‘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.