The Peasant 1

240 St John Street , London, EC1V 4PH

SquareMeal Review of The Peasant

There’s a cool, worldly vibe about this former gin palace: framed album posters hang alongside Victorian tiles depicting St George slaying the dragon in the bar, while circus paraphernalia lends a retro feel to the airy upstairs dining room. The punters are an equally mixed bunch, from students to Clerkenwell creatives and assorted locals. You’re likely to find the former gathered at the curvaceous horseshoe bar, chewing the fat over pints of Camden Wheat Beer or Hackney Hopster, tucking into ploughman’s or noshing on fish and chips. Food-wise, things move up a gear in the equally traditional dining room, so expect the likes of pan-roast sea bass fillet with leek and potato rösti, vanilla and coriander sauce followed by warm plum clafoutis with crème fraîche sorbet on the affordable set menu. Meanwhile, Sunday is for families, with a trio of roasts on offer.

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Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Emyr T. silver reviewer 06 May 2010

Clerkenwell has its share of gastropubs, but The Peasant remains one of the best. The downstairs bar area is full of character, serving a long list of ales and beers, with plenty of room for both drinkers and diners. The upstairs dining room is relaxed and airy, ideal for long lunches with the family.