BY Harry Corton
After England’s epic World Cup glory, there's a virulent bout of cricket fever sweeping the country. To help contain this epidemic, we decided to act quickly and use our expertise to compile a list of the best places to watch England v Australia in London this August.
Scroll down for the seven best pubs showing Ashes 2019 – venues that are going that extra mile to offer cricket buffs the finest viewing experience around. So have a gander, choose a place and get your mates along for what is set to be another belting month of international cricket.
Clissold Park Tavern, Stoke Newington (click for more details)
Nice day in North London and looking for somewhere to watch Joe Root’s band of brothers stick the boot into the Aussies? The back garden (see above) is a genuine sanctuary and delivered an electric atmosphere during the recent Cricket World Cup final. What sets the Clissold apart is their gigantic outdoor screen at the end of the beer garden, a dream for sun-basking sports fans. Kick back in one of the deck chairs perched just in front or commandeer a table and plot up to enjoy the action on your own separate screen.
When hunger strikes, standing by is belting selection of stone-baked pizzas and weekend brunch options. Wash that down with one of the local craft beers on tap, for which you don’t even have to leave the confines of the botanical wonderland to snag – simply head over to the garden bar to top-up.
Nestled away in the shadow of St. Paul's lies the City of London's only cricket pub - the perfect place to catch a few overs over a long Friday lunch.
Whether you're doing that or bedding in for the long haul, the Fullers beer is obviously excellent whilst the food is well worth a go. The kitchen serves up all manner of pub classics, executed with the dexterity of a Shane Warne ripper. Breakfast is served from 9am Monday-Friday, even offering the hyper dedicated reason to get down for the toss.
Without a doubt one of the classiest sports bars in London, Greenwood have thought hard about how to offer sports fans the best viewing experience around. Feast your eyes on any of their 19 HD TV screens in addition to the giant projector.
They’re renowned for serving up fantastic gastro-grub and offering an unrivalled selection of beers and will be stocking the Aussie-brewed, Little Creatures, just for the series. Oh and keep an eye on their social channels, where they'll be running cricket-themed competitions throughout the summer.
Roll up Aussies, roll up! The Old Kings Head should be one of your designated outposts for the duration of the tournament, a safe haven from well-worn sandpaper jokes and ropey accents.
You can cheer on the Baggy Greens as loud as you like. Expect uninterrupted encomiums from fellow pub-goers on the heroics of David Warner and ingenuity of Steve Smith. Enjoy HD coverage of every ball not to mention the all-important commentary turned up.
A cracking sports pub with community at its heart, situated just a few minutes walk from the Oval (venue for the final and potentially deciding Test). Patrons can enjoy the recently renovated interiors now that it’s been decked out to the nines with some top-of-the-range kit including a multiscreen wall, ample UHD screens and pool tables.
Expect a smashing food menu with classic pubs favourites, daily kitchen specials and traditional Sunday Roasts, all prepared from fresh ingredients delivered daily.
In the City and looking for somewhere light and airy to catch the afternoon session over lunch? Sounds like you need a slice of the Long Arm in your life. With multiple screens, including not one but two giant projectors showcasing every ball of the series, it’s hard to find a better atmosphere outside of the actual stadiums.
On the menu, you can expect a host of hearty specials in addition to an already burgeoning gastro-pub offering. Loaded fries, slider platters and lots of renowned vegan dishes make the Long Arm a firm-favourite with the lunch crowd. Meanwhile, their very own in-house brewery offers an ever-changing selection of craft beers, ales and stouts to sup as the drama unfolds.
Nipping out and catching an hours play in the boozer over lunch is one of summer's many little treats. The Dukes Head are making that an absolute no brainer this August with lunch for fiver when the cricket's on. Howzat for a bargain?
And if you do decide to sack it and bed in for the day, this charming old pub with a beamed ceiling is the perfect place to do so. Cosy and family-friendly (including pets), it’s got that living room type of vibe which makes watching the cricket a sheer delight.