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Popped into The One Tun as I heard it had changed ownership, What a difference! Great food, great choice of drinks and a warm welcome! Had a couple of pints of Doombar which was excellent and had some food from their pan-Asian menu which was delicious. I will definitely be back.
Big5 - 19 Jun 2015 16:12
Went in for a meeting of my football league committee the other day. Nice pint of Adams lighthouse, but when I asked for a pint of water alongside to slake my thirst the barmaid said she wouldn't trust the water enough to drink it! Strange place. Food looked nice, but not sure id eat it if the staff don't even want to drink the water. Don't miss the big picture three women urinating in the upstairs function room. Not a bad spot overall.
TommyRogers1979 - 9 Aug 2014 17:44
Decent enough pub but not quite sure what to make of the landlords/owners? pretty rude tbh. would most certainly put me off going for a drink in there
bigphilsmate - 9 Aug 2013 12:00
An old skool London pub, these sort of places keep a bit of character in the area, rather than countless chain pubs and food places everywhere.
Has the advantage of being across the road from where I'm working.
Fine for a quick beer at lunchtime/just after work, before the commute.
Paxtonpat - 14 Jul 2013 08:56
A real old fashioned working pub.
Wisbechvander - 19 Aug 2012 02:07
Pleasant pub with a standard range of unexciting beers - my pint of 6X was kept resonably well.
Booze_Allen - 4 Feb 2012 15:05
The staff are brilliant, if a tad difficult to swallow at times. Does have a bit of an odd smell and their draft selection is a bit sparse. That is over shadowed by their whisky selection!
tedders83 - 17 Dec 2011 03:31
The food is good enough (although they had run out of two of our choices) and the food serving staff were polite, friendly and cheerful.

But that part is handled by a different group of people to the bar staff.

The bar appears quite run down inside and some of the bar staff were rude - and loud with it. Some of the toilets were broken, others appeared not to work properly.

The evening started off pleasantly enough, but the rudeness of the staff and the broken facilities really put a damper on the night for me.

It's a shame because they do have a wide array of aged single malts and two ciders on tap, which will normally make me very happy.

Either way, the fact that it was so sparsely populated in the early evening, after work, in Farringdon and so near the tube, probably reflects the atmosphere they generate in there.

dark_fader - 30 Jun 2011 10:25
Had been here many years ago when working across the main road and was very pleased to see they still served Thai food. We were not disappointed as this was the best meal of our (very) long weekend for the RLCC final. Starters and mains were hot and tasty and not a scrap left on the plates - amazing value too with quality as well as quantity in evidence. Only managed one pint due to eating but a very well kept Wadworth's 6X hit the spot!
keith253 - 8 Sep 2010 15:06
Splendid pub very popular with Quiz League of London who have two teams resident here on Tuesdays in the Team Quiz season and also hold Committe Meetings and New Teams Socials here
donyule - 13 Aug 2010 14:50
Excellent Thai food served here, doesn't seem to have been mentioned in earlier comments.
dylantisdell - 22 Mar 2010 19:40
An absolute Godsend, considering what's on offer in the area. No frills, friendly and leagues above many of the pubs around it. If you hate what is being done to the traditional British boozer, this place will warm the cockles of your heart.
davecamden - 22 Mar 2010 07:12
This pub was a treasure to find. 4 beers available included Black Sheep and 6X both of which were excellent. Unfortunately we went in during a very bad karoke session but this didnt spoil our enjoyment.
nutsaboutbeer - 22 Feb 2010 17:34
Tucked away on Saffron Hill just off Farringdon Road this is a nice L shaped room with a relaxed atmosphere. Beers on offer were Black Sheep, Adnams, 6X and Brakspears Oxford Gold. There was a mixed crowd in here and it seemed a decent place to spend the evening.
murgatroyd - 22 Dec 2009 00:50
Backstreet pub that I'd never come across before. The interior is a throwback to the 1970s and makes a nice change from the standard modern pub look. However, there was nothing else that really stood out with the place. Real ales were Wadworth 6X, Brakspear Oxford Gold & Adnams Bitter and were not in particularly good condition.

blue_scrumpy - 1 Nov 2009 12:52
sky sports and espn...all in hd too.
Do like the staff,very good ,the boss is very dry,makes me laugh all the time.all round,yes i think.
blonde_babe69 - 6 Oct 2009 17:31
The first things that I spotted as I walked into this good old L-shaped boozer were the three plasma screens and the projector on the back wall which were showing the demise of England in the cricket. It’s a shame about the result, but not a shame that I found this pub as the atmosphere was good and the governor and staff were very friendly.

Black Sheep, Oxford Gold, Adnams and 6X were all available along with Scrumpy Jack, Amstel and a standard draught selection which included some very good Guinness. Thai food is available for those who are hungry, but I didn’t see anyone making use of this facility.

There is an advertised garden terrace out the back which is actually a small courtyard, but it is better than standing in the street whilst having a smoke.

This is an excellent pub for sports fans that prefer to drink in a boozer rather than a chain sports bar and I will certainly be back when next in the area.
Strongers - 5 Oct 2009 14:14
I agree with the reviewer who uses the word "throwback": this is one of those pubs that goes on, unchanging, while life bustles around it. I've visited it occasionally over the years but have always found it a bit unremarkable, to be honest. The bar is L-shaped, with high ceilings that give a nice roomy atmosphere, and the serving area looks onto the bit of the "L" furthest from the road. Normally three or four real ales available, albeit not of an enormously interesting kind. Thai food is available. I admire the way this survives with a relatively local atmosphere, but it's not a pub worth travelling to visit.
grecian - 2 Sep 2009 10:20
A timetravellers treasure house of a pub; clean, well run, spacious. Good beer and very good food. Only down point being the landlord; a Tottenham supporter.
Princemonolulu - 28 Aug 2009 10:28
an old fashioned pub, but a welcome one, good to see a normal 70's pub still intact.
reliably informed that this is a Spurs pub so Gooners beware
TheGP - 3 Jul 2009 09:38
Fine traditional single bar pub in a Clerkenwell side street.

The pub has been spruced up recently and the poster below who complained about uncomfortable seats should find it more comfortable now.

The pub is celebrating its 250 years anniversary this year - yes it goes back to 1759 - and, although it doesn't have the feel of a 250 year old pub, there is still a very traditional feel to it, enhanced by the wood pannelling, lighting and carpets.

Read more about the pub, including pictures of the refurb,on its own very informative web site

Formerly a Manns pub - note the bar back - its now in the Enterprise Inns pub stable.

There's a subcontracted Thai food operation, very well regarded apparently

Beers on were Wadworths 6X, Black Sheep and Adnams, all at a very reasonable £ 2.70p.

Nice to see Mine Host and Hostess mingling and chatting with the regulars - an all too rare sight, especially in London.

Yes, I'd definitely come here again

JohnBonser - 26 Feb 2009 13:31
It's a real throwback of a pub. Especially for this part of London.

Like something out of the 70's, a Life on Mars type pub. Not necessarily a good thing, or a bad thing, although on balance i'd tend to the view it's a good thing places like this still exist, especially in ec1. Bitter isn't amazingly well kept though, so 6/10
mps77 - 5 Feb 2009 16:39
An interesting pub with real character. Not one for the "beautiful people". Good food and beer.
THE_SWAN - 1 Nov 2008 22:59
Not a lot to recommend this pub, located as it is on one of London’s oldest thoroughfares. Uncomfortable seats; and nothing else in the way of internal features worth mentioning. But one first for me – it’s the first pub I have been in which had a sign advertising the forthcoming new gents’ toilets. Had a pint of Wadworth’s 6X which was OK. Not worth going out of one’s way to visit – but I didn’t try the Thai food which did look pretty good.
RexRattus - 29 Mar 2008 00:50
They seem to have spent a lot of money fixing up the exterior, and about £20 inside replacing the dartboard.....a perfect refurb as far as I'm concerned! I kind of like the shabby, 60's(?) era, Watney's branded interior, and was frightened it may have been removed when I approach the new look frontage. The Thai food is still available too, which is a pleasant way to fill up before touring around Clerkenwell's numerous drinking delights.
topdog_andy - 15 Jan 2008 09:22
Not much has changed since I first commented almost 4 years ago. Good Thai food in a proper pub. Now has 4 ales on - GK IPA, London Pride, Youngs and Black Sheep. Ale also seems to be kept better and the short pints are a thing of the past
lout_from_the_lane - 18 Dec 2007 14:33
I like this pub. I was very suprised to find Greene King IPA for £2.60
silentbob9484 - 24 Sep 2007 12:01
This is a nice bar, and surprisingly for this area it dosen't get too busy, the decor is contrived shabby chic, it works quite well. The drink list is quite standard fare and the staff are friendly and on the ball. A previous correspondent stated that this has a scary feel to it, the locals that I saw in here seemed a nice bunch of regular guys and gals, in fact their were quite a lot of ladies in here which sort of cancels out the scary claim, all male environment=scary. When me and my hombres and chicas were here we all had a great time. Not too sure about the mens loos, reminded me of a mexican beach bar.
theregent - 8 Sep 2007 22:09
Been to this pub a few times and found it ok until i asked for a glass of tap water as i was drinking wine, they only wanted to charge me £1.20 for a glass of bloody tap water
anonymous - 10 Jul 2007 11:07
My first visit on Friday and it won't be my last. This is an unsophisticated but very friendly and lively pub, perfect for the end of an Friday evening pub crawl. Not normally a fan of karioke but enjoyed Dave the Landlord's singing and there were some decent regulars singing too. Beer and service very good.
dagenhamdave - 25 Mar 2007 15:05
In a word - disappointing. The beer is expensive, the decor depressing - inside the place looks like the pub from "Life on Mars". Go to the nearby Sir John Oldcastle instead.
knottyathome - 28 Sep 2006 13:55
Excellent pub - easily one of the best in the area with good management, regular and honest locals and ale of high quality. Service is usually first rate and offers oriental foods. Well worth a visit.

Mcloj - 25 Sep 2006 14:02
Slightly scary 'local' pub. Best avoided in the evenings unless you want to spend the whole time feeling distinctly out of place in your salaryman whistle & flute.
gingerweasel - 26 Oct 2005 12:14
Back alley boozer with no frills except the grey ones hanging in the window. Good for a lunch time lager or an after work session. Check out the permanent fixture in the corner, a retired gent in plaid with a huge handlebar moustache.
M_Evans - 17 Sep 2005 13:07
Brilliant food and good beer. Not the kind of place for a romantic dinner but pretty good for lunch out of the office.A good meal for £5 can't be bad.
john - 13 May 2004 22:27
Smells of chip fat, the decor is horrible and very out of keeping with the 'oldie-worldy' way the pub looks (and advertises itself) on the outside. I wasn't too impressed.
Vikki - 18 Mar 2004 09:59
Despite the bitter constantly going off, the short measures, the aggressive landlady, the cliff-face like stairs to the toilts, this is home from home. Please don't ever change!
Steve - 12 Feb 2004 21:54
Back street local serving several real ales (Bombadier and Adnams included). Most noted for its cheap, quickly served Thai meals for which there can be a queue of 20 to place an order on a busy Friday lunchtime. Watch the short pint measures though.
lout_from_the_lane - 3 Feb 2004 13:50

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