Old Fountain, EC1V 9NU
- 020 7253 2970
- 3 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU
- 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun
It has entrances on both roads either side of the Barclays on City Road. Inside, the decor is quite traditional. The pub is split-level, with the back section raised slightly above the front, and there are bars on each level with a bank of four handpumps on each.
Kake, Ewan, Laura, and Les visited on a Monday evening in January 2010. It was pretty quiet, though not empty, when we arrived around 5:30pm — unsurprising given it was early in both the week and the year (when bob visited on a Friday night in March 2007 it was rather crowded). Music was playing, not too loud.
Ales available on our January 2010 visit were Moorhouse Black Cat (£2.90/pint), Twickenham Sundancer, Whitstable East India Pale Ale, Oxfordshire Ales Pride Of Oxford, and London Pride (quite a good number, given the quiet time of year). Those we tried were fresh and tasty. They also had Sam Smith's wheat beer and Sam Smith's cider — unusual to see these outside an actual Sam Smith's pub.
As of February 2015, food is served noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm Mon-Fri; 4pm-9pm Sat; and 1pm-6pm Sun. Food on Sunday is mainly roasts, including a vegetarian option photo of Sunday menu in Feb 2015. In January 2010 we had a bowl of chips (£2) which arrived very quickly and were quite good; thin, crispy, and not greasy.
A sign seen in January 2010 warned that there's a minimum spend of £10 on credit/debit cards.
Accessibility: One step up to get in. As mentioned above, the pub is split-level, with two steps between the front and back parts. There are bars and seating on each level. The ladies' toilet is on the lower level and the gents' is on the upper level.