The Distillers

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Venue : The Distillers, 64-66 West Smithfield, Farringdon, London, London, EC1A 9HE
Reviewed : January 2012 Telephone : 0207 600 2705
Brewery : -
Pub Website : TheDistillers
Facilities : Food.

The Distillers is situated on eastern end of West Smithfield and in the fine City tradition of turning former Banks into pubs, is in the former Lloyds Bank building (erected 1885). Between the Bank and now, 64-66 has been a Pizza Express, Jamies Bar and bar called Head & Tails. 
Overlooking Smithfields meat market The Distillers is a large and tastefully decorated bar, their food sourced from the best suppliers in the UK and cooked to order and with Smithfield Meat Market just on their doorstep a local supply of quality meat is a stones throw away. There is a large upper mezzanine floor as well as the main bar, the whole venue can hold 250, so it's a fair size bar.

Cloth Fair Chambers is just around the corner and St Bartholomew's Hospital a little to the south, there are tabelts on the wall of St Bartholomew marking the site of public execution which took place throughout the centuries; in 1305 Sir William Wallace, leader of the Scots, was hung, drawn and quartered on this site. Another tablet marks the site of the 16th century religious executions, when John Rogers, vicar of nearby St Sepuchre's, and sveral other protestant martyrs, were burnt alive on the order of Queen Mary I.

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