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Hat and Tun (Bar, Restaurant)

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3 Hatton Wall, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 8HX
Cuisine: Gastro Average Price: £40.00
Tel: 02075833443 | Email to Hat and Tun | Transport: Farringdon | Write review

Hat and Tun Review

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Best for: celebrities looking for an all-day hangout.

Great: pies; wine by the glass; open fire; afternoon background music.

I’m no celebrity, that’s for sure. Thousands of you lovely Londoners have kindly read my oeuvre over the years, but I’ll bet none of you could pick me out in a crowd of two. For all you know, I’m the bloke who kept grinning at you on the tube today. You know, the one with the unfortunate drooling problem.

However, for one brief afternoon, whilst chilling at the Hat & Tun pub in Clerkenwell, I was a celebrity. I don’t mean in the 24-hour paparazzi-smearing sense. I wasn’t snapped picking my nose or strolling around in my bikini (for once). And there weren’t hundreds of hog-wild fans present either. Quite the opposite. There was hardly anyone there. The only person who (hopefully) recognised me was my colleague Faye, and she was only there because we were having lunch together.

Yet, there was something about the Hat & Tun situ that produced a sense of stardom across my easily-forgettable face. That smoked salmon starter, although plentiful, was remarkably run-of-the-mill; yet combined with a glass of Argentinean Torrontes; well, let’s just say my reaction was tantamount to a Bruce Forsyth “Nice to see you, to see you nice.”

The pie, a speciality of the Hat & Tun’s, was, by itself, mere pastry, steak and ale. Combined with a pint of Adnam’s ale, however, and again I began to feel like strangers would ask for my autograph.

By the time I’d polished off the almond tarte dessert, I’d won a starring role in a Hollywood movie. A movie that was written by, produced by, and about me.

It was abundantly clear to me that the Hat & Tun is a great pub for celebrities. Not only is the main food trade during the Monday-Friday work hours (when anonymity reigns), but it also has limited phone and 3G reception (especially on the cushioned seat at the rear next to the lovely open fire) so your agent cant bombard you with news about a new celebrity reality show.

Prying eyes wont see you munching your way through the uncomplicated menu or drowning your afternoon in the voluptuous and worldly wine list. Despite the large amount of light streaming in through the large windows, this is still a sneaky little hidden gem to sequester oneself amongst traditional beers and traditional wooden floors and traditional animal heads hanging from traditional walls.

Being ginger, I now consider myself the new Chris Evans as he loves a local pub. Plus, his afternoons are fairly free these days. Perhaps he already knows about The Hat & Tun. I’m certainly glad I do.

By Christian Rose-Day.

Some good points Christian and, for the most part, I concur.

I’ve never much favoured those Hollywood movies, written by, produced by and starring the fame hungry (*cough) Christian. I much prefer independent films, focusing on great adventures rather than great revenues. And so my production of the Hat & Tun plays out a little differently.

A simply leak and potato soup with crusty bread is plentiful but low budget, the genius comes with the accompaniment of the Italian Pinot Grigio, making it worthy of a BIFA.

The 100% pure Dexter beef burger with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and chips wasn’t Hollywood glamour and extravagance, but wholesome and hearty, a heartwarming production; in all, a dish that left me calling ‘encore’. The glass of Italian Barbera was great as the supporting act.

Giving the audience what they (I) wanted, the demand for an additional performance manifested as a warm chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. The credits rolled, as my round belly and I would upon leaving.

I do agree with Christian, the Hat & Tun is a great pub for celebrities. But it’s also a great pub for those who aren’t interested in celebrity and all it brings with it. A pub for those who just want a quiet life and a quiet pub lunch with a lack of blinding camera flashes, screaming teenagers, and trilling phones.

It’s a great pub to be able to simply sit and stare at the flickering flames of an open fire or a selection of plaquered animal horns and boar heads; a great place to sit and let your mind empty of all the stress of celebrity. After all, even if you’re not famous, you still play the lead role in your own life, which, let’s face it, sometimes runs like a drama, a romcom, a horror, and a comedy (sometimes all within the space of one day).

Being blonde, I now consider myself the new Boris Johnson, as he’s the kind of celebrity who loves the seclusion of a local pub. A place where you won’t find a copy of ‘Dave Snooty and his Pals’, a place where you and someone called, oh I don’t know, Petronella Wyatt, can canoodle away from prying eyes, a place where lynching is frowned upon and a place where the unruliness of your hair is judged in relation to the size of your normality.

I’m not a celebrity, nor a politician. I’m not a fiery haired presenter and I’m not a face of Hollywood. The Hat & Tun is famous, however, for many things, and I’m its biggest fan. more

Customer Reviews for Hat and Tun

Average (based on 6 votes): 6 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“If you want a nice quiet lunch in a pub full of character with great food then you can't go wrong with the Hat & Tun. I think it might be my favourite pub and restaurant in London let alone Clerkenwell! The staff are always so efficient, they're obviously used to busy lunches! It's just what you need when you're aware you need to get back to the office! Have a pie, trust me, you won't regret it!”
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Cleo, Maida Vale (10 years 1 months 7 days ago)

“Lovely and quiet during the week. Just what I need to get away from the misery of my office desk. That plus an awesome pie and a pint of ale. It's true, this really is a hidden gem of a pub.”
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Chris E, Farringdon (10 years 1 months 7 days ago)

“A tiny place with lots to offer on the food, drink and comfort front. I love the open fire, old style decor and general feel of the place. Good food, served with a convincing smile.”
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mary, NW1 (11 years 3 months 21 days ago)

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“Amazing atmosphere, bit expensive, but worth to go to.”
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paul, london (13 years 1 months 17 days ago)

“Nice place. Friendly, can sometimes get abit packed. They shoot porn films upstairs!”
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John, [ Unknown ] (16 years 11 months 4 days ago)

“An excellent find in the area, tucked away from the normal crowds, but close enough to turnmills etc... The cocktails and shooters can not be given enough credit - a choice of 100 so you can never get bored. Although pretty small, it keeps a great cosy feel, with some medusa style lighting (you'll see what I mean) and candles. An easy place to spend a whole evening and not realise it!”
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Polo_o, London (17 years 5 months 2 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Gastro
  • Average Price: £40.00
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: ETM Group

Hat and Tun Hire Details

The entire venue is available for private hire for up to 60 guests seated or 100

Updated 21/11/2008

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