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Shakespeare, Clerkenwell

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Under the new owner,this pub is literally changing appearance. From Noon Till Three "TheShakespeare" offers traditional English food and Italian specials, at five starts the Happy Hour with the special offer on cocktails, two for the price of one;you can also enjoy a good glass of Italian wine wrapped in a cozy lounge atmosphere. At half past six the kitchen opens up to 10 pm . The pub offers a vast amount of beers on draft and in bottles as well as a careful selection of whiskies and wines from all over the world.At the bar pizzas and rolls are always available, I really appreciated the friendly owner and the staff. I reccomend it.

lukas89 - 21 Aug 2011 16:37
Not bad really - an okay pub if you're wanting a pint or some bar food in the area. Not worth seeking out or dining at though! Near to the Barbican.
dpaajones - 1 May 2011 13:36
I went for lunch at Shakespeare and had a lunch with a drink which was not bad. But when i asked for some salad garnish with my sandwich i was told "you get a drink with it" by the staff very rudely. Its a shame for the rudeness of the staff.
natbeanuk - 9 Sep 2010 17:32
We went in to The Shakespeare in December on the Circle Line pub crawl, and it was okay. The Black Sheep was a little ropey, but the new owner replaced it without a blink, and had a bit of a chat with us. If I recall correctly, he is an Aussie who has never run a pub before and we were there on his second day. So..I'm not going to give a rating as he was a nice bloke and he deserves the benefit of the doubt. I'd be interested to hear how he's doing.
vic_of_india - 5 Jan 2010 18:51
This pub, located at the foot of the Barbican complex, certainly doesn't look like much, but I thought it was a bit better than its average rating suggests. It has a large and surprisingly nook-and-crannyish interior, but the overall look is rather clinical and dull. Three handpumps, two dispensing ale, when I visited: Black Sheep and GK IPA. I fancied the latter might be more palatable, and it was fine.
grecian - 24 Sep 2009 10:55
This pub would have been better had it remaine part of the Firkin chain - which is saying something. Utterly soul-less, indifferent bar service and only manufactured pies to eat on my visit. The curse of the flat roof strikes again.
BoehmBawerk - 1 May 2008 13:55
I visited this large pub just across the road from Barbican Tube Station for lunch today. I wish I didn't bother.

My wife and I chose our lunch from the reasonably priced menu and the indifferent bar maid took our order.

The first thing that I found a bit odd was the way she held the "chip and pin" pad in the air for me to enter my pin number rather than placing it on the counter, with quite a few people standing around I found this a bit uncomfortable.

We chose our table and sat waiting, and waiting, and waiting for our food - no one bothered to come and explain the delay - other pubs that serve food do!

After 45 mins our lunchbreak was almost over where were the simple dishes we had ordered? (A burger, onion rings and a chicken sandwich) we went to the bar where the barmaid explained that "everyone was having a go at her and there was only one chef working" - We were not having a go! We just asked how long our food would be!

Perhaps she should have told us this when we ordered! After all most of the other customers were also on their lunchbreak!!

It was quite hard to talk over the loud heavy metal music they were playing today - all in all an unpleasant experience at lunchtime - we ended up getting a refund as we had now wasted an hour and our entire lunchbreak!

It is a shame that this one bad experience has let down a pub that has the potential to be a really nice place to stop for a lunchtime drink...
bingbangbong - 16 Jun 2005 21:13
Recently refurbished by Firkin, this quiet pub serves a great range of real ales, and bottled beers from Belguim and the Czech Rep. food is OK too - the fish finger sandwich being a definite favourite. Downside is that it tends to close early in the evenings, but lunchtimes are good.
Simon - 8 Apr 2004 17:06

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