England > Greater London > Smithfield
HampshirePhil (27) 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. Itís 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 (350) 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 Iíd 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 didnít 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 (33) , | 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 Iíve not ventured upstairs yet. Good range of cask and keg beers and a reasonable bottle list, although nothing you wouldnít 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 (576) 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 Ė 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 thereís a similar but larger ďloungeĒ room. Where the pub probably once attracted market traders from the nearby Smithfield meat market, itís 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 (318) 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 Cowís located in a convenient location right on Smthfield Market. The pubís quite small, but welcoming and bright. The pubís in a business district of London, so I wasnít 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. Theyíre the first pub Iíve 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 Iíll raise with their selection is that they were selling Sierra Nevada Celebration on keg in mid-June. Surely itís a bit late for that, lads? The prices are a bit dear, but given the location I wonít 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. Itís not too far from Craft, so you could easily work this into the schedule.
Leighton (541) 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. Youíll 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 didnít visit the second floor, but I gather they have music there sometimes. Bartender was very pleasant. Definitely worth checking out if youíre in the area.
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