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The Pakenham Arms, Clerkenwell - pub details

Pakenham Arms
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Address: 1, Pakenham St, London, WC1X 0LA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2332) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Russell Square (0.5 miles), Chancery Lane (0.5 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations London Kings Cross - Thameslink (0.6 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles), London St Pancras (0.6 miles)

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Calthorpe Arms, Holborn (0.1 miles), Union Tavern, Clerkenwell (0.1 miles), Blue Lion, Holborn (0.1 miles), Queens Head / Easton, Clerkenwell (0.2 miles), Apple Tree, Clerkenwell (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Pakenham Arms, Clerkenwell

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I passed this location last Tuesday for the first time in a couple of years, and was surprised to see it had become an empty retail space. The outside has been painted white.

Sorry to see this happen as I remember about five years ago spending a Christmas eve afternoon and evening here, and it was a great party atmosphere .

However about three years ago , my father and myself had a pint here, and my father said " this pub is going downhill ". How right he was.
Leftinthepub44 - 4 Mar 2016 17:14
Went passed on Sat 29 Nov 2014. Closed and boarded up with hoarding around the building.
rpf1955 - 30 Nov 2014 16:48
As a local of the area I have to comment that the decline in this pub over the past 18 months has been nothing short of shocking.

It used to be a light airy venue at the heart of the community, frequented by a great bunch of locals, posties from Mount Pleasant and professionals and office staff. Now it is pretty much abandoned by them all, and attracts an odd clientele - a mix of die hard posties (the rest have vanished to The Apple Tree and The Exmouth Arms), professional drunks, and lost tourists.

So what has gone wrong - a light airy venue with a great atmosphere has been into an oppressive cave with dodgy cheap photos filling every possible piece of wall, and a direct contrast to the explosion of flower boxes outside. The friendly entertaining staff have mostly been replaced by a strange bunch who interact with an elite group of their friends and thats about it - when they are actually behind the bar - they seem to spend a lot of time outside smoking.

The drinks choice varies from week to week - sometimes they don't even have any overpriced white wine at all, which would appear to indicate bigger underlying problems. Real Ale fans seem to have abandoned it for some of the other bars in the area. Some days there is an appalling smell, some days not. Sky Sports and a decent sound system is long gone replaced by a selection of music that is quite weird.

Positives - they have a chef who seems inventive and waiting for a chance to shine, the infestation of rodents appears to have been sorted for the time being, and the lights in the toilet have been fixed.

It is really sad that what could be a viable business is being systematically destroyed - it is rumoured to be on the market - hopefully any new owners will breathe life into, and indeed restore this once great centre of the community back to its former status.
martinfarlam - 8 Jul 2013 23:25
First in a tour of pubs which was overall not very satisfactory, comprising the Pakenham, Queen’s Head Acton st (easily the best) Calthorpe Arms (easily the worst) Euston Tap and Doric Arch.
First visit for many a year and I was impressed with the refurbished interior, and the fact I had my ale served in a mug instead of a straight glass. That’s where the plaudits end, the beer English Pale Ale was distinctly average and one of only 3 beers on offer from the 12 handpumps, there was a blackboard in front of 4 and the next two banks of 4 were selling the same 3 ales! I suppose with more choice it would have been better, but also quite surprising was the beer was more expensive than the Queen’s Head. 5/10

Monkdawallydahonk - 8 Jul 2013 13:42
my first visit, disappointing though for all the hype in social media hype there were only 3 beers on a friday night and that included Sharps and Marston so not much imagination either ! Beer quality was top notch, service effcient and friendly. just hope if i pass this way next time there is a little more choice of ales.
moclips2002 - 16 Dec 2012 13:56

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