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The Longroom (Bar)

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18-20 St John Street, Smithfield, Farringdon, City of London, London, EC1M 4AY
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 0207 3366099 | Email to The Longroom | Transport: Farringdon | Write review

The Longroom Review

Best for: salt beef; a good selection of ales.

Great: post-work pub for beers and salty food in The City.

It is a well known fact that young women should do as their mothers tell them.

“Always wear a hat when it’s cold”

“Don’t drink too much”

“Always bring waterproof shoes with you when you go away for the weekend”

And while as a young(ish) women I happily ignore a lot of well meaning advice (and if you have a Jewish mother, there is a lot of it), I defer to my mother on things where I can honestly say ‘Mother knows best’, such as salt beef, a Jewish delicacy long before it went mainstream.

Having been told that I was being sent to The Longroom, a pub that specialises in salt beef, naturally I brought along the expert, and the verdict wasn’t too bad.

Apparently they did good by keeping the fat on the meat, however they lost points for serving the salt beef with sour dough instead of rye bread; sometimes the traditional way is best (according to mum). The accompanying homemade pickled things went down well. In particular, she approved of the pickled apple and cauliflower.

In my novice opinion the salt beef was good and I liked the extremely simple menu. You can have salt beef or a grilled cheese sandwich and that is pretty much it. As far as I’m concerned, there are too many choices in life anyway: what to wear; what job to do; salad or sandwich for lunch; go home and watch TV or go to the pub; Marmite or Vegemite (clearly Marmite).

However, the lack of choice at the dessert stage, while I approved of the austerity, was an issue for my mum. What, she pointed out, if someone does not fancy a salted chocolate caramel tart (strange as that may seem to some). The tart, by the way, was delicious on the top but presented on rock hard pastry, so we ate the topping off the pastry like it was a plate.

The décor is low key and rather soothing; low lighting, low music, wooden tables and exposed ventilation to bring it a bit of style. We were there on a Tuesday night and, while there were people at most tables, it wasn’t too busy. However, I am sure it gets pretty packed out on Thursday and Friday when the after work drinks crowd rush in for the good beer and salty food.

The beer, by the way, was brilliant. We went for a flight of three each so we could try as much as possible. The bar staff know the stuff if you want to have a chat about your beers and ales. They are also planning some beer tasting events.

There weren’t any comments from mum, apart from facing the daunting challenge of sitting at a high table with high chairs, fine for me in my oh so nimble youth, but a bit of a problem for little mum. She was alright once she had winched herself up there. It is possible that city pubs do not think about the mobility issues of the over 60s but maybe they should. I know I will still be quaffing beer when I am 172, if all goes to plan.

Overall, between the two of us, The Longroom gets a thumbs up, which was definitely helped by the charming bar staff and I think I racked up some brownie points with my mother, so maybe she can overlook me not wearing hats, drinking too much wine, and getting wet feet before moaning about it.    
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The Longroom Opening Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 9:00am - 12:00am
Tuesday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am
Wednesday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00am    

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