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The Hand & Shears, EC1

1 Middle Street
Phone: 02076000257
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Hand & Shears

Utterly charming interior,a real must visit and expertly described below by PSM.The island bar gives serving access to a nesting of rooms,there are few London pubs that retain this atmosphere today.It also helps that the serving staff are all charming young ladies ,efficient and engaging.There is a first floor space for hire ,and possibly lunch but around the bar no food is served in the evening.Punters were recommended the Old Red Cow for dining ,just through an archway opposite.There is however a glass dome on the bar with some artisan pork pies which could easily satisfy most boozers.
It seems that three real ales will be offered which meant on my trip TT Landlord,London Pride and guest Abbeydale Serenity (decent),so the ale choice may not overwhelm but you really must visit this pub for the listed interior and linger a while.

On 3rd March 2019 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2004 recommendations about 2004 pubs]

Pub SignMan left this review about The Hand & Shears

Hidden away down a narrow back street, just a short walk from Barbican tube station, this is a very pleasant, multiple roomed pub which has done well to retain its traditional layout and feel. The pub is centred around an island servery with a dark wood counter, simple gantry and obscured glass bar back. Some decorative, frosted windows run around two sides of the pub, some of which include a few fine examples of period glasswork, including a stylish ‘Public Bar’ pane to the front. The left side of the pub opens out into a reasonable sized seating area with full height wall panels, a dark varnished floor and lincrusta covered ceiling, much like the rest of the pub. The doorways connecting each of the four rooms around the servery each have interesting, openable windows above them, although I’m not entirely sure what practical purpose they were installed for. The left hand room offers chair and bench seating under a collection of Hogarth pictures and other such depictions of olde London life and a compact fireplace with large plain mirrors above. The rear room has hard benches along the rear wall and seemed to be the most popular spot, being pretty much packed out compared to the very quiet left hand room. This extends around to the right hand side of the pub, where the room narrows considerably, before bringing you back round to the front bar again. A dreadfully soppy soundtrack played throughout my stay, thankfully drowned out by the chatter from the group in the rear room for the most part.
There were three beers on handpull on this visit, with a choice of Taylor’s Landlord, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Thornbridge Jaipur. The latter was £4.50 for a pint and in great shape – a timely reminder of how good this beer can be in the right hands. The barmaids seemed very friendly and operated like a well-oiled machine – always seeming to know where the next order was coming from and getting the pints out in rapid fashion.
This is a great pub for anyone keen to visit a simple, unpretentious back street pub with a real time-warp feel to it. I enjoyed my well kept pint here and enjoyed a circuit of the pub’s various rooms, but found the cramped conditions combined with a healthy post-work crowd made it a little tricky to settle down and get comfortable. A great find for the traditionalist and worth a look for the sort of interior you rarely find in Central London.

On 22nd January 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Hand & Shears

A rather splendid little corner pub that has somehow retained four wood-panelled rooms around a central servery (of which the 'Private Room' is almost a snug, although it is also the most plainly decorated). The main Public Bar is quite small and plain too, but the slightly larger side room and Saloon Bar to the rear are decorated with a variety of prints and other traditional accoutrements. Four handpumps on the front counter and two more at the back, with Landlord, Absolute from Madness, Reunion Beardtongue ruby ale (£4.50) and Thornbridge Jaipur available when I visited (with a reversed Doom Bar clip also noted). Overall, if you are looking for a proper old-fashioned (in the best way) pub in central London but away from the tourists then this one is hard to beat.

On 10th November 2018 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Farringdon (London), 0.36 miles, 7 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Hand & Shears, EC1
3rd Mar 2019, 08:28
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
2nd Mar 2019, 14:30
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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