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.