There must be something of a recovery going on, because the Wood Street Bar and restaurant is another abandoned pub rescued recently. The Old Crowders Well, the previous incarnation, was a bit of an oddity - an olde-worlde-styled pubbe, squatting, uncomfortably beneath the Brutalist bulk of the Barbican. It was a decent enough pub, but awkward to find and it didn't attract a lot of passing trade - eventually it dwindled and died. Hopefully, the Wood Street Bar and Restaurant will fare better. A restaurant is a probably a better bet here, as the more cultured types who visit the Barbican will indeed need food for the body as well as the soul, but there's also something here for those thirsting for pleasures of the ale kind. The Wood Street Bar has a smallish bar in a loungey area, close to the entrance and from there you'll be able to enjoy one of the decent three ales offered on the hand pumps. And, if you're peckish, but not up for a full-on pre-theatre dinner (or Sunday brunch or roast), there's an interesting range of bar food offering such delights as chorizo cakes and tequila marinated prawns to accompany your beverage. With its pleasant, bright, panelled interior and good service, you'll find the Wood Street Bar a pretty reasonable sort of place for a cultured pint. It might be mostly restaurant, but it offers a better drinking experience than some pubs we can think of not far from here - and we'll probably be back to try the food soon too.
Reviewed by pubdog
29 Oct 2010