I am about to review the Slaughtered Lamb this rainy 1st of Jan 2014, exhausted from last nights NYE shenanigans - I log on to Yelp, only to see Vicky L my yelp wife has beaten me to it. She's got the fastest fingers in the West of London, but I digress. On to the pub.
It's not a cosy boozer I admit, but they put on a good new years bash, which ticked all the various requirements of our diverse party - amongst us were the non clubbers, the pub-bers and the dancers, and the mates who just want to be silly (I think I may fall into that category).
Luckily there's lot of things to help you do just that - as Vicky mentioned the pub possesses the classic trivia game ' FACT or CRAP' for the silly people.
And for the pub-bers, there's lots of space in the pub and many tables to sit and chat. You can even book a table for NYE - and they kindly gave us 2 free bottles of fizz with the booking to help us celebrate. We didn't quite wait until midnight though.
As for the dancers, the upstairs pub had a DJ which may have drowned out some of our chatter, but was thoroughly enjoyed and danced to after midnight. For extra choice, downstairs the pub is another unaccepted dance floor area - which was designated an 80s music space this NYE.
OK so the toilet smelled a bit dodgy, the DJ stopped Pump up the Jam in mid flow for no apparent reason and does beer costs £5.50 for a pint these days? But nothing's perfect and we had a marvelous time. The music upstairs was pretty good and the staff were lovely. We danced, we had fun with mates and were definitely a bit silly. A thoroughly enjoyable NYE - thanks The Slaughtered Lamb for making it happen.
FACT OR CRAP: If a tarantula loses a leg, it can grow a new one.
Very disappointed in my recent trip to the Slaughtered Lamb. I had made a booking, and I had received an email confirmation about my table for 10 people for a happy hour. When I arrived and spoke with a bartender, there was no recollection of the booking despite showing him my email. We were able to find our own empty table as the pub offered no assistance in the mess-up.
Drinks are a bit over-priced, and service is slow.
It's 1pm on New Year's day. So I might as well get on and try remember last night at the Slaughtered Lamb and break in Yelp 2014.
I really liked this pub. The drinks weren't super expensive and it's nice to be able to squeeze in a corner (Ha! We had a sofa and 2 giant armchairs, a fake fireplace, a cabinet full of games and an area where we can dance) on NYE for free. Did I mention they threw in a couple of bottles of Fizz for FREE? Just because we erm... showed up?
Who doesn't want to dance for free with free booze and play fact or crap with mates on NYE? Also I loved how it was less noisy than the average pub (especially once we nested), that is important for those who are hard of hearing from too-much-loud-music-exposure.
Zara L. is a genius for making this happen.
Also there are LOTS of guys spotting beards if you're into that.
And "Fact or Crap" is kinda awesome when you're a little drunk.
Great pub, with not-too-loud music (for once, that's a relief, we can chat without breaking our voice our our friends' ears !).
Great finger-food, and interesting drink list (Dutch and Belgian lagers... mmmhhhh). I defo have to go back for a concert, in the basement, one day...
The Slaughtered Lamb is a
perfect pub for an after work drinks and party goers. The bar upstairs served
variety selection of drinks at very affordable price. Downstairs is another area that is perfect
for dancing and mingling with new friends. There is also a live bands performing
here all night long.
great looking venue with decent beers on tap that is severely letdown by the apathetic staff, you work in a busy pub...move your arse! shame.
i didn't try the food and sadly wouldn't go back to try it, well maybe for the live music venue downstairs which looked cool.
The Slaughtered Lamb is an ideal pub for after work drinks. It always has a very lively atmosphere with a friendly crowd and great feel to it.
There is also a room downstairs that hosts a range of music nights, including my own! The sound is excellent (complete with a friendly soundman running it) and the room has a lovely intimate atmosphere with cosy chairs and retro décor. Great for relaxing and enjoying the sounds of upcoming artists before they hit the big time.
I wrote a review of he Slaughtered Lamb not too long ago, and only gave it four stars. How wrong I was! Granted, this review is more about the music venue that the Lamb runs on in the basement.
The Slaughtered Lamb's music venue is just spectacular. It's dimly, yet lambently and comfortably lit. There are many couches and chaises in the little room, but I recommend getting there a bit early to grab a spot at the bar.
A friend and I went to see The Title Sequence and Zoey Van Goey. Check them out, they're great. Anyways, about twenty minutes into the show, I counted between forty-five and fifty people in the room. It was such good atmosphere, it was busy and crowded, but it was not at all uncomfortable. Later on, there must have been about one hundred people, but it was not at all oppressive.
The room is set up in such a way that the band is not on a stage, but simply play right in front of the patrons. The Lamb is intimate enough that the bands talked and joked with the audience between sets and songs.
It may just have been that the two acts I saw were really friendly, but he musicians were milling around, drinking and hanging out with the patrons. It was great.
One of my favourite things about the Lamb is that the audience was actually there to listen and enjoy the music, not just drink and be loud.
All in all, it was perfect. You should go!
Don't know why everyone is shocked at the name of this pub. It's right next to the old meat markets and slaughterhouses of ancient London after all, and it's not as if there aren't hundreds of pubs with gruesome names all over England anyway - the King's Head isn't exactly about a nice story.
The Slaughtered Lamb is big, bustling and great on a Friday night. If you can somehow bag a table and gather old chairs and sofas around you're not going to have a bad night's drinking with friends. The Camden beer goes down well and the large central bar makes it easy enough to get served even if its packed out.
Fantastic beer selection both on tap and in bottle. Drinking a NZ pale. Very chill place on a Sunday afternoon.
For a new pub that's meant to look old, it's done well. The beers selection is really diverse, with tons of funky ones and a few local flavours on tap. The local ones were really nice!
On Fridays it gets packed busy and kinda full of drunks in suit jackets, smart shirts or heals. Which is kinda not my scene... An after work booze up kinda needs you to actually work with those people... otherwise it makes a dull conversation.
But thankfully downstairs is another area for LIVE BANDS to play and without the pretense of the office politics in the upstairs bar. I waited forever for the bands to start, but got tired before any came on... But the downstairs felt like it would eventually get rocking... Though I haven't been back to see how late you have to wait for that bit. I left at something like 10:45
Tucked away in the backstreets of the lively Farringdon area is this lovely little gem of a pub! The ambiance is lovely here, from the moment you walk inside it is oh-so cozy with it's dark, laid-back decor with comfy worn-in leather Chesterfield couches. The place is rather large with lots of seating options. This place worked wonderfully for our large group.
Great beer and wine menu too! The glass of pinotage I chose was especially delicious. I'll be back for some more Slaughtered Lamb, for sure!
This became a sort of regular on weekdays when I lived in the area. It was one of the later opened pubs, closing at 11p-12a on weekdays, which was highly convenient since everything in lower Islington closes early on weekdays.
The drinks are reasonable, the barstaff is quick and there's always a multitude of people hanging out. For the record, I was at this pub when I heard Michael Jackson died...hence, it will always be special to me. Sad.
Anyway, there are lots of comfy, mismatched chairs and airy, open windows. I highly recommend!!
In a side street off St. John Street, Clerkenwell, there is a pub called the Slaughtered Lamb. No worries - it is not as spooky as it sounds. It is in fact my favourite pub in the area. In summer you will find a cheerful crowd of students, graphic designers, bankers and marketing people standing out side enjoying their cold beer while in winter it gets quite packed inside the pub while the windows are thick with condensation.
If you make your way the the basement, there is an other room where you normally have to pay a couple of pounds to get in as there is on lots of evenings live music. The quality of the music bands are of high standard and it always astonishes me, how London has so many hidden treasures where you just can come and listen without booking a tickets months in advanced.
Now one main reason I have to admit ending up there during the week is when my fridge is empty. As Slaughtered lamb, unlike their name, has the best fish and chips!
I went to the Lamb recently for my friend's gig that she was running in the basement and I have to say it's one of the best music venues in London. There is real ambience and comfortable feel as soon as you enter and you almost feel like you're in someone's (albeit larger than some) living room, that's how cosy it is. The lighting is dim - and flattering, so perhaps a good date venue if you like music! Just make sure you get there early enough to grab a seat or sofa as they go like hotcakes.
The main bar upstairs took a long time to get served at - fair enough it was a Thursday night and as we all know Thursday is the new Friday - and the service was okay but nothing special. There is a bar downstairs in the basement where the music venue is but for some reason it wasn't full stocked.
It is located well, a short walk from Farringdon and Barbican tubes and also served by many a bus.
Interesting pub with a downstairs function room. There appeared to be some kind of pole dancing class taking place when we visited!
Does have a decent selection of drinks, although unfortunately both ales were off at the time of my visit. They did have a chilli beer however that did make up for this slightly. Their IPA on the fizz tap wasn't too hot though.
From a décor perspective this pub is a bit of a mixture, with a very modern front, but the back wall has an old style wallpaper and a fireplace.
This place could be worth another visit to check that if the ale being off is normal or just an aberration.
They've got Kirin! They've got nice chairs and big tables! They've got cute bar patrons! Check, check and check! For a while, I wondered why I liked this place so much, but then I found out that they also own Black Heart, Electricity Showroom, Hoxton Square bar and some other favs of mine and it all kind of made sense. Perhaps this little umbrella of bars is the umbrella that I belong under.
It's got a good vibe for the area. I often think Clerkenwell can be up its own ass sometimes with all the foofy office workers and try-hard bars, so this is like a breath of fresh air. I've always had a fab time at the lamb, even though the name makes my vegetarian friends cringe.
I really like this place. It's owned by the same people who run the Black Heart in Camden. There are loads of quirky bits and bobs adorning the walls including an old fashioned air conditioning system consisting of hand fans. They also have a few stuffed squirrels around the bar which are surprisingly amusing because they're so ridiculous.
Its also a good place to people watch. We were delighted to be in the presence of a man with a Carrie fur coat and a pair of bell bottoms with
flower pattern flaps. Yea...its one of those places.
The drinks are reasonably priced and the staff are quite nice. If you're in the neighbourhood and want to check out a relaxing pub, I'd recommend the Slaughtered Lamb.
What a horrible name of such a lovely pub. And in such a lovely location too! This part of Clerkenwell is just delightful; well the whole part is charming, but it is always nice to discover a pub which is tucked away from the main street. This means that whoever comes here chooses to do so, so the crowd seems to be made up of a lot of locals.
Upstairs can sometimes give the impression of being a bit to cool for school. (which can't be true - I'm sitting in here!). Still, while it is a teensy bit affected, it has plenty of charm. If you have any luck in scoring one of the deep battered sofas I wouldn't give it up for love nor money. The food is typical pub grub, but done well. When I was here I had a £4.95 fish finger sandwich with chips. The bread came in thick chunks which looked like they had been cut with an axe, not a bread knife. It was great, and enough to split with someone else.
Downstairs is something that you all should come to, if you have not been before. Every week they have a couple of nights called ElectroAcoustic, where you pay upwards of £5.00 to watch around three open mic singers perform. The music is often very acoustic, so no talking at the back! When the downstairs venue is not housing performances it can be hired out as a private party room.
It's a very well turned out bar this. Credibly decorated interior, without being too pretentious. Wooden floors, so that it's got that classic bar feeling, and a decent sized room to host it all. I actually really liked Slaughtered Lamb, despite my natural reticence towards the crowds that tend to frequent places like this.
It did a selection of real ales, which were cheap, and therefore you're not paying through your coke-addled nose just for the privilege of being here. I was actually here for a gig, which goes on downstairs in the basement. And I found this to be an fabulous venue. Again, beautifully decorated, with a weird array of leather-clad armchairs and chez longues, it was a jazzy folk band and the natural acoustics of the place meant that they needed minimal amplification, and could play almost unplugged which was great.
Maybe it was just 'cause I had a really nice time here, but hey! that's the point of a good bar, Slaughtered Lamb I found pretty lush
The Slaughtered Lamb is a very Clerkenwell kind of pub. Elegantly turned out, dimly lit, high on constructed atmosphere, one can easily see how the industrial and interior design types who call the district home find it an attractive place to grab a bite or a pint.
I'm personally less convinced, but I won't turn my nose up at it. The food, for one, is lovely. Definitely pub style but clean and fresh with a few interesting accents. The noise level, somehow, is also quite reasonable, perhaps because these people are so obviously more sophisticated than typical pub louts.
Presumably, The Slaughtered Lamb is named after its fictional namesake in the film An American Werewolf In London. Except that the real Clerkenwell version isn't much like its filmic equivalent. In the film the pub is a spooky old country tavern, full of local weirdos. This Slaughtered Lamb is a poncey gastro pub, full of media weirdos.
Lately, the Lamb has taken to putting on some quite cool gigs. So not all bad then.
Within this hidden gem is yet another wonderful discovery. Camden Pale Ale. This pale ale is the best thing since Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I can't recommend it enough.
The Pub contains plenty of seating, lovely old Chesterfields and a good bar staff. The decor is dark and mysterious, so perfect for a cold winters night.
The upstairs bar feels like an overgrown granny's living room. However, my main reason for going last night was the downstairs live venue.
To their credit, it's not the Slaughtered Lamb's fault that the door staff were rather rude.
At first sight the black painted downstairs area is lovely, and I like the fact that there are plenty of comfy seats which suited the music.
However, we were almost relieved that the second band wasn't really to our liking and we had an excuse to escape the mouldy air - not a big surprise in a basement bar, but also not very healthy.
Back upstairs, the main bar was empty (as everyone followed the music). Great choice of beers (upstairs only - a limited bar is available downstairs)! A good evening alround.
Ah yes, and I really like the basins in the ladies and the soap smells lovely :-)
Cooper's Ale (Aussies will know what I'm talking about): 2 stars right there.
Staff who know to roll it: +1 star.
Buzzing vibe, comfortable layout and decent-looking menu (although not tasted): +1 star
If the food's good when I get to try it, I'll change it to 5.
Update Despite having a really lovely time here, on both occasions I've visited, their organisation skills leave a lot to be desired and I've changed my rating to three stars. Not only did they do a great job of screwing up my friend's birthday booking. Despite us going in and confirming more than once - I was with him the last time - they still had no recollection of his booking. Not impressed. Add to the fact that some of the ale were off on a Saturday evening again, and I'm not as taken as I was the first time I popped in. You'll have fun if you go, but I wouldn't choose to make it a 'destination' Shame, as it could be kinda awesome. Update
I popped in here recently for a quick pint whilst dinner was bubbling away and I like it. it's at the end of Clerkenwell where there isn't much competition (save for the Bell which is just down the road), but as you're only ever a street away from a decent pub in the area, you've got to be good, otherwise you'll wind up empty, and then you'll wind up closed down.
Luckily, the Slaughtered Lamb is good. Friendly (undoubtedly pretty) barmaid and a decent selection of beer. I've since discovered that I prefer IPA on cask not draught, but that's not exactly shocking news. And despite the name, we're definitely in bar territory here. There's nothing pubbish about it.
They do food, they've got a room downstairs you can hire too. The only bad things? There were children and I really don't like children in pubs. And the bunch of loud city boys were so loud they were deafening the entire room, and it's a pretty big room. But that's not the fault of the bar, which I really rather like. I'll be adding this place to the list of pubs I like in Clerkenwell, and hoping that next time the city boys stay in Smithfield where they're supposed to.
The best pubs are dark pubs. That's The Slaughtered Lamb. Decent music (a few times I've been there I've noticed a favourite song being played) and a selection of quality beers (Paulaner or Erdinger? It's a good dilemma) confirm the reasons I like it here.
The fact that it's crawling distance from my humble abode don't hurt either.
One of the better pubs in pub-centric Clerkenwell, it's a great place for a drink.
A great pub to drop by. Looks a lot older than it really is, and it's cozy and the drinks are fine.
Let's go to a gig in a pub, I hear say.
Little I knew I would try the best fish and chips I ever had in London below the 10quid mark. I actually had the fish finger sandwich lured by the reviews on the internet ( I check foursquare before I had a look at the menu, geeklty as charged ). Delicious. I am not a fry-up sort of guy but boy oh boy this is good.
As for the venue, beers on tab check, Guinness check, tables check, upstairs music low check, Downstairs live loud music check. I will be back
This is a decent bar, with a nice selection of beers -- 2 cask ales, many imported keg offerings from the UK, Europe and further afield, and a nice-looking fridge. The atmosphere is quite up-beat without being too frenetic.
They have a nice-looking menu, but I've not sampled the food, so I can't comment on it.
Service is OK, but nothing special. I've never had to wait too long to get served, but the staff aren't especially attentive either.
Probably the only drawback, in my experience, is their disorganisation when taking bookings. You would think that if a booking was made, then confirmed several times, the staff wouldn't then completely disavow all knowledge of the booking on the day itself. Sadly, in my experience, this was not the case. The manager did eventually make amends, but the experience did not leave me with any confidence that that aspect of the business is competently run.
A very cool pub. The chairs upstairs are so massive and comfy, you find yourself doing a messy adolescent sprawl, limbs all over the place. There is a wide selection of great beer and, while I understand from the reviews above that some people have had issues with the staff, I thought everyone that worked there was really friendly, helpful and generally on the ball. Perhaps I got lucky.
Downstairs, the animal print rug gave me cause for concern, but it all kind of works. Edgy decor, no? The live music was great - folksy ballads at their best. (I may be somewhat biased about this, as I was there to hear my friend). The rather mouldy damp smell is a bit hard to ignore, though.
The food was well cooked, extremely filling stodge. If fish finger sandwiches and sausages and mash literally swimming in gravy are your bag, you need look no further than the Slaughtered Lamb.
I went here for lunch six months ago with some friends during the work week and the food was simple but tasty.
So when a friend suggested we go there for after work drinks was happy to make the trek.
Service was good and friendly and they have a large number of lagers, real ale/bitter on tap. They also made my vodka drink just fine. The music was a mish mash of classic rock, 80s indie/rock and a few modern tunes mixed in - a great blend in my view.
There were some live indie bands playing downstairs and they had quite a crowd.
Will definitely go back.
A really great pub for a casual drink and for staying out late!
It has a great atmosphere inside and is big enough not to feel crampt, but still intimate!
There is also a downstairs room for some dancing.
Great place and highly recommend!
I have to agree with jameseatslondon, I used to go here quite regularly when I worked in the area and sometimes the attitude of the bar staff just put you off staying for a while longer.
Great fish finger buttie though, mmm
I'm only familiar with the Slaughtered Lamb as a music venue, but it is a very good one. The standard lamp lighting, the floor-level stage area, the squishy footstools and sofas It all conspires to give you the best sort of live music experience money can buy, where you feel like the performers are playing to you personally. I think they feel that way, too. Last time I went, there was a considerable amount of audience participation.
Unfortunately you'll have to hike up and down the stairs to get a drink, which is a pain if you've managed to secure a seatso be sure to get the pints in before the music starts.
I agree with all of the reviews above regarding the good looking menu and that this place is quite trendy but I will never be returning after receiving very rude service there last night.
I was short changed by the barman when having a drink with a friend. I didnt notice for a couple of minutes and when I did the staff just were not interested. I was told I was 'barking up the wrong tree' and that they didnt care. The silly thing was that I was about to order food for a couple of people. I explained that I now wouldnt be ordering the food and again I was told that they didnt care.
This response really angered me and I will be telling as many people as I can to avoid this place.
The Slaughtered Lamb is a strange one - hidden away in the heart of clerkenwell, it is a busy, vibrant bar popular with the trendy workers of the locale. However, in the basement is an extremely popular music venue run by the Electro-acoustic club.
Upstairs there is a wide selection of wines and beers, as well as a good quality, reasonably priced menu. One gripe would be that the bar staff are slow, and don't seem to be able to keep track of who is next in line...
Downstairs, a reasonable cover charge will allow you to see some of the best up and coming bands and artists in a very relaxed atmosphere - it is all chaise longues, cushions and sofas.
This is well worth checking out if you are in the area and fancy something different from the achingly trendy bars of EC1...
We just came in to have some fish and chips. Damn it, we're in London. So sue us. I know this area isn't quite touristy, but you would think that they could have catered to us. A couple orders of fish were placed in front of us and we had nowhere to sit and enjoy them. We wandered downstairs but there was no seating available-- it was sort of a venue. Instead we all stood at a table and nibbled, then wandered back to our dormitories. Maybe if we had ordered a few pints they'd have been more friendly. Really, we just thought the name was horrible and it would be interesting to say that we'd eaten fish and chips at The Slaughtered Lamb.
I have only been here twice but every time I come I always see cute hipster boys. this is really something that I look for in a pub. also the bar staff is very friendly. and the drinks are good. it's not an obvious location so it's never been to crowded, and you feel like you are in on a secret. There is a venue downstairs, I haven't seen a gig there, but I peeked in once and it looked nice as well. If it were my local I would probably drink a lot more.
Cozy and spacious pub with plenty of tables and seating. Open late for all of you stragglers after a late dinner. There is also a dance area downstairs. Although, I was bummed they didn't serve Long Islands or any cocktails, this pub was more old-fashioned for those old timers and well preserved in that theme.
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