Hat & Tun

Bars and pubs , Gastropubs Farringdon
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Venue says: "Travel back to Victorian times and play our penny toss game, where landing a tails could win you a free drink at lunch on Monday and Tuesday"

We’ve come to expect a lot of the Martin brothers, Tom and Ed, whose family of gastropubs and restaurants includes the excellent Botanist in Sloane Square, The Gun in Docklands (a former Time Out gastropub of the year winner), and Victoria Park’s family favourite, Empress of India. Their new venture, the Hat & Tun, is very appealing on paper: a revitalised Victorian boozer with a lunch-only menu of pure and simple Britannia – Scotch eggs, potted shrimp, doorstep sandwiches, fish and cottage pies. Brews include the superb Adnams Broadside and bitter, plus Weston’s Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy Cider. It’s enough to get you singing ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’. So why did we leave thinking we should all go down the Strand and have a banana? It started well – friendly welcome, charming decor with fireplace and hunting trophies, a luscious half pint of sea-scented prawns. Pie and mash (there’s a choice of steak and ale, beef and onion, or chicken and mushroom) was generous and well made. But there is no place for immature, fridge-cold brie, or a chutney which tasted similar to Branston’s in a £7 ploughman’s. The ‘Londoner’ sausage roll, although nicely seasoned, was a smallish, lightweight affair ridiculously charged at £4 – you can get better at the Bull & Last in NW5 for just £2.50. If the Martin brothers want to reflect the ‘New Austerity’ – or indeed the local market – they’ve got some tweaks to make here. It’s Leather Lane food at Chancery Lane prices. But while the Hat & Tun seems at odds with the economic climate, it’s a sure salve against the natural one. When grey days have you hankering for a pint and a game of darts in a lovely refurbished pub, this is a fine destination. You can grab a banana down the market afterwards.

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Hat & Tun says
The Hat and Tun is a traditional London pub laid out over one ground floor with oak panelled walls, taxidermy and a real working fireplace. The whole venue exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere. The charming oak bar serves the finest British real ales along with a great selection of wines and spirits. The Hat and Tun is open for lunch Monday-Friday, serving traditional sandwiches, pies and British classics in a relaxed environment. A sophisticated boardroom upstairs is also the ideal space for a discreet meeting or intimate celebration.
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Venue name: Hat & Tun
Contact:
Address: 3 Hatton Wall
London
EC1N 8HX
Opening hours: Open Mon-Thur 11am-12midnight, Fri 11am-1am. Lunch served Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail or Chancery Lane tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £55
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Jeremy W

Service was good, however the way the manager spoke to her staff in front of us was extremely upsetting. After being treated politely and respectfully by the floor and bar staff the manager proceded to question the abilities of the staff in particular the barmen right infront of us. He defended himself with every right as he had been nothing but helpful to us. I think this particular staff member showed no repect to her staff and in the end forced us to pay our bill even when we had not finished having some drinks after our meal. I commend the barmen for his efforts in keeping his cool in this situation.

DG

I'm very surprised to read the previous review, and certainly my experience there was very different. We celebrated my Dad's 70th birthday in the The Hat and Tun, and we booked the upstairs private dining room. Everyone involved from the The Hat and Tun was extremely accommodating, especially Nadia in the lead up the event and Anton who served us on the night. The food was a delight and I would not hesitate in recommending the Hat and Tun. I look forward to returning there soon.

Simon

Absolutely terrible pub- rude staff and over priced. To be fair I don't like Tom and Ed's pubs but this place is horrendous. Never again