Situated on the very pretty Clerkenwell Green, The Crown Tavern is a handsome pub that serves a decent selection of rotating real ales and has cracking outdoor area for the warmer months.
Clerkenwell Green is a lovely part of the City; it’s a welcome, comparatively tranquil haven from hectic stretches like nearby Clerkenwell Road. The Crown Tavern sits on one side of this easy-on-the-eye scene, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s office on the opposite side. The shadow of the historic St James’s Church casts a shadow close-by and this is a dynamic and creative part of the City, one in which digital agencies and world-class architects sit side-by-side in converted workshops and offices.
The outdoor area is the big selling point here – a spacious paved area with numerous tables and chairs, it's absolutely heaving when the sun shines. Inside its recently repainted creamy walls, it’s a fairly traditional pub that’s been given a fair bit of love and attention. Seating and standing room wraps around a curved bar/service area and there are a couple of corners for larger groups as well as a moodier space in the back with no natural light which is often reserved for group sittings.
Buzzing when the weather is kind, The Crown Tavern is undoubtedly a popular spot with local residents and workers. Staff are generally pretty on the ball and quick to serve. Waiting times at the bar do increase at peak times.
Food is pretty typical of a pub grub menu. Along with fish and chips (£9.75), you can find sausages and mash, and shepherd’s pie. Starters and desserts follow the theme and there’s even a set menu at lunch where two courses cost £10. Quality is, on the whole, respectable enough.
The Cask Marque plaque on the door indicates ale drinkers are in luck here, however the occasional shockingly bad pint of ale has been known to have been served. Several ales on tap include the seemingly permanent London Pride along with guest tipples from Windsor and Eton, Adnams or Shepherd Neame. Leffe, Peroni, Kriek, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and many more quality offerings pad out the numerous options on the pumps and in bottles. Pints aren't cheap: they start from just shy of the £4 mark.
The Last Word
The Crown Tavern has a great location, a decent selection of beers and an outdoor area that comes alive when the sun shines. One of the best spots for after work drinks in this part of town.