The Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street , London, EC1M 5AD

  • Bench Barbican London cafe bar coffee craft beer
  • Bench Barbican London cafe bar coffee craft beer

SquareMeal Review of Bench

Part of Grade II-listed, design award-winning The Goldsmiths’ Centre (a crafts training facility and exhibition space in the heart of Clerkenwell’s historic jewellery quarter), Bench is a bit of a local secret. The imaginatively designed refectory serves great-value fresh food in a casual environment. Feta and avocado mash on toast and chorizo, sautéed potatoes and poached eggs are typical brunch dishes. Lunch might include homemade gazpacho or French onion soup; beef brisket or buttermilk chicken bap; cauliflower and chickpea curry; roast chilli and basil salmon, beetroot burger, or halloumi with chilli and mint all served with generous portions of seasonal salads and slaws. A wide alfresco terrace with parasols is a top spot on a sunny day. Snack on sausage rolls, jumbo arancini or butternut squash, spinach and goats’ cheese frittata, and linger long into the afternoon over a selection of real ales, Pimms, or seriously affordable, drinkable vino that includes perky Spanish white and earthy red from the Cariñena vineyards of Aragón.

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Bench is recommended for

Breakfast | Brunch

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Barbican Station 257m

Farringdon Tube Station 267m


Address: The Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street , London EC1M 5AD

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

Nearby Landmarks

Smithfield 295m

Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 370m


Telephone: 07341 073238


Cuisine: Cafes

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