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Dame Alice Owen, EC1

292-294 St. John Street
EC1
EC1V 4PA
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Tris C left this review about The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

Dating back over 200 years in some form, this pub was until fairly recently trading under its original name of the [New] Red Lion and acquired its current stupid name in 2012.

We arrived mid-evening and mid-week to find an empty pub, bar a rather noisy seemingly student party in the rear bar; a gastropub this is not as there was no-one dining and the menu is far from gastro, seemingly drawn in part from a Jewish deli. There are some nice glazed tiles to the exterior which are mirrored in the interior and look rather good; an old roundel above the hanging sign - sadly painted over - indicates that this was once a Watney Combe Reid pub and this information has been retained in the form of an illuminated parapet to the bar back which reads 'Welcome to this Watney's House'. These are about all that remains of this commanding corner pub. Today, there are unnecessary 'trendy' modern touches, a tiled floor and ugly ventilation ducts. Furniture in the middle bar comprises ridiculously high tables and stools with spindly metal legs; absolutely awful!

The barman didn't seem interested in his work and English wasn't his strong point. Ales on offer were Deuchars IPA and Caledonian Flying Scotsman (I'm not a fan of either) as well as Blacksmith's Golden Ale and Sheppard Neame's Spitfire which was fine.

This is a dreary place and I can't see myself returning - The Peasant down the road is marginally preferable.

On 13th March 2016 - rating: 3
[User has posted 917 recommendations about 903 pubs]


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hondo . left this review about The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

Tiled exterior and interior. 4 real ales and food served.

On 20th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Graham Coombs left this review about Boadicea

Now a gastropub called 'The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker'

On 16th March 2012 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 1972 recommendations about 1928 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Farringdon (London), 0.62 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Old Street, 1 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London Kings Cross, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Dame Alice Owen, EC1
6th Aug 2019, 10:42
Web Link submitted by Rex Rattus approved
 
6th Aug 2019, 10:42
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  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 March 2014 by hondo .
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