Bars and pubs , Gastropubs Clerkenwell
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(7 user reviews)
2 Love It
Save it
© Simon Leigh

‘The finest ale and eating house in Clerkenwell’ says the board outside – and the Gunmakers does present a very good case. One of many gastropubs in the area, the Gunmakers also operates as a bar, with plenty of natter around the cosy front room.

The cask ales – Mad Goose Purity, Thornbridge Jaipur, Woodford’s Wherry and Redemption Fellowship Porter – are consumed as readily as the wines from a list of 16 varieties, whose Italian influence harks back to the time when this area was Little Italy (frame-makers and organ-builders worked here, as did Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun – hence the pub name).

Chilean El Descanso merlot and Türk Eiswein von Grüner Weltliner dessert wine might bookend your pork chop and asparagus, or rib-eye steak with French fries, rocket and garlic Pastis butter. Two bright spaces behind provide dining comfort.

Venue name: Gunmakers
Address: 13 Eyre Street Hill
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail
Do you own this business?

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
1 person listening
Staff Writer

Great for an after work drink. The room upstairs is lovely and cosy in the winter months if you can get a table.

Paul C
Staff Writer

Used to love this place - nice little pub off the beaten track that does a good selection of different beers. Was generally busy but not overcrowded and people spill onto the street at the front during summer when it's warm. 

Think it's changed hands in recent months and the quality has dipped a touch but they still do a wonderful scotch egg!


Is there a finer pub in London? I doubt it. Delicious ales, inventive menu and charming staff (particularly the brunette). Makes me want to move to clerkenwell!!!

Bobby Chomples

Been working in Clerkenwell for a couple of years now but only came across this place via a recent Londonist article. Popped down for a swift half at lunch and found the landlord to be polite, helpful and very friendly. Food looks good too and ales were very tasty. Will be checking it out again soon, quite possibly this evening...


The exterior looks good but the interior is modern and characterless. The beer choice is small but what we did have was very clean and good. However, sadly the very rude Landlord spoilt what would otherwise have been a good evening, we certainly won't be going back again, there are many other decent pubs in the area run by real Publicans who enjoy their work and creat a great atmosphere.