Public House situated by Old Street station, London. Specialising in real ale, craft beer and fresh food. East London & City CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011 & 2013
The Old Fountain takes its name from one of the medicinal springs for which the eastern part of the city used to be famous. The fields surrounding the springs, which attracted visitors from all over London, were sometimes developed as pleasure grounds, and the predecessor to the present Old Fountain was a refreshment house attached to one of these resorts.
The handsome inn-sign that hangs from one of the walls of the Old Fountain portrays a medieval portcullis surmounted by a ripple design, which is known in heraldy as a fountain.
In the victorian era there were more than 60 London inns trading under this emblem, and the present taverns signboard is one of the first specimens of its kind in existence. Before being installed at its present site it hung outside another tavern for many years.
The Old Fountain stands in a quiet city side street that was named after Count Baldwin of Flanders, a leader in the Fourth Crusade, who later became Emperor of Constantinople.