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.

Bench Location

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

Opening times

Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

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