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The Red Herring was probably the busiest pub we visited on our Friday evening session in the City. It's a Fullers pub, not far from the Barbican and the Guildhall. The interior and exterior is characterless. The main bar is large and open-plan with a few TV screens showing live coverage of Wimbledon. Downstairs was a smaller bar with a private party. Discovery, London Pride, Wild River & Seafarers were the beers on. The pub must be doing something right to be so busy. But I couldn't find what it was. Note, as with most pubs around here, it does not open at weekends.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 11:52
Rather unremarkable. Decent enough drinking place in the heart of the City, near the Guildhall. Can get busy.
dpaajones - 1 May 2011 13:40
Although the beer quality was very good, two pints of low-ish ABV beers for 7.05 put this as my most expensive beers in three weeks of visits to London area. As it is a very unremarkable pub architecture wise, I won't be back.
JBGatelad - 7 Apr 2011 12:07
One my favourite pubs in the City. Wide selection of Ales and quest Ales. Wish it had some shooters selection as well. Good food with lots of seatings either upstairs or downstairs. Very friendly and fast service!! Smiley barmaids always polite and helpful (don't know what McMitsuoko's comments is all about). Good place for a night out on Thursdays and Fridays.
weslan - 21 Apr 2010 10:20
Like rpadam, I found this pub to be greatly improved with no loud music, plenty of seating. Most importantly, the range of ales was outstanding for a city pub and all were well kept. We did not eat today but the food looked very good.
jimmyprentis - 15 Apr 2010 14:12
I previously thought of this as a typical shouty City pub designed for 'vertical drinking' with overloud music. However, it has now been refurbished with a wide range of seating - sofas, standard tables and chairs, and high stables with stools. Quite light inside, with large windows and a high ceiling. Brasserie bar downstairs. Thankfully the beer is still excellent, with six handpumps with a good selection from the Fullers/Gales range (not too badly priced for the area with Seafarers at 3.05, for example) and a guest ale (Castle Rock Preservation on my last visit). Overall, improved.
rpadam - 17 Mar 2010 20:44
Interesting pub with a good range of beers and some well-priced food.

Only complaint, although this is becoming my standard complaint about City pubs, is that the East European barmaids act like zombies and do not smile or even know how to be polite.
McMitsouko - 4 Nov 2008 13:00
I visited the pub on 22nd April. A welcome surprise to see and drink Fuller's 1845 and Fuller's IPA on draught. Both beers were in very good condition.
Beeel - 23 Apr 2008 18:21
The pub is conveniently situated nearby to Bank and St Pauls stations. Pub can get busy when there is live sport shown on the TV. Excellent drop of Gales Festival Mild last night. Good friendly service - worth seeking out this pub.
Beeel - 7 Mar 2008 15:38
Loud, shouty City pub at street level. Much quieter and more civilised downstairs. Decent Fullers beers, though.
rpadam - 24 Jan 2008 20:45
Compact and comfortable Fullers pub on the ground floor of an office block on Gresham St. The downstairs bar seems to be reserved purely as a reastaurant which seems a bit of a waste. Asked if they had a bottle of London Porter, they didn't, and the guy behind the bar reached for a bottle of port.
Millay - 10 Jan 2008 17:32
Fullers beer - big modern building, plenty of room. When I went good to chat.

Red Herring - staple diet of poor people - smoked and salted fish - smelt awful and was used to lay a false trail to disrupt fox hunters
kpflude - 20 Jun 2007 10:54
A few of us went to this pub last week for a drink and something to eat at lunchtime - there were no tables upstairs so we went downstairs and managed to get a table but were totally ignored by staff for 15 mins - in the end we went upstairs where we found a table and went to the bar and ordered the food straightaway - so I think upstairs is definitely better!
Nicky38 - 1 May 2007 17:27
Went in here last night to have a swift one before having to endure a fizzy wine & canapes do round the corner. A bar packed full of baying city workers run by Fullers, not my cup of tea, but as they say, any port in a storm.
wmon - 21 Sep 2006 14:22
Ground floor bar lacks atmosphere and tables downstairs better.Beer and service ok with generous food portions.Needs a makeover!
leggless - 24 May 2006 20:15

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