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The Sekforde, Clerkenwell, EC1

34 Sekforde Street
EC1
EC1R 0HA
Phone: 02072533251
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Tris C left this review about The Sekforde

Situated in a tranquil street occupied by celebs such as Gillian X Files, this Georgian pub was built in 1829 on land once owned by Thomas Seckford (original spelling), 16th century lawyer and one of Queen Elizabeth I’s Masters in Ordinary of the Court of Requests. It was a Young’s house until it closed on 4th August 2015 and reopened on 15th December 2017 as a private venture, refurbished by a local barrister who lives upstairs.
The pub incorporates the most up-to-date environmentally friendly technology, including under-floor heating and a ban on plastics on the premises. Profits will be ploughed back into the local community to benefit the young and underprivileged; so far, so good.
Unfortunately, the fine 1930s’ Charrington’s tiles, including yet another Toby plaque, have been ripped off and replaced with a grained wooden shop front-style entrance with some bare brick; the Charrington's leaded lights have been removed too. Internally no part of the original pub remains which may or may not be a bad thing. It’s brand new with much brown wood in the form of part wood panelling, a wooden panelled bar with pot shelf, a bare boarded floor, cream coloured walls and ceiling and fairly contemporary furniture. Modern lavs are downstairs where there is an enticing cellar room. There are paper menus on the tables displaying restrained but refined fayre; not gastro but certainly not posh burgers or the like either.
In all it’s rather tasteful and will probably improve with age though unfortunately there’s no décor, the end result being that it's not that cosy.
Now onto the ale: premium lagers, craft and the like and in the seven-odd days since ROB Camra’s review, real ale has appeared and at just £4.00 a pint. Unfortunately, it’s the egregious Sharp’s Doom Bar Amber and served Carling cold – clearly the cellar was spared the under-floor heating then. Why, given that the Hammerton brewery is a stone’s throw from here could not their wares be stocked, such as the universally liked N1?
This pub is a good example of a modern conversion in a very pleasant locale with many other good pubs in close proximity. Its charitable aims are commendable, but the choice of this ale (or something similar like London Pride), served freezing cold, are reasons enough not to tempt me to rush back.

On 20th January 2018 - rating: 5
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ROB Camra left this review about The Sekforde

Reopened after a long closure, but the real ale has disappeared.

Shame, I used to call in here regularly when working in London.

On 2nd January 2018 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about Sekforde Arms

Built in the 1830’s, this is an impressive street corner pub, especially when viewed from the intersection of Sekforde and Woodbridge streets where you can best admire the fine tiled exterior and colourful hanging baskets. The proprietors claim that Lenin and Karl Marx both drank in the pub when they were working on a newspaper in nearby Clerkenwell Green and Dickens is also supposed to have been a frequent visitor, although much of this appears to be supposition. More credibly, Pink Floyd owned a recording studio at the end of the street back in the 1970’s and were regular patrons of the pub. Today we find a traditional back street pub with a two room layout. Both entrances lead into the main bar which has a battered wooden floor draped with a few old rugs, half panelled walls and textured wallpaper above and on the ceiling. The bar is on the rear wall, to the left side of the room and has a display of pump clips running above the counter. Some comfortable padded benches run along the opposite wall, accompanied by a few low stools, with one other table on the right hand wall in front of a smart tiled fireplace. Two large archways lead into a second room with similar decor to the main bar, more of the padded bench seating and a discretely positioned dartboard. Some stairs lead up to another seating area, which I didn’t get round to exploring.
The pub is run by Young’s, with Ordinary and Special on the bar alongside York Terrier (£3.70) and Bath Summer Hare. The Terrier was very drinkable and the price, whilst expensive, is probably the norm for a guest in a Young’s house. Despite visiting not long after the offices empty out, the pub was notably quiet, with just a small gathering around the bar and one couple in the side room.
It was nice to find a traditional boozer of this sort so close to the city and I enjoyed relaxing over my pint and the paper. It would’ve been nice to catch the place when it was a bit livelier, but that’s a minor quibble and I would be more than happy to call in again.

On 4th June 2013 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Farringdon (London), 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Old Street, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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5th May 2019, 19:16
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5th May 2019, 19:16
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesdays. - last updated 15 May 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 January 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 January 2018 by Tris C
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