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The Bishops Finger, Smithfield, EC1

10 West Smithfield
EC1
EC1A 9JR
Phone: 02072482341
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Tris C left this review about The Bishops Finger

As described below, bare boarded with basic furniture, some high tables and chairs and columns; there's also an interesting patterned ceiling. Muted music played and there were no TVs (gain one point!).

Ales on: Spitfire, Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Bootleg Brewing Co's Speakeasy and no surprise, Bishop's Finger at £4.20 which is fair for the area, and a decent pint.

This is a decent enough place and I'd return, but I'd prefer the short walk to The Hand & Shears.

On 25th March 2016 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bishops Finger

Shepherd Neame's Smithfield pub, with a fairly small square-ish bar and an upstairs dining room. Of no particular interest inside, but still a proper pub with traditional furniture and decor. On this visit, I found MasterBrew, Whitstable Bay, Spitfire and (inevitably) Bishops Finger (£4.20) on the four handpumps.

On 16th January 2016 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Bishops Finger

This pub used to be called The Rutland Arms before Shepherd Neame acquired it, along with the nearby Olde Red Cow, some thirty or so years ago. They renamed it The Bishops Finger after their strong ale, which in turn was named after an old type of road sign usually found on the route to Canterbury. This is a late Victorian pub, but as far as I could tell the only thing definitely remaining from that era is the pair of cast iron pillars in the middle of the room, although the ceiling decoration may be an original Lincrusta style design. The place is bare-boarded, has high stools and high tables in a row down the middle of the room, with banquettes, tables and chairs round the sides. Every inch of the walls is covered by prints, and although it has been extensively modernised over the years, you could certainly not accuse this pub of being minimalist in decor. The laptop area (actually a small ledge) was not in use as such during my visit, but the soft padded framed mirror on the wall above the ledge is still in place, presumably as an elf ‘n safety measure to protect the heads of frustrated computer users. I found it to be fairly gloomy inside this pub, not helped by the awning to shelter those using the handful of aluminium tables and chairs in the front of the pub.
It’s still a Shepherd Neame pub, so the usual ales are on offer. I had a reasonable drop of Masterbrew, at £3.10 a pint. I didn’t eat there, but I noticed that mains were at or around the £7.95 mark, and sarnies around £4 - £6. This is another OK pub – there’s nothing special about it, but it is immaculately turned out, and OK for a pint if you’re happy with SN ales.

On 20th April 2010 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Tris C
City Thameslink, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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8th Sep 2017, 12:34
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6th Sep 2017, 22:50
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes - Upstairs. - last updated 08 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 25 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 April 2010 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 08 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 05 April 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 March 2016 by Tris C
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