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Ask for Janice

Bars and pubs Farringdon and Smithfield
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Ask For Janice
Ask For Janice
Ask For Janice
Ask For Janice
Ask For Janice
Ask For Janice
Ask For Janice

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Opposite Smithfields Market is an all-day joint named after an obscure instrumental Beastie Boys track. The tune is a bit of a damp squib, but its namesake is well worth a bite. Post-work drinkers soaking up the early evening sun dominate the pavement tables, while indoors – a Brooklyn-esque mishmash of vintage classroom chairs, succulents and tacked-on polaroids – was filled with a laptop-tapping or cocktail-sipping crowd; some even combining both.

Despite stocking 42 different types of gin, the bar seems an afterthought, crammed at the back corner. Take note, though: Janice knows her cocktails and won’t rob you for them either. My Long Lane Sour (£9) was a frothy twist on the Aviation (gin, crème de violette and lemon juice). I almost ordered it twice.

The sharing plates menu is a vogueish mix of…everything – but trends feel shoehorned in without finesse. Black rice with tomatoes was slightly supermarket-salad-bar and a splodge of bland butter bean hummus with asparagus felt a pinch at £8. But my plump carrot fritters were sublime – proof that when Janice nails the simple things, she’s away. Food quibbles aside, I’d come here again to kick back with a coffee or something stronger. The Beasties would be proud.

By: Megan Carnegie Brown



Address: 50-52 Long Lane
Transport: Tube: Barbican/Farringdon
Opening hours: 7.30am-midnight Mon-Fri
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Users say (10)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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A great place for drinks - the list of gins is great and I love how each has a short description, which really helped in choosing a gin for my G&T. The fruity flavoured gins were my favourite, as they balanced well with the spices in the gin. It's a small place but it does get buzzing in a good way - not too crowded and the smells from the kitchen wharfing through the bar sets a good mood!


Bottomless brunch was pricey and unfortunately the quality of drinks and service slips when a restaurant tries to deliver this without the resource or passion to do it well. The Bloody Mary was tasteless and we had to ask every time after for a refill after waiting 15 minutes with an empty glass. Such a shame as the space is great and the food was delicious.


Came here during the afternoon for a quick bite to eat and a coffee. Lovely staff, nice atmosphere and interior. The Labneh flatbread on their lunch menu is delish, as is their coffee. 


A quirky bar, not too far from barbican and farringdon stations. The drinks menu is varied and reasonably priced. In the evening they do a tapas type menu. It's pretty busy of a Thursday or Friday evening so probably worth booking a table.


Really cute bar in the city and great if you are a gin lover. The menu is great, with over 40 gins and isn't super expensive. The decor is very airy and white which is lovely for a summers evening. We also tried the food which was good, however not so easy to eat when in a group standing.

Overall we had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Cute neighbourhood cafe that just started to serve bottomless weekend brunch! £17 for 3 small dishes, £25 with bottomless soft drinks and £35 with bottomless cocktails (3 choices). Great service and cosy atmosphere. Food was yummy and I really appreciate the variety offered. To my surprise, my favourite dish was dalh with pan fried fish. My only suggestion would be for them to add more sweet items on the menu. If my memory serves me correctly, there's only one dessert - why not throw in some pancakes in there?


My go-to spot after a long day at work (next door). Food is simple and delicious, the mile-long gin list never disappoints, coffee’s on point and beer is, well, beer. The pop-up cocktail bar downstairs is a nice way to continue the evening or simply hide from daylight. Highly recommend the badger hummus thing. (Just make sure you ask for some extra extra bread.)


Staff Writer

Relaxed, alternative atmosphere and good food in a slightly sparse venue and location, Ask for Janice feels as quirky as it's name. 

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Nice atmosphere and great service, the food was pretty good as well!.

moderatorStaff Writer

Interesting mix of food, relaxed atmosphere, and chilled staff.  Service could be a bit more on the ball, and would have liked to see some more green stuff on the menu.

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