Hand & Shears

Bars and pubs Smithfield
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The history displayed on a plaque outside this cubby-hole of a pub dates back as far as 1132, when an alehouse stood on this site. In Tudor times, it was frequented by the tailors and drapers who gave the pub its current name.

Oval-shaped, with an island bar of similar outline, and black-and-white images of old London complementing the atmosphere, the Hand & Shears continues to preserve the tradition it has spent centuries bolstering. Courage Best (yes, that traditional), Greene King IPA and Adnams are served from an honest wooden bar in a room that’s quiet enough to amplify the odd sole making a scuffing sound on the bare floorboards.

The menu is of the sausage-and-mash-for-a-fiver variety.


Venue name: Hand & Shears
Address: 1 Middle Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-3pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Barbican tube
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Sue S

Very traditional set up inside and often punters are spilling out onto the pavement, particularly on sunny days. The real ales have been well kept whenever I have visited and there is always a pleasant atmosphere without it being too "trendy". Have happily sat on my own with a paper and not felt intimidated which can happen in some other establishments. Glad it is tucked away as would not like it to get even busier. Great local

Sarah M

Wouldn't visit again, Ever. Mostly because I prefer Landlords to be capable of some courtesy toward punters.

Staff WriterStaff Comp

My local, so hopefully not too biased...good range of beer, and cosy fireside tables make this a firm favourite. Friendly staff and nice ambiance make a return visit guaranteed.