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Gunmakers

#10,049 of 17,752 Restaurants in London
#10,725 of 18,677 Places to Eat in London
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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Something a bit different

Nice little joint. Clerkenwell seems to be stuffed with 'chain' style pubs. The same old stuff. The same beer, the same frozen food re-heated & put on a plate. Yes you pay a little more but then to be honest I would prefer to pay a little more & have a nice pint of something & some food that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Nice little joint. Clerkenwell seems to be stuffed with 'chain' style pubs. The same old stuff. The same beer, the same frozen food re-heated & put on a plate. Yes you pay a little more but then to be honest I would prefer to pay a little more & have a nice pint of something & some food that was... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Didn't expect much when I chanced upon this place, nestled between building sites and skips on Eyre street hill. Had a really funny chat with two of the staff who managed to persuade me to try some quite funky sounding beers which actually turned out to be alright. They pointed me towards the pretty outdoor area which I didn't expect... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Went here on a Friday night after work, I was told to come early to ensure a spot in the Beer Garden. Nice little pub with a quirky design. Drinks were reasonably priced, as far as London goes. Great burgers menu, with options for vegetarians as well. Had a great time and got great service - including table service; unusual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I popped in here to have a drink on an extremely hot afternoon and found a delightful crew of staff who were chatty and friendly and the barmaid Hannah made me a fantastic G&T which was made exactly right and presented beautifully. The other people there all seemed to be enjoying themselves and frankly the food looked very good and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Well what can you say about this place... I should of been put off by the two 18 going on chubby legged peroxide blondes sitting outside on the pavement in "short shorts" (the Sun had threatened to emerge) braying "it's so sanfrisco darling" in a mock (badly done Sloane accent) ... But I braved it.... beer was reasonably priced to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

If Dulux ran a pub this would be it. A bland shade of upper middle class malaise set in the heart of dreary Clerkenwell. If you're the sort of chap who wears tailored shorts and flamingo-pink polo-shirts then this is for you. If you like to bray loudly about all the really awesome places you've bummed around in during your... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I've been an infrequent regular of the Gunmakers for a number of years and could always rely on it as a quirky but excellent niche gastropub to impress friends with my insider knowledge of Olde London Towne. Some idiot has decided to paint it muck around with the atmoshphere. Get a grip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This little place is awesome. Tucked away in a little street of Clerkenwell, wasn't too busy and had a nice chilled atmosphere. The devilled eggs were insane! £5 for real tasty home-made scotch eggs in the city is well worth it. Great draft beer selection, and the service was great.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

There was NO beer on tap and the menu was short and overpriced - £8 for a scotch egg and chips. I have been here before and while it has always been expensive it used to have quite a nice atmosphere, it has now had a 'makeover' and this has gone. There are much better pubs in the area, and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Called this afternoon with my husband and son. Only us and one other person in the place. Ordered fish and chips, scampi and chips and a steak ciabatta sandwich. The chips on all three meals were cremated as was the fish and scampi. They were the colour of mahogany. We complained. The bar worker shrugged. If you could give it... More 

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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, Pub

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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