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Bars and pubs, Pubs Clerkenwell
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Multi-faceted Clerkenwell pub – complete with hair salon – from the Nine Lives team.

Complete with hanging baskets, dark wooden panels and gold lettering, The Gunmakers looks like a proper, old-school boozer. And it is, to an extent – a nineteenth-century pub given an update by the folks behind Bermondsey bar Nine Lives. They’ve kept original details (the mirrors embossed with ‘gunmakers’ are a nice touch) and have added a space upstairs decked out like a living room that feels cosy without being overcrowded. The most popular spot is a lovely garden hidden at the back, decorated with fairy lights, lanterns and hanging foliage. But here’s a twist: on the top floor you’ll find The Gun Club, the pub’s barber shop, which is worth avoiding if you make bad decisions after a few pints.

Modern trappings extend to the bar, too. It stocks classy canned cocktails from Ace + Freak (produced by the same company that owns the pub). I was initially a bit sceptical – even though I love a G&T tinny – but I was pleasantly surprised by a zingy watermelon and cucumber sangria. The food menu has a New Orleans vibe with dishes including creole shrimp burgers, jambalaya arancini and crawfish mac ’n’ cheese.

With so many cosy nooks and crannies, this is a great spot for after-work drinks. You might have to fight it out for a seat in the garden, though.


Address: 13 Eyre Street Hill
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Mon-Fri
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Our son hired this lovley venue for his 30th birthday. From the minute we walked in we wete made to feel so welcome. The food was superb with, beautifully presented and a really well thought out menu. Dan and the staff were just great. Dan even offered to collect the birthday cake for me which was so kind. Its just a cosy lovely place and I would recomend it. Just right for a celebration or indeed any time. A true gem of a place that we will revisit next time we are down. Janet and Michal Jackson.

Thankyou for making our sons 30th such a happy event!


A friend hired the whole venue on a minimum spend basis and it went down a real treat! There is the perfect selection of drinks, all reasonably priced, the space in general is open and spacious whilst also feeling cosy, and the outside makes for the perfect smoking area. They also have a kitchen upstairs where they make one of the best burgers I've ever had! I will definitely be considering Gunmakers when looking for my next partaay location

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.

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!!!

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.

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