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Sutton Arms, Clerkenwell

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user reviews of the Sutton Arms, Clerkenwell

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Small corner local tucked away near Farringdon Road with faux Victorian fittings. Three hand pumps, one with GK IPA the others with microbrewery beers - Windsor & Eton on my visit.. On pouring my beer the landlord poured away the top quarter and refilled as it had been in the pipes awhile. I hadn't seen anything like this for thirty years. Needless to say it was a perfect pint! There's also a range of craft beers in bottles and cans. Does food but I did not try it. Well worth a visit.
simontheeditor - 28 Jun 2017 07:40
I first started drinking in this pub in 1978. It has seen a change of ownership and a tasteful refurb since those days, and I have also moved on (to Edinburgh) but this is still my go-to pub when I return to London. Beer is excellent, food is top notch, and as has already been said the service is quick and friendly. An old school pub of the best kind. - Ray.
BeerMagnet - 1 Jan 2015 17:26
I believe this is my father's birthplace, I have a photo of my grandmother at the doorway probably around 1910 when it was the family shop and not yet a pub. The road was then called Cross St.-Allen St. Mr Father's name was Chapman and my grandmother's maiden name wasWithers. Strange thing was I used to shop for watch and clock materials very close by without knowing my connection to the area.
chappieuk - 17 Jan 2013 16:33
A quality little boozer of the old-school. Landlord a decent sort.
Flaneur - 26 May 2012 15:18
I agree with the comments about the pleasant ambience and friendliness of this traditional pub. Be warned that the price of a pint is very high. Nearly 8 for two pints of Landlord.
Martin123 - 7 Sep 2010 12:22
Judging by its average rating and the below reviews, this pub obviously has a keen local following and after a recent visit I could see why. It's a fairly small, single-roomed pub, tucked off a side street north of Clerkenwell Road. It initially appears fairly unprepossessing, but I think its down-to-earthness is a great strength in an area with a fair amount of trendified gastropubs. Three real ales when I visited, although I'm afraid I only noted TT Landlord and a guest ale, and can't remember the others. Service was notably good and efficient, and what I presume to be the landlord was bustling round the pub in very friendly fashion and clearly on good terms with his locals. A pleasure to visit this one, and I shall be back.
grecian - 9 Sep 2009 11:14
Really liked this little pub. Good beer, the chips were cheap as ... well, chips and the girl behind the bar insisted on helping me take the beers outside even though I'd only ordered three! How lovely. I'll be back.
ChrisBass - 30 Apr 2009 17:45
Best pub in the area. Mick the landlord is the star of the show. Good selection of beer and 3 casque ales. Beware of the mad German bloke who's always in there.
nobbythesheep - 19 Oct 2008 22:38
This is indeed a great pub and the landlord is mint but do watch out for the Keogh
he will leave you within an inch of your sanity..
Jonnydeboing - 9 Sep 2008 17:07
A great pub with some colourful and entertaining characters. Don't get chatting to Mr Keogh who usually frequents the end of the downstairs bar though, he's a crazy man with some wild stories- and they are mostly to do with the downstairs bar. Buy him a Guinness and 9 times out of 10 he'll leave you be.

Landlord an Arsenal fan but don't hold that against him, he's the finest in all of Clerkenwell.
henryharker - 9 Sep 2008 00:01
An excellent little watering hole. Mick knows our names.
jameskeogh - 8 Sep 2008 17:24
Great little London boozer. Mick the landlord is a diamond.
leeroyj - 11 Dec 2007 17:05
Great little boozer.
dpv - 15 Nov 2007 16:59
This is a great traditional pub. Each time I have been there the bar staff have been great, the beer good and food reasonable. By far the best proper pub in the area.

Used to be a bit smoky but this wont be a problem any more.
topcat455 - 15 Aug 2007 13:57
Great little pub.Guiness superb, service very good.The Governer is an old school Cockney character, took time to talk to me and my mate,even though it was our first visit.
Highly recomended
tottenhamsean - 15 May 2006 11:27
Decent pub. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Great service, nice staff.
Plastique_Bertrand - 1 Feb 2005 15:34
very nice food, clean and very good service, friendly staff

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