The Well information

The Well is located in the middle of Clerkenwell and serves modern gastro pub style cuisine. They offer a good range of beers and wines in plush and stylish surroundings.

Ranked #80 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
Part of the ETM Group group
"The Well is a charming gastropub and cocktail bar in Clerkenwell. Easily reached from Farringdon, Barbican and Angel stations, the venue encompasses a welcoming ground floor pub as well as a cosy downstairs cocktail den that instantly puts one at ease. A quick browse of the menus reveals this place is no ordinary eatery; you'll certainly saunter out of The Well only after you've eaten like a King. Drop in on Sunday to tuck into an indulgent lunch offering that rivals even your nan's masterful cooking, and there's plenty of options to wash this seasonal British fare down with too. Plenty of beers and cocktails are included in a strong line up, which is perhaps overshadowed by the strength of the wine list. There's a healthy French contingent, plenty from Europe at large and a neat selection of champagnes if you're celebrating. Offering great private hire packages, a top-notch quiz night every Tuesday and quality food and drink, The Well is quite simply a must visit."

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By Jo K.

Recently hosted a school reunion at The Well, Excellent venue, great food and very attentive staff. We were allowed to bring our own music and had the whole bar and a member of staff to ourselves for the whole evening with a very reasonable minimum spend and late licence till 1am.

By Sofie A.

Recently enjoyed a surprise party at The Well. What a great venue! good décor, with excellent staff,that were both available yet discrete. Very clean bathrooms loved the aquariums ! Sound system was also very good . We had a mixture of ages from 18 months to 75 and a good time was had by all. Food was well presented and varied. I would definitely consider going back soon.

By Katie O.

I held my 30th birthday party at The Well this weekend and was really impressed with both the venue and the fantastic service we received from the staff. Very reasonably priced drinks and the perfect size for a small function, I would definitely host another party there in future.

By Adam P.

We recently had our company Christmas party at the Well, and it was absolutely fabulous! We hired the venue for a three-course meal, followed by drinks and dancing. From the beginning Nadia, the Events Manager, was incredibly helpful and well-informed. Upon arrival at the venue, the restaurant and downstairs bar were set up beautifully. The staff were smiling, friendly and attentive and the food was wonderful. I assumed that there would not be any options for me personally, as I am a vegan, but even at short notice the kitchen prepared a beautiful salad, risotto, roast potatoes and sorbet for me personally. A three-course vegan meal at short notice went above and beyond my expectations. Throughout the evening Valter, the General Manager, and his team were top-notch. The vibrant atmosphere built around the venue, the food, the drinks and the staff made this a truly special occasion for us. I look forward to returning to the well.

By Ian B.

We had a party at The Well, taking over the whole place. Everything went really well. Guests packed the main area on the ground floor, which had been cleared of most of the tables and chairs, went down into the basement where they sat on sofas or danced (to a good sound system that you just plug your ipod into), and spilled out onto tables and benches outside. The kitchen produced delicious party food and helped us serve a cake. The staff were helpful, calm, cheerful, friendly and efficient. It was a great party and guests complimented us on the choice of venue.

By Amy P.

Hired the downstairs bar for my 30th birthday celebrations, and the evening was a great success. With my own dedicated member of staff to run the bar and look after us all, the evening went off very smoothly. I arrived to find nibbles had been arranged beautifully on the tables and everything was ready to go. With an achievable bar tab, this venue is an affordable way to have a more private party in central London. I would wholeheartedly recommend it and may well return for my next big celebration!

By S.

We recently hired the downstairs bar in the well for an after-wedding party. We're really glad we chose this venue for our party. All the staff were fantastic and we were really impressed at the level of service all through the planning process. The dedicated events organisers were helpful, informative and well organised, and every person we came in to contact with was similarly professional. Every time we made contact with The Well ahead of the event, the staff all knew about our party and were incredibly helpful. We had about 45 people in the downstairs area which filled it nicely without being too crowded. A small downside was the fact that upstairs patrons had to go through our party to access the toilets, but this didn't end up posing a major problem. The food was excellent quality, the ambience was lovely, we were able to bring our own iPod to play music, and it was great having the dedicated bar to ourselves.

By Natalie T.

Organised a work pub quiz downstairs at The Well. The night was a great success! It was such a pleasure working with the events management team to get it all planned, and the food and service on the night was excellent as well. Would definitely recommend and will hold the same event there next year for sure.

By Jaina M.

Hired the downstairs area for 30th birthday and it was perfect for informal gathering with friends, private bar, enough room to dance and nice toilets! We bought along a laptop with music and the staff were brilliant in ensuring we were happy, the music was loud enough and there were no randoms trying to join the party... It's a lovely space with no hire fee, license till 1am and a reasonable minimal spend behind bar which includes food, so is easily reached. Would not hesitate in hiring again or recommending to a friend.

By Lauren W.

Booked the downstairs bar for my 30th Birthday and had a brilliant time! I didn't want anything too formal, just a space to drink a few cocktails and have a dance and it was perfect (esp as there was no hire charge). I ordered some platters of food which went down really well with my friends and we got our own bartender and private bar! Highly recommended!

By N N.

Went to The Well for drinks on the weekend, their cocktails are great and you should try the strawberry eclair. Delicious!

By Naaz R.

Had my 40th birthday party there on Saturday (I also had my 30th there which was great too). It's stood the test of time well. Great venue, nice atmosphere with candles etc. Sound system good - was worried music wouldn't be loud enough but worked really well with my IPod and meticulously compiled playlist. Food and canapes were great - so many people complimented me on the night and even today I've had people raving about the mini Yorkshire puddings and chillies stuffed with cheese. Staff were great on the day (and in run up to event) very flexible, accommodating and professional. Highly recommended for birthday/private party.

By Michelle H.

I just had my 40th birthday party here on saturday night. I though the venue and the staff were brilliant. There were no problems whatsoever and everyone was so helpful. The venue looked really stylist - great lighting, far better than the pics on the website. And even though the capacity is 70 it still feel really intimate and cosy with lots of corners to sits in etc....I totally recommend this place as a party venue, had a great night, thanks!

By Lucy W.

Booked the downstairs bar for my boyfriend's 35th birthday and had an absolute blast. The staff were fantastic, really accommodating and friendly, and excellent cocktail makers. The bar itself is great with lots of places to sit and some really funky fish-tanks. Looks completely different to the main bar upstairs! The best thing about booking the bar downstairs is that you get your own barman. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun yet chilled venue for a party. Top notch!

By Rachel M.

One of my friends had their birthday bash in the cocktail lounge last week at The Well. It was really funky and I was surprised I didnt know the downstairs area looked so different to upstairs. Theres cool aquariums in the walls and my mate said it was quite cheap to hire for a private party with your own personal bar. Will be thinking about it for my birthday.

By Freddy P.

In an area literally overflowing with great places to eat, this unassuming bar-restaurant more than holds its own by dishing up top quality cuisine.

The Venue
Located close to Waitrose, halfway up St. John's Street in Clerkenwell, The Well is an intimate eatery and cool subterranean hangout rolled into one. With large open-front windows looking out onto the wooden tables and blue shades outside, the dining room is bathed in natural light by day and pleasingly cosy at night. The sturdy wooden tables and chairs are placed strategically around the small but well-appointed bar and the decor, from the printed paintings and flower arrangements to the exposed brickwork and blackboards announcing specials, is eye-catching but not overbearing.

Down the spiral staircase at the back of the room is a small, sombre lounge at odds with the open space and light upstairs – back-lit red leather sofas line the walls, one of which contains a fully-equipped aquarium, and a scaled-down bar can be found in a secluded alcove, adjacent to the spotless facilities. An ideal place to adjourn to after a hard evening's eating in the restaurant above, the downstairs room is almost womb-like in its layout and relaxing vibe.

The Atmosphere
Bustling and lively without ever getting too crowded or overly boisterous, The Well is perfectly pitched, as both a restaurant and a bar. The customer base consists mainly of in-the-know locals and young professionals, unwinding after a hard day’s toil in the City or the West End. The restaurant staff are knowledgeable and courteous, the service is personalized and efficient, and the mood lighting and music are kept suitably mellow. Meanwhile, the downstairs area maintains more of a sophisticated party atmosphere, with a shadowy, speakeasy vibe and more propulsive rhythms issuing forth from the sound system.

The Food
Locally sourced and served with impressive attention to detail, the food at The Well is nothing short of spectacular. The entrées (£5.50-£8.50) are a meal in themselves, with the woodpigeon, hare and partridge terrine with onion marmalade proving particularly delicious. The mains, however, steal the show, be it the kilo of Shetland Island mussels in white wine and garlic sauce (sourced from Billingsgate Market every morning) to the Herefordshire snail, chicken and bacon pie and mash (£15-£17). The specials vary subject to availability, but one to look out for is the shoulder of wild boar to share (£52 for two) – a truly gargantuan spread of sumptuous slow-cooked meat, potatoes, kale and apple sauce that would befit a Roman banquet! The kitchen can cope with all sorts of configurations of guests, and offers weekend brunch, canapé samplers and deluxe bar snacks including rock oysters (£13.50 for six) and Welsh rarebit (£4.50). The desserts (£5.50) seem almost surplus to requirements given the preceding glut, however they are dispatched with aplomb too, notably the chocolate and cornflake mousse with crème fraîche sorbet.

The Drink
All of which is complemented by a thoroughly excellent wine list, albeit not one for the faint of wallet – the average price is £20-plus, although the house chardonnay is certainly palatable at £16.50. The South African Pinotage (£22) acts as a perfect foil to the mounds of wild boar, and the dessert Muscat makes for a fitting nightcap. Elsewhere the barman can rustle up a number of signature cocktails (£7.10), notably the arresting Chilli Breeze (coconut rum mixed with lime and fresh chillis) and the house specialty Down The Well (bourbon shaken with apple juice, pear purée and honey), whilst there are a number of esoteric beers and ciders on offer, including Bitburger, Super Bock (£4 on draught) and Kostritzer (£3.70 a bottle).

The Last Word
Somewhat of a hidden treasure if you don’t live nearby, and certainly a firm lunch and dinner favourite with the swathes of local creatives and City workers, The Well offers astonishingly good food, drink and all-round merriment, for prices that won't break the bank. Thoroughly recommended.

By S.

Group of us went to The Well last week and had a good night. Atmosphere's fairly chilled (which I prefer) and it doesn't get too crowded in there.

Staff are pretty chatty and make you feel welcome. Not too pricey either. Give The Well a look if you're in the area.

By Natalie F.

I held my 40th Birthday Party at The Well in Clerkenwell on Saturday and had a great time! Easy to organise, helpful planning, and an excellent sound system which made my IPod playlist sound really professional. We had a lovely meal upstairs followed by a private party downstairs. There was a funky atmosphere, delicious food and fabulous staff! What more could you want; I definitely recommend it! Thanks guys!

By Karen S.

Recently hired the downstairs bar at The Well for my 40th Birthday party and it turned out to be a fabulous venue. The organisation of the party was very smooth and I found the staff very friendly and a pleasure to deal with. Although the area appears small,we comfortably fitted 50+ people with room for dancing. Food was excellent and we hired out the decks available for a reasonable charge. Would thoroughly recommend.

By Liam E.

We had our company Christmas downstairs at the well. It's a cozy little venue with a homely feel to it. The staff were all very polite and helpful. The service and food were both very good.

By Aaron G.

We had our civil partnership celebration at The Well on 4th Feb and the staff made it such a magnificent day for us. We enjoyed canapes, a two course meal and platters of food throughout the day and the guests all said that the standard of the food was just fantastic. The service provided by all members of staff was second to none and cannot be faulted. We were lucky enough to be one of the first to enjoy the new makeover and the place was perfect - it is such a good spot for any party an we'll be booking again soon for a birthday party. We would recommend The Well to anyone without reservation - a huge thank you to Nadia and the team who are simply FABULOUS!

By J.

Lovely gastro pub, The Well. Would definitely recommend it the Well to food and beer lovers.

By J.

The Well have great food, great atmosphere and good staff. Well Done the Well, I'll be coming back!

By Theo S.

My boyfriend took me toThe Well a couple of weeks ago- my first time there. I really liked it. I had the crayfish tails to start, which tasted super fresh and the seabream as main- yum!! My boyfriend had the quail and the rib eye, which he loved! We will soon be back!

By Wai M.

Don't use this place for private parties. Halloween weekend... Saturday night... Bar staff kept turning our music down to elevator music level. I must have spent over £100 at the bar too. Avoid!

By Math W.

Terrible customer service. I am tired of be treated second rate, just because I am vegetarian. Went for dinner with a friend, I am veggie and their menu is very limited. Ordered a salad and chips, I asked for a basic salad with Beetroot walnuts and goats cheese, I got a basic salad with anchovy on, I complained they removed the anchovy and mixed up the salad and sent the same one back, it was very fishy, not what I had asked for, there was no beetroot or walnuts and it tasted fishy. This pub can’t get the basics right there is no hope. And for the chips they forgot them, just before ten pm a member of staff asked if everything was ok, I said no its terrible I am never coming here again... When I told them how bad the salad was they offered to remake it but its 10pm now what's the point, you messed it up twice and I have had to wait while my friends meal was cooked. Also the chips they forgot them, they offered to take this off the bill, they offered... Thanks such a nice place shame the service is terrible. AVIOD!!

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