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Rising Sun, Smithfield, EC1

38 Cloth Fair
EC1
EC1A 7JQ
Phone: 02077266671
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Quinno _ left this review about Rising Sun

A revisit required as part of the Sam Smiths Challenge. This time we encountered a no-nonsense Sam's with a no nonsense, old skool cockney geezer guv'nor. Internally it’s two areas either side of the bar, the left is slightly more upmarket, the right is high tables and a dart board. An austere feel to the décor - wood floor, leaded dimpled/opaque windows – and a similar feel to atmosphere, you would have heard more noise in a village library. Nice upstairs lounge which I think I would have preferred to sit in (“Grave-diggers used to meet in the upper room to discuss sale of cadavers to doctors at nearby Barts” quoth WhatPub). OBB on but no Alpine Lager (“we don’t sell that girly juice”) so I went for a bottle of the ultra-manly apricot fruit beer which was rather decent. I still struggled to get much out of this one, if I’m honest.

December 2006
Tucked away in the windy streets-cum-alleyways. It’s not a bad little place looks-wise. We popped in for a quick half but the stock was pretty depleted. Being a Sam Smith's meant it was time to move on as I simply can't abide the OBB. The barmaid was very good, and I guess for the area it's a decent choice - it's near St Bartholomew's church which was the one used in Four Weddings and a Funeral, I think. Apparently there's a darts board but I didn't spot it. Low mark due to the depleted stock. Rated 5

On 20th December 2019 - rating: 6
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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
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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.

Addendum:

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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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
20th Dec 2019, 13:53
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
 
16th Dec 2019, 20:38
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 02 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes - Samuel Smith's. - last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 20 December 2019 by Quinno _
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