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The Crown Tavern

Clerkenwell Green, London

"Its excellent selection of beers alone is a reason to pay a visit..."
All In London Review: 8 / 10

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The Crown Tavern
7/10 from 4 reviews
ADDRESS:43 Clerkenwell Green

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VENUE TYPE:Public Houses & Inns



TELEPHONE: 020 7253 4973

OPENING HOURS:Sun - Sat: 12.00 - 00.30

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| Party bookings accepted | Private hire available | Children welcome | Credit cards accepted | Background music | Outdoor space


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

All In London Rating: 8 / 10
Added Mon 12 Dec 2011 - Reviewed by T.A.O

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.

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User Rating: 7 / 10
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

Added on Sun 13 Mar 2011 at 14:01:28
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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

Added on Sat 21 Mar 2009 at 04:24:58
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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!


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