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Butchers Hook and Cleaver (Bar)

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61 West Smithfield, Farringdon, City of London, London, EC1A 9DY
Cuisine: British
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My editor’s always telling me that a review should be an experience; I should aim to convey exactly how I felt whilst carousing in that particular hostellery. So here we go; the Butchers Hook and Cleaver, my experience.

One word.

Cold.

In fact let’s extrapolate. Let’s make it two words:

****ing cold! (Welcome to Fluid’s new interactive ‘Define Your Own Expletives’ review section).

You may gather I was not impressed. Comfort is one of the most basic attributes a bar can have, and the owner’s don’t have to try hard to make your average London drinker comfortable. In the absence of seats, we will stand; in the absence of tables or bar space we will gamely hold our drinks (even during the tricky latter stages of an evening); in the absence of proper crisps some of us will even eat pork scratchings; all we really need to keep us swigging happily is the right temperature and a couple of points above freezing isn’t it!

The bar itself is arranged over two floors. Its part of the Fullers chain and as such carries their ‘Pie and Ale’ menu. On a positive note I can recommend this, especially the Chicken, Ham and Leek (good value even at £8 or so) and if your there at lunchtime there’s table service on the second floor.

I recall drinking Carling which suggests that the choice of lagers wasn’t that great; I mean I’m not proud, I’ll guzzle Fosters if its available, but all beer, wine and spirits were reasonably priced. Décor is basic wooden tables and chairs (some of the seats in the dining area are padded) with freizes relating to butchery dotted about (its right beside Smithfield’s Meat Market). Some people might find these a bit stomach churning particularly the one defining cuts of meat to be found on the species homosapien.

Actually, to be fair, this wouldn’t be a bad place to drop in on the way home from work or for a spot of lunch but please, PLEASE put the heating on!
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  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Fullers

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