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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.
Square Meal is proud to be supporting homeless charity StreetSmart in their 2014 campaign, for the sixth year running. StreetSmart works with over 500 restaurants nationwide by adding £1 to every bill throughout November and December, which is donated to local homeless charities.
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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