Sutton Arms

Sutton Arms

Part of our Best Pubs in London microsite. See if we've included your local.

There are two Sutton Arms in the Barbican/Clerkenwell vicinity and it's important to know which is which. While one ushers you in with its alluring barrel-shaped window, the other has a more unassuming exterior; one that belies the liquid treasure trove of brews inside.

This pub is the latter.

An unassuming exterior belies the liquid treasure trove of beers inside.

A Brick citrus sour; not one but two different 7% stouts; and a DIPA called 'Your Limitation. It's Only Your Imagination' are among the adventurous draught offerings on our visit.

Not your average City pub beer selection is it.

There's also a Kendal Mint Cake stout (!) called 'Ken', which the barman admits he knew he'd struggle to shift, but wanted to have it on anyway. It's this kind of bloody-mindedness which makes the Sutton Arms a cut above 99% of other pubs in the area. (We have a half of the 'Ken' by the way, and it's actually delicious — not as minty as you might think.)

Howling hops, but make it cask.

The Sutton Arms might be a City boozer but it's got the gentle, chatty ambience of a local that's usually reserved for pubs right on the fringes of London, like the Hope in Carshalton or even a micropub out towards Kent way. A small selection of pies and sausage rolls, kept warm on the counter, reinforce the homey vibe.

Not one but two 7% stouts, and why not.

If you're cramming on culture at the nearby Barbican Centre or Museum of London, make sure you follow it up with a cultured pint: the Sutton Arms is where it's at.

Follow @SuttonArms on Twitter.

Last visited: March 2022. All images © Londonist.

Pub Features

Ales galore Free wifi

Address: Sutton Arms 16 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DH

Monday: 11.30am-10pm

Tuesday: 11.30am-10pm

Wednesday: 11.30am-10pm

Thursday: 11.30am-10pm

Friday: 11.30am-10pm

Saturday: 12pm-7pm

Sunday: 12pm-7pm

Back to all Pubs Back to City of London