RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1

survey result

Summary

£45
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“This original gastropub still has amazing, genuine food with real flavours”. Entering its 30 year since launching near Exmouth Market in 1991, it’s still a “boisterous and scruffy pub” where “friendly chefs in the open kitchen talk about their food with love – they’re keeping it real despite the gentrification and hipsterfication of the entire area”.

Summary

£45
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“This original gastropub still has amazing, genuine food with real flavours”. Almost 30 years since its launch near Exmouth Market, it’s still a “boisterous and scruffy pub” where “friendly chefs in the open kitchen talk about their food with love – they’re keeping it real despite the gentrification and hipsterfication of the entire area”.

Summary

£38
    £
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The formula has not changed over the years” at the stripped-back pub, near Exmouth Market, that’s often hailed as London’s first modern-day gastropub. According to its large fan club, it’s still “the original and the best”, thanks to Mediterranean-inspired cooking from the blackboard that’s (almost) as “tasty” as ever; and a “crowded and noisy” setting that’s enjoyably rough ’n’ ready.

Summary

£37
    £
4
Very Good
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Loud… crowded… open kitchen… stubbly chefs… short Anglo-Mediterranean menu on the blackboard… good beer”; that’s the “dreamy and simple” formula that made London’s original gastropub near Exmouth Market “a benchmark”, and for its very many fans “it still rocks”“ace” dishes are “generous and full-flavoured”, and enjoyed “in a rough-and-tumble, everyone-having-a-good-time atmosphere”.

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Restaurant details

Portions
Yes
No dress code
60

Prices

Tapas / Dim Sum

Starter Main Pudding
£6.00 £11.00 £5.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
159 Farringdon Rd, London, EC1R 3AL
Opening hours
Monday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑5 pm

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