Historic inn with St Peter's Brewery cask and bottled beers
At a glance
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.
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
Credit cards accepted
Allowed in bar
100 metres north-east of Farringdon tube station; 300 metres north of Smithfield.