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
WILL'S AND SERLE'S COFFEE-HOUSES.
At the corner of Serle-street and Portugal-street, most invitingly facing the passage to Lincoln's Inn New square, was Will's, of old repute, and thus described in the Epicure's Almanack, 1815:
" This is, indubitably, a house of the first class, which dresses very desirable turtle and venison, and broaches many a pipe of mature port, double voyaged Madeira, and princely claret ; wherewithal to wash down the dust of making law books, and take out the inky blots from rotten parchment bonds ; or if we must quote and parodize Will's, 'hath a sweet oblivious antidote which clears the cranium of that perilous stuff that clouds the cerebellum.' "
The Coffee-house has some time being given up.
The 1829 Robsons dirctory refers to James Green at Wills hotel & Coffee house, 7 Serle street, Lincolns Inn fields
Serle's Coffee-house is one of those mentioned in No. 49, of the Spectator : " I do not know that I meet in any of my walks, objects which move both my spleen and laughter so effectually as those young fellows at the Grecian, Squire's, Serle's, and all other Coffee-houses adjacent to the Law, who rise for no other purpose but to publish their laziness."
Lots of references are made to two sources on the
Edward Callows, Old London Taverns &
John Timbs, Club life of London Volume 2