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Balfour at St. Barts, Smithfield, EC1

64-66 West Smithfield
Phone: 02076002705
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Bucking Fastard left this review about St. Barts Brewery

Curiosity nearly killed this cat,I just had to investigate given the name,but it's a misnomer and no brewing takes place here.It's vast inside and you have to ascend some sharp stone steps even to get through the front door.So large infact that a mezzanine gallery has been built and this too was packed.There is a high section by the front door ,and even two small sofas on the way to the subterranean loos,if you can't quite make it that far.
The very high ceiling and an ear splitting Drum and Base soundtrack with the Base turned up to 11 felt like some kind of FSB torture technique as my innards shook.
The bar just offered 1 real ale,the dreaded Doom Bar so I selected from the 16 kegs although several had run out,some were mainstream multinational crap with Beavertown Gamma Ray seemingly the best option,served in a dimple half by a friendly barmaid.
It's a young person's hangout with shouty men who know nothing about beer and desperate nurses from Barts.Unedifying and no reason to revisit.

On 2nd March 2019 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about St. Barts Brewery

Upmarket corner pub / restaurant, owned by the people behind the Hush Heath vineyards in Kent. Features a ceiling tall enough to fit in a decent-size mezzanine, and semi-modern furniture and decor throughout. Still no sign of any brewing, with the only tanks being for Meantime beer. Just Doom Bar (£4.75) on handpump, with two hooped founts of mildly interesting craft beers.

On 9th December 2018 - rating: 6
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Komakino . left this review about St. Barts Brewery

Since the last reviews this has become St Barts Brewery, one of a handful of bars / eateries on Long Lane, behind Smithfield Market and easy walking distance from Barbican Tube. Steve's review of 2012 still rings true decor-wise - the new incumbents have gone for a 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' approach. Predictably busy on a weeknight considering the postcode, this had no real ale available, despite a solitary handpump being spotted (with a reversed clip). A half of a keg thing called Goose Midway IPA set me back £2.90 for a half. No sign of brewing going on, nor brewing paraphernalia. Tick it if you wish, but if it's on your list, don't enter with any expectations.

On 15th November 2017 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Farringdon (London), 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
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  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 12 April 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 April 2012 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 April 2012 by hondo .
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