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The Well is a gastropub of two halves – sturdy tables and brick walls suggest a rough-and-ready boozer, while a cavernous cocktail bar downstairs is intended to strike a more sophisticated note. Diners are advised to stay above deck, where the dishes are ‘fantastic value’ and helpings are generous. Kick off with pigs-head terrine and piccalilli, or devilled whitebait, before digging into helpings of familiar comfort food such as braised wild-rabbit stew with bacon and carrots, a kilo of mussels or 12-hour braised Herdwick mutton shank with polenta and sage gravy. Desserts are calorie-intensive (rhubarb and custard cheesecake), so you might fancy rounding off with one of the signature cocktails – maybe a Kentish Pimm’s with elderflower cordial and Chapel Down Pinot Brut. Weekend brunches and quiz nights are popular dates for the diary.

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  1. Chosen by my Central London-savvy friends, who had reserved a table as a precaution against queues, The Well was pleasantly uncrowded when we gathered for our Saturday get-together. Ditto for the surroundings: as I made my way from Farringdon to Saint John Road, up the half empty Clerkenwell Road, I sensed a quiet that felt unnatural, out of place – but in a good, comforting way. There’s something glorious to finding peace and silence where traffic and chaos usually reign; to walking alone on a crisp winter afternoon, and hearing nothing but the sound of your heels resounding on the pavement. It’s moment like this...
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The Dining Room 63

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