A-Z Pub Crawl: Where Is The Best Pub In Farringdon And Clerkenwell?

Can you recommend a good pub or bar in Farringdon or Clerkenwell?

This is the sixth part of our two-year-long alphabetical pub crawl of London. Previously you voted for the best in AngelBrixtonCity of LondonDalston and Euston.

We’re now on part ‘F’ and have chosen the adjacent and somewhat blurring neighbourhoods of Farringdon and Clerkenwell.

It’s an area rammed with choice, from traditional pubs to sleek bars. Already a boozy hub, when Crossrail finally arrives, this is going to be the new West End.

So let us know the best places for a tipple and, as always, we’ll turn the top four into a pub crawl, and invite you all along.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Let us know (in the comments, on Facebook, or by tweeting #bestFarringdonPub) your favourite pubs in the Farringdon/Clerkenwell area.
  2. We’ll tally up the votes next week.
  3. We’ll then arrange a pub crawl around the three or four most popular choices. You’re welcome to join us.
  4. You can nominate anywhere in the area. How far ‘Farringdon and Clerkenwell’ extends is entirely up to you — you might consider parts of Smithfield, Finsbury or Holborn are natural bedfellows, and that’s fine with us.
  5. By ‘pubs’, we’re using a shorthand — you can also vote for bars.
  6. You can nominate more than one place. All nominations count as one vote, whether you rank them or not. Likes on Facebook and retweets of someone else’s vote are also counted as new votes.
  7. Venues should be open to the public with no pre-booking, entry fee or membership required.

So, where shall we go?

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  • David

    Craft Beer Co. 

    • http://twitter.com/CynthiaJParker Cynthia J. Parker

      a huge beer range but you can’t bear the Gunmakers for an all-round eating and drinking experience. http://FoxGetPositionWork.blogspot.com

  • Kerry

    Gunmakers. End of.

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  • Ellie

    Jerusalem Tavern?

  • Jane Young

    Three Kings in Clerkenwell Close and Jerusalem Tavern Britton Street

  • Ted

    The Craft may have a huge beer range but you can’t bear the Gunmakers for an all-round eating and drinking experience…

  • http://twitter.com/leewilshire Lee Wilshire

    To add to the excellent suggestions above, notably the Jerusalem Tavern and the Gunmakers I would add The Dovetail for a mind boggling range of belgian beers and great food to boot.

    If you want to push the boundaries to Hatton Garden (depends where you are doing H perhaps..) you can’t forget the ‘technically-in-cambridgeshire’ Old Mitre.

  • http://pubology.wordpress.com/ Ewan

    I suppose Gunmakers is marginally Holborn rather than Clerkenwell, but it makes sense to include it. (Likewise the Old Mitre and Craft Beer Co, if we’re being pedantic.) Anyway, to add to the above suggestions, the Exmouth Arms on Exmouth Market is also very good these days, and there’s the Old Red Cow on Long Lane (south side of Smithfield Market). Betsey Trotwood is also pretty good. It’s a fruitful area!

    • Carsmilesteve

      Heh, Geoff from the Gunmakers *definitely* thinks he’s in holborn!

      Would suggest Craft, Gunmakers, Old Red Cow and Sekforde for good pubs in the vicinity of faringdon station

  • Anu Vijayamohan

    the gunmakers
    wilmington arms
    the dovetail
    jerusalem tavern
    fox and anchor

  • http://twitter.com/fullpint fullpint

    This area is a hotbed of good pubs. You could do two crawls here. Anyway, my votes are for (and also in geographical order)
    The Betsey TrotwoodThe Sekforde Arms, The Horseshoe(previous two both olde worlde)The White Bear (St John’s Street)The Red Cow (Long Lane)Hand and ShearsAnd this doesn’t includeJerusalem Tavern, Three Kings, Rising Sun, Bishops Finger!

  • http://twitter.com/gooneruk gooneruk

    The Mitre is a really crap pub, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone but tourists. The Jerusalem Tavern is fantastic, and I rate the Three Kings too. I’m also a fan of the Slaughtered Lamb, although it’s gone a bit hipster. In the immediate vicinity of Farringdon station, The Fence has a surprisingly large beer garden out back, although it’s a touch expensive.

  • Janehewitt

    Anywhere but the Fence.

  • http://twitter.com/mattlodder Dr. Matt Lodder

    Craft Beer Co on Leather Lane, or Jerusalem Tavern on Britton St.

  • Papa Akuffo

    Craft Beer Co. or The Three Kings

  • http://twitter.com/sparticus Mark Walley

    Had our wedding reception in the 3 Kings. It’s great.

  • http://itinerantlondoner.wordpress.com/ clapham

    Slaughtered Lamb & Three Kings definitely

    Gunmakers too but never sure if that side of Farringdon road really counts as Clerkenwell

  • Naimey

    The Crown. Slaughtered Lamb. Giant Robot.

  • Dave H

    The Gunmakers, obviously.

    Many other top drinkeries in the area as well, most of which have already been mentioned. We’ve previously done the Old Red Cow as part of the ‘City’ crawl, otherwise I would nominate that too.

    I’ve never seen the attraction of the Three Kings, but people seem to like it. Doesn’t get my vote, though.

  • http://twitter.com/very_true_thing Steve Pugh

    Jerusalem Tavern
    Dove Tail
    Three Kings

  • Ladyluck

    The Sekforde Arms

  • Sean

    These are the best comment threads to read. Keep it up, haters/lovers.

  • PaulTalling

    The Betsy Trotwood by a mile!

  • http://twitter.com/dgbdgb dgbdgb

    Difficult choices again – loads of choice.  I’d rate the Jerusalem Tavern if you can get in, the Sutton Arms, the Harlequin (technically in Clerkenwell – the old boundary stretched as far as the Angel), the Sekforde Arms, the Hand and Shears, and agree with the comment above – the Exmouth Arms is now pretty good.  And I’m sure I’ve missed some others…

  • Whyohwhyohwhyohwhy

    3 Kings, Clerkenwell Close – proper groovy

  • Ilupjab

    The white bear!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RupeWard Rupert Ward

    For places that are a bit different, add Old China Hand on Rosebery Avenue and Kick in Exmouth Market.

  • Mattswebmonkey

    I appreciate it’s a bit late but why choose Farringdon instead of a contest with Fitzrovia for the ‘F’s?  Loads of nice pubs…
    Jerusalem Tavern by the way.

    • MattFromLondonist

      Having drunk in just about every pub in both areas, I’d say they’re pretty evenly matched. But i think Farringdon/Clerkenwell has the edge in terms of variety. Had we chosen Fitzrovia, and I nearly did, you might have asked the opposite question. Also, Farringdon feels like the future, with the revamped Thameslink and forthcoming Crossrail meeting here. And finally, we did Euston for part E, which included suggestions from north Fitzrovia.

  • http://twitter.com/londondear doreen

    In no particular order:

    The Dove Tail
    The Old Red Cow
    Jerusalem Tavern
    The Gunmakers

    I haven’t yet been to the Craft Beer Co yet, so I can’t really vote for it, but I’d love for it to be included on the pub crawl! 😀

  • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

    Fox and Anchor, Giant Robot, Gunmakers, J-Tavern.

  • http://twitter.com/londondear doreen

    If we have an overload of awesome pubs, can we make this pub crawl a two-evening affair? 

    • MattFromLondonist

      Tempting, but it’ll be the week the Olympics start, so things will be getting hectic. No reason you can’t organise one, though.

      • http://twitter.com/londondear doreen

        I may have to organise a personal pub crawl of my four nominees. I didn’t really think about all the good pubs in the area until this post, which has now got me looking forward to this crawl, especially since I skipped the last one.

  • http://twitter.com/kate_bagley Kate Bagley

    Put me down for 3 Kings and their delicious varieties of scotch egg.

  • A.Non

    Exmouth Arms first, then the Old China Hand second on Rosebery Avenue and Kick in Exmouth Market last…. But I am probably too late!

    • MattFromLondonist

      You are too late, but by coincidence I did that exact same pub crawl a week or two ago.

  • jess

    Gunmakers.. definitely

  • Zoe

    1920 bar most definitely. Also like the Zetter townhouse (but might be a bit fancy for a pub crawl) and Jerusalem Tavern of course