A historical site about early London coffee houses and taverns and will also link to my current pub history site and also the London street directory
HEYCOCK'S, TEMPLE BAR,
Near the Palsgrave's Head tavern, was Heycock's Ordinary, much frequented by Parliament men and gallants. Andrew Marvell usually dined here : one day, having eaten heartily of boiled beef, with some roasted pigeons and asparagus, he drank his pint of port; and on the coming in of the reckoning, taking a piece of money out of his pocket, held it up, and addressing his associates, certain members of Parliament, known to be in the pay of the Crown, said, " Gentlemen, who would lett himself out for hire, while he can have such a dinner for half a crown ?"
Lots of references are made to two sources on the
Edward Callows, Old London Taverns &
John Timbs, Club life of London Volume 2