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Published July 29th 2012
A quiet pint in the midst of the city
The Rising Sun, Smithfield, is one of many Sam Smith's pubs dotted across Central London.
Their unusual range of beers, reasonable prices (currently sitting at £2.90 for a pint of bitter), homely atmosphere and old fashioned décor make them favourites with many people looking for a good pint in the city.
The Rising Sun is no exception, and unlike some it is rarely too crowded, hidden down a backstreet near the Barbican centre, away from the real commuter, tourist or shopper hotspots. A downstairs bar and an upstairs lounge cater adequately for the after work drinkers.
Like many Sam Smith's pubs, the charm is its stoic ability to maintain character in a city of identikit pubs.
£2.90 per pint www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk
This one is surprisingly rural in character, with a bookshelf that you are actually expected to read, and games you are actually expected to play (I managed to lose two rounds of drinks after several hands of cards last time I visited, with nobody raising an eyebrow).
The food menu is standard British pub fair, steak and ale pie, fish and chips etc, with each dish at around the £6 mark. The quality of food is neither breathtaking nor bad, but the price is exceptionally reasonable considering the location.
The Sam Smith's chain across London is the refined man's Weatherspoon's, and The Rising Sun is one of the best.
A short walk from Barbican station, this pub is ideal for anyone seeking a quick pint in Central London.