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Victorian pub with reputation for good food

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu

One of the first gastro-pubs, this dining institution stands opposite tree-shaded gardens in the heart of Clerkenwell. With imposing brickwork and a balustrade outside, the eye-catching interior emphasises the Victorian grandeur of the pub with its decorative tiling, plasterwork ceiling, mosaic floor and great horseshoe mahogany bar. The first-floor restaurant continues the theme, with bold chandeliers and a quirky collection of arty circus memorabilia. Beer hounds will not be disappointed by the selection of real ales, including beers from Crouch Vale brewery, whilst Bounders cider quenches a sharper thirst. The good value bar menu indulges most tastes, kicking in with starters typified by squid tempura and chilli aïoli; pheasant burger; and Denham Estate sausages, mash and caramelised onion gravy. The restaurant has a set menu (2 or 3 courses) of modern European-inspired dishes – coq au vin, pancetta, mash and mixed greens catches the eye.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24 December to 2 January, bank holidays
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12–11
  • Dinner: all week 12–11

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

Nearest tube: Farringdon. Pub on corner of Saint John Street and Percival Street.

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