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The Peasant is a gastropub with an extensive bar menu in the ground floor bar and there is a full a la carte menu that serves a variety of dishes on the first floor.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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By Andrew M.

On a cold day park yourself in front of the fire at The Peasant. This gastropub has lovely comfy sofas in the downstairs bar - perfect to relax on before heading upstairs for dinner. The food is lovely, really innovative menu and tasty food. The Peasant also has a great wine list and the staff can recommend a good match. Be sure to finish off with the cheese!!


By Olivia T.

We chose The Peasant as the venue for our wedding reception on August 9th: it proved to be the right decision. From day one everything in the planning stages ran smoothly thanks to Nick and his team. They didn't flinch when we asked if we could have an all vegan and vegetarian menu and were meticulous in all communication. The team did all of the decorating and setting up on the day, and even coped with last minute changes with ease. The food was delicious, 3 options for each course, the venue marvellous and the staff friendly and helpful. I am so glad that we chose The Peasant, friends and family are still raving about it, and it will live long in the memory as a very special day at a very special venue!


By Tom W.

We chose the pub for our Wedding reception in December 2013. From start to finish, dealing with the Peasant was a complete pleasure. Nick the manager was incredible and helped us organise everything from seating plans to canapes, DJs to dancefloors. He literally had an answer for everything - in a very good way. Calmest man in Clerkenwell. The day ran perfectly, bang on budget with nothing but compliments from our guests. The food was brilliant, with 3 options for each course and the drinks on offer was as diverse as it gets. Charming & polite bar staff were amazing too and helped us pack the place up the following day. Genuinely cannot rate this place any higher. Wedding venue aside, we visited the pub a fair few times before & after the big day and loved every visit. haven't found a pub before or since, which retains it's London charm yet still manages to stand out in every way possible. Nice and lively on a Friday night & ideal for a family Sunday roast... with complimentary papers & a proper proper fire.


By M.

I could not have chosen a better place for my 30th. Friends keep getting back to me about how great the night went at The Peasant. Music, food, atmosphere... The Peasant is definitely a place to enjoy a night out which is hard to come by in London these days.


By Alexander P.

A stalwart of the gastropub revolution, The Peasant has been a purveyor of fine food and drink to the people of Clerkenwell for more than a decade, and is still as good as it has ever been, if not better.

The Venue
Although today the concept of taking an old worn-out Victorian boozer and transforming it into a bright and chic eatery-cum-ale house seems ubiquitous in London, The Peasant can lay claim to being a true trailblazer of the genre. While the upstairs operates as a bona fide restaurant, downstairs is still an excellent place to enjoy a quiet beer, but can also provide some top quality fayre. A large wooden horseshoe-shaped bar sits at the middle of a spacious mosaic-floored room, with many of the attractive Victorian fixtures lovingly restored, while scattered around this area is the now de rigueur vintage sanded dark-wood furniture, topped off with a very inviting roaring open fire. Industrial lampshades, plenty of fresh flowers and Iggy Pop posters remind you that this is a cut above the old nicotine stained drinking den that it once was.

The Atmosphere
Downstairs at The Peasant has long been a favourite of the architect/design crowd that inhabit Clerkenwell, and has recently attracted some other celeb locals, form musicians to actors and playwrights. On weekdays it is very pleasant and it is easy to grab a table, or a stool at the bar. Towards the evening it gets pleasantly busy, but on weekends it can be almost intolerable unless you arrive seriously early and bag some seats, and then don’t move. The service here is impeccable. You are served quickly and politely by bar staff who know their way round the menu and drinks list very, very well.

The Food
Given that this is one of the capital’s original gastropubs, you might expect there to be something tasty on offer from the kitchen, and you’d be bang on. The seasonal menu generally offers something for everyone; some light bites, sharing platters, bigger plates, and delicious desserts. All are excellent and none will break the bank (mains £8-£15). A particular delicacy is their roast beef sandwich, which comes on ‘artisan’ bread’ stuffed with excellent homemade horseradish sauce and a side of potato salad. At £8.50, it’s fairly priced too. The wasabi peas and sausage rolls are also a great accompaniment to some of the very fine ales available.

The Drink
Although there is a good and varied wine list (which the staff will be happy to guide you through), ale and beer is the order of the day here. An ever-changing cask ale selection keeps even the regulars on their toes with something new to try on almost every visit. Bass, Deuchars, London Pride and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord on tap give you a draught option from almost every corner of the country, while you can also sample offerings from the Camden Brewery and Battersea Brewery, for some local delights. There is also a fantastic choice of bottled beers including six from Belgium. While the selection is awe-inspiring, the prices aren’t cheap.

The Last Word
This London favourite is operating as well as it ever has. Polite service, excellent food and a fantastic global beer selection, all dished up in a convivial and visually interesting environment. It is no wonder that the model caught on, although few have been able to better this maverick.

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