England > Greater London > Smithfield
Leighton (539) London, England | July 8, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasant enough aesthetically but aside from that itís a pretty mediocre haunt. A pint of 3.5% bitter will run you north of £4, and the bar lady will make you feel like itís quite an imposition on her. Not a place Iím in any rush to revisit.
bhensonb (441) Woodland, California | June 30, 2007
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Interesting to find a pub with the name of an ale. Itís not all that far from Ye Olde Mitre, so worth a stop after the Mitre. Compare the modern BF with the oh so antique Mitre. Anyway Iíve never had a bad pint at the BF.
Stonch (18) London, England | May 29, 2007| Updated February 20, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Used to be a real ale mecca, when the stuff was rarer in the dark days of the 70s. Nowadays an attractive, well-run city pub.
chriso (350) London, England | December 10, 2005| Updated June 14, 2006
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Twenty five years ago, the pubs in Smithfield were largely populated by market porters, thirsty from pushing around barrows laden with animal carcasses, and staff from Barts hospital, plus a few journalists from the Mirror who were already so sozzled that they accidentally wandered in the wrong direction on their way to their regular watering "The Stab" in Fetter Lane (but thatís another story). The Bishops Finger was largely a Barts pub and Richard Gordon (who wrote the "Doctor in the House" books and was a doctor at Barts himself) was a permanent fixture. It was just about the only Shepherd Neame pub in London. Nowadays, Smithfield is more of a party scene and the hospital and the market are on the wane. The Finger has had a bit of a spruce up and has a less traditional feel. It still serves Shepherd Neame beers in good condition, but there are plenty more options for getting Sheps beers around town. Worth a visit if you need the Sheps beers and are in the area.
Spiesy (9) Sydney, Australia | January 30, 2004| Updated February 4, 2004
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Inspired by Nuffield (only to find it was entered by SilkT) I ventured into it today. If youíve never head Sheapards Neame then your assured of at least 5 rates. On the other hand as a tied pub the beers are farely static, bar the odd seasonal beer. Itís a pleasant and quaint place and if I had my beer tour published it would probably make it for SN but you have to venture to the free houses with the sticky floors to get amongst the variety. Food looks like decent English fare but I just had the Original Porter
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