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Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield

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Now called the Smithfield Tavern. Was closed for 'extensive refurb' but looks much the same inside, with more sofas and no pool table. Now doing jazz/blues on Thursdays and cabaret/burlesque on Fridays (not sure how that works in a City pub). They seem to be experimenting with food but at the pub grub end rather than gastro stuff. Staff are friendly though the music can get a bit much, especially mid-week when it's virtually empty at lunchtime. Overall, good effort but looking forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.
anonymous - 26 Feb 2009 22:34
As this place is spitting distance from our office, we often end up there at lunch for a quick drink and it's perfectly fine. The Irish guy behind the bar is lovely and the fish finger sandwiches make a childishly excellent change to Pret's offerings. The pool table is popular but it has a strange, dark atmosphere - maybe that's just because it's quiet when we go, but it does seem to lack warmth. Ideal if you want somewhere relaxed to read your paper and enjoy your pint at lunchtime though.
anonymous - 6 Jun 2008 02:25
Best run pub in London. Quiet early in the week but busy on football or quiz nights. Complimentary food usually provided when there's an event on.

Guinness is kept perfectly by Paddy and the team, family run, you'll become a local in 10 minutes if you want to.

Pool table and new big screen and you'll always get served quickly if you smile!
anonymous - 25 Nov 2006 23:05
Great handy boozer mid way between Barbican and Farringdon tube stations. Livelier crowd later on in the day/evening and exquisitely uncrowded straight after work so you can relax easy. Bar staff are good, presentable and well meaning and any latin words are a big help. Landlord's Irish and has the charm of a tray full of bacon butties at a jewish bolliemic society fastening evening. Nah, he's alright really and runs a good boozer.
Mcloj - 24 Oct 2006 15:11
Hi this is patrick the landlord of the wicked wolf
if you have any comments or suggestions i would appreciate it if you email me [email protected] instead of going online at 6:30am to write comments
pjjmoran - 18 Aug 2006 14:11
This is my favourite pub in London. Great bar staff that always remember you and simply the best customer service. The Guiness is the best this side of Dublin.
anonymous - 15 Aug 2005 15:44
One of the finest pubs in London ... great atmosphere... family run (very lively Irish family!).
The head honcho is Paddy Junior - a great barman. This is the type of pub where everybody knows your name... within 5 minutes.

anonymous - 15 Aug 2005 15:31
Average boozer. Had the distinct impression that this was an unoffical gay pub.
anonymous - 1 Aug 2005 16:09
Very average pub
anonymous - 14 Nov 2004 21:15
so comfortable i thought i was at home!
shane - 9 Nov 2004 13:40
After talking with the landlord Paddy jnr!(I know)realised it was a family run pub (amongst the trendy bars)customer service 100%+
worth a visit
Andrew - 22 Oct 2004 15:58
Nice place for a quiet drink Mon/Tues. Wine menu has vastly improved and table service when its not so busy!Excellent!
They even got my cigsrettes for me

Clare - 22 Oct 2004 15:55
Apart from the fact there is no real ale(london pride in bottles)Nice pub with friendly staff,my group was made very welcome and a return visit is a definite
music at right level
anonymous - 21 Oct 2004 15:38
Quiz nights are good fun. not your boring run of the mill quiz
Complimentary sausages at intervals
highly recommended
food menu is basic but will fill any hearty appetite
Rob - 21 Oct 2004 15:35
Great place for a game of pool(new table) or to watch football

anonymous - 21 Oct 2004 15:30
Absolutely terrible. Unfriendly service, overpriced drinks, shockingly bad food! Avoid at all costs
Bob - 20 Oct 2004 12:32
these people obviously arent talking about the same pub i know. overpriced food, always empty, average service. there are better places near by.
John Barnes - 20 Oct 2004 12:32
decent enough pub, you will always be made feel welcome
I know I was on my visits
when you find it you won't want to forget it
anonymous - 4 Aug 2004 14:30
Great service - the quickest in the area. The landlord appears to actually care that people have a good time. Apparently he also hires out the pub at weekends.
Wine has improved immensely of late seemingly on the advice of customers
Melanie Bell - 2 Aug 2004 15:28
Good service,great beer,very friendly and quick service a little gem tucked away in EC1.
Ade - 29 Jul 2004 08:46
Great pub - quality pool table at the back, friendly service (not available at most other bars in the area) and a first class venue for private functions too..all the best to them.
Wolfwhistler - 27 Jul 2004 12:26
Recommended for pre-prandial gins, before heading to one of the Smithfield eateries. No real ale though.
anonymous - 19 Apr 2004 16:25
Good, old fashioned type pub. Decent service and has a decent Quiz night on occasions.
Meister - 4 Aug 2003 16:28
This is a real pub. No pretentions. No chain. Just good beer, fast service and always a friendly atmosphere. The music's at a level that means you don't have to shout, the food fills you up for not much money and the landlord (and the rest of the family) are always around to make you feel welcome.
Steve Chapell - 5 Jun 2003 12:10
Quality boozer, good beer & always great service!
anonymous - 2 Aug 2002 12:15
nice old world pub, good place for a friendly chat with a good atmosphere.
Patrick Moran - 8 Jul 2002 18:02
Great Guinness, brilliantly quick service even when it`s packed. No city boys here!!
Mel Clark - 13 Jun 2002 11:09

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