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Apple Tree, Clerkenwell

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user reviews of the Apple Tree, Clerkenwell

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I found this to be a light and airy pub, that was perfect for a summer afternoon's drinking session. However, you're restricted to the Greene King selection of ales. IPA, Old Speckled Hen and St Edmunds Ale were the options on my visit with the Royal London off. Aspalls cider is also still available. There are plenty of tables with seating. Music plays in the background. There are black and white pictures of Clerkenwell in the corner in which I sat. Polished floorboards help create a pleasant drinking environment. Menus can be found on each table detailing the range of food and drinks. The place was fairly quiet for a Friday afternoon. But I wouldn't rule out paying a return visit.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 15:19
Had a leaving party here, totally spoiled by the patronising attitude of the staff, inedible food, and couldn't care less attitude of the manager. Wish I'd visited one of the other better pubs in the area. Will be avoiding in the future.
liamhamilton - 17 Jan 2010 19:14
Greene King IPA and Royal London were the ale offerings here on my recent visit along with a standard draught selection and Leffe with Aspalls being the cider option.

The pub décor is basic and there was some strange red light glowing at the rear of the pub, but the only other people were a group of lads playing poker on a table by the front door. After I’d been there ten minutes the manager walked over to them and moved them upstairs for some reason leaving me in the pub on my own.

I did visit on a quiet week night so I wasn’t expecting a great atmosphere, but the attitude of the young barman was appalling so I wouldn’t drink in here again if all the other better pubs in the surrounding area were shut.
Strongers - 3 Jan 2010 21:58
Right opposite the sorting office the Apple Tree has a fairly traditional exterior but has had the full modernisation inside. It was almost deserted the night I dropped in so difficult to gauge the atmosphere when it is fuller. As someone previously mentioned the art on the wall is a bit dodgy.

I suppose this would be ok if you worked across the street but I can see no real reason to return here.
murgatroyd - 18 Oct 2009 12:00
Whats up with this place was there on Sunday for a gig..
They ran out of all draught beer...

CONDEX - 14 Jul 2009 11:40
I’ve only paid one visit, on a quiet weekday evening, but found it a fairly nondescript pub that was a bit depressing. Only GK IPA available ale wise.

Millay - 11 Apr 2009 12:13
Lovely pub, good mix of people. Really surprised at some of the negative reviews below, as I've always enjoyed it.
Good place to arrange to meet friends if you're in the area.
lowrib - 6 Mar 2009 01:56
Visited this pub on Thursday evening, and was quite frankly shocked. The staff were pretty rude, the extra cold beer seemed to be at room temperature, and the glass of wine was corked - was a real hassle getting it replaced. Ordered food which appeared to have come straight from the microwave, and was scorching hot on the outside and cold on the inside. Believe the pub has just changed hands, so maybe teething problems, but definitely one to avoid, especially when there are so many good pubs in the area, like the Packenham Arms or The Wilmington.
eddy121 - 8 Feb 2009 11:57
Ranges from being well busy to one man and his dog, but a nice little pub, with okay beer and good food. Not sure about the art dotted around, but then i am no expert! Agree that the landlady is well fit, but she did tell me that she is not the landlady!!
bigjames - 10 Aug 2008 21:23
Dearth of atmosphere mid afternoon recently. agree with comments below from rogerB. Only passing in a rush so had a half (only lager, nothing special to note) but they served it in a stem glass...nothing worse - he changed it happily enough, but still ! PS I dont look like I drink from a wine glass !
gonetolunch - 25 Feb 2008 12:25
Lost in the side streets in the shadows of the massive Mount Pleasant sorting office, the Apple Tree is not one of the better known London pubs. The place is pleasant enough, a refurbished, corner pub with an element of trendiness that does not offend the traditionalists and has a safe widespread appeal. The interior has been knocked through although a staircase now cuts awkwardly through the middle of the pub. It’s all very clean and tidy without oozing any great character, fairly plain decor, polished wooden floor, high ceiling and the now token sofa loungey bit at one end. 3 hand pumps – a very good pint of Davenport, the ubiquitous Green King IPA and a further redundant pump. There are newspapers for the lonely, a Big Screen for the sporty, a fireplace for the cold, a large mirror for the vain and outside seats for the smokers and sun worshippers. Not really sure who ventures here apart from the local PO workers and whilst it seems to cater for most tastes, I cannot see anyone making a special effort to seek it out. File under “if in the area…”.
RogerB - 26 Dec 2007 10:01
Great pub due to new management. The landlady is fit too
anonymous - 27 Sep 2007 11:28
GASTRO PUB FULL OF PRETENTIOUS TYPES, EXPENSIVE, NICE LOOKING BUT NOT MY CUP OF TEA. PAKENHAM ARMS AND THE WENLOCK ARE NEARBY, MUCH BETTER
anonymous - 17 Sep 2006 12:10
There's that weird-ass frog-looking sculpture at the kitchen end of the bar, too. WTF is that about?
gingerweasel - 26 Oct 2005 17:44
That glass table is stupidly big.
Myself and thebigman were hoping someone would trip and fall through it last week, just for a bit of lunch time pub comedy.

'Artwork' in there is pretty bad
stoner - 26 Oct 2005 17:32
Used to be good in an old kind of way and cheap. Now good in a trendy kind of way and not cheap.

Plus: Food is pretty good. Atmosphere likewise. Beer & wines also decent.

Minus: Stupidly oversized glass table in the middle of the room that takes up lots of space and is awkward to sit around. Laughable art prints on the wall. Ham, eggs and chips now inexplicably off the (currently illegible) menu.
gingerweasel - 26 Oct 2005 11:26
Used to be one of the best pubs in the area...Until the gastro phenomenon came upon us. Well, i guess it worked for the apple tree because it is now populated by people who prefer Latte to Lager... but its no longer for me. They have budvar on tap....but at extortionate prices. Great bar staff but its a shame this once great pub has fallen ito line with the rest of the pubs in the locality.
RebelBhoy - 23 Sep 2005 15:33
I'd just like to add that although the landlord is a bit of a jackass the barmaids are lovely and very friendly.
stoner - 23 Sep 2005 11:31
Thinks it's a posh pub. It's not. Uncomfortable seating. £4 for a bottle of Magners. Good food if you like burgers served in Chiabata. Staff are friendly though. Customers are rude. When you ask them if someone has seen your bag cos it may of been stolen they'll look at you like you're an alien.

thebigman - 23 Sep 2005 11:24
aaaah the apple tree!
Many a friday night spent drinking in here after work.

Used to be a great pub, pool tables, dart board.

Now the beer is waaaaaaaaaaay too expensive and the landlord is a bit of a knob!

"I'll have a magners please..."
"That'll be £3.90 please"
"£3.90!!! How the hell can you charge those prices?"
"Well we are a posh pub."

You can f**k right off!!! Though I must admit I still go there quite often cause it's close.
stoner - 23 Sep 2005 11:12
Great boozer - I was there at lunchtime yesterday in teh sun, and despite being next to a huuuuuuuge hole in the ground, this is still a magical spot in Clerkenwell. And why should a pub full of posties be such a bad thing..? Mount PLeasant's RIGHT there, what do you expect?!
mikegray - 2 Sep 2005 16:56
Under new management now, live music on most saturdays. Original material stuff, solos, duos, bands. Good food, freindly staff and always a good crowd. Great pub....


anonymous - 3 Feb 2005 19:15
Don't turn up as part of a pub crawl at about 9:00pm on a saturday. You'll find it closed.

Heard it's good though
krylon76 - 8 Jan 2005 19:30
Try a chicken fillet burger here, they are gorgeous. Good value for money and the beer aint too bad either, I think they still have late licence on certain nights?
DKavanagh - 3 Dec 2004 16:04
The apple tree has changed. It is no longer dominated by posties and is offering a quality menu, music and brilliant service. I enjoy going there.
Andrew MacLeod - 18 Jul 2004 15:26
Was closed for a while, now re-opened and appears exactly the same as it was before (don't they always)? Decent beer, good food, full of posties (being on Mt Pleasant), and pool tables upstairs.
Rob - 11 Jul 2003 16:20

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