Pubs? They're a god-damn dime a dozen in London. Gastropubs, though less common, do seem to pop up on every corner. St. Bart's Brewery in Farringdon is just one of these, and quite the City of London staple. Not your typical gastropub, this historic venue integrates the grit of classic smokehouse fare with the delicate use apples from Hush Heath Estate, one of Kent's finest orchards, and the pub's award-winning supplier of signature wines, ciders and charcoals. I headed on down to try it out for myself. 

The Venue

Industrial design is one of my favourite types of interior, and St. Bart's Brewery does not disappoint, blending the British pub aesthetic with a gritty and natural East London trend. The exposed brick and wood panelling complemented each other, and the chalkboards around the gastropub were a charming touch, propped up by offers and dining notes.

For as dark as the decor is, the booming windows fill the pub with natural light until sunset, which is when we came in for dinner. At the bar were a group enjoying an after work pint, hopefully of the house cider if they were wise enough, and plenty of other couples enjoying dinner around the bottom floor. 

Industrial decor helps to make the 120-cover pub seem even more spacious.

The Food & Drink

Since St. Bart's Brewery is just a stone's throw from the Smithfield Market, there was high expectation for the quality of the meat. The menu is incredibly meat heavy, either slowly smoked in oak or grilled over apple tree charcoal from their orchards and woodlands in Kent. Let me just say, the folks at St Bart's Brewery really know how to make a hearty meal with the best quality ingredients.  

My companion and I kicked off our meal with their signature cocktails. The delightfully sweet and refreshing Kentish Garden (£9) is made with Anno Kent Gin, Chase Elderflower Liquor, Luke's Tree Apple Juice (from Estate's own Bramley apples) and soda, and was the perfect way to start a savoury meal. My companion ordered the Cider Rum Punch (£8.50), a tangy twist on the classic rum punch, made with Bacardi 8 year, Jake’s Orchard Cider, bitters, sugar, lemon and soda. We enjoyed the cocktails so much, we skipped dessert and ordered two more Kentish Gardens.

For our mains, we ordered two very different apple wood dishes. I ordered the half roast chicken (£10) served with lemon, garlic and thyme. I'm not a huge fan of chicken thighs, but these were deliciously moist and seasoned just enough. My companion ordered the baby back ribs (£10), which he called the best barbecue he's had during his time in London. They were savoury with an impressive amount of meat on the bones served with a sweet, but not overpowering, barbecue sauce. On the side, the burnt ends (£5) were tender and smoky and the mac 'n' cheese (£5) was rich and buttery.  
The slow roast chicken was very moist and served with lemon, garlic and thyme.

Summary

Whether you just want to grab cocktails after work or eat a stand up British meal, St. Bart's Brewery will satisfy your cravings without breaking the bank . Between the uniquely crafted cocktail menu and incredibly cooked seasonal and fresh gastro fare, this Farringdon gem is sure to prove its reputation as a city staple for years to come. And rumour has it, we'll be going back.