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Sir Christopher Hatton, EC1

4 Leather Lane
EC1
EC1N 7RA
Phone: 02074049436
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Tris C left this review about Sir Christopher Hatton

The name is taken from a former chancellor and rumoured lover of Elizabeth I and local land owner whose name is taken for Hatton Garden, home to diamond geezers both legitimate and otherwise, the local 88-90 Hatton Garden being the site of a recent infamous jewel heist. Indeed, this venue occupies part of a building site occupied by department store Gamages until 1972, now home to a building which until recently housed De Beers' diamond repository in its basement.
I haven't been in here since it was the Goose around 14 years ago, so can't really remember it.
It's essentially a lower ground floor fake 'old' pub with a rough stone floor with bar to the rear. Lavatories are downstairs along with the cellar bar where my group was to convene. As such it's quite typical of a place that has a faux 'historic' pitch so you probably know what to expect except that it's better than average without flashing TV screens or loud music.
Quite comfortable inside with around 5-6 ales; I couldn't see them all as a couple of bar hogs spoiled the view. I opted for a pint of the Adnam's Fat Sprat which was fine and competitively priced.
In all this isn't a bad place and is better than one would expect but unless you're desperate, there's better to be found eastward in Smithfield rendering a return visit otiose.

On 24th May 2017 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about Sir Christopher Hatton

Being a Nicholson's pub there was a decent range of ales on - Nicholson's Pale Ale (St Austell), 6X, Doom Bar, Leeds Gathering Storm, Ramsgate Brewery Great British Beer (with Al Murray on the pump clip!) (£1.90 a half), and By The Horns Joe's Tea Co. Apparently Joe's Tea Co (rather unsurprisingly) contains tea and bergamot oil. The barman kindly gave me a taster, and the taste of tea was a bit over the top. Not my cup of tea I might say. I didn't see a menu at the ledge where I sat, but there were plenty of people eating at the normal tables and chairs on a raised area at the front by the windows. Being a Nicholson's pub I wouldn't expect the menu to hold any surprises.

Apart from on the aforementioned raised area, seating in the main bar area was all tall tables, backless tall stools and at ledges. There are a fair number of seats out at the front, which is not a bad place to sit as the pub is set back from the main road down a pedestrian thoroughfare. The main bar area has a flagstone floor, and as it is set well back from the small windows at the front I found it quite a gloomy place. The beer quality and choice was good, but as a pub it didn't really rock my boat. It felt a bit like being in a subterranean dive.

On 15th June 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about Sir Christopher Hatton

Just a minute or two from Chancery Lane tube station, this is a large, smart Nicholson's pub set slightly below street level which, as the previous reviewer points out, can make it feel like a subterranean bar. The main bar is a wide room with the servery, split in two by a large brick pillar, on the rear wall. The quarry stone floor bar area has a number of rustic looking pillars surrounded by drinking ledges, allowing for a good amount of vertical drinking space. The bar itself has a dark wood counter and a number of mirrors on the bar back, including one etched glass 'Nicholson's' mirror. High padded bench and stool seating can be found over to the left hand side, where a couple of sofas are also available and a large TV screen was turned off in favour of quiet background music. To the front there is a raised section with dark floorboards covered by a huge rug and standard tables and chairs that seem ideal for those wanting to eat. The room is decorated with old pictures, adverts and other framed bits and bobs, but it's all rather understated and feels a bit bland. Stairs over to the right lead down to a cellar bar and dining room which is typical of other dining rooms in Nicholson's London pubs and had a bar on the end wall, notably with hand pumps. My visit was quite late on a weekday evening, so there were only a few other customers in and the bar staff seemed more concerned with getting everyone out rather than having to serve a new customer.
The ale selection was the usual Nicholson's mix of popular standards and slightly more obscure regional brews. The full range on this visit was Sharps Doom Bar, Marstons Pedigree, Purity Ubu, Orkney Dark Island, St Austell Proper Job, Truman's Runner and My Generation Session Pale. The Dark Island is one of my 'go-to' beers normally, but on this occasion I was let down by a very poor quality pint which I was happy to write off and put right in the nearby Craft Beer Co.
I found this place lacking in any real character, admittedly not helped by the fact it was almost empty, and would suggest this is one of the city's weaker Nicholson's venues. There are lots of good pubs around the Chancery Lane area which means this place might work as part of a crawl but is unlikely to get a look in if I have to be more selective.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Farringdon (London), 0.31 miles, 6 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
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6th May 2018, 08:33
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6th May 2018, 08:33
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 22 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Part covered front patio drinking. - last updated 24 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - Cellar Bar with a separate bar. - last updated 24 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 22 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC but substantial steps into pub. - last updated 22 August 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 May 2017 by Tris C
Opening Hours
SundayClosed
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
SaturdayClosed
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