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Written by Mae Bristow - 20 December 2023

5 best pubs in Farringdon

Farringdon is a small but historically significant area of Central London. Comprising the southern portion of the wider Islington, Farringdon is home to the famous Smithfield meat market, a centre of trade since the Medieval period. All this hisyory has led to a number of really excellent pubs coming up in Farringdon. From boozers that have historically wetted the blood-splattered butchers of Smithfields, to newer locals catering to the white collar city workers, there's a pub for everyone in Farringdon.

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The eagle farringdon pub
The eagle farringdon pub

1. Great food at pub prices: the Eagle Farringdon

Farringdon, London

Everything a pub should be. Good food at great value. Even better drink. All served by lovely staff. In essence the quintessentially British pub in the heart of London’s Farringdon.

The Eagle has just celebrated its 30th birthday having been opened in 1991 by Founder and original Head Chef David Eyre. The Eagle was born out of the breakup of the big breweries' monopoly on pubs, replacing poor food and beer at expensive prices with a casual yet good value approach to dining using top-quality ingredients, something that could only be found in upscale restaurants.

The style of food is “on holiday all around the Mediterranean, with the menu chalked up twice daily five minutes before service. The beer menu is just as impressive with selections from Marstons, Charles Wells and the Hackney brewery and a strong selection of delicious wines all served by the glass. The Eagle is just a ten-minute walk from Farringdon tube.

gunmakers Farringdon pub
gunmakers Farringdon pub

2. A hidden taco spot in a Farringdon pub: The Gunmakers

Farringdon, London

In the backstreets of Clerkenwell close to Farringdon, you will find the Gunmakers Pub, a cosy, friendly, yet unusual boozer serving cocktails instead of beer.

What makes the Gunmakers more than your average watering hole is the combination of a warm, welcoming British pub on the outside that serves cocktails, tequila and tacos on the inside.

You will not find many pubs disguised as a taqueria (or traditional Mexican eatery specialising in tacos and burritos). Kickstart the evening with a “Don Negroni” - Cocchi Americano, Belsazar White and Mezcal Verde Momento or a Toluca Manhattan - a Rye Whisky, Nixta corn liquor, sweet vermouth and umami

Then dive into a delicious menu where every taco is lovingly prepared to order serving specialities like the “Camarones” taco - a blend of avocado cream, grilled king prawns, habanero and roasted pineapple salsa topped with pickled red onion or for sharing with friends is their popular Ceviche de Picado, lime cured catch of the day and pico de gallo with tortilla chips.

The Gunmakers is an 8-minute walk from Farringdon tube station.

fox and anchor farringdon pub
fox and anchor farringdon pub

3. A pub just off Smithfield: The Fox & Anchor Farringdon

Farringdon, London

Step out of the city and into the cosy, welcoming arms of the Fox and Anchor pub, one of Farringdon’s best alehouses.

Think low beams, wooden panelling and warm, low lighting where you can enjoy the best of British pub classics. Whether that’s a scotch egg with a pint, oysters and Guinness, crispy beer battered fish and chips, flame-grilled steaks sourced from the exceptional butcher’s, Godfrey’s, or one of their famous Sunday roasts that combine the best of British cut meat, crispy goose fat potatoes and the fluffiest of Yorkshire puds topped with delicious gravy you will not be disappointed.

And if you need a hangover cure then make sure you try their infamous City Boy’s breakfast washed down with a spicy Bloody Mary.

So if you’re hankering for post-work pints, looking to host that epic office party or more intimate private dinner or just after a round of impressive seasonal cocktails – then the Fox and Anchor have got you covered.

The Fox & Anchor is on the edge of Smithfield Market, just a five-minute walk to Barbican and Farringdon tube stations.

Exmouth arms farringdon pubs
Exmouth arms farringdon pubs

4. A beautiful pub in Farringdon: The Exmouth Arms

Farringdon, London

Bang in the middle of the historic Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, you'll find the pub that inspired the market's name. Ever since the Exmouth Arms opened in 1863 it has served tasty ales and lovely food to traders, locals and passersby.

With a welcoming, spacious ground-floor bar it's the perfect spot for after-work drinks; you'll find a rotating range of craft beers and cask ales alongside a wide range of wines and spirits. The menu, a blend of some of your traditional pub favourites such as the chicken & chorizo scotch egg, pork and black pudding sausage roll and classic English roast - the low and slow pork belly with Yorkshire pudding is a favourite.

Upstairs on the first floor, you'll also find a cosy cocktail bar available to hire exclusively for any venue hire London, private event, function or celebration. So what are you waiting for, pop in for a pint and take a look for yourself – it's only 10 minutes from Farringdon tube.

Ye olde Mitre Farringdon pub
Ye olde Mitre farringdon pub

5. An old pub in Farringdon: Ye Old Mitre Pub

Farringdon, London

Its name 'Ye Olde Mitre' pub says it all - one of London's oldest pubs serving some traditional pub classics alongside a wide selection of cask beers and ales.

Having been built in 1546 for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, Ye Olde Mitre pub is steeped in history. It's where Queen Elizabeth I once danced around the cherry tree (that is now supporting the front) with Sir Christopher Hatton. More ominously it's also near where William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered at Smithfield.

From a food point of view there's nothing fancy on the menu but then that's what they are renowned for, a delicious range of toasties and meat pies to wash down with a tasty pint from their array of cask ales and draught beers.

They also offer several event and function room options for venue hire in central London with two areas available to hire, namely the Bishops Room upstairs catering for 30 or the snug for a smaller group of 8-10. Both are great venue options for a party, work drinks or even a birthday celebration. And if you really want to celebrate you can hire the whole pub for a weekend party.

Situated in Hatton garden, It's just a hair's breadth from Farringdon tube.

The best pubs in Farringdon

Everyone loves a Farringdon pub, and booking your own exclusive space in a pub or hiring out the entire venue is a great idea for an event. With so many great pubs near you to choose from, it can be hard to find a boozer to accommodate your private booking. We've rounded up the best in Farringdon, from gastro-pubs for a Sunday roast and cask ale to pubs with beautiful gardens for a few pints of beer in the sun. Have a look at all our top pubs, with private hire options near you. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Farringdon pubs respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a pub in Farringdon

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect pub. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Farringdon.

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For pubs in Farringdon, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:

The Eagle Farringdon – Great pints, good food and excellent company, that's what it's all about at this loved Farringdon pub.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a pub or a private space in a pub. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Farringdon pub. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best pubs in Farringdon and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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