England > Greater London > Smithfield
Osprey87 (128) , Wales | October 31, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Bright and modern. A good option for a Ratebeerian and/or a ticker, as the selection is pretty good. 12 keg and 4 cask when I visited. However, the style and décor really isn’t my type of thing - it’s more of a small café with beer instead of tea. Although, I must admit, I did not look upstairs.
BlackHaddock (383) , England | September 14, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Really impressed with this place, stopped by on a sunny Friday (12th Sep 2014) just by chance while traversing around London looking for interesting sights and sounds. We stayed downstairs in the small, square room with the bar. Upstairs sounded busy and plenty of people came down as we drank a few beers during our little stay. Fronted by an Italian lad who was going back home having been in London for four months or so, he was very pleasant and a great asset to the pub. Four hand-pulls, three in use, twelve keg taps. Good basic ’pub grub’ menu and clean looking tables made us have a sausage roll and chips: they were good. All in all a lovely surprise.Lovely church round the back, but costs £4:00 to go in!
Fin (614) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 19, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Live rating Saturday 19th April 2014. Quiet little place at this time of day on a w/e. From the front window one can view the ongoing Crossrail project, actually I’m being a little economical with the truth what you can see is a crane and large screens with plans showing the lines. You can also see the old Smithfield Market. Back to the pub, the downstairs is tiny with a window table (we’re sat here) and four further tables but really only seating for about 20. There is also an upstairs but I have yet to venture up there yet. Wooden floors and a bar to your right as you enter. Twelve kegs and four casks on offer with the likes of Wild Beer, Kernel amongst those on offer the rest of the choice is a mixture of the moderately interesting with a number of boring amongst. I had two Wild Beer Dourdough (one wasn’t enough!) Loz is on Kernel Simcoe Centennial IPA. Service fine music quite random, we’ve had Barry White, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson. *** Update to the rating we’ve now got a dodgy pumped up UB40 track on now, ’I can’t help falling in love with you’
HampshirePhil (32) Portsmouth/London, England | March 6, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Literally over the road from Smithfields market this small little pub is a wonderful addition to any central London pub tour. It’s two floors are nicely laid out, great selection of bottle and keg from both floors. Few odd surprises to like breweries from Windsor and the South-west. The food however is simply incredible and the menu has even been paired with the beer on offer.
chriso (436) London, England | February 27, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Quite small place on two floors near to Smithfield market. W were there on a quiet Saturday afternoon but I’d guss it could get pretty cramped at busier times. I counted four cask and twelve keg lines with some interesting and local beers. Fair number of bottles too but I didn’t pay much attention to what they were. Two of the keg beers were new for me so well worth popping in. Not a major destination in itself but handy if you are in the area.
alovelydrop (44) , | January 21, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good location right by Smithfield market. The downside gets very crowded during the evenings and is quite small, although I’ve not ventured upstairs yet. Good range of cask and keg beers and a reasonable bottle list, although nothing you wouldn’t find elsewhere nearby.
jerd16 (9) , England | September 28, 2013| Updated October 3, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Boudicca (745) London, England | June 9, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A small bar with a very good beer list – eleven or twelve keg taps and three casks. There are two rooms. Downstairs is light and airy with a few high top tables and a nice wooden bar; upstairs there’s a similar but larger “lounge” room. Where the pub probably once attracted market traders from the nearby Smithfield meat market, it’s now frequented by a well-heeled city crowd. My only (small) gripe is that the beers we had were a bit flat and possibly not in tip-top condition.
(Visited 13 April 2013).
jackl (457) Charlottesville, Virginia | June 20, 2012| Updated October 5, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
The Old Red Cow’s located in a convenient location right on Smthfield Market. The pub’s quite small, but welcoming and bright. The pub’s in a business district of London, so I wasn’t suprised to find that when I visited the place was filled with suits. The selection is suprisingly good. 4 casks and 12 beers on keg. The selection was pretty well curated and full of locals and quality southern micros (Kernel, Redchurch, Crouch Vale, Camden, Dark Star etc). No macros. They’re the first pub I’ve seen that has Redchurch beers on keg. They seem to focus on sessionable, approachable beers (no imperial stouts and double ipas for instance). Clearly they know their customers wishes. The one point I’ll raise with their selection is that they were selling Sierra Nevada Celebration on keg in mid-June. Surely it’s a bit late for that, lads? The prices are a bit dear, but given the location I won’t complain. The food looked good, though not exactly cheap. Service was fine. Overall, a nice pub that you could happily have a few pints in. It’s not too far from Craft, so you could easily work this into the schedule.
Leighton (641) London, England | November 18, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A very decent beer bar in the Smithfield area. I was surprised to stumble across this place as I have never heard it mentioned by anyone in London. The Old Red Cow has about four cask pumps and c. 12 keg taps. You’ll find stuff from the likes of BrewDog, Camden, Kernel, Harviestoun, etc. There is also a large bottle list, though most of the stuff on it is fairly pedestrian.The bar has two floors and the first floor is pretty small. I didn’t visit the second floor, but I gather they have music there sometimes. Bartender was very pleasant. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
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