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Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, EC1

56 Farringdon Road
EC1
EC1R 3BL
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Rex Rattus left this review about Betsey Trotwood

This is still a Shepherd Neame pub so expect the usual beers; this one had on Bishop's Finger, Spitfire, and Spitfire Gold, plus something called Yeaster which was a new one one me. Food was available on a weekday lunchtime - sausage & onion, or fish finger sandwiches are £6, and the sausages were good quality having been sourced from a local butcher. Pie of the day, with mash, peas and gravy is £9.50.

This is a comfortable and largely traditional pub. There are normal tables and chairs, plus some settles, but no tall tables/tall stools or sofas. There's a fair amount of modern pine wood cladding about, notably on the walls to dado level and bar counter front. Upper portions of the walls are painted emerald green, but I didn't see any evidence of it being an Irish themed pub.

There were only a handful of people in when we arrived at lunchtime, and it was almost empty by 2.0 o'clock. This was in contrast to the vastly inferior and gloomy City Pride a few yards away where we couldn't find an empty table. There's no accounting for taste of course. I would be happy to visit this one again.

On 6th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Betsey Trotwood

Wedge-shaped Shepherd Neame pub with windows (albeit small) on three sides. Attractive interior with a mix of theatrical and other decor above the low wood-panelling. Traditional furniture inside supplemented by a few wooden benches out front. Disappointingly, I found just two of five handpumps in operation on this visit, offering Bishops Finger (£4.20) and Tribute as a guest, with reversed clips for Spitfire, Spitfire Gold and Bootleg Fool's Gold also noted. Beer quality good, though.

On 10th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Betsey Trotwood

Named after a character from a Dickens novel, this is an ostensibly large building which in actual fact hosts a very small pub run by Shepherd Neame. Situated on the junction of a busy main road it has an unusual curvature shape inside, a single roomer with varnished floorboards, original ceiling moulds, bottle green walls with quarter length tongue n’ groove panelling and a dash of floral wallpaper. One downer were the terrible 60s prints above the bar (Chinese Girl by Tretchikoff, that sort of thing). Upright piano spotted, don’t know whether it gets used. Those who want an authentic London experience can enjoy the vibrations and rumblings of the Tube trains which appear to go directly underneath the building. The pub hosts a small theatre, well-known for hosting comedy nights and Henning Wehn is a regular performer here. Five pumps with four Sheps ales on and an unusual roster; Spitfire Gold, Whitstable Bay, Bishops Finger (good nick), Sam Adams Blonde Ambition with a Spitfire clip turned. My little drink was made complete when a pair of Corbynistas turned up, separated a table from mine and then proceeded to blame the world for their political ills. Overall, I quite liked it here for a swift beer and I’m not sure why others seem to have a downer on it.

On 5th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Farringdon (London), 0.26 miles, 5 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London Kings Cross, 1.03 miles, 19 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No - Covered outside front seating. - last updated 13 August 2015 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 13 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 13 August 2015 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
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