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13 Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 5ET, England
+44 (0)20 7278 1022
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Description: The Gunmakers is an independent pub in a Clerkenwell back street with a...
The Gunmakers is an independent pub in a Clerkenwell back street with a loyal band of regulars. Our focus is on British cask ales and ciders (we offer seven) and proper pub cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients by our own chef. The wine's pretty good too thanks to our relationship with a speciality wine merchants (who just happen to be regular customers too). What we do, we do well, and we don't bother with the rest: so there's no piped music, cocktails, alcopops, tea or coffee. Oh, and you can't book a table or an "area" in the evening. We prefer spontaneous people who aren't afraid to mix with others.The building was constructed in the 1840s and is the sole survivor of what was once a dense terrace of narrow houses, now surrounded by larger industrial and commercial buildings constructed many years later. It was briefly a riflemaker's workshop, before being converted to a beerhouse before 1861. It has traded as a pub ever since. London's Little Italy grew up around the area, with Italian culture holding sway for around a century before the community dispersed in the 1950s/60s.
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Good for:
Bar scene

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
a proper pub

Nice place for s few pints on the way home. Old style atmosphere, a bit of pavement for drinking and a good beer an wine list.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2014
Robert V
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London
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English first
London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Nice place for s few pints on the way home. Old style atmosphere, a bit of pavement for drinking and a good beer an wine list.

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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This has been my favourite London pub since I discovered it by chance some 6 years ago. I loved the guest beers, the excellent menu and the eclectic mix of furniture and customers. But on my last visit I found that the menu had been truncated, the beer not on par and the whole pub smells of gentlemen's toilets. I'd... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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65 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

As I walked past The Gunmakers my first impression was that it looked a bit too local for my liking. However the real ale signs were an encouragement to look in and the prominently displayed simple and reasonably priced menu meant that I stopped for a drink and something to eat. I enjoyed a truly delicious pint and a good... More 

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29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The food was great and so was the beer. This is a local for real conversation with friends. No loud music, no tacky lighting, just an honest to goodness pub like they used to be. Thought twice about writing a review because it would be a shame for this place to get too popular. Be sure to ask what is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I often go here for lunch with a work colleague. It is a little unprepossessing from the outside, but hides a quaint wooden space with room for only a couple or so tables in a room behind, with further tables available up a rickety staircase upstairs. There are never more than eight or nine items chalked up on a blackboard... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Not much to look at from the outside, it's easy to miss this warm, cozy, friendly little pub just off Clerkenwell Road. I never miss going here at least 2-3 times every time I am in London and Jeff Bell, the proprietor is a real craft beer fan who rotates at least one tap almost every day and makes this... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

What a tremendous pub! Slightly tucked away in an anonymous little street.From the outside it doesn't appear particularly promising but inside it is probably the perfect beer drinker's pub.There's a great micro brewery beer selection, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and very cosy surroundings. The food is a revelation. We went for a couple of drinks after work and ended up... More 

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We were told to stop playing our musical tie. It was annoying the pedantic bar man. And the gin was horrible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Love going here after work - staff are friendly and there's a lovely open area out back in the summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Works night out. Great beer and a nice atmosphere. We didn't partake in the food, but what we saw being served up looked tasty. Extensive selection of beers served by a knowledgeable team behind the bar.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13 Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 5ET, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7278 1022

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 23
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

The Gunmakers is an independent pub in a Clerkenwell back street with a loyal band of regulars. Our focus is on British cask ales and ciders (we offer seven) and proper pub cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients by our own chef. The wine's pretty good too thanks to our relationship with a speciality wine merchants (who just happen to be regular customers too). What we do, we do well, and we don't bother with the rest: so there's no piped music, cocktails, alcopops, tea or coffee. Oh, and you can't book a table or an "area" in the evening. We prefer spontaneous people who aren't afraid to mix with others.The building was constructed in the 1840s and is the sole survivor of what was once a dense terrace of narrow houses, now surrounded by larger industrial and commercial buildings constructed many years later. It was briefly a riflemaker's workshop, before being converted to a beerhouse before 1861. It has traded as a pub ever since. London's Little Italy grew up around the area, with Italian culture holding sway for around a century before the community dispersed in the 1950s/60s.

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Clerkenwell
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site of an ancient meat market which remains in operation today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough time wondering through the area's maze of streets and you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky models passing between Clerkenwell's handful of fashion houses. Far outnumbering the models are craftspeople and designers, many of them are more than happy to welcome visitors into their studios and showrooms.
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