Farringdon Beer Guide: Your Farringdon guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Farringdon

70 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Very small and about more expensive than other BrewDogs I’ve been too. Prices are just over 5% higher than Dlaston as an example, for the same beer. I guess that’s to do with the location. Very small, very busy, very little seating and only a small fridge for guest and BD beers. Small selection even of their own beer. I think small is the word. Card Only.“
Mr_Pink_152 226 days ago
64 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“Sneaky stop mid mainline-rail journey, nice and convenient for the station, certainly. A clean and open Wetherspoons, certainly an inviting atmosphere in the morning when there's no crowd. Has some of my favourite traditional ale brewers on the guest pumps, so on paper I'm happy with the 4 ticks, but in reality they were not all at top condition. I blame the outdated monarchy and their stupid royal weddings. Staff were fine, prices were good. Worth popping in certainly. “
FatPhil 408 days ago
70 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Nice small brewdog. No cash payment, only card. Had some great guest beers on.“
dantomlinson 482 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Busy pub in the BrewDog empire. I remeber this place when it was the unpopular and ill-frequented Fourteenth Colonie, and it was too small then. It's far too small now for the interest it attracts. The beer list isn't the best I've seen, but the 3-4 taps dedicated to London craft give it that local feel that so many BrewDogs are missing. Still, it isn't one of their stronger pubs, although it's certainly worth a look-in if you're in the area.“
jjsint 582 days ago
62 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“It's getting increasingly harder to enjoy a Wetherspoons. Other places are.conatantly upping their game, while JDW have stagnated. This is a case in point. Smaller than many of the chain's outlets, Sir John struggles with the massive footfall. Absolutely rammed on a Friday afternoon, and they only carry a few guest beers, none of which really excite interest. Still, they're friendly and efficient. Not particularly recommended.“
jjsint 582 days ago
68 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“Pub grande, con bastantes cervezas de cask.“
fombe89 643 days ago
44 /100
Castle (Bar)
34-35 COWCROSS STREET
“Pub con varias cervezas de Cask, ultima pinta de la noche,“
fombe89 643 days ago
76 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Local con gran variedad de ST peter, lugar acogedor.“
fombe89 648 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Nice brewdog bar with brewdog beers and some guests. Nothing unexpected, but a solid bar with nice specials like console night were they installed old consoles so you can play Mario Cart while drinking.“
King_Alex_II 726 days ago
76 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“A couple of points not mentioned elsewhere. Now card only payment. Tuesday evening is Quiz Night - every week I believe. Decent choice as with all Brewdog bars which I have visited. Some outside seating also, though Clerkenwell Road is busy, so this will not be to everyone's liking. Worth a visit i.m.o.“
moleha4 759 days ago
78 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Two level bar near to Farringdon station. It’s downstair to the subterranean bar area. Plenty of seating on both levels. Friendly, chatty staff. Beers on offer split Brewdog / guests. Nice bar that’s worth a visit, it’s not an area I visit too often.“
Cheeseboard 929 days ago
70 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Decent selection of both cask and keg St Peter's beers. Bottles also available. Prices are quite reasonable for the location.“
Stuu666 1041 days ago
64 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“Visited April 2017. Placed just outside the tube station, easy to find. Clean and spacy pub. Went there for breakfast and a few beers. Traditionel JDW deco. Friendly staff. Beers were served in ok condition.“
Brugmansia 1197 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“I have been here a number of times and it is certainly worth visiting. Well placed with plenty of airy space and a good level of light. Lots of seats and tables and some good spots to prop and savour the beer. Excellent beer selection (but some Brewdog venues have more) and friendly, polite and knowledgeable service. The prices are steep, but the food is good. They have a selection of bottles and cans (not all Brewdog) and I have been in here before just for take-outs. A very good venue.“
Davros IX 1228 days ago
70 /100
Dovetail (Bar)
9 JERUSALEM PASSAGE,
“In a small alleyway just north of the Clerkenwell Road, this little shop unit does a very good line in Belgian beers, a lot of which are the popular choices from the country so they may be familiar, but it’s an extensive enough list of keg or bottle options, however it offers up something a little different in this part of town. They serve food here although I only supped and sat in the seats by the front window. The small bar is behind this with seats deeper into the building beyond here.“
ManVsBeer 1247 days ago
72 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Visited November 2016. Easy to find. Deco is a kind of rough style, cosy in its own way. Lots of seatings. We were there on a Tuesday, so rather quiet, staff busy with other things than serving, Good selection of beers, served in fine condition. They do burgers and so. Free Wifi. For sure worth a visit, and I would love to revisit being in the area.“
Brugmansia 1309 days ago
70 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Pretty classic Brewdog bar with the standard selection. Struggled a bit to choose something, but this was towards the end of a long holiday and to be honest I probably didn’t need a beer. Nice and helpful staff, wifi. You know what you’re getting if you’ve been to any of their other bars.“
shoulderbroken 1355 days ago
80 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“A Brewdog bar, perhaps smaller than the rest. Selection is limited if you go for Brewdog beers but they always have nice guest taps. Pouring 1/3 pints and always using proper glassware. Visit if you’re in the neighborhood.“
troubles 1434 days ago
68 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Rather disappointingly choice... 6 regular brewdogs and 9 guests. Not the best Brewdog.“
b727trijet 1439 days ago
78 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Well the 14th Colony didn’t last long. 5 mins walk from Farringdon tube and about 7 or 8 mins from Craft Clerkenwell. A two tiered bar with a decent tap list, there always seems to be something interesting on here. This place has a sense of identity and purpose that is lacking in the Soho branch. Service is decent and staff helpfull. If you are going to Craft Clerkenwell and/or Bottledog then you may as well stick yer bonce in here as well.“
madmitch76 1446 days ago
78 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Visited on friday evening. Rather small, like BrewDog Camden. Good amount of people, always love the 80s and 90s rock music. Decent selection of ofcourse brewDog beers with some guest taps. Flights available, so thats great for tasting some beers. Good vibe. Decent BrewDog bar.“
caesar 1495 days ago
70 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Pokey little place that pours St Peters beers. This place has always been bust during my visits. The bar staff / local residents are pretty chill about letting you spill out into the street in front of the pub, so it’s a decent shout for a drink in warm weather. On my last visit, there were about 10 St Peters beers available, mostly on Keg. Prices are a bit dear. Service is dependable. No Wifi offered. OK spot.“
jackl 1546 days ago
66 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“A couple of minutes walk away from Farringdon Station to its north-west, this pub is in the middle of a long row of houses and offices and is quite a tight affair inside. It’s three rooms, with the most atmospheric at the front befitting the attractive street this pub sits on, the bar is against the right hand wall in the middle, and the rear room is a little more simple but includes several tables and a window that offers up some natural light and fresh air if it’s open. The beer selection is mostly from St Peters Brewery in both cask and keg form.“
ManVsBeer 1550 days ago
62 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“A few minutes walk from Farringdon Station on the southern side of Clerkenwell Road, this place was deserted at 10pm on a Saturday night, but almost certainly because of the EUROs football being shown in many places nearby, the pub just around the corner was standing room only. This Brewdog is just below ground level and you can get the usual selection of keg from the brewer and from selected guest brewers. Unfortunately they made it clear that they weren’t going to keep the place open just for me despite the fact its advertised closing time was much later.“
ManVsBeer 1550 days ago
62 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“Visited here a few times, a good sized spoons in a big L shape. Have visited on both week days and weekends, and always seems to be very busy/loud so not the kind of place for a few quiet beers. Overall standard Spoons you know what you are going to get.“
Desverger 1621 days ago
74 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Used to frequent this place many years ago when working in the square mile, had fond memories so was looking forward to this visit. Turned up Friday evening so as anticipated was very busy but a mild evening so meant lots of people standing outside drinking on the pavement meaning it was not to rammed to move about get served. Love that this place is still unchanged, really is a lovely place in regards to the original décor surroundings. There was plenty of friendly staff behind the small bar so easy to get served. Beer is St Peters and some were new to us so enjoyed tucking in, all though im sure for the regular visitors there is not much new here, I had two add two new beers, a seasonal and a new Black IPA, so although a “traditional” brewer still seem happy to keep up with the latest styles. Overall a great place and will definitely visit again albeit at a quieter time.“
Desverger 1621 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Visited the day after recent Siren tap takeover, got there late Friday afternoon so was pretty quiet. Usual house beers as well as the guest Siren beers leftover from evening before. Ok sized seated area inside, some seats/tables on the outside pavement. Location wise not a Brewdog location I will find myself in when in London, but worth visiting if you find yourself in the area for sure.“
Desverger 1621 days ago
86 /100
Dovetail (Bar)
9 JERUSALEM PASSAGE,
“a great haven for Belgian beers. over 100 available with a couple of guest taps on. can be absolutely rammed on Friday nights but the staff are always fantastic and very helpful and knowledgeable. great food menu too with of course mussels & chips.“
craftykev 1624 days ago
82 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Another great BrewDog bar. The beer line-up is typically solid. Prices are on the high end. Plenty of tables set up across two levels in the bar and along the street outside. With Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell just about a five-minute walk away, these two places make for a rather nice little on-two combination.“
Leighton 1674 days ago
82 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Visited on Wednesday 24th Feb 2016. Visited and rated place in previous guise and hadn’t changed much. 2 level bar. Quite a lot of seating. Brew by Numbers tap takeover in full swing so 14 of 18 lines taken with their beer. Quality good. Prices high. Quite a city crowd. Music not too loud. Beer quality good. It’s a decent Brewdog bar. Would come back.“
WingmanWillis 1676 days ago
86 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD


We visited Brewdog Clerkenwell on Saturday 13th February 2016, after a pleasant hour or two at Craft Clerkenwell. Actually whilst at Craft Clerkenwell two sprightly but slightly older chaps came over to chat to us, marvelling at what they described as our colourful dress sense they had decided that we must be Dutch so plucked up the courage to come over and find out, after which a very funny discussion followed. Anyway back to Brewdog Clerkenwell. Brewdog Clerkenwell is about 6-7 mins walk from Craft Clerkenwell turn right after leaving Craft walk along Hatton Wall until it sort of merges onto the A5202/Clerkenwell Road, continue heading East and in a short while you will reach the pub on the RH side, it is not long after the Britton Street turn.

It was in the evening and very dark so I cannot really recall the appearance from the outside. Inside it was on immediately noticeable that this place was on two levels, firstly the street level which wrapped around two sides of the lower level and if you sat at the inside edge of the upper level it felt like you were in a galleried area looking down on the smaller square lower floor which housed the bar. The now standard beer display board was situated on a wall to the LH side of the bar and today was showing that there had been a Weird Beard tap takeover with half a dozen or more of there beers on tap.

The lighting was subdued and I have to say this Brewdog bar felt almost cosy, certainly quite different to many of the others we’ve been in, and we’ve been to lots now. The staff were friendly and when I queried a music track playing off they went to check who it was, I thought Neu but it was Can so I was fairly close. Prices as ever remain steep. There was a nice mixed crowd, it was far from full but it had a good buzz, we both really liked it here and stayed for another.“
Fin 1680 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“I visited BrewDog’s newest London outpost for the Weird Beard event on 11th February 2016. It is well located next to Farringdon station and is but a short walk from Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. The street-level area is small and comprises of some tables and booths that wrap-around and overlook the main bar area, which is at basement level. Interior is typical cookie-cutter BrewDog industrial vibe. It was crazy busy on my visit with post-work clientele and it was a struggle to move around, yet the bar service when I eventually got there was prompt. They have 18 taps available with about 50% guest beers. Bottle range is in the on the smaller side with around 40-50 offerings from BD, Mikkeller, To Ol etc. A decent enough venue in a useful location, but it doesn’t really stand out from the other BrewDog bars in my opinion.“
Scopey 1681 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“2 minute walk from Farringdon station, on Clerkenwell Road. Place itself is quite small, possibly the smallest of BD bars, where they managed to squeeze quite few tables. Tap selection was 50/50 Brewdog and Weird Beard on my visit (a WB tap takeover) so not necessarily representative, but would expect some similar selection to BD Shoreditch, looking at number of taps / set-up / fridge choice etc. Bar was extremely busy to the point of being unpleasant on my visit, and not sure how much due to the WB event. All the rest was typical Brewdog, so I tend to enjoy most of it (decor / ambiance, thirds being served, tasters, kitchen).“
teorn88 1684 days ago
78 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Visited 11/02/16 for a Weird Beard MTB event. Formerly the four colonies this recently opened BD venture is a brisk 3 minute walk from Farringdon station and we’ll under 10 from CBC Clerko. Split across two levels, the bar is in the sunken portion furthest from the door. Typical BD stripped down decor with a mix of high bench and booth seating. The place was pretty packed on this 615pm visit, not sure this had much to do with the WB event. City types and a hippish crowd formed the large part ... ’This is lager’ clearly the beer of choice! Service was really good considering the crowds ... I was impressed. Some bloke was taking on multiple tasters despite the rush on the bar! Tap list a-typical due to the MTB but carries 18 taps in total with a 50/50 split between BD and guest. Had studied the guest taps the previous day ... Wild Beer, Mikkeller, Stone etc. Overall a solid BD offering but due to the crowds I would only visit here off peak or for special event. “
Theydon_Bois 1688 days ago
74 /100 45-47 CLERKENWELL ROAD
“Doing a decent job of carrying the hip and cool ambience, this smallish BD bar is more faintly distressed wood than bare brick. The trademark neon signs seem garish and out of place, but it works pretty well otherwise.“
BeerViking 1690 days ago
84 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Can’t believe I hadn’t rated this! Lovely characterful old pub. Tiny, nooks and crannies, big range of St Peters beers. Proper old school pub.“
JorgeLee 1791 days ago
76 /100
Dovetail (Bar)
9 JERUSALEM PASSAGE,
“Ok, so. We are pretty much all in agreement that Belgian beer is amazing. Right? Ergo, any bar offering 107 Belgian beers (albeit mostly in bottle) must be damn near perfect. Well. Crowded on an early weekday evening (i.e. in need of space management), offering more than a few sub-par Belgians, this is a place to admire rather than love. Having said this, all but the most seasoned ticker will find something new here, and it is nice to see a temple to the (arguably) greatest beer country. So, not a destination, but certainly worth a stop if in the neighbourhood.“
jjsint 1795 days ago
70 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Cosy pub that you can tell is centuries old. Plenty of beer, though all from the one brewery. Good place.“
kwik-lime 1805 days ago
56 /100
Castle (Bar)
34-35 COWCROSS STREET
“The Castle has an attractive curved front with small leaded glass panes but it’s usually obscured by crowds of people spilling out onto the street. It was quiet when I visited on a Tuesday afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s nice inside - neat, tidy and traditional. Unfortunately the service was painfully slow and the choice of beers was rather limited, with just Pride, Doombar and a couple of guests. (Visited 7 July 2015).“
Boudicca 1855 days ago
70 /100
Dovetail (Bar)
9 JERUSALEM PASSAGE,
“A place that I used to frequent regularly before joining Ratebeer. Still good on a recent visit which produced a couple of ticks. Generally a decent atmosphere in here but it can get busy and inevitably when that happens service slows down. Some staff here are pretty knowledgeable, others not so much, luck of the drawer. The food here was very nice but I didn’t have any on my most recent visit. On the right night, this is a great place to chill out and enjoy the Belgian Beverages.“
madmitch76 1968 days ago
60 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“Big Spoons aover the road from Farringdon. Popular with city types makes it busy and loud with quite a high d*ckhead quotient. Beer range is hit and miss but plenty of hand pulls to show beer as coming soon. Picked up a few festival beers here and in good nick. Ok Spoons and can stick your head in on the way to the Craft“
WingmanWillis 1977 days ago
68 /100
Dovetail (Bar)
9 JERUSALEM PASSAGE,
“Before London developed its own beer scene Dovetail was by all accounts one of the go-to places for beer aficionados and well known for its Belgian beers. It does actually feel like a place you might find in Belgium. It has a slate tiled floor, green tiled table tops, pointy Leffe-style arches behind the bench seats and Tintin posters on the wall. The windows open onto a passageway off St John’s Square. There are 14 taps with some of the more popular Belgian brews on offer but the treat for us was the guest beer - Gollem’s Precious IPA, which was remarkably good, as was the Chimay Triple. (Visited 15 April 2015).“
Boudicca 1987 days ago
72 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“A lovely old place tucked away in the warren of streets behind Farringdon station. It’s double fronted, on the ground floor of a Georgian building and looks as if it was once a shop. The first room has some original blue and white tiling, wall paintings and a nicotine stained ceiling; further back is the bar, a small back room and a tiny raised area, all painted in dark olive green. There are around six casks and six kegs plus sixteen or twenty bottles. Apart from a couple of ciders they are all St Peter’s beers. (Visited 15 April 2015).“
Boudicca 1987 days ago
72 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“A tiny pub situated less than 5 mins from Farringdon. You can see the pub with the after work crowd gathered outside on dry days. St Peters beers from the bottle or gravity dispense, well kept. Have the occasional special other than the core range. Nice place. Better if you get lucky and get a seat.“
WingmanWillis 2094 days ago
68 /100 29-35 FARRINGDON ROAD
“Visited at 9am on a Thursday, so it was obviously very quiet. Had my large mixed grill, which was good. Ten different cask ales on which is always a joy to see. Cheap food, clean, bright. Nice JDW. This gets a rating of 68 on the day, but I should say that the ale festival was on at the time, which has a big impact on the rating.“
The_Osprey 2144 days ago
58 /100
Dovetail (Bar)
9 JERUSALEM PASSAGE,
“Decent beer selection, all Belgian (obviously). Interior is a bit more plain than I was expecting. Service was fine - a bit curt and impersonal but I suppose that just depends on the day. Might have to come back to try the food, having read other reviews!“
The_Osprey 2144 days ago
66 /100 55 BRITON STREET,
“Nice wooden interior, smaller than expected. Decent service. Gets busy for lunch and after work, but is pretty sedate in between times. Four gravity casks when I visited, although there is room for six. Six kegs and St Peters beers in bottles. Nice place to visit.“
The_Osprey 2157 days ago
70 /100
Foxlow (Restaurant)
69-73 ST. JOHN STREET
“A solid restaurant. They specialise in steaks but also do other meats well. It’s fairly upmarket and the prices reflect that, but the food is great and the service efficient and friendly. They have a small but well chosen selection of bottled beers with a few London favourites, such as The Kernel and Partizan. Not a beer destination per se, but it’s a solid restaurant where you can have a good beer with your meal.“
Leighton 2218 days ago