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Wills and Serles coffee houses : London coffee houses and taverns

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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."

References :  Lots of references are made to two sources on the internet archive :
Edward Callows, Old London Taverns &
John Timbs, Club life of London Volume 2
My Pub history sites.
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