Harrild And Sons

Harrild And Sons

This pub was editorially chosen for inclusion by Londonist.

This place is, far and away, the most interesting thing on Farringdon Street, the Square Mile's dullest road, blighted by modern groundscrapers. The name remembers Robert Harrild, a famous printer of the early 19th century (and Wren-steeple saver) whose factories were hereabouts. His machinery is all over the food menu.

A couple of black and white menus
These are menus from an old visit, so don't take their content as gospel

It's a spacious old building, from the same stable as the splendid Well and Bucket in Shoreditch. Indeed, the decor and concept is all very familiar, with skull portraits on the walls, a copper-topped bar and electrical fittings, light-coloured bricks and dark woods. A vast skylight illuminates the comfy back room.

The main room of a busy pub

Drinkers of rare ales will squeal, with two or three unfamiliar casks, many more on keg (including a couple of powerful tipples above 10%), and a lot o' bottles.

The bar at Harrild and sons with a big skylight nearby

The food menu — in common with other branches of this chain — is among the best pub food we've ever sampled. Fresh oysters are a speciality, but they also do a stonking haddock if that's more your thing.

A giant haddock with hands commending it

Like its Shoreditch cousin, Harrild and Sons boasts a dimly lit basement cocktail bar (called 5cc) for when the beer and wine is not enough. An early starters menu from 5ish sees some of the house cocktails served upstairs at a discount. A marvellous place.

A dimly lit basement bar at Harrild and Sons
The 5cc basement bar.

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Last updated May 2023.

Address: 26 Farringdon Street London EC4A 4AB

Phone: 020 3714 2497

[email protected]


Monday: noon-11pm

Tuesday: noon-11pm

Wednesday: noon-midnight

Thursday: noon-1pm

Friday: noon-midnight

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

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