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Historic inn with St Peter's Brewery cask and bottled beers

At a glance

Bar menu
Dog friendly

Owned by Suffolk's St Peter’s Brewery, this tavern has close links to Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith, David Garrick and the young Handel, who used to drink here on his visits to London. The current premises date from 1720 although the shop frontage dates from about 1810, when it was a workshop for Clerkenwell’s various watch and clock craftsmen. Its dimly lit Dickensian bar, with bare boards, rustic wooden tables, old tiles, candles, open fires and cosy corners, is the perfect film set – which is what it has been on many occasions. A classic pub in every sense, it offers the full range of cask and bottled beers from St Peter’s Brewery, as well as a range of simple pub fare.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December to 1 January
  • Days closed: Saturday to Sunday
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12–11
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–3
  • Dinner: Wednesday to Friday 5–8

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

100 metres north-east of Farringdon tube station; 300 metres north of Smithfield.

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