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Simmons Old Street, EC1

235 Old Street
EC1
EC1V 9HB
Phone: 02073360275
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Simmons Old Street

Now a garish chain pub called Simmons, this was once the one Craft Beer Co bar that I never got around to visiting. Undeterred, I thought I'd give this place a try. Suffice to say that I'm sure its previous guise was much better!

The pink lighting shown in the picture on the exterior is repeated inside. How people could have a session in here with pink strobe lights constantly moving around is beyond me. But I did manage to finally try Camden Pale on our fleeting visit. The other choices were Camden Hells, Beavertown Neck Oil or Estrella Dam.

More of a cocktail bar than a beer joint, the interior is stripped back and is quite basic. Outside, this whole area is a bit of a mess. The convenient bus stop outside was closed due to roadworks and the whole area appears to be in gridlock due to mass construction works.

Pubs don't seem to last lost in these premises. So I'll wait for the next incarnation here before coming back!

On 4th February 2022 - rating: 2
[User has posted 1258 recommendations about 1258 pubs]


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Steve of N21 left this review about Craft Beer Co Old Street

As my review below from 2009 shows I was less than enamoured with the old Nelson Retreat pub, and it wasn’t just because of the Arse shirts on the wall. But this is a much better pub now under the direction of the Craft Beer Co. and in keeping with the continued improvement of the Old Street area.
Well described by previous reviewers the Ale pumps, which do resemble a line of Humphrey Milk straws (one for the teenagers there ) , included three from Thornbridge including Lord Marples and Wild Holly as well as the current Champion beer Siren’s Broken Dream Stout. A good beer enjoyed in a now good pub.

Previous Review: 23rd October 2009
An unremarkable single bar pub convenient for Old Street station. Another example of a pub where the number of flat screen teles available outnumber the number of real ale handpumps.
For the record these were London Pride and Deuchars IPA on the evening of my visit and the pride was far from inspirational.
Couple of framed Ars***l shirts on the wall show where the landlords tasts lie, but even without this I could see no reason to return.
Even if you want a quick pint close to the station there are better options on the south side.

On 21st December 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1807 recommendations about 1745 pubs]


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Real Ale Ray left this review about Craft Beer Co Old Street

The manager of their Covent Garden outlet mentioned this new venture, so I decided to give a try. Their outlet just on the edge of Covent Garden, still holds the record for their choice of 15 cask and 30 keg. But nevertheless, this new Old Street branch had a choice of 8 cask and 25 keg. We called in here quite late on a Thursday night, so the place had quietened down a tad, so getting a seat and service at the bar was easy. We went for the house beer, which was a decent pale ale brewed by Kent Brewery. Nothing really to add descriptively apart from the unmissable red and white handpumps lined up along the front counter. The upper interior walls were painted blue and the lower sections were finished in plywood panels. I would call in again if in the area, as there is a comprehensive choice of beers.

On 9th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
Old Street, 0.1 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Shoreditch High Street, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Simmons Old Street, EC1
4th Feb 2022, 10:06
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
2nd Sep 2021, 20:36
Picture submitted by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 May 2016 by Tris C
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  • Darts : No last updated 26 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 May 2016 by Tris C
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 May 2021 by Tris C
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  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 September 2017 by hondo .
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