Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Finsbury
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This Clerkenwell boozer was one of the first venues to jump aboard the gastropub train, and today the same ethos applies. That means poshed-up pub grub alongside dishes with a more adventurous bent: the former mostly downstairs, the latter in the dining room proper, upstairs.

Dishes, therefore, range from Denham Estate sausages and mash, pulled pork baps and fish and chips with pea puree and tartare sauce to glazed and braised ox cheek with parsnip mashed potato, spinach and crispy shallots, or grilled plaice mariniere with a brown shrimp and caper butter, garlic potatoes and purple-stem broccoli.

Draught beers include drops from Camden Town Brewery, Flowers, Caledonian, Battersea and Timothy Taylor. 


Venue name: Peasant
Address: 240 St John Street
Opening hours: Bar Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Meals served noon-10.45pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun. Main courses £8.50-£14. Restaurant Brunch served noon-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6-11pm Tue-Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Farringdon tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.50-£16
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Slightly mixed reviews for The Peasant.  We went for Christmas dinner for 14 people - you can pick from a 3 course set Christmas menu for £36 (overpriced in my eyes) or pick individual dishes from a limited menu.  This equated to 3 main courses: turkey, seabass, or wild mushroom fricassee.  Those that had the seabass or mushroom really enjoyed theirs but the turkey was underwhelming: the meal was luke warm (at best) and the vegs were undercooked.  Sadly the service wasn't much better, definitely missing any Christmas cheer.  Plus points: it's quite cosy inside, there's a fire, and a decent selection of drinks.  I'd suggest going for a winter drink by the fire and skipping the food.