The Old Red Cow information

The Old Red Cow is a traditional style London pub that serves a good range of beers, including real ales, wines and spirits. Children are welcome when dining.

Ranked #231 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
Part of the Local Beer House group
"Welcome to your ‘local beer house’. Here at the Old Red Cow we believe that beer and food should be enjoyed in equal measure. We serve some of the finest craft beer in London alongside a food menu that delivers great flavours, carefully sourced ingredients, seasonality and considered provenance."

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 23:00

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The Old Red Cow reviews

By Andrew M.

Ye Old Red Cow is an excellent Shepherd Neame pub tucked away near Smithfields Market and Barts. The bar staff were very good. It's usually quieter in the evening so there's no long queue for the next pint of liquid Kent gold. Ye Old Red Cow could do with a few more tables downstairs - I went in with a couple of older folk who couldn't manage the stairs and had to stand up!

By Christo C.

Well it is now open again and I will not be using it. It has lost all its charm. Just another 'metro' pub. However others might like it but as of now it has no stars at all. Why do new owners always throw everything out to impose their own 'Dwell' vision. The ORC was a great little city pub with fabulous character, great Jazz on alternate Wednesdays and not bad grub. Ho hum where now I wonder

By Christo C.

OK just walked past and there is a sign saying it will be open for business on Wednesday 6th April 2011. I will post again sometime after that date to tell you what it is like unless others report back first. The whole building has been 'made-over', so it will be interesting to see if there will be more floors used for the pub re eating. Also whether live jazz will return.

By Chris C.

We checked on Monday 28 March 2011 and it looked far from finished and no signs regarding an opening date! I will put a note here as soon as I am sure it has opened again or there is a certain date for that. I live nearby!

By Bengt M.

Any news of the re opening? We're planning av visit next week, so hopefully they're back in business by then.

By Christo C.

This pub is closed for all February 2011 for refurbishment following a change of ownership. We hold our breath hoping it remains as charming and friendly as before. Watch this space and do post if you visit in March 2011 onwards

By Satnam J.

Booked this place a small engagement drinks last week - great, it is definitely recommended, and everyone who attended for the first time said the same. The place is small and has great decor on both floors - drinks selection is very good. The free jukebox is fun. I think the most important mention goes to the staff: very friendly and hard working, and for our small party made us feel very welcome. I have also been here for a few business meetings/lunch. Hope to go again soon. SJ

By Liz H.

Just got back from lunch at Ye Olde Red Cow. What a difference! Before it was a pub I would avoid. Now, it looks inviting, serves really good food that's not too expensive, seems to have a good selection of beer and - the best bit - has a really nice pubby atmosphere unlike so many pubs in the immediate vicinity! I'm almost loathe to recommend it as it's quite small and not that busy - yet! Definitely worth a look.

By Anthony W.

AT LAST! A london pub that doesnt want to be a gastro/wine/funky place there are too many of these 2 bobs places about. Great vibe, lovely owners and a great location next to Smithfields market. The food is very good and although ive heard the soace is small I prefer intimate atmospheres./ I know this has just been taken over and re-opened and about time too. check it out.

By Claire K.

The Old Red Cow has reopened! I had been looking forward to seeing what it was like inside after seeing funky light fittings through the window. I wasn't disappointed. The decor is amazing and the choice of beers is the best I have seen in the area. My boyfriend and I had the beer battered fish n chips and it was delicious! I shall definitely be returning...especially as they do sunday roasts and nowhere does them round barbican way! Excellent new pub :)

By Freddy P.

This cosy pub opposite Smithfield Market offers a wide selection of craft beer and meat – a winning combination.

The Venue
The Old Red Cow can be found at the Barbican end of Long Lane, one of a select few establishments looking out onto Smithfield meat market. Forced to share its ground floor space with a quaintly Victorian passageway, the venue has worked wonders within its limited confines, with large front windows lighting up a handful of wooden tables and stools, as well as an impressive main bar showcasing a wealth of bottled beers. Upstairs, an equally intimate dining room holds enough booths and sofas for a sizeable after work crowd, with room to spare for an auxiliary bar. Decoration is sparse but convivial, with gleaming beer pumps, bottles and specials blackboards leaving no doubt as to the proprietor’s tipple of choice.

The Atmosphere
Patrons of The Old Red Cow range from office workers in nearby Farringdon and Barbican to market-goers and meat-lovers from all over town. The bar’s unrivalled selection of beers and ales is a major selling point, and understandably leads to a pleasingly raucous atmosphere by closing time. Cosy and unpretentious, The Old Red Cow is an ideal place to relax after work or on a weekend – if they can fit you in.

The Food
Simple, hearty fare is the order of the day, with starters (£5-£7) such as toad in the hole and onion soup giving way to generous helpings of pork belly, rib-eye steak and game pie (the latter sporting a “p” symbol on its pastry topping), for around £13-£15. Adventurous carnivores can ring ahead and plan an “off-piste” menu of suckling pig or a selection of roasts, and traditional Sunday dinners (£14.50) are available to all as well. Vegetarians may feel slightly out of place, but are at least acknowledged with a daily selection of specials.

The Drink
The Old Red Cow’s predilection for meat is matched only by its thirst for craft beer, and the pub has amassed a heroic selection of distinctive ales and lagers from all over the world (prices range from £3.50-£7). Reading the lengthy, eloquent menu is a joy in itself, and even complete novices are bound to find something they like thanks to the knowledgeable staff. Expect the likes of Sambrooks, Thornbridge and The Kernel to be supported by beers from lesser known brewers such as Arbor Ales, Dancing Duck and Tiny Rebel. The wine list (£4-£6 a glass, £18-30 a bottle) is equally varied, making the venue one of the best in London for unashamed revelry.

The Last Word
Small but perfectly formed, The Old Red Cow has struck on a failsafe mix of home comforts and fine food and drink.

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