The Crown Tavern

43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London

Its excellent selection of beers alone is a reason to pay a visit...

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7/10 from 4 user reviews
Address:43 Clerkenwell Green
Clerkenwell
London
EC1R 0EB
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Public Houses & Inns
Region:Clerkenwell
Nearest Station:Barbican
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Sun - Sat: 12.00 - 00.30
Email:Send an email

Facilities & Info:
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
  • Outdoor space
About: The Crown Tavern is a Victorian pub whose interior still reflects this with its etched glass panes and decorative mirrors. It was once a music hall too but it lost its appeal and part of the building was sold off. Today, The Crown Tavern serves a variety of beers, wines and spirits as well as an assortment of traditional homecooked English dishes. Catering for private parties of up to 70 guests is available upon request and seating on the terrace and pavement is provided, weather permitting.
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Before WWII, The Crown in Clerkenwell was on one occasion a meeting point for two of Russia’s most famous political figures and theorists, Lenin and Stalin. We hope that they met here to discuss politics and ideology, but it was more likely that they came to drink.




"Its excellent selection of beers alone is a reason to pay a visit..."

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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The Crown Tavern sits on the corner of Clerkenwell Green, overlooking the square. A large building with bags of history, the Crown boasts many of the original features of the pub. Its grand ‘Appollo Lounge’ dazzles all with its gold leaf paintwork and the bar on the ground floor is claimed to have been the meeting point of a 1905 rendezvous between Lenin and Stalin - on a side note, Lenin’s head was so big as a toddler that he would often stumble over because of it as he first learned to walk.

If history’s not your thing then you’ll be appeased by the pub’s modern comforts that make it feel a little more gastro venue than ye olde ale house. Comfortable sofas, intimate benches and a collection of subtle cubbyholes make for an appealing place to visit. Clerkenwell is awash with creative agencies, architectural practices and the odd chambers, so you’ll be sipping your drinks alongside well at heel success stories for the most part. It remains friendly and talkative, very much a place that people come to let off steam. It throngs with activity during the summer as patrons make the most of the square outside during lunchtimes and evenings. Come winter, its schtick in pseudo-homeliness inspires just the same crowds on the inside. Weekends can be much quieter because that just so happens to be when Clerkenwell drifts off to sleep as businesses close their doors.

Food at the Crown is solid if not spectacular and you could do worse than opt for its line in traditional pub food. Beer battered cod and chips, sausage and mash and of course, burgers are all fairly priced at under £10.00 a meal. Saving the best till last, we come to the offerings from the bar. Craft beers include Camden Hell Lager and Sierra Nevada, along with world beers like Kozel, Veltins and Estrella Damm – all on draught. The Crown stocks a large range of speciality Belgian beers by the bottle and focuses its efforts on providing a selection of cask ales to rival most.

This is a brewery pub that, for the most part, feels decidedly un-brewery and its excellent selection of beers alone is a reason to pay a visit.



T.A.O reviewed The Crown Tavern on Mon 12 Dec 2011


The Latest User Reviews of The Crown Tavern


User Rating: 8 / 10
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Susie, Surrey
Added: Jul 2014
All In London User Recommended Business
Lovely traditional pub serving a good range of drinks (including good red wines). Staff were friendly even when we came en masse from a local training centre. You can sit outside in nice weather and enjoy a relatively quiet and green corner of Clerkenwell

User Rating: 7 / 10
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David, EC1
Added: Mar 2011
All In London User Recommended Business
Interesting bar, friendly staff but one or two are inclined to serve short measures (on three separate occasions).

Name: David
Location: EC1

User Rating: 5 / 10
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i remember drinking in the crown in 1962 at that time it was being run by a doctor and his wife who seemed to look on it as a hobby he used to come into the public bar most nights and buy a round of drinks for the bar

User Rating: 7 / 10
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As a regular customer i must say that i really do like the atmosphere and the staff is very friendly. Food is good too!

B.EDWARDS.

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