Since my days working on Gresham Street, the Smithfields/Farringdon/Clerkenwell corner of town has long been one of my favourites. A hop skip and a jump from the City, but where people wearing suits just might just have a sense of humour, especially if you are co-conspiratorially spending your afternoon in the Rising Sun, sssssh. As you venture further into Farringdon territory, City workers lose out to media types and people’s dreams of having a ping pong table in their office are realised.
Although Clerkenwell has its attractions, compared to other parts of London, I don’t feel it pulls in its suspects from as far and as wide. Sometimes, you can walk down a street and there’s hardly anyone else on it! It was in this non-assuming fashion that we stumbled upon Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, and with its attractive warm glow, and what looked like people have fun(?!) inside, just had to venture in!
Some friends have been for B&H’s weekend brunch, where for a reasonable price, you can opt for bottomless drinks 🙂 My encounter came on a Thursday night which was a nice kind of busy and more than satisfied the search for food & drinks! Whilst there was a restaurant section with fuller menu, my friend and I sat at the counter top bar and ordered four plates from the snack menu which was just right for the casual (drinks heavy) refuel we were after.
I can’t recommend this brasserie style establishment highly enough and will be looking to go back for their brunch. Welcoming atmosphere, lovely interior, accommodates whatever you’re after, and friendly service to boot! – top marks to barman Jeremy for giving better than he got.
If anyone wants to have a go at the correct relationship between Farringdon, Smithfields and Clerkenwell, by all means do…. I may ask the London Historians. Whatever the answer, it’s not for kidz.
B&H Website: bandhbuildings.com