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Hat & Tun

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Farringdon and Smithfield
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

Hat & Tun says
The Hat & 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.



Address: 3 Hatton Wall
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail or Chancery Lane tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £55
Opening hours: Open Mon-Thur 11am-12midnight, Fri 11am-1am. Lunch served Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm
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Users say (6)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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A super fun place for a Friday night shuffleboard bonanza! Great brews on tap, comforting pub food with pies and a new menu of hot sandwiches, the Hat & Tun is the familiar pub around the corner where you always feel welcome!


We have always enjoyed visiting this pub after work for a quick drink. At these peak times it can be quite busy and the bar staff can struggle to keep up with who was next. This leads to you having to advise rude strangers that they were actually behind you in the queue and shouldn't be trying to push to the front. The beer is always good and the pub runs a quiz night on Mondays, although I cannot comment on it specifically as we have yet to attend, despite regularly trying to arrange to. 

The pub now also has a shuffleboard table, which is great fun. However this does take up quite a bit of the room inside, which was a little bit sparse to begin with.

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.

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.

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

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