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The Well

#3,752 of 17,958 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Neighbourhood:
Clerkenwell
Bar, British, Pub, European
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180 St. John Street, London EC1V 4JY, England
+44 20 7251 9363
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11:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 11:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 10:30 - 01:00
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Park City, Utah
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came across this very nice pub by accident after a nearby restaurant 'lost' my reservation. It turned out a blessing as this place had great food and a fun atmosphere. Our server was concerned that it being 'quiz night' we would be bothered by the festivities, but the quiz emcee was a great sport and included us in this... More 

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Thank UtahMarty
Level Contributor
20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a slightly rough and ready vibe upstairs and a faintly sleepy feel downstairs but I have always enjoyed the interesting food offered here. A recent favourite being 'scotch pheasant eggs' very delicious and hearty. The fish always very fresh and cooked perfectly for my taste. I have eaten excellent venison and the banoffee pie a house special... More 

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Thank Lizzi B
GemmaETM, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Dear Lizzi, Thanks for the great feedback. We always try our best to ensure each occasion you choose us that we exceed expectations. Your comments will be passed on to our team who are always looking to make sure we provide exception quality of produce and excellence of service. Kind regards, Gemma More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Well is generally busy weekdays so we popped in on a Saturday night and it wasn't difficult to get a table as they were less busy. Took ages for the waitress (who was perfectly friendly) to come over to take our order and it took at least another ten minutes for our bottle of wine to arrive, possibly longer.... More 

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Thank rjoldfield
GemmaETM, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent visit to Well. I am really sorry to hear that you had a less than satisfactory experience. I would love to talk to you in more detail regarding your visit. Please send me an email at gemma@etmgroup.co.uk with your best contact details so I can get... More 

Level Contributor
43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed ourselves at The Well on an early Sunday evening. The waitress for some reason couldn't identify my Opentable reservation in their system, but once I showed her my confirmation email, she was absolutely fine about accepting it and granted us the offer. The staff were friendly and were very flexible as we were a group of three which... More 

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Thank Excurse
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for the great feedback. We always try our best to ensure each occasion you choose us that we exceed expectations. Your comments will be passed on to our team who are always looking to make sure we provide exception quality of produce and excellence of service. Kind regards, Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We made the mistake of visiting this restaurant at 7:30 on a Friday Evening. It was so noisey we could not have a conversation. The dining tables were crammed in around a bar surrounded by Friday night drinkers - we were not warned when we booked the table. We had booked at The Well because we had heard it was... More 

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Thank Rachel M
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent visit to the Well. I am really sorry to hear that you had a less than satisfactory experience. I would love to talk to you in more detail regarding your visit. Please send me an email at gemma@etmgroup.co.uk with your best contact details so I... More 

1 review
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Apparently this place is popular - we tried one evening but there was no available table, but it looked good so we reserved for another night. Turned out to be a good idea, the place was packed again but even so staff were very friendly and the food excellent.

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Thank Peter H
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi Peter, Thanks for the great feedback. We always try our best to ensure each occasion you choose us that we exceed expectations. Your comments will be passed on to our team who are always looking to make sure we provide exception quality of produce and excellence of service. Kind regards, Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk More 

london
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Great deal via Open Table and with decent reviews mostly so I was looking forward to a really good evening. We were nicely welcomed but then squeezed into a small table next to a birthday group of 15. And while that table was being prepared, no one thought to ask if we wanted a drink, so after 20 minutes I... More 

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Thank srlytton
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi srlytton, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for The Well. We are so sorry to hear you had such a disappointing experience on your recent visit regarding the service and the food. We aim for high standards on both and clearly did not deliver on this occasion. I would love to discuss your... More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We had a reasonably good dinner here in January. The food was let down by slow, uninformed service. We arrived early and it was virtually empty, but it took a long time to order a drink and get the menu and then we discovered we had been given the wrong menu anyway. If we asked a question about the food,... More 

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Thank Susie R
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi Susie, Thank you for leaving a review for the Well. I am glad you enjoyed the food but disappointed to hear that the service you received was not up to scratch. I would like to apologise for your less than satisfactory experience and would love to discuss with you in more detail. Please feel free to drop me and... More 

Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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364 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were a party of five going on after dinner to Sadlers Wells. The kitchen opens at 6 PM and we told our server, Majka that we needed to leave by about 7pm for the 7:30pm performance. This presented no problem, we ordered and managed to have drinks and two courses in very good time. The atmosphere is very friendly,... More 

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Thank IANandARI
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Hi Ian and Ari, Thanks for the great feedback. We always try our best to ensure each occasion you choose us that we exceed expectations. Your comments will be passed on to our team who are always looking to make sure we provide exception quality of produce and excellence of service. Kind regards Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We recently held a private party in the downstairs cocktail bar at the well, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, the service was exceptional and the setting is perfect. Immaculately decorated, the downstairs bar is cosy and large enough for a group of 30. The only downside is that you share the bathroom with those... More 

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Thank joshjsknight
Gemma E, Manager at The Well, responded to this review

Dear joshjsknight Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at The Well. I am delighted to hear you had such a lovely time and your feedback has been passed on the team at The Well. We hope to have you back in the near future. Kind regards Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 61
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 11:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
10:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 St. John Street, London EC1V 4JY, England
  • Public Transportation: Farringdon/Barbican/Angel tube stations.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7251 9363
Description
Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, The Well is a gastropub with a difference, serving traditional British pub food with a twist. Upstairs, the rustic decor of wooden pub furniture and exposed brick walls makes for a cosy and homely ambience, while underneath the ground floor restaurant lies a trendy and buzzing cocktail lounge. The Well offers the best in British produce and seasonal food. After dinner, head downstairs to the chic cocktail lounge, complete with aquarium and leather sofas, to try our mix of classic and contemporary cocktails.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Clerkenwell
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site of an ancient meat market which remains in operation today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough time wondering through the area's maze of streets and you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky models passing between Clerkenwell's handful of fashion houses. Far outnumbering the models are craftspeople and designers, many of them are more than happy to welcome visitors into their studios and showrooms.
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