|Venue : The Butchers Hook & Cleaver, 61 West Smithfield, City of London, EC1A 9DY|
|Reviewed : December 2012||Telephone : 020 7600 9181|
Brewery : Fullers
|Pub Website : Butchers Hook & Cleaver|
|Facilities : Fruit/Golf Machine, Food around £10|
The Butchers Hook & Cleaver was established in 1999 as concatenation
of two distinct buildings, The Midland Bank, 60-62 West Smithfield and
a wholesale meat supply shop next door. As you would expect, the interior
is large and has been tastefully styled as a traditional pub, although
I doudt there is any authentic features remaining of either building
other then there facades. There
is a spiral staircase leading to a large upstairs balcony, which provides
an lovely view of St Bartholomew's hospital across the square.
There is plenty of history to be seen in the Cities northwest region, Smithfield Market and Smithfield Gate (circa 1300) are just a stones throw from a decent pint of Pride, perfect.