"Dutch and Belgian beers plus booze-soaking grub"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
I am told that De Hems, a Dutch pub in the heart of Chinatown, was once a favourite haunt of 60s rock stars and music industry execs. Further back in time, it served as a meeting place for members of the Dutch Resistance during WWII.
Far from this being an independent operation, De Hems is owned by Nicholsons, responsible for many a drinking hole in London (46 to be precise).
The downstairs is bustling, as is fitting for a pub in this area; the spacious upstairs is a little more relaxed with comfortable couches. The walls are filled with memorabilia and beer posters, other than that the décor is kept simple with wood panelling and high ceilings.
Today, due to its location it merely attracts Soho drinkers, tourists and no doubt the odd Dutch expat, tempted by the beers on offer. There are Dutch wheat beers, lagers, famous brands such as Grolsch, Heineken and Amstel and Belgian fruit beers like the strangely appealing strawberry Fruli. A novice like yours truly wouldn’t know where to start with the countless Lowland varieties on offer, but there is clearly plenty to choose from.
Food is offered in the form of Dutch pub grub, think sausages with curry sauce, mayo and chunky chips (£6.25) and deep fried cheese in breadcrumbs (£5.50). Heart attack-inducing it may be, but there’s no denying it’s just the ticket for soaking up a few beers too many.
Leila reviewed De Hems on Wed 20 Oct 2010