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The Hand and Shears, Barbican - pub details

Hand and Shears
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Address: 1 Middle Street, Cloth Fair, London, EC1A 7JA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2902) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Barbican (0.1 miles), Farringdon (0.3 miles), St. Pauls (0.4 miles)

Nearest DLR station Bank (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations London Barbican (0.1 miles), Farringdon (0.3 miles), Moorgate (0.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.2/10 (rated by 73 users)
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user reviews of the Hand and Shears, Barbican

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5 most recent reviews of 67 shown - see all reviews

Exactly my sort of pub.... a real gem that I discovered when completing CAMRA's Pub Walk.

Totally traditional and unspoiled - you could be in any are in the C20th but for me, it had a kind of 1950's feel.

All wood panelling in three rooms around a central bar.

Two Timothy Taylor beers on and I was in heaven.

Instantly into my top 10 london pubs.
Mappiman - 1 Mar 2020 12:35
Personally found the staff friendly and accomodating (letting us have a test of the Halloween bitter first before ordering it for instance). Guess it all depends who is on. The Landlord was in tip top order. Very good pub.
mike_s - 1 Nov 2016 15:24
Could have been a nice pub if personnel was polite and generally adequate. Be prepared for a mid-aged gentleman serving at the bar (guess he runs the place) having a mental breakdown combined with jumping around and shouting when you least expect that. Not fun , unless you are a psychiatrist. Bless
IrinaPal - 30 Mar 2016 22:02
Normal central London beer prices, but always an interesting, well-kept range of beers from all over the country, and also often from London, too, so they are doing their bit for the smaller brewers. Good, tasty bar food in a spotlessly clean pub. Service is efficient, and the fires are lit in winter. It can get busy at times, but you are just as likely to find it pleasantly quiet at certain times during the week. Its location in Cloth Fair, within stumbling distance of the wonderful and ancient St Bartholomew's church, and Sir John Betjeman's former flat (see the blue plaque) is fabulous. An atmospheric, well-run pub.
Antiquarian - 29 Apr 2015 10:41
Nice little pub with old gashioned interior.

Good range of beers and decent beer but at £4.00 a pint it should be.
tanky - 17 Apr 2013 14:47

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