Ford.

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