This is a fantastic Clerkenwell gastro-pub. Downstairs it's a bit funky and lounge-bar like, with occasional DJs. Upstairs it's stripped wood, a bar in the corner (topped with a beautiful and ostentatious flower arrangement) and some welcome tables outside - complete with heaters. It is small enough to be cosy, but still feels fairly spacious. The large selection of beers makes it a good place for a (pricey) drink, especially if you are in to foreign brews. But there is also an ever-changing menu printed on headed paper. A menu staple is a pint of prawns (£7). They Other menu highlights can include home made gnocchi and sausages and mash (most mains around the £10-15 mark). Meals start with complimentary rustic bread with oil and balsamic vinegar and the selection of bar snacks includes yummy olives. A good place for a relaxed evening/afternoon with friends. The same people also own The Swan on New Fetter Lane and The Gun in Canary Wharf. A 12.5 percent service charge is added to the bill. They have a late licence.
The Well Restaurant & Bar, 180 St John Street, EC1V 4JY; Tel. 0207 251 9363; www.downthewell.co.uk