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Address: 166 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2916) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Barbican (0.4 miles), Farringdon (0.5 miles), Angel (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations London Barbican (0.5 miles), Old Street (0.5 miles), Farringdon (0.5 miles)

Brewery: Shepherd Neame

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user reviews of the Old Ivy House, Clerkenwell

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Called on a freezing winter's afternoon. Sampled the Shepherd Neame Spitfire which was excellent served by a friendly guy hailing from Venice. The Shepherd Neame website said that pub had been refurbished but the L-shaped interior was rather dour to my liking with odd artefacts such as wagon wheels and a vinyl record collection stuck in the walls. Didn't try the food but posters proclaimed that the food was fresh from famous London markets.
outhousemouse - 16 Jan 2013 08:10
Every so often one comes across a pub completely out of keeping with the chain/brewery who run it, and the Old Ivy House is a classic example. It's run by Shepherd Neame, most of whose London pubs are smart, central London affairs aimed at office workers and tourists. This pub couldn't be more different: it's a rather down-at-heel, scruffy local's pub tucked away on an uneventful stretch of Goswell Road. It has a U-shaped interior around a central serving area, and has the sparse, under-furnished look of ropey locals the country over. Spitfire and Masterbrew on, as Strongers notes, and my Spitfire was reasonably good. But overall I found this pub depressing, and doubt I'll be back very soon.
grecian - 24 Sep 2009 10:58
I doubled the occupancy when I walked in as the governor and a regular were watching a 2008 Serie A game on a plasma screen with terrible reception. Although clean the interior looked in need of some sympathetic refurbishment, but it was great to spot a dartboard.

The old school governor was a very friendly chap who made me feel very welcome and my pint of Guinness was very well served. Spitfire and Master Brew were also available alongside a standard draught selection.

I think that the gov likes to pour beer, but a little more attention to detail like writing on the A-board outside in legible writing and not playing depressing love songs would put this place on the radar of a few more people.
Strongers - 4 Sep 2009 23:53
Great staff. Good beer.
anonymous - 28 Apr 2004 10:02
This pub looks great from the outside, but the interior is a bit disappointing. Beers as usual, nothing special to me!
Nele - 30 Jan 2004 13:58

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