Hand & Shears

1 Middle Street , London, EC1A 7JA

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SquareMeal Review of Hand & Shears

This City boozer gets its ‘snipping’ name from associations with the old Cloth Fairs held hereabouts, although it’s also associated with the phrase ‘one for the road’: historical documents record that condemned prisoners were granted their last drink here, before being led to the gallows at Newgate Prison. Not much seems to have changed over the centuries – sooty fireplaces and yellowing Victorian sketches are wonderfully archaic features of the partitioned interior, which gets thronged with unshackled drinkers supping pints of Directors Bitter, Greene King IPA or one of the guest ales on tap (perhaps the appropriately named Redemption Pale Ale). The kitchen seems oblivious to the gastro revolution going on outside: the chalked-up lunch board lists the likes of sausage and mash or ham, egg and chips for that proverbial ‘last meal’.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Barbican Station 174m

Barbican Tube Station 180m


Address: 1 Middle Street , London EC1A 7JA

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Ironmongers' Hall 198m

Museum of London 205m


Telephone: 020 7600 0257

Cuisine: Pubs

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