Master Gunner, EC2A 1AN
- 020 7588 3311
- 12a Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AN
- 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-7pm Sat-Sun
The bar runs along one wall to the right as you enter, and the pub stretches back quite a long way, with seating tucked away behind screen dividers. Flowering plants in small tin buckets sit on the tables. Exposed floorboards around the bar provide standing space, while elsewhere the floor is covered with a patterned carpet. A dais at the back has additional seating, and there's also some outside seating at the front in a cordoned-off area of pavement (some high chairs, some normal). Down some stairs is a bookable basement bar.
When bob visited on a Friday early evening in 2007, it was relatively crowded. The sausage platter was OK, and the beer was drinkable. Ales available were Young's Special, Young's Bitter, and Bombardier.
When Kake visited on a Tuesday lunchtime in the week before Christmas 2008, there were about a dozen people in at noon, and more kept arriving; by 12:15 it was really filling up to the point where I drank up and left to free up my table. There was no music when I arrived, but they turned it on shortly before I left (Christmas music, though not annoyingly loud). The ale choices were the same as before (Young's Bitter was £1.55/half).
Kake visited again on a Thursday early evening in September 2012. The ales were more varied this time: Young's Bitter, Young's London Gold, Bombardier, and Oxfordshire Marshmellow. A pint of lime and soda was £2.05. There were a fair few people in at 5:15pm, and it continued to fill up over the next hour, but there were still free tables at 6:15pm. Music was playing at a reasonable level when I arrived, but was turned up a little before 6pm to the point where it could start to impede conversation.
According to the Master Gunner website as of October 2012, food is served noon-10pm Monday to Friday and 11am-6pm on weekends. It's not cheap — specials noted on a December 2008 visit were priced between £9.25 (roasted vegetable dauphinoise with red wine jus and watercress) and £16 (8oz sirloin steak with dauphinoise, shallots, and green beans).
Accessibility: Ramp to get in, level access to the bar and most of the seating once you're in. Some of the seating is up a few steps on a dais. There's a dedicated accessible toilet (think it might have been RADAR locked). Other toilets down a flight of stairs (with a sturdy rail on one side and a landing in the middle).