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Rising Sun, Smithfield, EC1

38 Cloth Fair
Phone: 02077266671
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Rising Sun

Typical Sam Smith's house,it all looks very traditional both inside and out ,but when the only ale option is Old Brewery Bitter the heart sinks ,it really was tastless after a decent crawl and I just could not be bothered to finish my half.
The interior is open plan in two section with the far end having a darts board,while the larger back section is rather sparse on the furniture front.Wood panelling everywhere,carved wood bar but this is such a usual feature in SS pubs that it's almost a pastiche in here.There is a first floor restaurant with prices for pub grub that looked cheap but like the ale is it cheap for a reason ?

It's so boring I won't be rushing back.

On 2nd March 2019 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2004 recommendations about 2004 pubs]

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Tris C left this review about Rising Sun

21st March 2016:

I can't add much to that below, the pub dates back in some form to at least the mid-17th century but is now probably a 19th century replacement and agree with Mr Rattus when he disputes the age of the wooden interior as I too think that it's a modern addition.
Nevertheless, the landlord was friendly and welcoming despite being bored out of his skull, reading his paper behind the bar for lack of customers on our early week late evening visit.
The cask OBB was, well, OBB and obviously cheap at £2.90.
There's no reason to avoid this place and the pub gets good marks for location, tradition and landlord but rather misses the mark in other respects. The Hand & Shears across the road trounces this place - really one for crawl tickers.


The pub closed during World War II and didn't reopen until the mid-1980s, presumably undergoing a change of use, so the interior probably dates from this time.

On 22nd December 2017 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about Rising Sun

A visually attractive pub, partially hidden away on a corner of a side road and lane near Smithfield Market. Tall opaque glazed leaded windows, one curved glass version, flowering tubs at first floor level. Inside there is a boarded floor and lots of dark polished wood, A SS speciality so I also doubt any originality, however it does look the part.
Mixed seating, high tables opposite the bar, benches, pews and stools elsewhere. Framed market scenes and SS dray horses form the majority of the wall mounted stuff plus very unusually locally a dartboard, in full use this afternoon by a group of four blokes.
Two doors, the corner entrance has "Public Bar" over, the side door unmarked. A sign however directs up a winding stair to a "Lounge Bar" which has its own servery and great views of the ancient St Bartholemews Church opposite.
Being Sam Smith's there is never going to be much choice, at least the OBB was on cask and not as cold as usual. Food served.
Worth noting that this is one of few pubs that open at weekends around here and food is served too.

On 10th September 2016 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Farringdon (London), 0.31 miles, 6 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Rising Sun, EC1
2nd Mar 2019, 14:44
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
22nd Dec 2017, 22:39
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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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
  • 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 : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 02 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes - Samuel Smith's. - last updated 21 March 2016 by Tris C
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