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The Artisan of Clerkenwell is a stylish venue offering a food menu of modern British cuisine such as slow roast belly of pork, wild mushroom terrine and sharing boards.

Ranked #1411 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
"Nestled in the corner of St John’s square, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you'll find the Artisan. Mixing industrial-chic styling with modern surroundings, we have a beautiful restaurant, a cocktail lounge inspired mezzanine and a relaxed bar area that create the perfect environment for you, whatever the occasion. Our outdoor terrace provides a relaxing environment for smokers and non-smokers, where you can be free to watch life go by in the square. PRIVATE HIRE: Our main downstairs area is perfect for sit down dining events we can accommodate maximum party size of 60 for more informal drinks & nibbles this area can cater for 80. Our Mezzanine level is perfect for more intimate events, available with no hire fee for parties of up to 50 people. These areas can be booked for lunch, dinner or for casual drinks with friends. Private hire of the whole venue is also available, please contact for more information."

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MON

12:00 - 11:00

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12:00 - 11:00

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12:00 - 11:00

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12:00 - 12:00

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12:00 - 12:00

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By Mark F.

Artisan of Clerkenwell is where I chose to eat Service and selection will be hard to beat The price was fair Somewhere so nice is so rare It’s a wonderful place for people to meet When we arrived the greeting was great For our table that we booked about eight The service was quick Was professional and slick At no time did we ever have to wait The staff tend to every need The drinks are best of the breed We had a great night We’re returning Friday night As are our friends who are following our lead The menu catered for everyone The décor is wonderfully done Food cooked to a tee Here you can see You’ll have a night of great food, great service and fun Its easily 5 out of 5 I’ve been to plenty of other places which are a dive So what a refreshing change With great service and range To this level is what others should strive.


By Mark F.

I'd had several friends speak about how nice the Artisan of Clerkenwell so thought I would check it out. I'm glad I did as it ticked every box. Staff were really friendly and attentive, good selection of food and drinks. In our group was a wide range of tastes but everything was catered for. Food and drinks were really great value and the atmosphere of the venue and the staff made it an excellent evening. I've been back since to see if it was a one off positive experience but absolutely not, second time round they ticket every box again. I dont normally recommend places to friends but I've made an exception for the Artisan of Clerkenwell and have recommended to all my friends. Several have been and all come back with big thanks for recommending such a nice place. I'll be a regular visitor.


By Shane R.

Fantastic service, good quality food and a great selection of wines. Took a few customers out for a business lunch / drinks at the Artisan of Clarkenwell and from the moment we arrived we had brilliant service. I hadn’t booked anything and was still able to get a table for 4 despite it being quite packed. Had an amazing waitress who was obviously busy, but went out of her way to run through the wine list and menu with us. Food was served very quickly considering the amount of people that were already seated before us. And the food was great quality and decent sized servings. I had the potted shrimp and the steak which were both delicious. A few of the others had scotched egg and pot pie which also looked good. After our meal we stayed on and drank a few (too many) bottles of wine. Through the entire time we were waited on by very attentive and friendly staff. This was the first time at The Artisan of Clarkenwell and will definitely not be my last. Well done and highly recommend.


By Paul P H.

Great refurbishment. Now a very nice place. Good food, good beer, good wine and very good prices. Even the staff seem to be enjoying themselves now. Definitely going back


By Freddy P.

Comfortable and relaxing down to the most minor detail, this modern bar and eatery is a quirky yet endearing Clerkenwell establishment.

The Venue
The Artisan can be found in a corner of St John's Square, a cobbled courtyard off Clerkenwell Road not far from Farringdon and Barbican stations. A large outside area consisting of wooden benches and customised gazebos is sheltered from passing cars by a number of plants and ferns, while the cavernous interior is suggestive of a converted warehouse, done up in a quirky yet likeable mish-mash of styles. The inviting plate glass façade gives way to rough wooden floorboards and wine barrels, which in turn lead on to clinical tiled walls and columns, display crates and a capacious all-brick bar. Seating comes in the form of tables, stools, booths and armchairs littered around the high-ceilinged space, with character added by exposed ducts, mirrors and a warm colour scheme. Towards the back there is additional seating space, with a sofa-strewn mezzanine level doubling capacity without compromising comfort, as well as alcoves for table football and suspended antique bicycles, among other things. Inspired details abound, including a drinks cooler doubling as a fishtank on the bar surface, and newsprint wallpaper which brightens up the basement bathrooms.

The Atmosphere
The customer base at the Artisan is largely made up of office workers and errant visitors from the nearby Clerkenwell area. As per the establishment’s stated modus operandi, the atmosphere is relaxed and carefree, an eccentric yet pleasant place to while away the hours after work. The venue is only open on weekdays, although exceptions can be made for private parties at weekends. Décor is well thought-out and provokes conversation, the music is second to none and the staff are friendly enough – all you could ask for from a getaway in the heart of the capital, really.

The Food
Appropriately enough for a bar so near the hallowed Smithfield meat market, the Artisan serves up a wide variety of carnivore-friendly UK cuisine. Among the most popular permutations are the “British tapas” and sharing platters (£16-20 for two): customized assortments of potted duck, ham hock terrine, Welsh rarebit, crusty bread, soup... the list goes on! Simple, no-fuss mains (£8-13) are also widely available, including pies, burgers, steaks and exquisite fish dishes, while vegetarians are dutifully acknowledged with “veg wellingtons” and some delectable salads (£7-8).

The Drink
The bar boasts a fine selection of wines from around the world, for roughly £4-5 per glass, as well as a great variety of bottled and draught beers – Palm, Budvar and Meantime among them (approximately £4 a pint). Cava and champagne are on hand for £23 and £33-60 respectively, and there is a comprehensive list of spirits and mixers to cater to your specific tipple.

The Last Word
Quirky, thoughtfully run and blessed with a great menu, The Artisan of Clerkenwell is an inspired venue for after work relaxation and conversation.

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