The Peasant Restaurant & Bar

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Words by Simon Difford on 18-Oct-2015

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Address: 240 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4PH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7336 7726
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon- 10:30pm
Door: Make reservation
Style: Gastro pub
Recommended for: Food
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu


London is awash with gastro-pubs but Clerkenwell's The Peasant was one of the early pioneers. Unusually for the genre, it stills feels like a boozer with good food, rather than a restaurant with beer fonts.

We have the brothers Gregory and Patrick Wright to thank for funkifying and gastrofying this sprawling old neighbourhood boozer. It was once the George & Dragon, as is obvious from the interior, where a tiled fresco depicts the saint slaying the monster. Other original features, including a mosaic floor and a very solid looking mahogany Victorian horseshoe bar which combine well with warehouse-style lighting and plain red walls under an extraordinary high, partly original plaster ceiling. Seating is of the functional oaken kind with bare wood tables.

A la carte dining is offered upstairs in the restaurant and British and Mediterranean influenced menu also features heavily in the downstairs pub. The drinks list includes a surprising array of cocktails and three cask ales with regularly changing guest beers.

The folk of Clerkenwell are lucky to have such a local on their doorstep.