The Brettish Empire


Brettish Adventure Updates

LONDON

Carrie Pratt visited England in summer 1996 and described her pleasant experience at the Sherlock Holmes Pub (originally published in the 8/30/96 TBE):

"A KINDER, GENTLER PUB

Carrie Pratt recently visited England and got to see a number of Sherlockian sites in London and Cornwall (including the area where The Devil's Foot was filmed by Granada). Carrie also paid a visit to our old friend, The Sherlock Holmes Pub, and had an interesting chat with its new manager, Michael Phillips:

'I do want to mention the fun experience we had at the Sherlock Holmes Pub. I was a bit leery about going there, after your account of the place. [Oops!--llo] After refreshing ourselves with a lovely pint of Sherlock Holmes Ale, we went in search of the famous sitting room. I definitely asked the right person, because not only did he take us up to the room, he let me go inside to shoot videos.

'As I was doing this, Tom (my husband) mentioned that I had a Jeremy Brett web site. It turned out that the chap we were talking to was the new manager, and he was very keen on doing some advertising on the Internet. He invited Tom and I back for a lovely dinner, on the house, for some counseling on the best ways to get involved in the Internet. He also sought my advice on making some changes to the pub and restaurant itself. I recommended that he put up a nice display [about] Jeremy, and that he open up the sitting room more, perhaps put in a viewing area, making it more accessible to fans. He was very responsive to my suggestions, so hopefully there will be some favourable changes in the near future. Hopefully, the next time that you visit there you will have a better experience.'

Thanks, Carrie--with your constructive feedback to the pub's receptive new manager, I'm sure I will! (BTW, if anyone has visited the SH Pub recently--have Carrie's suggestions been implemented yet?)"

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The Sherlock Holmes Memorabilia Company on Baker Street closed in 2006. 

SAN FRANCISCO

The Union Square Holiday Inn mentioned in TBE Vol. II, #11 Vol. II, #11 was upgraded to a Crowne Plaza in 1998. Sadly, the Sherlock Holmes-themed restaurant and the SH sitting room are history--they didn't fit in with hotel's new decor. The restaurant and sitting room debuted at the former Holiday Inn in 1979. They were set up by Don Werby, an avid Sherlockian who owned the hotel at the time. The Crowne Plaza brand name was owned by Bass Hotels and Resorts (now InterContinental Hotels Group), which was a British conglomerate--gee, you'd think they would have had a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes... The property later became known as "Hotel 480" and is now (2010) the Marriot Union Square


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