The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker 1

292-294 St John Street , London, EC1V 4PA

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  • Blacksmith   Toffeemaker

SquareMeal Review of The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker

The obscure name is borrowed from a ditty by oddball 70s songster, Jake Thackray – although we’re not sure how that squares with a boozer (‘don't call me a gastropub') near City University. If it’s a shared sense of quaint post-war Britishness, pointed up with auction-room tables, festival bunting, vintage sideboards and posies of flowers in jam jars, then the owners have got it about right. A classic ‘tile and terracotta' backdrop keeps things nicely pubby, while the blackboard menu offers assorted hipster burgers (halloumi with kimchi, 12-hour pulled pork), trendy snacks (popcorn chicken with BBQ sauce) and grilled cheese sandwiches with various fillings. To drink, there are artisan British gins and real ales, with entertainment ranging from DJs and live bands to pub quizzes. The B&T is so pet-friendly, they even post pics of customers’ pooches on Instagram.

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Angel Tube Station 503m

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Address: 292-294 St John Street , London EC1V 4PA

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11am-12M (Fri-Sat -2am Sun -1am)


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah R. silver reviewer 09 August 2013

My friend had her birthday party here last night. She hired one of the rooms just off the main bar. It was great to have a room to ourselves but at the same time have the atmosphere from the main bar next door. The staff were really helpful, I had contacted them before hand to have balloons delivered which were there when we arrived. We had bar snacks which all tasted great – mini burgers, mushroom bruschetta, chips, vegetable kebabs. They have a wide range of beers and ales. I ended up drinking some of their ‘cantails’ which are a cocktail in a can. Delicious but perhaps a bit sweet and my head this morning says I shouldn't have drunk so many! I would recommend this pub for a small party (they also have a larger room for bigger parties). I'm going to go back one Sunday to try their Sunday lunch.