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Il Cicchetto, Farringdon

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il cicchetto bar is a place where you must go! they are busy monday to friday, lunch time and evening time.. they have a full italian menu with home made pasta as well!!
The young man owner should be voted as "businessman of the year" because i've been working in old street for many years, but i've never seen that small pub working like now.
had a chat with him last week and he hasn't realized yet what he has done. for them "they are just running a bar" but, in my opinion, they are just doing an amazing job!
fantastic range of drought beers: stella black , beck's vier, wandle ale, guinness, vedett and, my favourite one, czech beer kozel. good range of bottles as well and good continental wines..
it's become my local bar even if i should start to book a table to find a sit :-)
matt80 - 18 Mar 2012 16:32
Now called Il Cicchetto and owned and run by a couple of Italian chaps, this place has a great Friday night vibe.
Live DJs from 6pm has had the punters grooving on the last 2 Friday's I've been there, even managing to pull in a hard working council bin man for a quick boogey before he had to run and catch his truck!
San Miguel, Carlsburg, Guiness on tap, cocktails and Italian type snacks on offer.
BadaBaz - 3 Jul 2011 17:36
Re-visited on Thursday afternoon to find it re-opened. The impressive tiled exterior is let down by the lounge-bar style interior. Inside, there is little or no atmosphere. The TV was showing Sky Sports News, but with no sound. After a while, the barman did switch on some ambient music. But this did little to improve the atmosphere. There are 3 glass tables with stools and a separate area of 'cube-like' seating around a lower table. The Adnams Bitter handpull had its clip turned round, leaving a choice of Becks Vier, Peroni, Staropramen or Guinness on draught. Bulmers was available in bottles (4.10) and 'gourmet pies' were advertised at 2.95 each. Cocktail menus were supplied for each table. This may be a place for a fleeting visit after work. But probably not one to linger.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 12:38
Definitely open and selling Adnams last night.
TiaMariaJim - 23 Jan 2010 11:12
Currently closed and under renovation. It's supposed to be re-opened in the next couple of weeks.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Nov 2009 12:46
great little pub, old skool but moderen. great friendly staff, nice selectioon of beers and they have the lovly cider, aspells on draught and 2 kinds in bottles.
if u r in the area u should pop in for a drink great place
Tede - 18 May 2009 21:42
Sister pub to the King & Queen in Fitzrovia. Great place. Great Beer. Well done Colin!
doolally - 18 Aug 2008 19:20
Seems to have re-opened. Looks good, all feels a bit new but is a proper pub once more. Decent range of beers.

Had a well looked after pint of IPA.
mralistair - 14 Aug 2008 16:21
The Chequers is about to re-open, re-furbished and looking great. Its BYO food, with a great selection of beers and spirits. Opening date 11/08/08 - see you there!
trala - 1 Aug 2008 22:01
Good boozer, friendly landlord. small but not cramped. Has become my company's new local and every client or supplier we have taken there has liked it. beer is kept well.
django2000 - 7 Mar 2008 14:26
wow what a surprise the outside is very traditional but it is the inside that grabs you.its like walking into a living room,with very comfortable settees, coffee tables, soft lighting, candles and great background music which all adds to a great atmosphere. A good choice of ales, lagers, wines and spirits.the night i was there people were dancing and seem to be realy enjoying themselves i loved this place and will be going back a realy great bar at last.
toonboy - 2 Mar 2008 13:03
now seems to be open.

not been in but looks tidy enough,
mralistair - 22 Feb 2008 16:52
Passed by on Sunday afternoon - pub remains closed and undergoing refurbishment. It was not clear if the premises will reopen as a pub.
lad_newton - 10 Sep 2007 15:43
Passed by here one evening last week and peered in through an open door in the hoardings. Interior seemed stripped to the brickwork but the windows seen in the photo are still intact. No-one around to ask what's going on here.
canastajim - 17 Jan 2007 09:23
Yes I pass it almost every day, its been cocooned in a box of white hoardings throughout summer, but there is no indication of whether anything is going on inside. If it was going to reopen as a pub, I doubt they'd be doing renovations extensive enough to warrant all that hoarding, so I think its a lost cause. Pity. It was a nice little pub, and well positioned for passing trade too.
anonymous - 25 Oct 2006 11:26
Very sad, now shrouded by hoardings, no clue what's happening behind them. Bet it's not a pub though
canastajim - 24 Oct 2006 22:39
STILL NO SIGNS OF LIFE
anonymous - 29 Jun 2006 15:39
Very sad its closed (and it still is closed, a month after canastajim's post below). I popped in on my way home from work a couple of times for a great pint of Adnams Broadside and wish I could again!
anonymous - 15 Dec 2005 11:04
Was a nice basic little pub selling good Broadside. Calling there yesterday I was disappointed to find it was closed for major refurbishment. I now see from the previous post that this occurred in September so as it's now 2 months later I guess it will never be the same. What a shame!
canastajim - 15 Nov 2005 11:05
Sadly this pub closed about a week ago for 'major refurbishment'. The impression I got from the landlady was that the place was unlikely to open again in the near future, and even then not under her management... a shame as it was the sort of unusual little place that's always worth a visit
keymon - 20 Sep 2005 17:26
quarter-of-an-hour's walk from the wenlock arms, well worth a quick detour to for a couple when on route to the wenlock .
dan - 1 Oct 2004 12:26
very small pub with friendly landlady & staff. adnams beer in good condition. well worth a pint or 2 if in the area.
kevin - 17 Sep 2004 14:26
Got to be one of the smallest pubs in London
Good beer, no food, large selection of whisky and whiskey.
Friendly landlady, thats about it.

Oh I remember the old days of Elvis on the wall too - was good back then as well.
Grynster - 18 Jun 2004 14:07
The atmosphere has changed, sadly! Visited on 16/7/03, at 9:15pm. Until my mate arrived I was the only person in the pub. Tried to make conversation with the landlord, but he spoke only to sell me a pint! I sat at the bar but then felt perhaps I should move to a table! The 50s/60s music has been replaced by Capital FM, and all the vintage posters of the era were removed. The pub now looks bigger but is a little austere inside. When my mate arrived 15 mins later he had a coke & we left, leaving the pub empty. This pub used to buzz, and it seems a bit sad that it doesn't any more.
lad_newton - 17 Jul 2003 11:42
Something of a time-warp here! Adnams bitter is in excellent condition, and the pub is aliving relic of the '50s/60s. Much of the music played here is from those two decades. A great part of any crawl in the Faringdon/Old Street area. A well-deserved entry in the Good Beer Guide. Great pub - I really enjoyed my (albeit short) visit on 20/6/03!
Lee - [email protected] - 23 Jun 2003 16:59

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