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Gunmakers (Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken UK))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Clarence & Fredericks - Golden AleExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror 1075Excellent1
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal StoutExcellent1
By The Horns - Lambeth WalkExcellent2
Clarence & Fredericks - Best BitterGood1
East London (ELB) - JamboreeGood1
Milestone - Shine OnGood1
Big Lamp - Mulligan's Stout (aka Summerhill Stout)Good1
Windsor & Eton - CanberraGood1
Hexhamshire - Old HumbugAcceptable1
Hackney - Best BitterAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Acceptable1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Coach House - Gunpowder Strong MildNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Hadrian and Border - Farne Island Pale AleNot Tried0
Allendale - Golden PloverNot Tried0
Allendale - WolfNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Purity - Mad GooseNot Tried0
Picture 1. Gunmakers, Clerkenwell, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

13 Jul 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Pub smelling of fresh paint and near devoid of customers early evening on a Monday. As I arrived somebody was complaining that the Harvey’s tasted of vinegar. The manager gave it the full “I don’t drink real ale myself so who knows, perhaps it’s near the end of the barrel, I’m planning to clean the pipes when that one’s gone”. The pint was replaced but the beer remained on sale.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80AcceptableIn poor condition but drinkable. Had none of the usual full-flavour.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Purity - Mad Goose4.20Not Tried
13 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
There is a ‘launch party’ here tonight for Clarence & Fredericks Brewery of Croydon, and a couple of well-known beer bloggers are in attendance. To our surprise it turns out to be a ‘by invitation only’ event, although we manage to blag our way in anyway. Nice beer and nice people.
By The Horns - Lambeth Walk5.10ExcellentDry, roasty, black, rich, bitter porter.
Clarence & Fredericks - Golden Ale3.80ExcellentGolden in colour. Great hoppy aroma, backed by a good hoppy taste (from Magnum, cascade and Summit hops) and a sweetish finish.
Windsor & Eton - Canberra4.00GoodChestnut-coloured and malty, with some hops too.
Clarence & Fredericks - Best Bitter4.10GoodA nicely balanced, traditional bitter.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
31 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy but managed to squeeze in the back room.
By The Horns - Lambeth Walk5.10ExcellentExcellent black porter with smooth chocolate and roast coffee malt notes. Full bodied with a malty finish. My score 17/20.
02 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy early evening with a small beer festival on stillage in the back room.
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal Stout5.80ExcellentBlack oatmeal stout with full bodied roast malt flavour with a little hop as well. Finish is roasty with a hint of sweetness. My score 17/20.
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80GoodStrong amber bitter with good citrus hop flavour balanced with a little malt. Citrus hop finish. My score 15/20.
19 Jun 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet in here but there was an England Euro 2012 game on and no TV here.
Hackney - Best Bitter4.40AcceptableFairly "safe" amber/brown bitter with no outstanding flavours to offend anyone. Hop bitterness just gets the edge but quite restrained. My score 14/20.
09 Jun 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Last session of Tyneside beer, folk and food festival. And it has clearly been a great success. The pub is busy, everyone is wearing Ecky Thump headgear, fluent gibberish is being spoken around the pub, a chap is strangling a cat in the middle bar, and the menu is indecipherable. I feel a stranger in my own town. Unfortunately there is not much beer left.
Big Lamp - Mulligan's Stout (aka Summerhill Stout)4.40GoodBlack stout with roast/burnt taste.
Hexhamshire - Old Humbug5.50AcceptableBrown, strong, caramel, smoothly malty.
Hadrian and Border - Farne Island Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Allendale - Golden Plover4.00Not Tried
Allendale - Wolf5.50Not Tried
22 May 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Prices seem to have gone up a bit since I was last in here (£3:90 a pint), but, counter-intuitively, this was the busiest I have ever seen this pub, with the crowds spilling onto the street outside in the warm weather.
Milestone - Shine On4.00GoodVery pale, crisp and hoppy.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10AcceptableVery dark ruby/red porter. Lacking in the expected body, with the chocolate malt taste lost to a little sourness.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Coach House - Gunpowder Strong Mild3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
03 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Winter beer festival in progress with a few strong winter brews available on gravity to the rear of the pub.
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror 10757.40ExcellentBeefed up version of Conqueror Black IPA. Strong flavours of citrus hops are complemented by smooth malty flavours from the black malts. Full bodied mouthfeel with a smooth dark malt and citrus hop finish. My score 16/20.

About the Gunmakers

The pub sign. Gunmakers, Clerkenwell, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Clerkenwell, Central London, EC1R 5ET.

Long and thin pub in Eyre Street Hill, with covered area to rear. Stocks London area breweries such as Windsor & Eton, Redemption etc.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 21 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC1R 5ET