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A lovely little pub just off [[Locale Clerkenwell|Clerkenwell]] Road, on a quiet back street.
A lovely little pub just off [[Locale Clerkenwell|Clerkenwell]] Road, on a quiet back street, whose publican writes an excellent blog under the name [http://stonch.blogspot.com/ Jeffrey's Beer Blog] (formerly Stonch).
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<b>Note:</b> It changed hands in late 2014, the previous landlord having moved on to the [[Finborough Arms, SW10 9ED|Finborough Arms]] in West Brompton. We haven't visited since, and so some of the below may be out of date.
A modest and understated black frontage, with a couple of tables sitting outside, opens on to a small bar area near the front. Further seating is up several stairs, where wall-length mirrors are rather strikingly engraved with the pub's name and there are comfortable leather banquettes along the wall on either side. There's a larger, brighter room, seemingly added on at a later date, down some stairs at the back, useful for accommodating lunchtime overflow and also for weekend functions (the pub can be hired at the weekends, when it's not open).
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A modest and understated black frontage opens on to a small bar area near the front. Further seating is up two stairs, where wall-length mirrors are rather strikingly engraved with the pub's name and there are comfortable upholstered banquettes along the wall on either side. There's another room on the first floor. A small, whitewashed enclosed beer garden adorned with flowers hanging from a wooden frame is at the rear of the pub. The Gunmakers can be hired at the weekends, when it's not open).
There are four handpulls, generally including Timothy Taylor's Landlord (&pound;3/pint) and Harvey's Sussex Bitter, and regularly rotating guest beers as noted on a chalkboard above the bar (and notified on the pub's [http://twitter.com/thegunmakers Twitter] account). All ales have been very well-kept, the Landlord being particularly refreshing. There are also draught taps, covering basic lagers and Guinness, as well as Staropramen and Addlestone's cloudy cider.
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There are seven handpulls, with regularly rotating beers and ciders. Beers are usually from London and Home Counties microbreweries, with Harvey's Sussex Best the only "house beer". All ales have always been very well-kept. There are also two keg taps offering imported Czech Budvar and Staropramen. A small bottled selection includes Bavarian and American craft beers.
Food is served noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm Monday to Friday, and noon-5pm Sunday. The menu covers a good range, interesting without being overly pretentious, and ranges from &pound;8 for a Greek salad and &pound;9 for the burger, through to &pound;16.50 for a steak (see website for details). It's chalked up on boards around the pub, so presumably changes fairly regularly. On a November 2008 visit, [[Ewan]] had a gnocchi of the day (stilton and spinach) which was very tasty and flavoursome, while his friend's sausages and mash featured three hefty sausages which were given the thumbs-up. On a May 2009 visit, [[Kake]]'s steak sandwich was very good, decent meat cooked properly and served in ciabatta. Another of our party had the burger, which came with truly excellent chips; crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and not at all greasy. There are also decent crisps (Salty Dog brand) and [http://stonch.blogspot.com/2008/08/extra-tasty.html pork scratchings]. At the london.pm meeting in June, many people enjoyed the food, particularly the steak sandwich and the mixed grill.
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When [[bob]] and [[elvum]] visited in June 2013, to coincide with the Northumbrian beer festival, a table had been set up in the back room with eight tapped casks behind it. These offered a selection of bitters, pale/blonde ales and a red ale from the north-east of England, priced between &pound;3.80 and &pound;4.30. All were in good condition.

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As of June 2013, food is served noon-3pm and 6pm-9.30pm Monday to Friday. The menu covers a good range, interesting without being overly pretentious. It's chalked up on boards around the pub and posted to Twitter, and changes fairly regularly. There are also decent crisps (Salty Dog brand) and pork scratchings.

On a November 2008 visit, [[Ewan]] had a gnocchi of the day (stilton and spinach) which was very tasty and flavoursome, while his friend's sausages and mash featured three hefty sausages which were given the thumbs-up. On a May 2009 visit, [[Kake]]'s steak sandwich was very good, decent meat cooked properly and served in ciabatta. Another of our party had the burger, which came with truly excellent chips; crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and not at all greasy. At the london.pm meeting in June, many people enjoyed the food, particularly the steak sandwich and the mixed grill. On a 2011 visit, [[Ewan]] had a paella which was utterly fantastic, while in August 2012, a BBQ chicken dish was also tender and succulent.

[[Ewan]]'s verdict: The ale range may not pander to the 'craft beer' drinkers, but it offers some solid British cask ales in immaculate condition, while the food is among the best in any London pub that I've been to. I can heartily recommend it, and I like to pop in whenever I'm in the area.

Accessibility: There are a number of short staircases between each of the different areas, including access to the toilets. The steps between the bar and the main seating areas have a particularly low head clearance.

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* [https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubreviews/23325/ Pubs Galore comments]
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* [https://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/gunmakers Time Out review]
* [
http://www.thegrubworm.com/2010/01/the-gunmakers-pub/ The Grubworm review]
* [http://ediblelondon
.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/gunmakers.html Edible London review]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20130328173843/http://foddr.posterous.com/the-gunmakers Foddr review]
* [http:
//tomeatsjencooks.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/restaurant-review-gunmakers-pub-in.html Tom Eats review]
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/pubs/8010019/London-pub-guide-The-Gunmakers.html The Telegraph
review]
* [http://www.fancyapint.com/pubs/pub494.html Fancyapint review]
* [http://www.timeout.com/london/bars/reviews/12842.html Time Out review]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[bob]] and [[elvum]], June 2013. Opening hours and food times taken from the Gunmakers website, June 2013.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by London Perl Mongers on 4th June 2009. Opening hours and food times taken from website, September 2008.</div>
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A lovely little pub just off Clerkenwell Road, on a quiet back street, whose publican writes an excellent blog under the name Jeffrey's Beer Blog (formerly Stonch).

A modest and understated black frontage, with a couple of tables sitting outside, opens on to a small bar area near the front. Further seating is up several stairs, where wall-length mirrors are rather strikingly engraved with the pub's name and there are comfortable leather banquettes along the wall on either side. There's a larger, brighter room, seemingly added on at a later date, down some stairs at the back, useful for accommodating lunchtime overflow and also for weekend functions (the pub can be hired at the weekends, when it's not open).

There are four handpulls, generally including Timothy Taylor's Landlord (£3/pint) and Harvey's Sussex Bitter, and regularly rotating guest beers as noted on a chalkboard above the bar (and notified on the pub's Twitter account). All ales have been very well-kept, the Landlord being particularly refreshing. There are also draught taps, covering basic lagers and Guinness, as well as Staropramen and Addlestone's cloudy cider.

Food is served noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm Monday to Friday, and noon-5pm Sunday. The menu covers a good range, interesting without being overly pretentious, and ranges from £8 for a Greek salad and £9 for the burger, through to £16.50 for a steak (see website for details). It's chalked up on boards around the pub, so presumably changes fairly regularly. On a November 2008 visit, Ewan had a gnocchi of the day (stilton and spinach) which was very tasty and flavoursome, while his friend's sausages and mash featured three hefty sausages which were given the thumbs-up. On a May 2009 visit, Kake's steak sandwich was very good, decent meat cooked properly and served in ciabatta. Another of our party had the burger, which came with truly excellent chips; crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and not at all greasy. There are also decent crisps (Salty Dog brand) and pork scratchings. At the london.pm meeting in June, many people enjoyed the food, particularly the steak sandwich and the mixed grill.

It can get very busy in the evenings, though on all Ewan's visits (at off-peak times, afternoons and late evening), it has been an extremely pleasant place to spend some time. A Thursday lunchtime visit was busy at 1:30pm though there were a few tables spare in the back room, getting far quieter after 2pm.

Service is exceptionally friendly, and there is additionally table service during the lunchtimes, with attentive staff passing around the room on a regular basis. Requests for drinks, food and bill were accommodated very promptly, without any long waits.

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Last visited by London Perl Mongers on 4th June 2009. Opening hours and food times taken from website, September 2008.

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