The Gate, Smithfield
A modern looking pub from the Smith & Jones chain, the Gate seems a little confused as to whether it's a bar or a pub. There's Adnam's on the hand pumps and a typical range of gas-propelled lagers for the less nostalgic. The wine is acceptable enough and there's plenty of decent-looking food on offer, which, mid-evening seemed to be the main reason for people's visits here. Service is OK, the decor modern and comfy and the music was pumping - but, to be honest, it didn't do much for us. Competent, but prosaic would be our school report for this one.
18 - 20 St John Street, Smithfield, London, EC1M 4AY
020 7336 6099
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How to find the The Gate pub
Turn left out of Farringdon Station and walk up Cowcross Street until you get to the end where it joins St. John's Street. Cross the road, turn left and walk up St. John's Street for a short distance and you'll see the pub on your right.