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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Local online pub guide

North London Branch real ale pubs

  • Bounds Green
    • Ranelagh Telephone(020) 8361 4238 82 Bounds Green Road Bounds Green N11 2EU

      Impressive looking pub with a large, pleasant garden with a traditional wood-panelled interior, open fire in winter months. The beers available can change, has also had Adnams Broadside, Greene King IPA, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Wychwood Left Back. Occasional tap takeovers which seems to focus on "craft keg" beers, see their website for details and for their menus.

  • Canonbury
    • Snooty Fox Telephone(020) 7354 9532 75 Grosvenor Avenue Canonbury N5 2NN

      This vibrant, spacious pub decorated with 1960s icons and a 45 rpm juke box gives a retro feel. It features an open-plan room with plenty of seating space and cosy couch areas. There is a small patio off the light airy lounge to enjoy one of their three real ales and watch the world go by. It has regular DJ’d music and several diverse beer festivals, always well attended.

      There has been a revolving LocAle (from the likes of Redemption, Windsor & Eton, Sambrook’s, and East London Brewing) but recent visits have not always found that.

      Good modern British food is cooked to order, and of course there are Sunday roasts, five on offer plus a fish and vegetarian option. There is a daily rotisserie menu of spit-roasted free range chicken from Freemans of Newent basted in aromatic herbs and spices stuffed with lemon and lime served with gravy and a choice of side orders. Weekly specials are sourced focusing on seasonal produce, fresh fish and a sumptuous pie of the week. Tapas style small plates also served.

      Canonbury station on the London Overground (with connections to Stratford) is directly opposite the pub and easily seen from the outside bench seating where smoking is permitted. 10 minutes from Highbury and Islington tube station. Bus Routes to Highbury & Islington or Newington Green 236, 393, 73, 451.

      Card-carrying CAMRA members get 20p off a pint. CAMRA North London Pub of the Season Winter 2011 and overall Pub of the Year 2014 and again in 2019. Listed as an Asset of Community Value, June 2016.

  • Cricklewood
    • Beaten Docket Telephone(020) 8450 2972 50-56 Cricklewood Broadway Cricklewood NW2 3ET

      The pub is split into three areas with the furthest area to the right slightly more food dominated, to the left there are are series of booths providing more intimate drinking areas as well as two TVs, on silent mode with either sport or rolling news. In summer, some of the doors/windows open more fully to create a pleasant atmosphere around the tables to the front. There is outside seating on the road all year round, which is well used by smokers. Named after a losing betting ticket and there are many framed prints reflecting the racing link. Also look out for the old photos of Cricklewood.

      Opened: 15/10/1991.

      Starting on 13/10/23 - "CAMRA FRIDAYS ! ! ! – We would like to offer all CAMRA members with a Valid Camra Card to 50p off per pint on a Friday as well." So all members have to do is show their card on a Friday - vouchers are not needed

  • Crouch End
    • Fox Telephone(020) 8161 0388 2 Park Road Crouch End N8 8TD

      From the Urban Pubs & Bars website -

      "We opened the Fox at Crouch End, following a four week refurbishment. What was a cocktail bar and pizzeria has been transformed into a pub and kitchen in the heart of Crouch End.

      As you walk in you are welcomed into the main bar area, serving real ales, cocktails and fantastic wines."

      On Google Street View, you can go back in time with snap shots, November 2020 shows it as Monkeynuts which would be the keg wine bar. It changes to Allora Hall by April 2021. It was Monkeynuts in the first snapshot in 2008.

    • Kings Head Telephone(020) 8340 1028 2 Crouch End Hill Crouch End N8 8AA

      The first thing you notice about the Kings Head is the lack of an apostrophe in its name, either on the frontage or the pub sign, which depicts the King of Hearts from the traditional deck of cards. The second is the inside of the pub, which the large windows make easily visible from the street. The pub is renowned for live entertainment, with comedy, live music on Fridays and jazz on Sunday afternoons. There is also a quiz on Wednesday nights. The walls are adorned with photos of comedians, and there is plenty of comfortable seating to study them from. There is an extensive menu.

    • Maynard Arms Telephone(020) 8341 6283 70 Park Road Crouch End N8 8SX

      A gastro conversion a few years ago, now a part of Greene King's Metropolitan Pub Co brand which has led to more guest beers. For a single bar pub, it is on the large side and in warm weather the doors open straight onto the courtyard. Food serving times and current menu best found from their website. Camra card carrying members get 10% off their pints. Presently have four changing beers, and continue to stock Greene King IPA permanently. As a rule the pub tries to only order ales from London Breweries. While the offer is changed as much as often, they stock Truman's, Sambrook's, Twickenham and Portobello more than any other breweries.'

    • Railway Tavern Telephone(020) 8348 3396 23 Crouch End Hill Crouch End N8 8DH

      A former Charrington's house, the pub is a rare survivor of the suburban inter-war years fashion for mock-Tudor. It dates from 1937, and may have been designed by Charrington's architect Sidney C Clark. It was named for the long closed Crouch End station, just up the hill, elements of which survive on what is now the Parkland Walk, part of the London Ring, from Highgate to Finsbury Park.

      The wood panelling of the interior, which keeps part at least of the dividing screen between the large front room and the more snug rear (which includes a fairly cosy gas-effect fire and inglenook), wood bar and back bar, all make for an inviting stop when in Crouch End, or a short diversion off your walk.

      There's a good mixture of hanging decoration, and art on the walls, and a friendly enthusiastic staff team happily served us drinks at the bar counter - four cask ales on including well-kept Fuller's London Pride and Timthy Taylor's Landlord.

      Their website contains a very interesting section on the pub's history going back to 1937, it is worth mentioning the Toby plaque in the downside wall. There's much more background and history on the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum site https://www.crouchendforum.org.uk/local-heritage-list-additions-railway-tavern-kings-head

      Archway station on the Northern Line is about a mile and a half -away - 15 minutes by bus, or about 30 minutes walk. Bus routes serving the area include 41, N41, 91 and W5.

    • Small Beer Telephone(020) 8350 0032 22 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane Crouch End N8 8PT

      It is now owned by the same team that was behind the Dukes Head, Highgate. To quote, " We’ll be bringing a true freehouse to Crouch End, with an ample offer of the well conditioned, independent cask we’ve built a reputation for, alongside a large range of local London beer." Three varying cask beers, one cider and around 12 keg taps. Small Beer specialises in small craft beer breweries (Beak from Lewes instead of Harvey's) - in fact there were no standard brands available at all in Feb 2023. In addition to beer they offer a wide range of cocktails.

      Shop unit conversion which changed ownership in 2010. For a while named after Henry Reader Williams (1822-97) who was Chairman of the Hornsey Local Board and in whose honour the nearby clock tower was built.

  • Dalston Kingsland
    • Railway Tavern Ale House Telephone(020) 3092 3344 2 St Jude Street Dalston Kingsland N16 8JT

      Following a change of operators (until late 2018 it had been run by the same team that manage The Pineapple, and Tapping The Admiral) the left side of bar was extended with a pizza oven added. The l/h area is now more visible as curtains removed and bar counter servery curves to the left side and rear now around the pizza oven. Fireplace located in a cosy corner. Payment by card only.

      Beers from such as 5 Points and Adnams although there may not always be 3 on at a time. There is also a good range of craft kegs. The confusingly, named and smaller Railway Tavern on Kingsland Rd in E8 has now closed. Was for a while called Old Henry's Freehouse before it reverted to the original name.

  • Dartmouth Park
    • Bull & Last Telephone(020) 7267 3641 168 Highgate Road Dartmouth Park NW5 1QS

      Reopened on 25/02/20 after a long period of closure for an extensive refurbishment and now has 7 letting bedrooms. In Oct 2023 only one cask beer was available which rotates monthly or bi monthly depending on popularity - Five Points Best today. On the keg, they have the So Solid Brew from Five Points, especially made for the pub.

      NOTE from their website - "On Monday October 1st 2018, we will be closing our doors for a extensive refurbishment. We have secured planning permission to add six bed and breakfast rooms to the top floor of the building. This project has been in the works for a very long time and we can't wait to finally get stuck in, building the next chapter in our journey."

      Close to Parliament Hill fields and Hampstead Heath. Limited outdoor drinking space. Highchairs are available for younger children on both floors. They even provide marrow bones and pig's ear for four-legged friends if they deserve a treat. Buses 214, C2, C11.

    • Star Telephone(020) 3294 8905 47 Chester Road Dartmouth Park N19 5DF

      Aug 2023 - pre-covid this pub sold up to 4 cask beers but that range has now been significantly reduced. Our reported comments, "2 pumps but only one on. TT Landlord. It will be replaced when it runs out. Intention of keeping at least one on." So expect to find Landlord but at times there might be a replacement beer.

      Formerly the Totnes Castle, the Star reinvented itself as a gastro pub. The emphasis is not just on food though; there is an acoustic music night on Thursdays and the 'Anything Goes' club on the first Sunday of the month lives up to its name with everything from comedy to poetry. The growing number of pump clips behind the bar showed the pub's commitment to a changing range of real ale - but as we note above, this is no longer the case.

      Food served from 18.30 - 22.30. But don't give any leftovers to the pub dog. Signs advise you not to feed it under any circumstances! Various bottled ciders are also available but the Addlestone's Cloudy on pump is not felt to meet CAMRA's standards on what makes real cider. Beer garden. Bus: C11.

      In Jan 2021 the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum let us know that the Star, Chester Rd has recently (December 2020) been registered under the Localism Act as an Asset of Community Value.

  • Finsbury Park
    • Beaconsfield Telephone(020) 8826 5200 357 Green Lanes Finsbury Park N4 1DZ

      Welcome installation of real ale in one of Harringey's oldest public houses, still retaining many original features and character. Quiz night Thursdays, pool tournaments Fridays, and DJs on Saturday.

    • Brook Gate 175 Blackstock Road Finsbury Park N4 2JS

      August 2023 - name changed to Brook Gate - from the Islington Tribune, "Sam Newson, publican since 2022, said: “Being called the Arsenal Tavern, whilst it’s nostalgic, doesn’t bring customers in – it alienates the majority of people. It gets its new name from the nearby waterway where fishermen once caught trout." For the full article go to

      https://www.islingtontribune.co.uk/article/match-day-tavern-invites-new-fans

      Closed suddenly in July 2019 but has now reopened. A recent visit (Nov 2021) shows that real ale has been reintroduced. At the bottom of the hill - needless to say, very busy on match days.

      http://islingtonnow.co.uk/islingtons-arsenal-tavern-pub-closes-as-roof-collapses/

    • Brownswood Telephone(020) 8802 0494 271 Green Lanes Finsbury Park N4 2EX

      This Victorian pub stands between Stoke Newington, Finsbury Park and Manor House, just a couple of hundred yards from the North West entrance to Clissold Park. It re-opened in early August 2011, and is run by the same family who run the Rose and Crown and Jolly Butchers (both in N16) and the Wrestlers in Highgate. This has seen the introduction of a wide range of cask beers and ciders and an imaginative food offering served from an open kitchen, full details of which can be found on their website.

      The first floor has been opened up to provide a lounge and there's a large beer garden together with outside seating on the street. There are some very impressive brewery mirrors including a Bass one built into an ornate wooden fireplace, together with some nice etched glass features. Closest tube - Manor House about 10 minute walk or take 141/341 bus. Bus 106 passes by to get to Stoke Newington/Finsbury Park station.

      Note - payment by card only, no cash.

    • Faltering Fullback Telephone(020) 7272 5834 19 Perth Road Finsbury Park N4 3HB

      Locals' pub that's always busy. Three small seating areas with two clustered around the bar and one to the side more like a private room with a friendly atmosphere enhanced by careful use of lighting. The side bar leads into a larger back room with picnic tables, pool table and a Thai kitchen at rear. Food serving times are not known to us - website gives no details.

      When you step out into the back you enter what at first seems like a small, ground floor walled garden but this quickly opens up to a series of higher level decking linked by stairs which probably doubles the overall area of the pub. Smoking permitted outside. It is hard to do justice in words so go to the pub's website which offers a virtual tour.

      The flowers are truly a tour de force both at the front of the pub and in the garden. in keeping with its name TV screens show football and rugby. The handpumps in the back bar are quite old but only those in the front seem to be used. Retains some old Courage insignia on the exterior.

    • Finsbury Telephone(020) 8809 1142 336 Green Lanes Finsbury Park N4 1BX

      Update Feb 2024 from a visitor - "Bath Ales Gem the only cask ale on - and on the sole handpump on the bar counter - and it was lifeless and almost dull tasting."

      The front terrace is now rather dark, sporting as it does a semi-permanent 'roof' all the way to the footway (pavement), with tables and chairs and overhead heaters. It makes the large room - largely 'decorated' in architects distressed brick wall - that comprises the main seating and drinking area even darker, on an admittedly cloudy and rainy afternoon, excepting the tables at the side windows. There is a selection of keg beers including two from Brixton Brewery, and at least one from Beavertown.

      There are two toilets just behind the bar, and more in the rear where the bands perform.

      The kitchen, adjacent to the bar, was open to view from the room. The menu leans heavily on the pizza and burger selection. "While none of us were hungry - other than for a decent pint - we did see some tempting pizzas being served to an adjacent table."

      The pub went through a refurbishment, just up from Manor House tube. It has been through many disguises in the past including the infamous Mr Q chain and now features live music or another live event every evening, there being a stage in the back room.

    • Naturalist Telephone(020) 3437 0770 14 Woodberry Down Finsbury Park N4 2GB

      Opened August 2018 in a new development close to the banks of the Woodberry Down reservoir.

    • Old Ale Emporium Telephone(020) 8348 6200 405 Green Lanes Finsbury Park N4 1EU

      Small corner-house pub with mix of students and locals. Following a renovation this pub now has a lovely atmosphere. There is a heated covered area for smokers, a polished wood floor, nice furniture, celebrity photos on the wall and a jukebox with 5000 selections.

      The guest ales come from the Heineken list and can be quite varied. On a visit in March 2023 the beers were Greene King Yardbird, Butcome Bitter and Gales HSB. Basically the cellar man will choose what he thinks is a good beer and will be popular with his clientele which can produce unexpected surprises at a fair price (£4.00 a pint in March 2023). Two handpumps are immediately on your left on entering, the third can be found further down the bar.

    • T.Bird Telephone(020) 7503 6202 132 Blackstock Road Finsbury Park N4 2DX

      Confirmed in Dec 18 as now selling real ale, Jennings Cumberland available on a visit with Redemption Trinity turned around. Only one beer will be on at any time rotating. Handpumps installed in the summer 2018 and took part in the N5 Real Ale Crawl in October although not in N5!

  • Gospel Oak
    • Gipsy Queen Telephone(020) 3092 0598 166 Malden Road Gospel Oak NW5 4BS

      Re-opened on 29 June 2015 after a period of closure and is now under the management of the same people who run the Victoria Stakes which is located at the foot of Muswell Hill and Alexandra Palace. Considerable effort has been made successfully to transform the pub and enage with its customers - well worth a visit.

      LocAles can be from East London Brewing, Hammerton, or Southwark. There is a take-away bottle/jug shop service and a large selection of keg beers which can also change on a rotation basis. The garden at the rear comes with booth seating and is heated and also has a big TV screen

      From their website:

      "the Kitchen rotates its residencies through the year. Every 4 months, a new group of fantastic chefs come in and cook up cuisines from all over the world, some of which have included Mexican, Japanese, and Turkish."

      "live Music every Friday, to our famous Quiz Night each Sunday (featuring a unique speed-quizzing format) and followed by a Music Bingo session, to Comedy nights during the month! In the past we’ve had Game of Thrones showings, Beer Pong Championships and Super Bowl showings."

  • Hampstead
    • Duke Of Hamilton Telephone(020) 7916 0595 23 New End Hampstead NW3 1JD

      In May 2023 the sole cask beer was Doom Bar - said to be due to contractual reasons - but in Oct 2023 Purity Gold was back on tap. The Jazz Club referred to below continues - see their wesbite for details of events https://hampsteadjazzclub.com/

      Had a brief period as 'Hampstead Lounge & Jazz Club' so it was good to see it revert to its original name. The first impression is of the large front terrace, elevated from the street which leads to the main bar area. It now has a large roof covering the space with heaters. The sides are of a plastic film which can be removed when the weather allows.

      On entering you are greeted by a semi-island bar which on one side leads to a rear seated alcove. The main bar retains most of the features it had before the change of name but with new fixtures and fittings, candles on the tables, carpet and so forth. To the right of the bar is a fireplace and log fire. There is a much greater emphasis on food but it is not a requirement that you eat. For those so minded there is a good range of keg beers from the likes of Two Tribes, Kernel, Wild Card and Gipsy Hill. Toilets are upstairs.

      The downstairs cellar-bar was converted into a small, intimate jazz club with its own stage and bar (no cask beer). Regular events will continue to be held. Nice to have a live music venue when so many in London have closed. For details of events go to https://hampsteadjazzclub.com/

      To the rear of the pub you will find a large, partially covered yard area with plenty more seating. A bit cool in winter mind. Operated by Loci Pubs who also run the Clifton, NW8 and Alliance, NW6.

      It had been run for twenty years by Michael and Mary Wooderson, in 2010 it was saved from conversion to residential following a huge campaign by local residents, councillors, CAMRA and the local press.

      Over 200 years old, the pub is named after a prominent Civil War Royalist. North London Branch local CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2002 and 2003. Listed as an ACV Nov 2015 following an application by the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum.

      The key picture is as the pub looks now without its new canopy (there is a night shot which does show it) but for the record we have kept some previous images as well showing it in blue and burgundy - white is now the colour scheme.

    • Flask Telephone(020) 7435 4580 14 Flask Walk Hampstead NW3 1HE

      One of north London's best known pubs, rebuilt in 1874 and bought by Young's in 1904. A veritable Hampstead institution, originally the Lower Flask, which, after its acquisition by Young's, underwent a sympathetic refurbishment, albeit one that was somewhat controversial with locals. The old public bar, with its separate entrance, darts board and TV screen, is very much as it was and, incidentally, this is the only part of the pub open from 11.00, the lounge opens at noon. As you enter the lounge, your eyes are immediately drawn to the fine tinted sepia photographs which adorn a full-height timber-and-glass screen separating this room from the public bar. This small, intimate area then leads into a larger back bar. Finally you are led into a conservatory, very much for eating. A CAMRA London Heritage Pub listed for its historic interior. Tuesday quiz nights. Third of a pint taster paddles available and are good value. Various board games including dominoes. Children permitted until 20.00.

    • Freemasons Arms Telephone(020) 7433 6811 32 Downshire Hill Hampstead NW3 1NT

      Roomy gastro-pub, offering starters, salads, pizzas, pastas, mains and desserts, along with extensive wine list. Very popular with young professionals, it seems. interior still retains some nice features, such as fireplaces, but mainly dominated by track lighting, soft music, upholstered banquettes, wooden tables and chairs, along with recent extension to dining area (which sacrificed garden space in a less than aesthetic manner).

      The still-large garden was allegedly the site of 17th century games of Pell-Mell (a Dutch ball game which gave its name to Pall Mall), though the pub is first recorded in 1820. There is the Hampstead Room below, which can be rented for private use.

      Its unique feature lies in the basement, a full size "old English" or "London" skittle alley, one of only two in the capital (also prone to flooding from time to time, as the pub sits above a tributary of the River Fleet). More of a dining than a drinking destination. Listed as an Asset of Community Value in Sept 2016.

    • Garden Gate Telephone(020) 7435 4938 14 South End Road Hampstead NW3 2QE

      Close to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill this is a large, comfortable, multi-roomed venue, furnished with wooden and upholstered tables and chairs, soft lighting, soft music, stained glass, non-working fireplace. Plenty of room around front bar, with another smaller room at the back, to the left.

      Vast garden, which offers barbecue on weekends in good weather. Menu of starters and mains, such as sausage, burgers, steak, chicken, pies, fish & chips, available for lunch and dinner. Decent wine list. The nearby station used to be called Railway Tavern recorded in 1874. Listed as an Asset of Community Value in Sept 2016.

    • George Telephone(020) 7431 0889 250 Haverstock Hill Hampstead NW3 2AE

      There has been a pub here since 1666, when this was the main road out of London, the present building dating from the 1920's built as a hotel featuring modern gas lamps for lighting. The large lamps outside may well have been for such purpose. Originally the George, it had a spell as the Great Tree from 1700 until later in the 18th century. Used to be a Rat & Parrot (S&N Retail) for a few years until 2004. The exterior is quite impressive in "Brewer's Tudor" style with leaded windows in the upper story. There is a large single, open plan L-shaped bar which has undergone recent refurbishment to brighten the place up and create a very comfortable environment. Using plenty of light wood, soft colours, lighting and gas coal-effect fires, there's a stripped wooden bar with stools around it and a mix of sofas and standard tables. The floor is alternatively tiled or wooden and the back area seems to be reserved for eating in the evenings. There is a small patio to the rear, largely given over to smokers. Hot and cold meals are available daily. All NHS staff get a 10% discount.

    • Haverstock Tavern Telephone(020) 7482 5352 94 Haverstock Hill Hampstead NW3 2BD

      24/05/23 - pub now offers a 10% discount to CAMRA Members. Handy for a pre-gig event if visiting the Roundhouse. At the end of 2019 it reopened as the Haverstock Tavern. Confirmed three cask beers on. Suspect a beer from Leeds might be a regular and perhaps the Pride but we shall see.

      This is how it was -

      Est 1721. Rebuilt in 1863. Reverted to its original name (Load of Hay) in 2016 after 14 years as the Hill. Cosmetically changed in the last incarnation (Belrose). Fairly spacious with a small room adjoining the main bar, grey and cream decor, tall bar-back with mirrors and pilasters. One of the pictures shows it as The Hill.

    • Holly Bush Telephone(020) 7435 2892 22 Holly Mount Hampstead NW3 6SG

      20/04/23 - The left hand bar tables were all laid up with white table clothes and for meals. It seems it is now essentailly a dining area. The menu has also been moved up a notch or two, with the cheapest main around £16.00, and wines from around £26/£27.

      A marvellous multi-roomed pub at the top of some steep steps leading from Heath St., there is a less steep incline if you approach from the tube via Holly Mount. A sensitive refurbishment some years ago opened up the rooms at the back and there is an upstairs dining room. However, for many, the jewels of this pub are the rooms containing the main bar and that off to the left as you enter, with its traditional open fire.

      There is a particularly excellent sign from former owners, the Benskins brewery. Full of atmosphere and character, we can only be thankful the rooms were not swept away by several tasteless schemes mooted in the past. On seeing them you will appreciate the Grade II listing and its place on CAMRA's London Regional Inventory of historic pub interiors.

      The pub was acquired by London brewers Fuller's in early 2010 but, so far, the only change has been to the beer range. Food served in the bar rooms, the back room is laid out for diners only; the upstairs dining room only opens Fri to Sun. But there is also a seating area beyond the bar in another small room. Small seating area at front mostly for the benefit of smokers, no drinks outside after 20.00. Listed as an ACV Nov 2015 following an application by the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum.

      Offers a 20% discount on cask for card-carrying CAMRA members.

    • Horseshoe Telephone(020) 7431 7206 28 Heath Street Hampstead NW3 6TE

      The ultimate owner is AB INBEV. Urban Pubs & Bars are running the pub. A former Wetherspoon's pub which moved distinctly up-market with the introduction of an extensive gastro menu, open kitchen and all, and the installation of its own micro-brewery down in the basement. This subsequently metamorphosed into the Camden Town Brewery and the kit was removed while the brewery grew and grew.

      With wooden floors and walls, bench tables and large arched windows, there is an airy, open feel to the place. There is seating outside for smokers in the side alley leading to High St.

      The Pentameters Theatre, on the first floor above the Horseshoe, has been listed as an Asset of Community Value. The artistic director, Leonie Scott-Matthews, has (as of 2016) been running the Pentameters, with unbroken service, for 48 years. It is one of the most famous and oldest fringe theatres in London.

    • King William IV Telephone(020) 7435 5153 77 Hampstead High Street Hampstead NW3 1RE

      This old coaching inn with a large central bar has been a stalwart of the gay scene for many years which has earned it the local nick-name of the Pink Willie. The entertainment is geared to the target audience and there is seating in a very pleasant back garden and outside on the street by a crepe stall (separately operated so don't bring crepes into the pub).

      Essentially one room wrapped around a central bar but remnants of former room dividers help break the place up into several discrete areas. The closing hours Fri to Sun are described as "late bar".Listed as an ACV Nov 2015 following an application by the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum.

      Rock Group Whiskey Mick on Mondays, Piano Bar Sing-a-Long session on Thursdays and Cover Version Trio Bad Dog Bites on Fridays. Occasional live music some Saturdays. The pub also hosts bi-monthly charity fundraising events which are very well supported by customers and local businesses alike.

      The walls are dedicated to the people of Hampstead with over 100 portraits throughout the pub walls with maximalist effect.

    • Magdala Telephone(020) 7433 8322 2a South Hill Park Hampstead NW3 2SB

      From the 8th Jan 2024 for the rest of January they will be serving CASK ales at £3.50 a pint .... Yum ! Feb 2024 - They are continuing with real ales at £3.50 per pint on MONDAYS as part of their CASK CLUB.

      Operated by the team behind the The Sussex Arms in Twickenham and The Express Tavern in Kew, The Magdala is an independent pub with 20 keg beers and 7 cask ales. The original 1885 pub, named after Lord Napier of Magdala, was rebuilt by Charrington's in the inter-war period. The interior is welcoming, clean and bright, with bar stools, wooden tables and chairs in both rooms. There is a small outdoor area with a few seats. Excellent Sunday roasts. Dog friendly pub.

      Sold by Punch in the summer of 2014 to an offshore property developer, its future became threatened. Local activists succeeded in getting it listed as an Asset of Community Value. It re-opened briefly in summer 2015 but soon closed again.

      Early 2021 saw a careful restoration of the wooden panelling throughout the ground floor bar and dining areas, with new sections of wood blending with the original paneling in the bar area at the back of the pub (where the toilets used to be). The green stained glass has been replicated in the dining area, letting in lots of natural light.

      The function room on the first floor has not been reopened to date, but hopefully in future it will be available to the local community as an important meeting place.

      See also http://camdennewjournal.com/article/historic-hampstead-pub-the-magdala-tavern-set-to-reopen

    • Old Bull & Bush Telephone(020) 8905 5456 North End Way Hampstead NW3 7HE

      Considered by some wags the most agreeable pub in Golders Green, this is up the road from the now sadly closed Jack Straw's Castle (converted to luxury flats). Handy if you are visiting the less well-known northern extension of Hampstead Heath or the West Heath and Golders Hill Park. Made famous by Florie Ford's music hall song, "Down at the Old Bull and Bush" where people were invited to come and make eyes at her and perhaps no doubt they did. It's an old coaching inn set back from the road with seating out front. The interior has been much modernised and we are informed by the pub's manager (Nov 2019) that that "we offer two beers regularly with both on most of the time at least one at all times". Food served, for details and serving times click on their website. Bus: 210, 268.

    • Old Oak Telephone(020) 7267 3085 1 Mansfield Road Hampstead NW3 2JD

      June 2022 - Handpumps still in place, Doom Bar clip turned round.

      Closed briefly in early 2018 when taken over by Ei Group's Craft Union Pub Co division. Now reopened with new monochrome fascias but otherwise mostly unchanged. The previous refit was only carried out in October 2013. Tables outside in front for use in nice weather. The locale of Gospel Oak, where it is situated, refers back to a tree under which parishioners gathered to hear an annual gospel reading - a continuation of a pre-Christian practice. Gospel oaks also acted as boundary markers with clergy giving Bible readings as part of the traditional annual ceremony of the Beating of the Bounds. There used to be an eel/shellfish stall in front of this pub - long gone now, alas.

    • Old White Bear Telephone(020) 7435 6494 1 Well Road Hampstead NW3 1LJ

      Reopened on 15th Dec 2021 - see https://www.oldwhitebear.com/. Four cask beers were available on a visit in Jan 2022 and these are shown. It is possible that the beer from Leeds Brewery may change. The pub is run by Northern Union Pubs which is owned by the team who set up the Leeds Brewery (now closed and beer brewed at Kirkstall). This is their third pub in north London, all follow the theme of having been taken on after being closed.

      £4 a pint on all real ales on Mondays all day.

      https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/business/old-bear-pub-opening-in-time-for-christmas-8547544?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      http://camdennewjournal.com/article/historic-old-white-bear-pub-in-hampstead-will-open-again From London Drinker magazine -

      "There is promising news about the Old White Bear in Hampstead. According to reports in two local papers, the Ham & High and the Camden New Journal (both 1 September), the pub, which has been closed since 2014, will be open again before Christmas. Sam Moss, who already operates the nearby Haverstock Tavern, has taken a lease on the ground floor and basement from owners, the Max Barney Pub Company and renovation work was in progress in early September. Mr Moss, who also owns the Leeds Brewery, told the Ham & High, “We want to reopen it as a pub at the heart of the community, a proper boozer. We'll do some food as well but it’s going to be very, very much a pub.”

      This is a well deserved triumph for the local community, in particular the Save the Old White Bear campaign, who have defended the pub against development plans and other odd events for seven years. This includes obtaining and recently renewing its Asset of Community Value listing. They never gave up hope of getting their pub back and it is looking as if it was worth the effort."

      The layout and shape of the pub will look familiar to previous users and the bar remains in the same position. The central area in front of the bar is for drinkers with bar stools available, the side rooms both have with fireplaces. Both rooms have large wooden bench style tables and a parquet floor extends throughout.

      We have retained an old picture of the pub being how it looked before closure.

    • Roebuck Telephone(020) 7435 7354 15 Pond Street Hampstead NW3 2PN

      Cosy pub, opposite The Royal Free Hospital, acquired by Young's in 2008, dating from 1860 as the Roebuck Hotel - which is still evident from the upper fascia. Furnished internally with wooden tables and chairs, some upholstered, and sofas, low lighting, soft music. Conservatory and garden at the back, lower room available to let. Tables outside in front allow you to watch the comings and goings but need to be vacated by 9.45pm.

    • Stag Telephone(020) 7722 2646 67 Fleet Road Hampstead NW3 2QU

      This roomy Victorian pub (ca. 1874) was a reliable back street boozer. In 2008, new owners (two brothers who started with the Regent in Kensal Green) painted the entire vast Victorian frontage black, pared down the interior to minimalist, with wooden tables and chairs, punctuated by candlelight, and re-vamped the huge garden behind with bookable cabanas, summer BBQs and events such as acoustic music.

      Up to 24 keg beers are on tap with many from London such as Beavertown, Five Points and Kernel. Four handpumps at the centre of the bar dispense cask beer and cider. Large blackboard right on entry displays the full menu from snacks to full meals, with the downstairs devoted to food. Extensive bottled beer menu.

      The same operator also runs The Mall in Notting Hill and the Beer & Burger chain. Payment by card only.

    • Wells Tavern Telephone(020) 7794 3785 30 Well Walk Hampstead NW3 1BX

      Aug 2022 - the freehold was sold by The Hampstead Wells & Campden Trust to Simon Bridbury Developments Ltd. This saw the end of the 300 year history of property ownership in the area for the charity. Beth Coventry (landlord since 2003) was quoted in the Camden New Journal, "I've got 4 years left on my lease and it should basically automatiucally renew". We shall see.

      Possibly the most gastro of all gastro-pubs in NW3, some 80% of the custom is diners which could be explained by the hearty portions. Food served daily. Not easy to find as bears a passing resemblance to one of the many fine houses you find around here. The interior has been furnished and finished in a modern style, black tiles adorn the walls and there is a lounge area at the back with a TV. In May 2018 guests were from Truman's. Underground: Hampstead. Registered as an Asset of Community Value in June 2016. Overground: Hampstead Heath.

  • Harlesden
    • Grand Junction Arms Telephone(020) 8161 0035 Acton Lane Harlesden NW10 7AD

      Large multi-roomed pub in predominantly industrial area. Large tiered garden leading down to the canal. Huts can be booked. The outside drinking area faces the Grand Union Canal (moorings available) and there is a area for live events. Middle bar is now layed out for dining. Good value food served with various theme nights.

    • Royal Oak Telephone(020) 8965 0228 95 High Street Harlesden NW10 4TS

      25/03/24 - pub has reopened. Now Craft Union - a part of Stonegate. One cask beer visible through window.

      Pub announced that it is to close on 05/11/23 see here

      03/09/22 - no cask ale on sale. "Currently no real ale due to hot spell of weather. Cask beer may return when it's cooler."

      Rebuilt in Elizabethan Revival style between 1891-3 this imposing pub is Locally Listed by Brent Council and has a mixed clientèle. It has a bar in front of an open kitchen and various entrances which indicate how, at one time, it would have been divided into several rooms.

      The Park Parade side entrance includes some impressive tiling including a tiled painting of a Parliamentarian trooper hunting for King Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 with Charles hiding in an oak tree. In Jan 2016 Urban Pubs & Bars leased the pub investing £300k adding a feature staircase (which leads to a hugely impressive upstairs room and bar) and the open kitchen.

  • Harringay
    • Salisbury Telephone(020) 8800 9617 1 Grand Parade, Green Lanes Harringay N4 1JX

      Well worth visiting for the magnificent Victorian architecture alone, the pub is both Grade II* Listed and included on CAMRA's National inventory of Pub Interiors of special historic interest with its French Renaissance exteriors and Art Nouveau motifs. At night, its shining dome can be seen from some way away. A selection of good food is served and there is a separate dining room. Later at night that room can feature DJs or occasional live music. Quiz Monday evenings. Poker Night Wednesday.

      In a visit March 2023 there were 3 cask beers on - Sambrook's Junction, Courage Directors and Shepherd Neame Master Brew. There is a very large range of keg beers and an interesting bottled selection such as Duvel. The draught beer offering is kept up to date on a very large chalk board.

  • Highbury
    • Bank of Friendship Telephone(020) 7226 8711 226 Blackstock Road Highbury N5 1EA

      Traditional, comfortable pub on Highbury Hill, close to former Arsenal Stadium. Sizeable outside, paved garden seating area to rear. A proper locals' pub. Like being in someone's living room, with the TV for sports in the saloon bar, low background music in the public bar. Quiet corners where you can gather to chat, and a blazing fire in winter. No food served. They operate a strict over 21s policy.

      Described by one of our contributors as "a gem of a pub to be savoured. Not many like this left." Recently extended their range of cask ales, to include a monthly guest. Seriously busy when Arsenal at home. An open mic night takes place every Thursday night from 8:30pm-11pm, and they have just launched summer Sundays live sessions featuring unplugged blues, jazz & folk musicians live in the pub every Sunday from 5-8pm.

    • Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury Telephone(020) 7226 1026 2a Corsica Street Highbury N5 1JJ

      Former tram shed just off Highbury Corner. Was used historically to house the trams that ran on the Highbury to Aldwych route which started in 1906. Opened in 1997 by Regent Inns, later Spirit with Bar Room Bar brand, from 2006 it was owned by Orchid who went into Administration. Acquired by the expanding and ambitious Brewhouse & Kitchen chain in 2014 and, after a period of closure, it has been thoroughly refurbished with the addition of an in-house brewery (opened June 2015).

      This is the second Brewhouse & Kitchen brew-pub in London. Keg and also cask beers are offered in third-pint sizes and taster flights. Entry can be controlled when Arsenal are playing at home. Doormen at the front police admission. Learn how to brew beer with their Brewery ‘Experience Days’ and Masterclass - see website for details.

    • Gunners Telephone(020) 7359 2467 204 Blackstock Road Highbury N5 1EN

      12/05/2022 - per their Twitter feed either reopens today or tomorrow - let's assume it is today.

      10/03/22 - closed - see https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/local-council/the-gunners-pub-in-highbury-set-for-extension-8656330

      07 July 2021 - From Twitter - The Gunners is closed until further notice. We will reopen, hopefully sometime soon.

      The Gunners is a shrine to the club with red decor and many framed photos old and new. During all games, the front room is busy and loud but all good natured whereas the room to the rear is a bit more sedate. On recently were London Fields Shoreditch Triangle IPA (6%!) and Portobello Star. A nice place to either celebrate with or drown your sorrows. Food comprises pies and burgers.

    • Highbury Barn Telephone(020) 7226 2383 26 Highbury Park Highbury N5 2AB

      Originally a farm (this building?), becoming a tea garden in the 1850s and then a pub in 1861. Was Greenalls, S&N Retail, and finally a Spirit "City Pub" before being bought by a small pub company. Positioning itself as a community focused pub and clearly gets very busy on Arsenal match days when plastic drinking vessels may be used. The exterior has some fine tiling which extends in a most unusual way into an arch-like structure wrapped around the side of the pedestrian area in the side street where there are benches and people may smoke. Although it seems integral to the pub it is not owned by them. inside it is essentially one large room wrapped around an L-shaped bar with high tables and stools.

    • Woodbine Telephone(020) 7354 1061 215 Blackstock Road Highbury N5 2LL

      Re-opened in 2007 and it has turned into a venue which is lovely, warm and cosy inside with plenty of artwork decorating the walls. Good range of beers, which has been recently extended - beers from local breweries are now a regular feature. On Tuesday evenings there is a very popular pub quiz which puts seating at a premium. A big screen on match days when it can get busy (note the pub opens at 11am on weekend match days). Very good jukebox. Frequented mainly by younger locals. Thai food is served with a Saturday menu starting with brunch at noon and later items such as burgers, hot dogs and lite biotes; roasts on Sunday (noon to 7pm) but we do not know the full hours of service. Regular beer festivals.

  • Highgate
    • Angel Inn Telephone(020) 8341 5913 37 Highgate High Street Highgate N6 5JT

      One of the older pub sites in Highgate (1610) on top of the hill. The present building dates from 1888 rebuilt in 1930 and refurbished in 1992. Look out for the fish tank built into the wall behind the bar and open fires in winter. A single roomed lively pub with dark wood panelled walls and a large L shaped bar counter with 5 handpumps. Food is served we believe: noon (11am Sat) - 10pm. See the pub's website for detail of menus. Various board games are available. Underground: Archway or Highgate. Buses: 143, 210 & 263 pass by.

    • Boogaloo Telephone(020) 8340 2928 312 Archway Road Highgate N6 5AT

      Jan 2023 - reported as having no cask beer. Feb 2023 Landlord on sale - perhaps best to say that cask beer is on sale but not always? Our reporter comments as follows, "I think it might be the case that they only have the one on at any time - so if the barrel runs out, they don't put a new barrel on straight away, so it looks as though they never serve any."

      The Boogaloo has been a gathering place, a watering place, a music hall place, a dancing place, the host of art happenings and literary events, the inspiration for a song or two and a discreet place for a rockstar, an elegant lady or a man of the cloth to have a quiet drink amid the chaos while the crazy world spins. Or so they say. Live music, DJ’s, markets and parties. Juke box. This pub was originally called the Birkbeck [Tavern] - the name can still be seen in mosaic tiling to the entrance step.

      Happy Hour Thurs & Fri: 5pm – 7pm.

    • Brendan the Navigator 90 Highgate Hill Highgate N19 5NQ

      March 2024 - Regular beers were Sharp's Doom Bar,Timothy Taylor Landlord. On 13th Feb 2024 a colleague reported Timothy Taylor Boltmaker was the single beer. This was also the beer today, 10th March.

      Traditional Irish, folk and jazz music sessions most weeks. See Facebook and Instagram for details. Traditional pub food menu. Large outdoor beer gardens at the rear of the pub and more seating outside the front of the pub.

      March 2021 update - due to reopen post lockdown as Brendan The Navigator with new operators. "The pub will be restored by John Rynne and Michael Spurgeon true to its traditional character. Michael ran The Lamb down on Holloway Road in its salad days and was also head chef in the much-mourned Nickel in Crouch End as well as in Season Kitchen in Finsbury park. The “navigator” in the name is also intended to reflect the 19th century Irish, who laboured in the construction of England’s canal system – the “Navvies”, whose efforts inspired the regenerated “Navigator Square” beside Archway Station."

      https://www.theirishworld.com/new-irish-owned-pub-coming-to-highgate-hil/

      July 2022 - Planning applicastion - 2022/1599/FUL. Partial demolition/reconfiguration of the external terrace relating to the existing public house and the redevelopment of the adjacent hardstanding car park for the construction of five (3 x 3 bed and 2 x 2-bed) self-contained dwellinghouses (C3 use) and associated alterations.

      Pub closed in April, 2018 after which the interior was completely gutted. The lease was taken on by HANDH LONDON LIMITED. They updated the premises license and reopened as Tourian Lounge. But that did not last that long.

    • Bull Telephone(020) 8341 0510 13 North Hill Highgate N6 4AB

      19 March 2022 - acquired by Metrpolitan Pub Co a sub-brand of Greene King. Two cask beers (as listed) were available on a visit in June 2023 - a third pumpclip was turned around. Great service with a large area to the left on entering set aside for dining. Thursday is steak night.

      Future of brewery - the kit has been removed from the site so ending the relationship with The Bull.

      It was the original home of the London Brewing Company, the lease was sold to new operator, Gorgeous Pubs, in July 2016, the sale including the on-site brewery whose beers became available under the Gorgeous Brewery banner. A new brew house and brew kit was installed located in the rear garden.

      Before London Brewing moved in it had been a restaurant for some 15 years and closed for 20 months. Wooden floors, scrubbed tables, open picture windows and a nice front deck.

    • Crown Telephone(020) 8340 6712 86 Highgate High Street Highgate N6 5HX

      During August 2023 guest beers from the following have been seen -Marble, Northern Monk, Ossett, Kirkstall and Oakham. So you can see it varies but Yorkshire/Northern Ales seem to be a favourite.

      Reopened as The Crown on 22nd June 2023. An addition to the Northern Union operated pubs, a company which has taken previously closed pubs and reinvigorated them, such as the Old White Bear in Hampstead. 4 cask ales on opening night. Food can be brought in from Chango Empanada next door and other nearby cafes/bakeries. The rear garden is a lovely place to sit and relax, currently closes at 9pm.

      20/12/22 - A planning application was approved in July to convert the building back to a pub! Listed building consent granted.

      https://publicregister.haringey.gov.uk/pr/s/planning-application/a0i8d000002GJ9yAAG/hgy20212679?c__r=Arcus_BE_Public_Register&tabset-3892f=3

      Change of Use of existing cafe (Use Class E) to a public house (Sui Generis) including internal and external alterations, new signage (AMENDED DESCRIPTION).

      HGY/2021/2678

      Not that local residents were that impressed -

      https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/business/21328748.outsider-residents-take-aim-plans-high-street-pub/

      01/08/12 Closed as a pub to becomea Pain Quotidien chain bakery/cafe.

    • Flask Telephone(020) 8348 7346 77 Highgate West Hill Highgate N6 6BU

      Acquired by Fuller's from M&B in February 2009, a 17th century pub listed on CAMRA's Regional inventory of historic pub interiors, originally two buildings now forming one pub, The old servery (still in occasional use) is an exceptional and highly unusual piece of pub architecture with its glazed sash windows and aged shelving and panelling. The two rooms either side retain much from an inter-war makeover. The newer areas to the left to not impinge on the character of this older part.

      it was also known as the Upper Flask, the Lower Flask being the pub in Hampstead.

      There are legends of ghosts and Dick Turpin is said to have hidden in the cellars. More plausibly, the 18th century painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth, and revolutionary thinker and philosopher Karl Marx are said to have been regulars. The Flask is one of the area pubs where the ceremony of the 'Swearing of the Horns' takes place. Large asphalted front yard and garden which incorporates a covered area too. 5 handpumps on the main bar counter and 1 on a smaller one by the entrance door. Underground: Archway or Highgate. Buses: 143 & 210 pass by, 263 terminates in Highgate Village nearby.

    • Gatehouse Telephone(020) 8340 8054 1 North Road Highgate N6 4BD

      With a theatre upstairs, this Tudor style building, formerly a Watney's pub was refurbished in 1993, being the oldest of Highgate inns dating from about 1380. It was run by Wetherspoons from 1993 until its sale to Urban Pubs & Bars. Decor little changed, a lot of the internal space is for diners but there is still plenty of room for drinkers.

      Where the handpumps used to be, it's all keg fonts, while the handpumps now occupy a previously empty corner of the bar. It is a large rambling pub at the top of Highgate Hill, two separate outside areas - the larger, secluded one at the back is exclusively for diners, that at the front of the pub is a drinking area where you get excellent views of the impressive Highgate School buildings opposite.

      The theatre - Upstairs at The Gatehouse, details can be found at www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com, separate phone 020 8340 3488.

    • Prince of Wales Telephone(020) 7998 3176 53 Highgate High Street Highgate N6 5JX

      Following a brief closure the pub has now (Dec 2018) reopened under new management with an emphasis on "craft beers". In Jan 2023 - 2 cask beers - Landlord and Old Peculier. What we had as the Twitter a/c seems to be suspended. It is unlikely that the opening hours we list are correct but their website only shows hours for the day itself - not the whole week! We have taken the hours from their F/book page. No reference to food being served.

      A small traditional pub dating back to the 17th century. A single horseshoe bar serves a surprisingly spacious wood-panelled room with a number of prints of local dignitaries from the past. It has a cosy, welcoming feel. There is a small, flower basket bedecked patio, favoured by smokers, out back facing the open space of Pond Square.

      Underground: Archway or Highgate. Buses: 143 & 210 stop outside, 214. 271 bus has been w/d by TFL. 263 now goes directly up to Highgate Village and stops practically outside this pub.

    • Red Lion & Sun Telephone(020) 8340 1780 25 North Road Highgate N6 4BE

      Pub built in 1920s Elizabethan style, pleasantly located with seating areas on three sides of the bar. The interior is of the same period, with paneled walls painted light green, a cast iron stove and a carved back-bar facing the street. Decoration consists of old prints, drawings and photographs, plus a collection of china dogs and toby jugs. Guest beers might come from house brewer, Greene King or may be from other breweries. Another of the pubs where the ceremony of the 'Swearing of the Horns' takes place twice a year. In the winter there is a log fire in one of the fireplaces. Buses: 143 pass the door. 263 terminates in Highgate Village nearby.

    • Winchester Telephone(020) 8374 1690 206 Archway Road Highgate N6 5BA

      08/10/22 - now open again! Any info on such as opening hours welcome - those listed have been taken from Google. 18/10/22 - Real Ale reinstated on visit today - we understood as of Dec2022 that Draught Bass is now permanent beer, but it was not available in a Jan 2023 visit. Food is coming soon.

      28/01/22 The Council has just granted a licence for The Winchester pub in Highgate! From Ham & High, "The application was submitted by the Northern Union Pub Company, which has recently revived the fortunes of north London pubs The Albert in Primrose Hill, the Haverstock Tavern in Haverstock Hill, and Hampstead’s Old White Bear."

      https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/things-to-do/food-reviews/highgate-pub-winchester-licence-approved-8628678?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      5th Oct 2019 - Site visit and photos taken. Closed with windows on ground floor frosted over. Original etched glass and metal signage visible on both entrances. Aug 2019 - Planning application refused for change of use of the rear ground floor pub space (Class A4) into a 1 bed dwelling (Class C3); with the associated internal reconfiguration of the remaining ground and basement level pub floorspace, with additional access and external rear flue. External fenestration alterations. 98 objections were received, with none is support.

      Nov 2018 - This pub is closed and appears on Google Streetview as Winchester Apartments. The latest planning application to change of use of the rear ground floor pub space (Class A4) into a 1 bed dwelling (Class C3); with the associated internal reconfiguration of the remaining ground and basement level pub floorspace, with additional access and external rear flue. External fenestration alterations. Was refused.

      However, The leasehold is still listed as available - https://www.dcl.co.uk/property/winchester-hall-206-archway-road-london-n6-5ba/ The handwritten sign that went up in November announcing a couple of weeks' closure for refurbishment has long gone. It appears the etched glass screens etc remain but otherwise the pub seems to be a storeroom for the building works going upstairs. We gather the developer is the same one that recently lost his effort to convert the Alexandra in Fortis Green into flats.

      The most striking feature of this pub is the very large glazed office occupying much of the area behind the bar. The main room is split by the vestigial remnant of a former wooden division. A smaller room at the rear, featuring a piano, leads via a door to the attractive, shrub-lined, heated outdoor drinking area in the former stable yard. Listed on CAMRA's London Regional Inventory of historic pub interiors

    • Woodman Telephone(020) 8340 3016 414 Archway Road Highgate N6 5UA

      Upmarket food oriented pub in modern style, with very small 'snug' area at one end retaining old style feeling. The large outside drinking area on Highgate Woods side is very popular in summer and, like the pub itself, features waiter service. Can become very busy in the evenings. They open at 9.30am for "bottomless brunch".

      The interior walls are decorated with rather impressionistic modern art. Quiz every Monday night. Live jazz every Tuesday night featuring some of the UK's top jazz session musicians (all have played at Ronnie Scott's). A function room is available at the rear of the pub. Food, prepared on the premises, from homemade scotch eggs with runny yolks through to bread 'n' butter pudding - details of menus and opening times can be found on their website. The menu changes with the seasons. Over 21's only (unless accompanied by parent).

      Payment by card only.

    • Wrestlers Telephone(020) 8340 4297 98 North Road Highgate N6 4AA

      One of the long established pubs found in this area, first built 1547 last rebuilt in 1921, the L-shaped bar has lots of wood panelling throughout. Another of the pubs where the ancient ceremony of 'swearing on the horns' which dates back to 1623 takes place twice yearly in March and August, details of the ceremony are shown above the impressive fire place. We are informed (May 2023) that, "They are thinking of having live music in the autumn "

      The pub is run by the same company who operate The Jolly Butchers and Rose & Crown (both N16), the Brownswood (N4) and Black Lion Kilburn. Large front terrace provides a pleasant spot to have a beer and relax.

      Note - payment by card only, cash not accepted.

  • Holloway
    • Coronet Telephone(020) 7062 6352 338-346 Holloway Road Holloway N7 6NJ

      it closed as a Spoons on 10/12/23 but quickly reopened albeit with a slightly less adventurous cask beer range. For clarification - a company called Milegate owns the Toll Gate. DN Properties London now owns the Coronet.

      https://www.mylondon.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/coronet-wetherspoons-spoons-pub-closing-28274982

      here.

      As was

      An exceptional and sympathetic Wetherspoons conversion of a former ABC cinema,designed by William Glenn, opened as The Savoy in 1940, screened its last film in 1983. This striking building is an oasis in Holloway. The former grandeur of the 1940s cinema is still visible, including a decommissioned projector.

      Known locally for beer quality and range with great value prices. Full disabled access. Separate family area. Small garden heated at the rear. Full menu served until 22.00. Entry can be controlled when Arsenal are playing at home including higher prices and plastic drinking vessels. In 2013 became an accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme - a wide range of London beers rotate. Alcohol served from 9am.

      The pub was listed as an Asset of Community Value by Islington Council on 02/08/2016.

    • Duchess of Kent Telephone(020) 7609 7104 441 Liverpool Road Holloway N7 8PR

      With the general devastation of pubs in N7, it's good to see one outlet still flying the flag at the corner with Ellington Street. It has received the standard North London makeover - large, mixed size scrubbed tables, comfy chairs, board games and books and a liberal use of candles. There is a TV but volume is used sparingly for large, national sporting events. Being close to the Emirates stadium it can get busy when Arsenal are at home. On those days the pub will have an outside BBQ and unique bar snacks such as balti pasties. Quiz nights Monday and food nights also held, such as Wednesday pie nights, and cheese and beer tastings, see website for detail. Full meals are served Mon to Fri 12.00-15.00 and Sat/Sun 12.00-16.00 and evenings 18.00-22.00 with full table service. There is a snack menu. It still retains a number of original features although a lot has gone to create the L shaped open space. Cask Marque accreditation achieved March 2008.

    • Hercules Telephone(020) 7281 6663 504 Holloway Road Holloway N7 6JA

      29/12/23 - report from a visitor, "Hand pump clips turned round when visited. One of the pump clips was Timothy Taylor Landlord."

      Aug 2022 - this pub is now open after its recent makeover. "I had a look inside but as it was mid-morning I did not follow the example of a few punters and get a drink. Had I done so, and wanted cask, I could have chosen between Timothy Taylor Landlord and Five Points XPA."

      July 2022 - We understand that it has had a comprehensive refurbishment, preceding what will be a grand re-opening and a reversion to its old name (minus the word 'Tavern').

      When this pub changed its name to Tommy Flynns (thenjust Flynns) it counted as a pub converting to real ale. It had had a handpump which had not been used for many years brought back into use. but that did not last. The former name - Hercules is pretty permanent signage, you'd make a mess removing it!

    • Horatia Telephone(020) 7607 3961 98-100 Holloway Road Holloway N7 8JE

      Tiled picture of Lord Nelson by the front door. Menu & kitchen run by Borough Foods. New tenants took over in July 2013. Two or three changing real ales and over 60 craft beers (see website for list).

      In Dec 2023 our reporter informs us, "BBNo cask beer was on in the Horatia in Holloway on Sunday night (17/12/23), along with Renegade Good Old Boy. This place is worth a quick look in. The Sunday before they had a cask Kernel and something else. Even the keg selection is good, even festive versions of some beers." There are 3 handpumps. Also a piano and board games and Retro Games.

    • Lamb Telephone(020) 7619 9187 54 Holloway Road Holloway N7 8JL

      Three constantly rotating cask beers, typically a best bitter and a pale ale, alongside an amber, rye beer or porter from Redemption, Howling Hops, Dark Star, 5 Points, Thornbridge, etc. Plus 12 keg lines, 10 of which also feature local beers.

      Music sessions every Tues (traditional Irish) and Sun (folk), with Blue Lion bluegrass session aprox every 4 weeks on a Wednesday. It has a beautiful interior with handsome wood panelling and skylights, as well as the painstakingly stripped back original green tiles on the facade. Food provided by Sorrento Pizzas.

      Presented with a CAMRA Lockdown Hero Award in Sept 2021.

      Highbury Brewery's tap, taken over by Taylor Walker in 1912. Allied until 1985, when it became the Flounder & Firkin. The Firkins were sold to Punch, under whom it was the Beer House from 2000, then the Tank (an Urban Bar) 2002-4.

    • Owl & Hitchhiker Telephone(020) 8161 0150 471 Holloway Road Holloway N7 6LE

      Following its acquisition by Laine's (and then their acquisition) the pub closed briefly and has re-opened as Owl & Hitchhiker. The second part of the latest name comes from the fact that author Douglas Adams lived nearby. The first is in recognition of Edward Lear, see below. A mixture of science (!) and nonsense. There is also a very large tree internal to the pub! The pub has very impressive interior. Internal decoration might best be summarised as eclectic.

      It was formerly the Half Moon. Then it re-opened 2001 as 'The Quays'. It was bought by the group behind Prince Albert NW1, Three Compasses N8 and Adam & Eve NW7 and the name changed to Edward Lear who was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, born just around the corner in 1812. In Dec 2017, owner the Distinct Group was acquired by Laine's.

      Pre-covid there were 4 handpumps providing three real ales and a cider but now Landlord is the regular one to go for. However this feedback arose from a visit on 15/12/23, " Loads of craft keg - at least 6 pales/IPAs, no cask . Landlord was not put on in the 2.5 hours I was there." Their website says they are open daily from noon until late. A subsequent visitor found it available so let us say there is a level of uncertainty on cask availability.

    • Swimmer At The Grafton Arms Telephone(020) 7281 4632 13 Eburne Road Holloway N7 6AR

      May 2022 - we understand that Remarkable Pubs are ending their trade arrangement with Fuller's and shifting to Shepherd Neame. We await to see what Shep's beer(s) will be stocked.

      Excellent single bar traditional pub with covered courtyard with heaters. Some very nice architectural features, including an impressive back gantry, and a pleasant front terrace. Food serving times (from an open kitchen in the bar) vary so check their website for details. Guest beers from the likes of Butcombe and Hammerton. Keg beers from many London breweries. Being just off the busy Holloway Road gives the place a nice, relaxed feel.

    • Tollington Telephone(020) 7700 6419 115 Hornsey Road Holloway N7 6DN

      A huge, street-corner pub very substantially modernised with large picture windows and acres of pine. The drinking/eating areas wrap themselves around a large central bar. Thai food is served daily. There are non-Thai options plus Sunday roasts. There are 8 screens often showing different subjects (mostly for sport) and the pub is very close to the Arsenal's stadium. There is a large outside terrace at the front.

      Listed as an ACV in June 2021 http://islingtontribune.com/article/pub-gets-protection-as-manager-fights-on

    • Tufnell Park Tavern Telephone(020) 7281 6113 162 Tufnell Park Road Holloway N7 0EE

      A very welcome re-opening in May 2010 after a period of closure and has been operated by the same team since, Stanley Pubs Ltd who now run three other pubs in North London. Although in the Holloway postcode it's not that far from the pubs of Kentish Town so can be easily combined with other visits.

      There are distinct eating and drinking areas with an outside terrace at the front and walled garden at the back. Food available covers snacks and pizzas up to a full menu described as "rustic Mediterranean menu's that changes every three weeks". Pizzas are served all day from noon to 9.30pm, 9pm on Sundays. The serving times given are for the main menu.

  • Hornsey
    • Great Northern Railway Tavern Telephone(020) 8127 6632 67 High Street Hornsey N8 7QB

      An excellent example of the work of architects Shoebridge and Rising. Built in 1865 to serve the Hornsey Station and rebuilt in 1896. This is a single bar pub with fine original etched glass-work. Note the magnificent conservatory to the rear. In 2017, this grade II listed pub has been beautifully refurbished by new owners, Fuller's, keeping and enhancing all of its best original features removing the open kitchen adding more drinking and dining space. A display screen lists the 20 craft beers available on tap. The pub is on the London Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Beer is served in thirds, two thirds and pints. They do not do halves.

    • McCafferty's Telephone(020) 8341 3182 128 Tottenham Lane Hornsey N8 7EL

      Formally the Hope & Anchor Bar, McCafferty’s, Crouch End is the 8th McCafferty’s Bar to open its doors. Single bar pub which has clearly had more bars in the past. There is a pool table and a dart board. Background music. Major matches are shown live. There is an outside drinking area at rear. Quiz night Thursday.

    • Queens Telephone(020) 3978 2154 26 Broadway Parade Hornsey N8 9DE

      A well restored building, built originally as a hotel, which was saved from becoming a pizza restaurant by a campaign run by local residents and supported by CAMRA. The pub boasts a wealth of carved fittings and original features, including a large circular central bar, making it an important historical landmark in Crouch End. It is listed on CAMRA's National inventory of pub interiors of special historic interest as well as being Grade II listed.

      It is a companion piece to the equally fine Salisbury, Green Lanes, N 4 . Both were built by the same developer - John Cathles Hill and it retains much of its original layout, including a screen in the front bar, now cut through to give all round access. Wonderful art nouveau-style stained glass and a marvellous, circular main entrance. One end of the pub has now been laid out for formal dining, with an ornate ceiling and open kitchen and there is a small garden at the rear (heated in winter).

    • Three Compasses Telephone(020) 3154 4646 62 High Street Hornsey N8 7NX

      06/03/24 - no cask beer on sale. We do not know if this is a premanent situation.

      Pubs Next Door, the North London pub company started by Aaron Wilson, is planning to run five sites in the capital, following the launch of its second pub with Star Pubs and Bars. The Three Compasses in Hornsey reopened in November following a £230,000 joint refurbishment with the pubco. As well as food and drink, Wilson plans to launch activities ranging from jazz nights to mother and baby quizzes. The makeover of The Three Compasses has restored and redecorated the outside of the pub, which dates back to 1896 and was designed by architect John Farrer. Thanks to Pub & Bar online magazine.

      What follows may no longer be accurate as indeed might the other facilities listed. At the moment we are unable to find any info on opening hours etc etc News welcome. The pub had been operated by Laines.

      A large Victorian pub which attracts a diverse range of customers, it is Hornsey's oldest public house. There are known to have been at least three different buildings on this site, the current one dating back to 1896. It was originally a coaching inn and the New River passed through its grounds. Londoners would often visit the pub on a day out to enjoy the fishing, cricket and tea grounds. It was comprehensively restored in 2004.

      Main bar is light and airy, with several doors which are opened in warm weather. It won a number of Community Pub Awards as well as being a finalist in the North London Pub of the Year competitions in 2009, 2010 and 2011 although it is under new ownership since those awards were won. Tube Turnpike Lane (a good walk), train Hornsey, bus 144 stops outside.

    • Toll Gate Telephone(020) 8889 9085 26-30 Turnpike Lane Hornsey N8 0PS

      19/05/23 - "It’s keeping the same name. They’ve replaced faded signage with new ones exactly the same. The only difference is that Wetherspoons branding is gone. " Now has 6 handpumps and likely to feature just national brands. The thoughts behind the selection named is that those three were chosen “because that’s what people want”. There do not appear to have been any other fundamental changes. The provision of food is not known, that and the hours are a guess.

      NOTE - as this is no longer a Spoons, the CAMRA Voucher scheme no longer applies.

      In Sept 2022 Spoons announced this pub as being for sale. It closed its door on 26/03/23. It was a large early (1989) Wetherspoons pub with central bar. There is an outside seating area in front. With lots of wood panelling and stool seating facing the outside area, at the rear the large seating area is well lit by natural light through two large celing lanterns.

      Has 3 regular beers and up to five guest beers. Very much a local community pub. Can be very busy and loud on weekend evenings. TV screens running silent.

      Takes its name from the toll gate erected in 1765 where High Rd meets Green Lanes. It was dismantled soon after the system of turnpikes (private roads) was abolished in 1872.

  • Kensal Rise
    • Chamberlayne Telephone(020) 8960 4311 83 Chamberlayne Road Kensal Rise NW10 3ND

      23/03/24 - a visit showed no cask beers on sale - we do not know if this was a one off or is permanent - further news welcome.

      28/03/23- open again with 2 cask beers and a selection of other beers such as Two Tribes Dream Pale Ale and Brooklyn Defender IPA

      07/03/23 - Reverting to old name (see latest pic). Still in shopfit stages. Local word is the people who run The Island are taking over. Which by recent visits to both will be an improvement.

      15/02/23 - just walked by the Rise in Kensal Rise and the place is clearly closed. Hopefully just a refurb and name change again. Interior has been cleared out. They say on Instagram they will reopen "early March".

      On a visit in early Nov 2022 the GK IPA was not available, we do not know if this is just a temporary thing?

      Renamed and refurbished from previous format 'The Chamberlayne' New food menu launched as 'Italian Kitchen' Three pumps, usually two on. Formerly the Chamberlayne and prior to that the Banker's Draught (previously a Barclay's bank branch), reopened in 2007 with the restoration of real ales after a long absence. One room with long bar at front, dining room at rear. Outside tables. Handy for Kensal Rise stations. The owner since 1999 is a company called Masseria Group set up by Rob Claassen, also running the Salusbury.

    • Island Telephone(020) 8960 0693 123 College Road Kensal Rise NW10 5HA

      This place underwent a comprehensive re-vamp in 2006 and now operates over three floors, with an upstairs restaurant, bar menu downstairs, outside tables/terrace and a market on Sundays. Music nights Thursdays and Sundays. Converted from a grim, 1970s bunker of a pub: now much more welcoming. Refurbished again 2019 and under independent management.

    • William Telephone(020) 8969 5955 786 Harrow Road Kensal Rise NW10 5JX

      23/03/24 - on a visit no cask beer was available - we do not know if this was a one-off or is permanent. Further feedback welcome.

      The venue has been taken on by LOCI Pubs adding to the 3 they already run in North London. Per their website the place opens at 8am but we do not know from when alcohol may be served. The hours we show are taken from their website. The two unused cask beer pumps were serving a beer from Purity and a Seacider Black Cherry in January 2024.

      Taken over by new owner/operators in 2020. They said cask beer should now feature, from the owner, "One definitely, 2 during the winter only as it stands. It’s all depends on sales volume of course and spring summer is not the best time for ales. " We have to assume sales volumes were not godd enough?

      From Propel - the pub in Harrow Road has been taken over by Jean-Marin Bolot, who has worked in property and hospitality in the UK and France. The kitchen will be led by head chef Marek Rudnik and offer British pub favourites such as slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and Sunday dinners alongside draught beer, spirits, wine and a bar food menu.

      Built in 1837, the pub has undergone an extensive refurbishment but retains features such as open fireplaces, stained-glass windows and the original white marble bar, which stretches across several rooms. The 112-cover, ground-floor space consists of a main bar and dining room, a private bar, and a small bar at the rear for events and parties. The garden and summer house will open in the spring, while 15 guest rooms on the upper floors will be available.

      Opposite Kensal Green Cemetery.

  • Kentish Town
    • Assembly House Telephone(020) 7485 2031 292 Kentish Town Road Kentish Town NW5 2TG

      28/09/23 - 2 cask beers on, Morland Old Golden Hen and a GK seasonal - nice to see. In a subsequent visit on 13/10/23 we were informed that GK IPA would no longer be on tap - instead it would be a Morland branded beer + a seasonal.

      The Northern Lane station is closed until Easter next year. - overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative. Or walk from Kentish Town West or Gospel Oak.

      Built in 1896 and designed by Thorpe and Furniss of nearby Camden, the building is a striking landmark in Kentish Town (Grade II listed) with a large and prominent French chateau style tower adding to its status. Inside, the bar cabinet work, etched glass and bar-back, wall mirrors and ceiling are all of exceptional character and design. There is a fine skylight in the former billiard room at the back. The interior is exceptionally large, naturally lit by huge clear picture windows, opened out in recent years and is served by a very large single bar which extends from the front room, round the side and into the back room. A CAMRA Heritage Pub. The toilets, accessible from the back room, are downstairs, with a disabled facility on the ground floor.

      On a visit in Jan 2021 only GK IPA avaialble.

    • Bull & Gate Telephone(020) 3437 0905 389 Kentish Town Road Kentish Town NW5 2TJ

      Oct 2023 - The Northern Lane station is closed until Easter next year - Thameslink overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative. Or walk from Kentish Town West or Gospel Oak.

      Acquired by Young's in 2014 and closed for some serious architectural changes which have seen the loss of the live music venue but the creation of an upstairs Boulogne Bar which has a grand piano and did have complimentary live jazz every week on Friday and Saturday evenings but that seems to have been put on hold by Covid. This is a nod to the pub's original name, the ‘Boulogne Gate’ coaching Inn - so-called to commemorate Henry VIII’s victory in France in 1544.

      A fine Victorian pub, it still has some original fittings including some of the glass in the bar-back, and carved wooden detail in the arches over the doors. The lost music hall hosted many hundreds of live bands over the years, including Coldplay & Blur. It is now a dining room. A CAMRA Heritage Pub.

    • Dartmouth Arms Telephone(020) 3793 0202 35 York Rise Kentish Town NW5 1SP

      30/01/23 - no cask beer. But this has chnaged - March 2023 - One real ale available on 3 March 2023: By the Horns "Hop Forward" 4.0%

      In April 2017 this pub reopened after being closed for two and a half years by London-based multi-site operator Andy Bird, his fourth site in the capital. However, after being awarded CAMRA North London's Spring Pub of the Season Award, Andy surprisingly moved on and the lease has passed to the Disappearing Dining Club, a food and drink collective who host pop-ups across the capital.

      Their website does not give any indication as to when food is served so check ahead. Bookings are only taken for weekends.

      The new-look pub has quite a different layout than before with the bar moved to the right-hand side opening up what had been the back room where a lantern provides natural lighting. There's plenty of seating with open fires.

      That the pub re-opened was a testament to a long-running campaign by local residents and CAMRA alike to prevent its full conversion to residential including obtaining an ACV listing. Pub had closed due to work on upstairs conversion to flats and the risk was that it might remain closed.

    • Duke Of St Albans Telephone(020) 3011 2006 Highgate Road Kentish Town NW5 1QX

      12/04/24 - reopened. Also, 16 keg taps and 15 cans and bottles.

      29/01/24 -

      Grace Land secures eighth London pub site: Grace Land, the London-based pub group, is to open an eighth site in the capital, Propel has learned. The business has acquired the Duke of St Albans on Highgate Road. Situated at the main gate to Hampstead Heath along Parliament Hill, the pub has been trading as Swains Wine & Store in recent years. Grace Lands co-founders Andreas Akerlund and Anselm Chatwin said: “We are passionate about bringing back lost pubs and planning a family-friendly place for all to enjoy.” The group plan a major refurbishment to bring back its 150-year-old history. Saturday all-day brunches and Sunday roasts promise to be something extra special, as well as the group’s signature selected beer offer. It follows the acquisition of the London Fields Brewery acquisition from Carlsberg Marston late last year, and the launch of the Saint Monday brewery and bar. Grace Land also operates the Bethnal Green Tavern, The Kings Arms, Red Hand, The Axe, Earl of Essex, and Black Heart in Camden.

      Conversion into a restaurant has now been completed. Later an additional residential floor was added.

      ASt first became Carob Tree restaurant but that has gone (May 2021) To reopen as a wine bar called Swain's (no website as yet).

    • Fiddlers Telephone(020) 7485 3269 1 Malden Road Kentish Town NW5 3HS

      Built circa 1845, essentially a music venue and no longer a pub - their website lists the bands and each night is paid entry. Grade II listed.

    • Grafton Telephone(020) 7482 4466 20 Prince of Wales Road Kentish Town NW5 3LG

      Oct 2023 - The Northern Lane station is closed until Easter next year - Thameslink overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative tube. Or simply walk from Kentish Town West.

      Report from a potential customer, "On Friday 11.11.22 the only beer on was Landlord. I left. Walked past later and that was off too!"

      Revitalised by energetic young tenants who retired from the pub at the start of 2017, it is now operated by Hippo Inns. This very popular pub re-opened in Autumn 2012, a traditional refurbishment making the most of the historic building's beautiful Victorian features, combining a traditional pub feel with many contemporary touches.

      Specialising in cask beer from local breweries the pub is a member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme. Food served every day. There are board games to while away the time and a piano. The ground floor is very spacious; with an impressive, partly-tiled horseshoe bar it has the feel of many different seating areas.

      There is an upstairs bar with function room available (no real ale) for up to 100 people, and an elegant covered roof garden. The management and bar staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about their products. Popular quiz Tues nights and occasional comedy nights.

      Local Branch Summer Pub of the Season 2013. Has been the recent winner of many local, regional and national awards. This pub plays a very active role in the local community with many local events taking place here. Disabled Access (Not W.C.). Family friendly (until 8pm).Dog Friendly.

    • Junction Tavern Telephone(020) 7836 5005 101 Fortess Road Kentish Town NW5 1AG

      Changed in 2022 to a managed Stonegate pub which has seen a reduction in the cask range. A long time has passed since it was the Branch Pub of the Year. Seem to be 2 cask beers on - Sharp's Doom Bar might rotate with the 2 listed.

      Very popular real ale and gastro-pub, CAMRA North London Branch Pub Of The Year 2008/09. Appears as a restaurant from the main road with the pub to the rear, boasting two connected drinking areas, conservatory and award winning beer garden.

      Ornate interior with wood panelling and large mirrors. Quality food menu available, pre-booking advised for dining area. Family and dog friendly. Heated and covered outside smoking area.

    • Lion & Unicorn Telephone(020) 7267 2304 42 Gaisford Street Kentish Town NW5 2ED

      Oct 2023 - The Northern Lane station is closed until Easter next year - Thameslink overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative. Or walk from Kentish Town West or Gospel Oak.

      A great favourite, especially to the local community, this popular, comfortable pub has been a welcome addition to the cask beer scene in vibrant Kentish Town and is an accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme. The pub has a real "homely" feel to it being run by the friendly management and staff as a Geronimo branded gastro-pub.

      The cask beer range is of good quality and includes LocAle breweries - usually Redemption. There is an open fire and very comfortable seating. The pub has won local and regional awards for both its front and back gardens. Sunday quizzes. CAMRA member discount.

      Above the pub is the Giant Olive Theatre company, for details of productions, see their website http://www.giantolive.com/ Occasional comedy nights in upstairs theatre (on non-theatre dates).

      Cider available on keg (and on Cask in summer). Disabled Access and W.C. Function room may be available in upstairs theatre on non-performance days.

    • Parakeet Telephone(020) 4599 6302 256 Kentish Town Road Kentish Town NW5 2AA

      Oct 2023 - The Northern Lane station is closed until Easter next year - Thameslink overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative. Or walk from Kentish Town West or Gospel Oak.

      17 March 2023 - now open, 2 handpumps. Layout similar to previous Oxford Tavern, but more seating, enhanced lighting. Two real ales available on first night: Hammerton N7 and TT Landlord.

      From the Camden New Journal - will reopen in New year as The Parakeet. Acquired by Columbo Group who own Jazz Cafe, Blues Kitchen and the Old Queens Head. Worrying thing is that neither Jazz Cafe or Blues Kitchen or Old Queens Head is known for real ale.

      14/11/2022 - The Jazz at the Oxford site and poster, suggests the the closure is temporary while the Oxford is refurbished. Could be back for Christmas… It looks like they are working on the cellar so it might be good news. No planning application signs are visible. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

      12/11/2002 - Closed when passing 6pm today. Google says permanently closed with last review over a month ago. Last social media post end of July. From another reporter, "Certainly not open and Jazz Club moved to Assembly Rooms. Last time I passed the casks were in the bar area and I assumed they were just doing it up."

      Sold by Greene King in early 2018, West Berkshire Brewery bought this pub via their one sixth interest in Maverick Pubs Ltd and it was under the operation of the Brewery. With the sale of West Berks to Yattendon Estates in late 2021/early 2022, the involvement of West Berks has ended and the overall management sits with LT Management Services Ltd. On 3rd March 2022 the beers were from Redemption & Three Sods. "Staff advised they are effectively a free house so any beer could turn up."

      A street corner, Victorian pub updated for the current day. It attracts a mixed crowd from the surrounding area, and provides a spacious and well appointed environment. An open plan kitchen, serves food cooked fresh to order from an extensive menu. A first floor bar and function room, is available to hire. It also hosts various events, more details on the pub's website. The interior features many period features, including the original mosaic tiles from 1863, and restored flooring, and fireplaces. An outside drinking area is available. Disabled access and facilities.

    • Pineapple Telephone(020) 7284 4631 51 Leverton Street Kentish Town NW5 2NX

      The Northern Lane station is closed until Easter next year - Thameslink overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative. Or walk from Kentish Town West or Gospel Oak.

      A rare gem hidden in the local streets just off Kentish Town that was previously subject to a very high profile campaign in 2001 and 2002, by both local people, CAMRA and the London media, to prevent its closure.

      Twice a CAMRA North London Pub of the Year, most recently in 2012. There are mementos (including a new plaque) and news articles on display in the pub, along with Pineapple ephemera from all over the world. Also note the rare Bass mirrors.

      The single bar serves an extended ground floor area, with a large quiet, added conservatory to the rear. Upstairs is a separate and well appointed seating area which is available for hire. Monday is quiz night, and the pub participates in the London quiz league. Food is available 7 days a week from a Thai menu with good value lunchtime options (Mon to Fri).

      Now a Grade II listed building, its Victorian character is exceptional, and well worth close inspection (fine bar-back with etched and gilt mirrors). It is now a true, friendly local community pub and many of those previously involved in the "Save the Pineapple" campaign are part of the current customer base. Listed on CAMRA Historic Pubs Register of historic pub interiors. An accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme, beers change regularly. Card-carrying CAMRA members receive a 20p a pint reduction on cask beer.

      Happy Hour 3pm to 7pm daily and all day Tuesday - 50p off the house beer, which we beleive is Pedigree.

    • Rose & Crown Telephone(020) 7267 4305 71-73 Torriano Avenue Kentish Town NW5 2SG

      This pub is quite unique in the immediate area. Started life as the Rose and Crown, built in the 1930s for Watney Combe Reid, it was demolished and rebuilt in 1937, the building nestles between terraced houses. For decades it served as an off-licence, then traded as The Torriano for a number of years with the licensees fighting hard to stop the pub being closed. It did close in 2014 but only briefly and it has re-opened under its original name.

      Truly a community local tavern, the single island bar is surrounded by the original slate floor. To the rear and down some stairs is a small heated outdoor seating area known locally as an 'urban garden'. A real coal fire adds to the relaxed nature of the pub and its clientèle. 8 taps on rotation, 1 cask (the other handpump had Thistly Cross cider) and 6 keg. Weekly Comedy shows, and free event space for hire. Note this pub should not be confused with the former Torriano pub in nearby Leighton Road, which is now a block of residential flats.

      Payment by card only.

    • Southampton Arms 139 Highgate Road Kentish Town NW5 1LE

      Small boozer with a fire and pew style seating, a long thin bar which leads to a small garden at the rear. The ale selection is constantly changing and comes from small independent breweries across the UK.

      Following a short closure and refurbishment in Autumn 2018, the number of cask beers on handpump has gone down to 8 from 10, they are usually helpfully ordered palest on the left, darkest on the right. And the number of real ciders, from producers such as Burrow Hill and Turners, has dropped from 8 to 6. At the same time 8 lines have been fitted for keg beers.

      The pub won the Greater London Cider Pub of the Year Award 2010 after earlier winning the Branch Award. After being the Branch Pub of the Year in 2011 it then went on to be crowned the 2011 London Regional Pub of the Year. For 2017 and again in 2019, 2022 and 2023 it is the North London Cider Pub of the Year.

      On the food front no gastro, just good bar snacks, pork pies, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, roast pork in baps plus veggie options. The music is played on vinyl which is great, there is also live piano music on Sundays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No tea, no coffee but a bloody mary kit is behind the bar. Pub stays open to midnight most days. Pub quiz Monday. Nearest transport options - Kentish Town overland or Gospel Oak.

    • Vine Telephone(020) 7209 0038 86 Highgate Road Kentish Town NW5 1PB

      12/11/22 - No cask beer tonight. Vine Climber beer (GK house) turned round. No sign of locale. Visited again Jan 2023 - just the badged beer, LocAle listing removed.

      This large free-house was acquired in 2011 by independent pub group, Realpubs Ltd just before they in turn were bought by regional brewing giant, Greene King. It subsequently closed for a comprehensive refurbishment which was done in the Realpub style, creating an 80 seat dining room at the rear, with a large skylight, and the kitchen semi-open to diners.

      At the front of the pub is a large decked terrace with huge umbrella awnings providing shelter. As you enter note the tiled mosaic bearing the pub's name immediately inside the front door, which despite some signs of wear and tear does more than enough to evoke the pub's previous life. The front end of the pub is for drinkers, lots of large tables, bar stools and a smaller room off to the left, with two rooms upstairs available for hire. More logically the bar servery now faces customers as they enter. Food is served through the day but the menu can vary.

      We ascertained that a discount was programmed into the till for CAMRA members. Many GK managed pubs do this but equally likely that not all bar staff may be aware!

  • Kilburn
    • Black Lion Telephone(020) 3876 8204 274 Kilburn High Road Kilburn NW6 2BY

      Sometimes the Five Points is not always on - on a visit in Dec 2023 we found that the beers on were Titanic Plum Porter, Wye Valley Butty Bach and a beer from By The Horns. The refurbishment of the letting rooms is now complete so 11 such rooms are now available to book, see website for details.

      Lease taken on by London Village Inns - operating seven thriving diverse pubs, a unique Indian restaurant and two boutique guest houses in London. After undergoing a thorough wash and brush up - incl installing handpumps it has reopened and cask beer and cider has returned after many years absence. Well worth a visit especially to try the food - with many dishes influenced by north Indian cuisine.

      Fantastic interior décor - with a rich ceiling, original bar counter, island back bar, screen partition, etched and cut glass and very decorative cornice. A Grade II listed building and listed by CAMRA as having an historic pub interior of national importance. There is a separate dining area - suspect this was the former billiards room. What was a separate side entrance for the hotel has now been incorporated back into the pub creating a small side room. Opposite The Kiln Theatre.

      In 2013 the owner/licensee took the unusual step of removing all draught beer in protest at the pricing policies of the large Pubcos for, although owning the freehold, he remained a tenant of Enterprise to whom he was leasing the property! In 2022 he leased the pub to another, established operator.

    • Coopers Arms Telephone(020) 7644 9951 164 Kilburn High Road Kilburn NW6 4JD

      A very traditional pub reflecting the strong Irish community in Kilburn. Some nice old etched windows with Charrington insignia, hanging flower baskets and a horseshoe bar. Up to the pandemic it had offered one cask beer, then after a period without cask that one beer on tap has returned so there must now be the trade to sustain one pump. Still odd that their website shows an array of three handpumps and a picture of a pub in the About Us section which is NOT The Coopers.

    • North London Tavern Telephone(020) 7625 6634 375 Kilburn High Road Kilburn NW6 7QB

      The pub underwent a refurb in the summer of 2023 but the general consensus talking to customers was that it has not been a refurb for the better. Here is one comment, "Latest refreshment sadly did away with most of the settee booth style seating replacing it with high tables and stools. Spolis the atmosphere" See what you think. Note - cash no longer accepted, payment by card only.

      24 January 2023 - a new manager keen on cask beer has been appointed so hopefully the range will develop. Beers from Chiltern, Portobello and Twickenham were available on the night but this might be because a CAMRA meeting was being held that night. Time will tell but let us hope for the best.

      The North London Tavern was built in 1894 for the Railway workers. A central bar breaks up the pub and the decorated ceiling, lighting, wooden seating and floor create a warm ambience. There is a gastro-style restaurant at the rear in a very nice room but bar snacks are also available. Function room for hire. Beer range changes and often used to feature London breweries such as Sambrook's or Truman's.

      Quiz Sun nights, Weds eve open mic. Outside seating on busy main road or slightly less busy side road. The pub was opened out in a November 2014 refurbishment but its essentially pleasant interior remains. Kilburn is the nearest tube. Brondesbury station is on the London Overground.

    • Old Bell Telephone(020) 7372 4290 38 Kilburn High Road Kilburn NW6 5UA

      Underwent a make-over a few years ago with new carpets and furniture. A very large pub with sports screens, some booths and a marvelous old pub mirror. Could be described as a remnant of old Kilburn which may be slowly fading away.

      It extends at the back to a large outside space with picnic seating, mostly covered including the four TV screens; the open area at the very end overlooking the railway, which you can hear as trains pass. Smoking sems to be permitted across the whole back area. Extensive pub grub menu.

      There used to be a discount Tuesday with beers at £2.50 a pint but that no longer seems to be the case (Sept 2023) but they have now reinstated a discount for CAMRA members.

    • Priory Tavern Telephone(020) 7624 8044 250 Belsize Road Kilburn NW6 4BT

      Following a refurbishment, reopened in April 2018 as part of Ei Group's managed division. Reverted to tenanted by end of 2023.

      Just off the Kilburn High Road, the Priory Tavern has stood at this site since at least 1927, and most likely before that. Its exterior features some fine signs of its former life as a Truman's pub as does an interior illuminated sign. Lots of stripped wood with exposed and varnished floorboards surround a large island bar.

      While it has a contemporary feel aimed at a younger clientele, it should be attractive to all ages as conversation is positively encouraged. Dart board, piano and quiz night. Well worth visiting.

  • Kingsbury
    • J.J.Moon's Telephone(020) 8204 9675 551-553 Kingsbury Road Kingsbury NW9 9EL

      An early (1988) Wetherspoon's shop conversion, with TV screens and a children's certificate (until 20.00). A large, one-room establishment, low ceilings, lots of wood panelling and a raised section at the rear; a rare outlet for real ale in this part of outer London. The pub is pursuing a more adventurous guest beer policy which, in 2013, led to it becoming an accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme.

      Food served from opening to 23.00. J.J. Moon is a fictional character and simply plays on the George Orwell Moon Under Water theme of some of the company’s earliest pubs.

  • London
    • Albert Telephone(020) 3301 5867 11 Princess Road London NW1 8JR

      Oct 2020 - can confirm that it opened officially by Andrew Marr. 3 real Ales on handpump tonight, London Pride, Hophead, and Jaipur. A license has been granted to Sam Moss of Leeds Brewery and the pub is planned to re-open in the summer of 2019. See https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/new-landlord-says-he-s-excited-about-reopening-historic-pub-1-6028779 NOTE - closed end Sept, all the bar fittings were intact, the flats upstairs are now on the market. Simple traditional pub, a troupe of Morris Men were in residence on one visit, built in 1850, the five bar layout can still be made out, but the one-bar works well. There is a large beer garden - very popular in summer - stocked with a range of flowers and plenty of seating and is heated. The pub interior is simple/rudimentary with solid wooden chairs and tables. There is no music played in the pub, there were also no speakers evident. Pub quiz on Tuesdays. Despite a good menu, food is served from an extensive gastro-style menu including vegetarian options, still first and foremost a beer pub. Weston's Traditional Scrumpy served. Chalk Farm tube is around 10-15 mins walk. Sold to Springcroft Constructions, who will seek permission to add residential accommodation while stating their intention to keep the pub open.

    • Albion Telephone(020) 7607 7450 10 Thornhill Road London N1 1HW

      A very beautiful, late Georgian, ivy-clad building which was once a coaching inn. The Albion won The Observer Food Monthly award for “Best Sunday Lunch 2009” and is one of The Independent’s “Top 50 Sunday Lunch Venues” and The Guardian’s “Best Pubs in the UK”. Example dishes include Lamb Shoulder Shepherds Pie with Buttered Carrots for £14.50 and Smoked Haddock & Salmon Fishcake w Peas a la Francaise & Soft Poached Hen’s Egg for £15.50.

    • Alpaca Telephone(020) 3417 7224 84-86 Essex Road London N1 8LU

      Closed for approx 2 months from beginning of Jan 2020 for a comprehensive refurb and now reopened as The Alpaca - we were reassured this would not have any impact upon its listed features.

      Three cask beers available in md Sept 2021. The operators seem to be linked to those operating the King William IV.

      The drinking area comprises several distinct spaces around a central bar with a lot of original wood panelling. There is now a new upstairs seating area with a bar (no cask) and is available to hire.

    • Alwyne Castle Telephone(020) 7359 7351 83 St Pauls Road London N1 2LY

      Trading for a while as just The Alwyne (the Alwyne family were Earls of Northumberland and Lords of Canonbury Manor), the pub is now a typical Islington upmarket refurbishment with voluminous sofas, low tables and exposed ducting. Gastro-pub style food is offered daily, for fuller details go to their website with sample menus. There is a large outside seating area with patio heaters. Tuesday quiz nights. Disabled people will welcome the ramped access and accessible toilet. As well as the draught cask beers a selection of Czech pilsners, German lagers and American "craft" beers are available.

      Feb 2023 - NOTE, payment by card only, cash not accepted.

    • Angel Telephone(020) 7240 2876 62 St. Giles High Street London WC2H 8LE

      Classic traditional wood panelled three-bar (with a 'snug') local with three distinct drinking areas, rather reminiscent to some of a Dutch “brown cafe” - to others a good old-style London boozer. A Sam Smith's house since 1998, the pub was sensitively and comfortably refurbished in 2010. The classic wooden panelling and leather covered seats all convey an almost timeless quality even in the lee of Centre Point and the new 'legoland' of Renzo Piano's brightly coloured Central St Giles.

      The public bar has chess tables, darts and theatre posters. The main bar has tall windows and drapes, an ornate ceiling with chandeliers, an unusual fireplace and a mixture of leather clad chairs and stools, and there's a range of theatre posters and and other attractions on the walls.

      An attractive tiled passageway at the side (a former carriage entrance) is used for outdoor drinking in summer (closes around 5.15pm after complaints from locals) and leads to the small cosy saloon bar at the rear. Upstairs there are two lounges to relax in, with one providing wonderful views on to St Giles High Street, Legoland, and passing buses and traffic, often grid-locked.

      A tavern has stood on this site since the 16th century, when it catered for condemned men on their way to execution (a claim made by various local pubs!). An eclectic mix of musicians from nearby Denmark Street (London's tin-pan alley), students, bell ringers from St Giles-in-the-Fields, and crazy art students paying in coppers - all make for a clientele that you wouldn't want to miss!

    • Angelic Telephone(020) 7278 8433 57 Liverpool Road London N1 0RJ

      Formerly The George, a Greene King pub, this is an imposing Victorian pub next to Sainsburys; which in its current incarnation places it firmly into the gastro camp. It is large and open yet still retains some original features, namely the bar areas and support pillars, ceiling and tiles above the back bar, windows, door and fireplace. The huge windows let in lots of light and the sofas around the fireplaces are popular spots. An indoor fountain by the basement toilets was an unusual feature. Food served through the day goes all the way from snacks to full meals (steaks, burgers, sausage & mash). Hugely popular with the local, young affluent set.

    • Baring Telephone(020) 7916 5861 55 Baring Street London N1 3DS

      InJuly 2022 The Baring reopened as a quite posh gastropub/restaurant with seating area at the bar but most tables set up for dining (though when visited some punters were just having a session). Reopened under the management of Adam Symonds and chef Rob Tecwyn. Oct 2023 - one cask beer from Five Points, keg offerings from Anspach & Hobday, Five Points and Harbour.

      Local authority listed, imposing, cosy back street corner pub. Worth seeking out. The pub underwent a full refurbishment many years ago, including repairs to damage inflicted by the Luftwaffe! Close for the Regent's canal and former Gainsborough film studios. Nearest tube for some will be Angel.

    • Barrel Vault Telephone(020) 7837 5151 Unit 23, St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road London N1C 4QP

      New unit at the north end of St Pancras International railway station, located by the escalators up to the Southeastern High Speed platforms. It has entrances from within the station and on Pancras Road. Opened 1st October 2018 with a name reminding of the time when beer from Midlands breweries was stored in purpose built vaults under the station. There are some decorative wooden casks adorning the roof rafters. A single room pub all on one level with a gently curving bar counter equipped with 12 handpumps in 2 banks, each of 6. Open kitchen and exposed air conditioning ducting. Mon to Sat the pub opens at 6.30am but alcohol is not served until 7am.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Beer & Burger Store Telephone(020) 3963 5795 1A Arthouse, 1 York Way London N1C 4AS

      Part of the Beer & Burger chain with the usual emphasis on craft keg on tap with a good range of UK and imported canned and bottled beer. On a corner location with floor to ceiling glass walls + loads of neon shining proudly. Modern light wooden seating spread out along the long bar with the open kitchen at the end. Not surprisingly, the food is burgers!

      Payment can be made by card only - no cash. The chain operates an app based scheme such that for each £10 payment you get a token and when you accumulate 10 tokens you can use them to get a £10 credit.

    • Benugo Telephone(020) 7833 9352 The Circle, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL

      Previously Sourced Market, closed during Covid but reopened as part of the Benugo chain and has retained the bar area as well as the seating. About 8 kegs on eg (end March 2023) 2 x Two Tribes, 1 x Unbarred, 3 or 4 x Camden Town. Fridges and shelves still there for bottles and cans. It is possible that many of the packaged beers are bottle or can-conditioned so qualify as "real ale".

      "Find us under the departure boards, with plenty of seating inside or on the concourse. On one side we have our award-winning carbon neutral coffee as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches. On the other side we have an extensive range of craft beers available in cans, bottles, and on draught, as well as wine and cocktails. You can also fuel your travels with salad, cheese and charcuterie boards. "

      In its previous guise beer service could not start until 11am, it is not known if that is still the case.

    • Betjeman Arms Telephone(020) 3040 7158 Upper Level Concourse (SE corner), Unit 53, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL

      Named after the esteemed poet who led the fight to prevent the station's destruction, do not be deceived by the outside of this pub on the upper floor to the right within St Pancras Station (from Euston Road), it is quite a labyrinth. Drinking on the outside terrace you can admire the enormous statue of the kissing couple and watch the Eurostar trains come and go underneath the amazing glass roof that epitomises St Pancras and has been beautifully restored by the redevelopments.

      Walk into the bar and you can see two of the original pillars now painted in a bold red colour (see pic). This was following a brief closure in Spring 2018, which has resulted in a darker brown stained interior with green tiling and lots of framed posters of the railway age. This is the second refurbishment since opening, as in 2014 the open-plan kitchen was moved and the bar put in its current place which, being much longer, allowed 6 handpumps to be fitted.

      To the back is a pleasant bar area with several mirrors. Walk through to the left and there is another area which almost feels like a meeting room with its large central table. Walk through again and the more formal eating area here has a nice feel, almost of a Victorian Eating Room. Keep going and you'll get to the toilets.

      The food menu could be described as British Gastro, with breakfasts from 8am, check website for full offerings.

    • Bloomsbury Tavern Telephone(020) 7379 9811 236 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EG

      Said to date from 1856 and Grade II listed, it was called the Black Lion until rebuilt in 1905 to the design of C Fitzroy Dell. Half-way between Holborn & Tottenham Court Road Underground stations, the pub is handily placed for visiting the British Museum, Covent Garden and Theatreland. Legend has it (and is claimed by various local pubs - take your pick!) that the Tavern was the last drinking spot between Newgate Prison and present-day Marble Arch for condemned criminals before being hanged at Tyburn Tree. A resident ghost is also claimed.

      Bank Holiday opening times: 12:00 - 20:00 food served 12:00 - 18:00.

    • Blue Lion Telephone(020) 7405 4422 133 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8TU

      On a visit in Sept 2022 (and again in Sept 2023) just the one cask beer - a reflection of the lack of footfall and trade in this area at present.

      Following its sale by Greene King, this is now an independently run free-of-tie house. Pre-Covid we could expect to see a changing range of cask beers as a result. However the "work from home" trend seems to have adversely impacted trade.

      The former central bar has service just to the left side, the other side being given over to seating booths, a feature repeated around the pub. A mixture of high tables and comfy chairs and sofas enable good use of space. The front of the bar is illuminated by large picture windows, while at the back, overlooking a pool table, are leaded windows with coloured infill. Interesting fireplaces have been retained in the new layout. Entry is available off Brownlow Mews at the rear, which also provides for smokers, but only on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 14:30 and 17:30 to 20:30.

      There has been a Blue Lion on Gray's Inn Road since 1627, although its original location was across the road, next to St Andrew's burial ground. The pub moved to its current location in 1824 and was completely rebuilt in 1936. An article from The St Pancras Chronicle in March 1972 describes how the current building was nearly demolished to make way for a new office complex.

    • Boot Telephone(020) 7837 3842 116 Cromer Street London WC1H 8BS

      One room ex-Charrington pub rebuilt 1801 but extant in one form or another since at least 1690 when it was the Golden Boot, mentioned in Barnaby Rudge and was the headquarters of the Gordon rioters. Run by Packie Hughes and his wife Mary for over 22 years it has a corner shrine to GAA as well as lots of other bric-a-brac. Beers tend to be from Greene King.

    • BrewDog Camden Telephone(020) 7284 4626 113 Bayham Street London NW1 0AG

      This pub which had been closed for nearly two years has reopened as the BrewDog Camden . It's a modern industrial bar selling 17 "craft ales" mostly from the BrewDog brewery with guest ales from Denmark and the US . BrewDog brewery is in Ellon, Aberdeenshire and was originally at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. The original pub, however, is in Aberdeen itself. There are more than 100 bottled beers from all over the world . Burgers and Pizzas are sold for those who want to eat. Nearest tube - Camden Town. Since July 2016 there has been one real ale on offer, Live Dead Pony Club, with secondary fermentation in KeyKegs.

    • Bucks Head Telephone(020) 7284 1513 202 Camden High Street London NW1 8QR

      Situated in the heart of Camden Town, right next to the Buck Street Market. Former Truman's corner pub, modernised c.2006. At weekends, DJ’s take over the bar.

    • Calthorpe Arms Telephone(020) 7278 4732 252 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8JR

      Jan 2023 - our reporter says, "Pub beer range now three real ales. Youngs Original Taylors Landlord seem fixtures plus a beer from Purity eg Mad Goose. Great friendly pub and reasonable prices for this bit of London. Background music is played but when busy you won't hear it!

      Following the sale of the pub to Punch and the retirement of the long-standing licensee before Xmas 2021, it is fair to say that this pub has gone through some changes. There are now three televisions and a juke box. Clearly refurbished on the change of ownership but with the exception of the additional electronic devices the same feel as before. The kitchen is (Feb 2022) closed but it is planned to reopen. The function room is still in use eg the folk club is meeting there.

      On the corner with Wren Street, where pavement seating is available, this comfortable, single bar pub is popular with locals and office workers alike. In 1830, it was used as a temporary magistrates' court after the first recorded murder of a policeman on duty. Young’s bought the pub in 1984 but in 2021, as part of a larger sale, it was bought by Punch. Three times local CAMRA Pub of the Year while owned by Young's.

    • Camden Eye Telephone(020) 7267 2622 2 Kentish Town Road London NW1 9NX

      Following a pub visit in Nov 2023 - just the one cask beer available. Laine Bestit was the beer available. An earlier vistor had found no cask at all so pleased to report one is still available.

      In April 2017 the operator New Pub Co was acquired by Laine Pub Co. A February 2018 refurbishment saw the number of handpumps reduced to two with beers from London breweries or Laine. A small, one-room triangular pub on the corner of Kentish Town Rd & Camden Rd, with an entrance on both roads, within easy walking distance of ten bus routes, this might be the best located of Camden's pubs. Recently refurbished in 2006 this was the Halfway House, a Taylor Walker Arkwrights style bar. The new look consists of high stools and tables. Closest tube Camden Town, rail Camden Road and all busses which pass through/terminate at Camden Town.

    • Camden Head Telephone(020) 7359 0851 2 Camden Walk London N1 8DY

      A marvellous example of a Victorian pub, Grade II listed, built in 1899 and restored in 1969 by architect Richard Gradidge. It was then that the pub lost its separate bars (clearly evidenced by the three splendid entrances, albeit one's blocked off); sections of the original partitions, with the engraved faceted glass, being reused to form part of the alcoves. The island bar remains the same with a splendid clock from Pond's of Clerkenwell and a blown glass gin bottle. Most of the etched, bowed windows are original although some were replaced as exact replicas in 1969. Stained and painted glass panels in the function room come from a nearby, demolished pub. Beautiful fireplace is original although tiles added during a more recent refurbishment. Waiter bell mechanism remains. Large outside terrace. Comedy club nightly free. The nearby area is packed with antiques shops and similar establishments. Beer range varies.

    • Camden Road Arms Telephone(020) 7485 4530 102-106 Camden Road London NW1 9EA

      Formerly called the Eagle, which also served as Rosie O'Grady's and the Mac Bar, in 2006 it became the first of the Grand Union "burgers & cocktails" chain. In 2017 that chain was acquired by the Draft House group who reopened it as one of their eponymous pubs with three handpumps. In 2018 Draft House were then acquired by Brewdog and in 2021 its name changed again. Brewdog rebranded all Draft House bars in April 2021 and the pub is now called The Camden Road Arms.

      It is a huge place with a horseshoe shaped bar, mainly wooden floors, lots of eclectic lighting. As the Draft House it featured music memorabilia, and a large mural down the main bar wall which paid homage to Camden's musical history. However in a refurbishment in March 2022 this was all removed.

      There is a large seated dining area, and a function area to the side that can be reserved for up to 50 people. Food is burgers/chicken in UK/US style, steaks, with roasts on Sunday but there are also veggie and vegan options. Many keg offerings are available along with imported bottled beers (Belgian and others).

      The pub is opposite Camden Road station.

    • Canonbury Tavern Telephone(020) 7704 2887 21 Canonbury Place London N1 2NS

      Reverted to its original name in 2016. Two-thirds devoted to restaurant space. Comfortable modern furniture. Very large garden area to side and rear. In 2014 became an accredited member of the CAMRA LocAle scheme, beers may be sourced from various London breweries such as Sambrook's, Hammerton and Hackney. Sunday quiz. No local beers found Jan 2024. In 2015 taken back by Young's into direct ownership/operation. It has has been a public house since the early 1700's and boasts a rich and varied history.

      In 1846 The Canonbury Tavern was demolished and rebuilt on the same land. In the early 20th century the top floor was removed following a fire and never replaced. This is why the staircase leads to nowhere. George Orwell, who lived in Canonbury Square, wrote part of 1984 whilst sitting under the tree in the garden in the 1940's.

      Payment now (June 2022) by card only.

    • Captain Flinders Telephone(020) 8103 5854 34-38 Eversholt Street London NW1 1DA

      A new Spoons pub which opened in Jan 2024.

      Archaeologists working at the Euston station redevelopment (as the London HS2 terminus) discovered the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders. The Royal Navy explorer led the first circumnavigation of Australia (1801–03) and is credited with giving the country its name. He was not the first to use the term, but his work and publications popularised it. On the station’s main concourse is a statue of Flinders leaning over a map, with his pet cat Trim.

      From the Ham & High - The pub will close at midnight on Mondays to Thursdays, and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. It will be open at 7.30am on Sundays, shutting at 11.30pm. Customers will be able to buy alcohol from 8am, until 11.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays and until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10.30pm on Sundays.

    • Carpenters Arms Telephone(020) 7580 3186 68-70 Whitfield Street London W1T 4EY

      This former Wenlock Brewery pub dates from 1938 and still retains many original features. The outside is pure 1930s, with ground floor faience tiling, brick upper storeys and a ceramic “Wenlock” plaque above the corner entrance. Two bars; rooftop beer garden; "granny annex". The original building was first licensed in 1776, spending its first year as the Three Compasses. Food offering includes Sunday roasts.

      Back in 1973, there were only around 115 premises recorded as selling real ale in London. Although that number has grown many fold, sadly only three quarters of the original number still exist and are selling cask. But the fact that there are still some and that thos pub is one of them is a cause for celebration.

      Card payment only.

    • Castle Telephone(020) 7713 1858 54 Pentonville Road London N1 9HF

      The Castle is open following refurbishment on a visit made on 15th April 2023.

      A corner pub (junction with Baron Street), and a refurbishment/conversion from what was the Pint Pot to provide the current "traditional" modern, minimalist look with dark wood door facing the bar area, wooden flooring, low lighting, sofas and a roof terrace looking out at bus top-deck height.

      This pub was referenced in the Hatton Garden diamond heist court case. This was the biggest robbery in British history, and it was apparently planned at Friday night meetings in this pub! A 'Toby' relief to the top left of the Pentonville Road door indicates that this was once a Charrington's house.

    • Cellar Taps Telephone(020) 7096 2250 125 Newington Green Road London N1 4RA

      There used to be six handpumps but now there are 3 pouring cask beer - we think Doom Bar will be a regular and N1 perhaps as well. Changed name to Cellar Taps some time in 2022.

      Occupies a large street-corner site with huge picture windows. The seating area wraps itself around a curved bar with the area's usual standard fittings of sofas, large mixed tables, wooden chairs, candles and subdued lighting. There is a large back room with an impressive lantern and, if anything, with an even more chilled-out air. Outside seating on street-side. The ceiling in the front bar area is an impressive reproduction, the tiling on the side entrance is original and quite outstanding and one wonders if the whole pub was once similarly decorated.

      Plenty of board games to pass the time with.

    • Central Station Telephone(020) 7278 3294 37 Wharfdale Road London N1 9SD

      Formerly Prince Albert. Long recognised as one of London’s "best and innovative" independent late-night venues for the gay and lesbian community. For details of all events and exact food times visit their website. B&B double and single rooms available.

    • Cittie Of Yorke Telephone(020) 7242 7670 22 High Holborn London WC1V 6BN

      A Grade II listed building and a CAMRA Heritage Pub. A pub has been on this site since 1430,; a coffee house in the C17, the brick cellars may be from this era. However, the main splendour, the rear room, comes from a 1923/4 rebuild as a romantic evocation of Olde Englande. A large cubic clock and bright copper sign stand out above street level; grand entrance doors lead to a long corridor, ornate plaster ceiling with Yorkshire rose bosses. Off the corridor a comfortable lounge; the cellar bar with food servery; and the back bar, a great timber hall with high pitched roof, long bar, carved wooden booths (or carrels), some huge, ornamental vats above of some antiquity and an unusual, triangular island stove, (maybe) from Napoleonic era.

      With thanks to Boak & Bailey - Originally a past of the Henekey's pub chain founded in 1831. As the 20th century wound to a close, many old brewing and pub businesses found themselves in trouble. Henekey’s was no different. By the 1970s, the Henekey’s chain was part of the Trusthouse Forte empire. Then, towards the end of the 1970s, Trusthouse Forte began selling off pubs. Samuel Smith snapped up some of the best in around 1979.

      https://boakandbailey.com/2023/06/henekeys-long-bar-and-the-birth-of-the-pub-chain/#respond

    • Colonel Fawcett Telephone(020) 7267 9829 1 Randolph Street London NW1 0SS

      Building dates from 1843. Site of one of the last fatal duels in England in 1873: the victim, Col Fawcett, is said to appear as a ghost. The pub's website has a nice section on this. Pre Covid three pumps were in use, including a regular from Hammerton but in a visit on 29/04/24 two cask beers were available both from Putity.

      There is an Interactive Darts Club - see website for details. Sat nights see DJs playing from 9pm till 1am. Major sporting events on big screens.. Two large outdoor areas, front and back, a large function room for hire.

      Cash not accepted -payment by card only.

      Overground Camden Road station (200m); nearest tube Camden Town (400m).

      CAMRA North London Branch Pub of the Season Winter 2019/2020.

    • Compton Arms Telephone(020) 7354 8473 4 Compton Avenue London N1 2XD

      Under new ownership and now reopened and given a lick of paint and new wood floor amongst other details but with the layout unchanged. Three to four ales, though how 'regular' they'll be remains to be seen. Now owned by Nick Stephens (Locals Club Ltd) of the Gun in Well Street, Homerton. Belly is the new Kitchen at the Compton Arms after the FourLegs residency came to a close (see their website). Table bookings are only take for food.

      Small, attractive, cottage style building, in a narrow side street opposite some 1920s post modernist flats. Inside the compact dimensions and wooden beams heighten the country pub atmosphere. The main part of the pub is a narrow bare-boarded area, with bottle glass-panelled windows to the street. To the rear of the bar is a smaller dining area; there is also a lower lounge area that leads to a pleasant patio courtyard. Pub can get crowded before kick-off when Arsenal play at home. Handy for concerts at the nearby Union Chapel.

      The Islington Architects Darts team used to meet in the Compton Arms between 1982 and 2022. http://wombat.keeper.co.uk/virtualdarts.html

    • Constitution Telephone(020) 7380 0767 42 St Pancras Way London NW1 0QT

      Now reopened. 4 cask ales reported.

      Aug 2023 - work underway, see

      https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/23684701.work-restore-derelict-constitution-pub-camden-begins/

      Jan 2023 - Young's apply for a premises licence - hopefully we will now see progress to reopening.

      Already missed first target date for reopening Temporary closed - hopefully will reopen soon. Planning application submitted (2021/5985/P). Erection of single storey rear and side extensions:- with spiral stairs up to a terrace on the rear extension and a green roof on the side extension to side; provision of timber fenced enclosure on side yard to house bins with cycle stands in front and external alterations including new doors in side elevations, installation of air source heat pumps and condensers and associated ductwork and fans on roof. Comments until 14/2/22 on planning portal.

      July 2021 still closed - Young's say no planned opening date!

      The pub's lease and freehold has been bought by Young's - the pub has closed for several months while a refurbishment takes place. “We’re hearing reports this morning that the Constitution pub has been taken over and closed, and all the staff made redundant. Our thoughts are with them of course, but also with the local community and all the people, including us at Folk in the Cellar, for whom the Con has been part of our lives. It’s appalling that someone can just come in, flash money and put an end to all that. If/when we find out more we’ll pass it on. In the meantime, thanks for all the good times -we’ll have to find a way of carrying on making and sharing music in Camden.” From Propel Oct 2019 - Pubs of Distinction puts remaining three pubs on market: Pubs of Distinction has put its remaining three pubs on the market. The company has instructed agent Christie & Co to bring the group of free-of-tie pubs in London to market. Pubs of Distinction is looking to come out of the market to concentrate on its other businesses. Lease acquired by Pubs of Distinction early 2015, who run 3 other well-known London beer houses. Founded in 1858, it is the last remaining building from the old Agar Town, a short-lived working-class community swept aside by the development of St Pancras station and its rail lines. This is a very pleasant community pub, a welcome haven within bustling Camden and its vibrant Camden Market area. Its award winning patio terraced garden (Four time finalist in “Camden in Bloom”) has a very pleasant south-facing outlook over Regent’s canal. Member of CAMRA LocAle scheme. The downstairs cellar bar is host to live music and comedy events. Pool and darts available with large screen TV. Occasional home made “Street-Food” available outside (weather permitting). Dog and Family friendly. It's a bit fiddly to find this one - leave Camden Town Tube and cross over to the World's End pub, turn left and then right on to Greenland Road, walk to the end and cross Camden Street, turn right and then left into Georgiana Street. Walk to the end (crossing Royal College Street) - you should see the pub in front of you, by the humpbacked bridge over the canal. It is easier coming from Camden Rd.

    • Court Telephone(020) 7387 0183 108a Tottenham Court Road London W1T 5AA

      Wide corner position offers plenty of pavement drinking space whilst the light and airy interior provides comfortable seating in the main oak floored bar, dominated by large pendant lampshades, and in the raised carpeted area, with its collages of old photographs, at one end. Further seating is provided upstairs.

    • Craft Beer Co. Covent Garden Telephone(020) 7836 5485 168 High Holborn London WC1V 7AA

      Rebuilt in 1961 as part of Oasis swimming pool. After many years as a fairly indifferent pub it was acquired by Craft in 2014 and, as with many of their pubs, offers a huge and regularly changing range of cask and craft beers. Situated in the ancient parish of St Giles, whose church featured in several of Hogarth's etches, including Gin Lane; it being on the north-eastern edge of Covent Garden will probably have a more modern resonance.

      On two levels, this, at the time the sixth Craft Beer Co. outlet, would be more at home in Beer Street with its 15 pumps dispensing an ever changing range of beers from across the UK. On top of this are 30 keg fonts.There are frequent tap takeovers and also meet the brewer events.

      Snacks are served from Mr Barrick's and include Scotch Eggs and Pies - many with perhaps unexpected fillngs such as black pudding in a Scotch Egg.

      FRom their website - The premises is accessible to wheelchair users by way of a ramp which can be requested from staff. Unfortunately the WCs are are not accessible to nor adapted for guests who are wheelchair users or have reduced mobility.

    • Cross Keys Telephone(020) 7836 5185 31 Endell Street London WC2H 9BA

      29/12/23 - a visitor has reported the folloiwng, "No cask beer - Fullers Pride and GK IPA both run out."

      Cask beer has now been reinstated after the problems caused during lockdowns etc. All three handpumps now in use, although a visitor in Jan 2023 only found Pride available.

      1848 grade II listed pub. The striking exterior, with its elaborate decoration obscured by extensive foliage, forms an immediate impression upon approaching this pub. Inside is a fascinating collection of bric-a-brac, ranging from copper kettles to musical instruments and even a diving helmet. There are also brewery mirrors, a large collection of portraits and pictures, including a good watercolour landscape, and two notable clocks.

      Leased by East London "brewers" Brodie's, who used to brew their beer in the capital but are currently (as of Feb 2019) having their beers brewed elsewhere at Rhymney brewery in Blaenavon, Torfaen, Wales. . When busy (which is often) drinkers can spill out onto the pavement in front of the pub.

    • Crown Telephone(020) 7837 7107 116 Cloudesley Road London N1 0EB

      Sept 2023 - REGULARS are campaigning to ensure their treasured pub is preserved forever after it was put on the market. More at https://www.islingtontribune.co.uk/article/save-the-crown-plea-as-pub-bids-are-closed

      1820s pub which is now a Grade II listed building and on CAMRA's London Regional inventory. Originally at least four bars, it has been opened up around an island bar, although still retaining the feel of two separate bars. Lots of etched glass and some original, Victorian ornate snob screens, divorced from their original setting. There is an outdoor drinking area at the front. Despite an extensive food menu, it is still primarily a locals' pub. Hoegaarden on draught.

    • Crown Telephone(020) 7836 5861 43 Monmouth Street London WC2H 9DD

      This is an small near-200 years old ex-Friary Meux house on Seven Dials - formerly part of the notorious rookery of St Giles - where seven streets converge in the heart of 'Theatreland'. There are two drinking areas surrounding an island counter, and tables and chairs outside. The area was originally laid out by Thomas Neale in the 1690s at the centre of which is a (recently restored) pillar with sundials (count 'em!). The pub was re-built in 1834 and is Grade II listed. At one stage each of the seven apexes of Seven Dials housed a pub. The corner facade features a Taylor Walker clock.

    • Crown & Anchor Telephone(020) 7383 2681 137 Drummond Street London NW1 2HL

      May 2023 - Currently has Harvey's Sussex, Wye Valley Butty Bach, Birmingham Pale Brummie, Adnams Secret Spring & Allendale Golden Plover. The Secret Springs is an Adnams/Siren collaboration!

      A large corner pub which has undergone a face-lift leaving it with lots of natural light through clear, quartered windows (many of which have a coloured photographic inlay), wooden flooring and exposed brick-work. The guests come from the M&B range and what's coming is usually listed on a leaflet on the bar. Windows open up in summer and there are a large numbers of tables and chairs on the street. Food is served and at weekends opens early for full English breakfasts. If you want something different, Drummond Street is also home to a selection of South indian vegetarian restaurants. Close to Euston main line and Euston Square or Warren St tubes. Disabled access.

    • Crown & Anchor Telephone(020) 7836 5649 22 Neal Street London WC2H 9PS

      Dec 2022 - currently have 4 HP's in action, 2 local and 2 nationals. Visited twice in December. On second visit they had East London Foundation & Southwark London pale ale. The nationals were Pride and Landlord.

      An old Watney Combe Reid pub re-built in 1904, on the corner of Neal and Shelton Streets, with original signage on the outside of the building, and now run by the Glendola Leisure Group. The main bar is along the back of the ground floor and there's plenty of seating and tables, and large beautifully-designed windows to watch the world go by. It does get very busy, and drinkers spill over into the semi-pedestrianised streets outside of an evening (plastic glasses are compulsory). The first floor serves as a restaurant at lunchtime, and as a bar in the evening.

    • De Beauvoir Arms Telephone(020) 7359 7392 113 Southgate Road London N1 3JS

      Large corner Victorian pub which was the Jolly Farmers for more than a century until it acquired a poor reputation. The person who took it over called it the Dog & Dumplings, he looked through a list of pub names and chose that because there was only one other in the country.

      In 2013 changed ownership and name from Northgate to De Beauvoir Arms and underwent a subtle refurbishment that has made the place into slightly more of a pub and slightly less of a restaurant. It's a single island bar pub opened out into one large bar with typical bare boards floor and open kitchen to the rear.

      On the edge of the De Beauvoir Estate an area of architectural interest. The original De Beauvoir Arms was the name of a pub in Stamford Street, later the Trolley Stop, and the name survives in the ironwork even though it is no longer a pub. Operated by Stanley Pubs Ltd who run two other North London pubs.

    • Devonshire Arms Telephone(020) 7284 0562 33 Kentish Town Road London NW1 8NL

      Mock Tudor Style pub.This former goth pub now caters for all music types Goth, Punk, Metal, indie and Rock. In 2014 there was a return to real ale after a period of 8 to 10 yrs absence. Renamed as the "Hobgoblin" in c2008 and as the "Devonshire Arms" in c2013, though it's always had the "Devonshire Arms" signage hanging and most people refer to it as the "Dev". The pub was bought by Tom Maloney from Enterprise around 2012 and he describes it as an alternative rock venue. The Maloney family also operate the nearby Oxford Arms.

    • Dolphin Tavern Telephone(020) 7831 6298 44 Red Lion Street London WC1R 4PF

      On a visit in early April 2022 two cask ales available - they tend to rotate between two of Landlord, Ghost Ship & Tribute. The pub will also close earlier if trade does not warrant remaining open. Food not currently being served.

      A small, wedge-shaped pub with a wooden bar and seating in booths down one side of the pub and bar stools down another. This, coupled with the paraphernalia around the walls, gives a very cosy feel. It is famous for its stopped clock (a German zeppelin dropped a bomb on the pub in 1915 killing 3 men and stopping the clock). The food is traditional and home-made with main meals served 12.00 - 14.30, at other times snacks such as nachos and sausages are available until around 22.00. Reported as "free of tie" in the summer of 2016 and plans to put in a fourth pump to compliment the three they already have. Toilets only accessible by steep stairs.

      Sits directly opposite a realtively new Premier Inn.

    • Doric Arch Telephone(020) 7383 3359 Euston Station Colonnade, 1 Eversholt Street London NW1 2DN

      The pub no longer has a full food offering - food is still available, but it's a small selection of three toasties and three pies . Guests have recently been seen from Verdant and Siren. Very likely to be closed on railway strike days.

      Formerly the Head of Steam; acquired by Fuller's in 2005, converted to its current name in 2006, celebrating the arch wantonly demolished as part of the station's "development" as does the pub's sign. The pub is located in the Euston station complex on the first floor looking out on the bus station.

      There is a wide range of railway artefacts on display, giving a distinctive and unusual atmosphere appropriate to a station pub as does the live train time info screen. There is one booth resembling a railway compartment, and a raised drinking area at the rear from where the regular passage of buses can be witnessed.

      There is background music and a TV frequently showing sport with the sound muted. The toilets are in the basement. There is a 15% discount for CAMRA members - honoured on presentation of a current membership card and advertised by a chalk board on the bar counter.

      Became an accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme in 2013.

    • Drake & Morgan (Kings Cross) Telephone0845 468 0107 6 Pancras Square London N1C 4AG

      Styled as a cocktail bar and restaurant in the new King's Cross development. It is a huge space on two levels with a large sheltered front terrace. Needless to say, the decor is very modern, in fitting with its setting. The ground level is split into an area for dining and an area for drinkers, the latter with high tables and stools and (at the time) a large screen showing sport (Wimbledon). Downstairs is a huge room with its own bar (it had a handpump as well but as the beer was not on our visit, no idea if it is in full-time use). This seems to be more of a drinking area, with booths and what seemed to also be table service. Mon-Sat the kitchen closes at 10.

    • Drapers Arms Telephone(020) 7619 0348 44 Barnsbury Street London N1 1ER

      Period pub re-opened in 2001 after being closed for over 3 years and reverting to its original name. Built by the Drapers Livery Company it probably originally had three bars. It has been opened up around a central bar and three fireplaces, and has a light and airy feel. It has a mixture of pub furniture, dining tables and settees. Apparently, Islington Labour Party was founded here in an upstairs room, so now you know who to blame! The pub closed again in 2008 but reopened bought by Ben Maschler (son of restaurant critic, Fay Maschler), who has expressed a firm commitment to keeping the Drapers very much as a pub for locals, as well as one offering good food and wines. Certainly, the comprehensive refurbishment has been sensitively handled and the pub and upstairs dining room look all but the same as before. The intention is to continue with a policy of regular guest beers and there are three real ales on at present. Per their website, their dining room is available for private hire for parties of up to 50 people.

    • Duke Telephone(020) 7242 7230 7 Roger Street London WC1N 2PB

      A CAMRA Heritage Pub for its outstanding interior; Art Deco features date from 1938, a part of an office and flat development with characteristic detailing and metal windows, what many inter-war pubs looked like before modern changes. The John's Mews entrance leads into a small wood-panelled lounge, whilst the corner entrance leads you into a larger bar decorated with artwork, but no longer with original lino flooring.

      The back room features a number of original private booths and there are two in the front bar added more recently. Now calls itself under the abbreviated Duke but (of York) features still on the pub sign. In nearby Doughty Street can be found the Charles Dickens Museum, the author's only surviving London home. Current footfall and trade in this area is insufficient to warrant more than 2 cask beers being on.

    • Duke of Cambridge Telephone(020) 7359 3066 30 St Peter's Street London N1 8JT

      Set on a corner, the Duke is very much a gastro pub with a range of up to four organic cask beers which may come with no finings, so don't judge the beers with your eyes! There are large plain glass windows, which gives the pub a light airy feel with the dark blue ceiling being offset by the beige walls. The wooden floors and tables add to the bistro atmosphere. A smaller, more intimate eating area at the back of pub leads to a courtyard with seating. There is additional outside seating at the front. The pub is certified by The Soil Association and, as you will see from their website, they have a very ethical policy.

      The Culpeper Family Hospitality Group is a group of four pubs and restaurants across East and North London - The Culpeper near Spitalfields, The Buxton on Brick Lane, The Duke of Cambridge in Islington and The Green in Clerkenwell.

    • Eagle Telephone(020) 7250 0507 2 Shepherdess Walk London N1 7LB

      The Eagle is a very cosy pub with a warm welcome from the staff. The pub has four real ale pumps, with three real ales on at the time of a visit in May 2023 - being Salt Tweed, Birmingham Pale Brummie & Bays Orangutan. Also has a QR code you can scan to see what Real Ales are on next. Traditional British pub food is on offer, including Sunday roasts. In Summer the beer garden is a real asset and is the perfect way to spend an evening.

      The Eagle Tavern, Grecian Theatre Pleasure Grounds and Grecian Saloon and Olympic Theatre once stood here (1825-99) and it was where Marie Lloyd, the music hall artiste, gave her first public performance. Made famous in the song - Up and down the City Road, in and out The Eagle, That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the weasel. Leather workers would pawn or pop their tools (weasels) for a drink. This is a more, modern open plan pub, with large picture windows and a very pleasant, secluded beer garden.

    • Earl Of Essex Telephone(020) 7424 5828 25 Danbury Street London N1 8LE

      On visit of 1/02/24 it was confirmed that they no longer have regular beers and intend to rotate cask ales. It is also intended that the number of cask ales is to be increased from four to five. The fifth being added to be at the expense of Sanfords Orchards Devon Mist (real cider.)

      A craft beer house, 5 cask handpumps plus plenty of craft keg (up to 14 taps) which did have its own on-site brewery but this ceased operations some time ago. Real ale comes from an ever changing list of breweries both local and national. In addtion two real ciders are served an handpump.

      There is a very impressive list of bottle beers including some fine beers from Belgium. Wide food selection has been introduced, see website for full details. As with an increasing number of pubs, the use of pumpclips has been dropped and the beers and ciders on sale are listed on a large board.

    • Edinboro Castle Telephone(020) 7255 9651 57 Mornington Terrace London NW1 7RU

      This is a wonderfully situated pub, with a large garden and terrace (fairy lights and heating) next to the main Euston rail line, close to Camden High St and Regent's Park. It has one large room, sub-divided into sections, typical North London eclectic with the various drinking/seating areas wrapped around the single bar in a way that creates clearly separate areas.

      The earliest meeting place of CAMRA North London Branch, there has been a significant improvement in the range of traditional drinks and overall service. Happy Mondays - £1 off all Tap beers (including Casks) all day (excludes bank holidays). Bus 274/C2 Delancey St just outside door.

    • Elephants Head Telephone(020) 7485 3130 222-224 Camden High Street London NW1 8QR

      The pub's leae is on the market

      https://www.fleurets.com/properties/la-323779/leasehold-pubs-for-sale/elephants-head-camden-london

      Tile-fronted pub at the heart of Camden market territory, given an unusual shape by its corner location. Some say the name derives from the Elephant Pale Ale brewed by the Camden Brewery which stood nearby and operated until 1925. However, it is more likely that it comes from the coat of arms of the Marquess of Camden, which is now on top of the London Borough of Camden coat of arms, an elephant's head.

      Incidentally the Marquess actually lived in Chislehurst near Bromley, and used to commute to Camden. Many road names in Chislehurst and Camden are similar! Being handy for Camden Lock, the Roundhouse etc, can get crowded weekends.

      Breakfast/brunch menu served until 7pm Monday - Friday from 9am-12.30pm Saturday & Sunday.

    • Engineer Telephone(020) 7483 1890 65 Gloucester Avenue London NW1 8JH

      In 2011 Mitchells and Butlers controversially ended the lease held for 17 years by Abigail Osborne and Tamsin Olivier, who had run it as an early gastropub. Now a managed outlet, it has not changed much since but if anything is more pubby. The right-hand side is the bar. There are dining rooms on the left and upstairs, called the Brunel Bar and the Engine Room because of a historic connection with the great engineer. The bar has stripped wood and big clear windows. There is a nice, large for the area, garden at the back with heaters and separate eating and drinking areas.

      Back in 1973, there were only around 115 premises recorded as selling real ale in London. Although that number has grown many fold, sadly only three quarters of the original number still exist and are selling cask. But the fact that there are still some and that this pub is one of them is a cause for celebration. In mid Sept 2023 the guest was Salcombe Devon Amber.

    • Engle Field Telephone(020) 7226 9799 340-342 Essex Road London N1 3PB

      After considerable building work reopened in April 2021 with a new name - Engle Field - it's at the junction with this eponymous street. The operators also run the Hunter S. On a visit on 13/01/24 despite all the pump clips facing the customer, only Landlord was available.

      The food serving hours are not shown on their website so the entry just copies what the hours were in the previous incarnation. Many of the other details are also a carry forward until a full survey can be done.

      Original wood cladding inside remains (from original Charrington period) and division of the public bar and lounge still there, although this would originally have been part of the off licence corridor. There's an outside deck at the back which can be a sun trap. Monday pub quiz.

    • Enterprise Telephone(020) 7404 8461 38 Red Lion Street London WC1R 4PN

      A large, extended one-roomed pub but one in which you can still distinguish the previous layout and indeed still retains some very interesting features such as a characterful bay window. The front half of the pub has some fantastic green tiling and mirrors, although the gas lighting has now been replaced by candles. As the pub thins out to the rear it leads to a heated and lighted garden.

      In 2006, a fine mosaic by local artist Tessa Hunkin, appeared on the pub's side, looking to replicate the pub sign in a marvellous way. Tube - Russell Sq., Chancery Lane or Holborn.

    • Euston Flyer Telephone(020) 7383 0856 83-87 Euston Road London NW1 2RA

      The premises were converted from a sewing machine shop in about 1995. The front of the pub has French windows which can be opened in suitable weather. There is a large single room at several levels, including a gallery which can be used for parties, with the bar along the side wall. Decorations are in the semi-traditional style, with a wooden floor at entry level and carpeted podia. There are a number of clocks, mirrors, small black and white photos and oversize lamps. The pub has piped music and two projection TVs, and caters for office and passing trade, with some emphasis on food (standard Fuller's menu), but no area reserved for eating only. There is a standard Fuller's wine list, and bottled Belgian and German beers from AbInBev. Food served 10.00 (starting with breakfast) - 21.00 daily. There is no outside drinking area, and the pub is on a busy main road, opposite the new British Library. King's Cross and St Pancras International stations are within 400 m, Euston is not much further away.

    • Euston Tap Telephone(020) 3137 8837 West & East Lodges, 190 Euston Road London NW1 2EF

      Occupying the stunning Grade II listed West & East Lodges in Euston Square, this "craft beer house" is brought to London by the same team running the well regarded Sheffield Tap. For a while the East Lodge operated purely as a cider house but was then converted into a cocktail bar. But it changed again (see below) but as of the end of April 2023 it changes again - "For how long I don't know. But it has reopened as the Cider Tap I asked the guys at the Euston Tap and they can only say for as long as it lasts."

      The West Lodge features up to 7 changing cask beers and one cider. What's on tap is indicated on large chalk boards (and regularly updated on their website) served through unique taps on the bar back wall. In addition and above the cask taps are the keg beer taps bringing exotic and unusual brews from around the world.

      In the West Lodge stand huge fridges housing a vast array of bottled beer. As you enter the small main room of either Lodge the bar is straight in front of you, with fine mirrors and the whole decorated using a nice line in tiles.

      In West, there are three on the ground fllor a number of tables with seating, the East is a bit more generous with banquette seating as well. Both have curved staircases (an aspect of the Grade II listing) leading up to another room with seating and the toilets. The East Lodge has had some additional windows put in and similarly so in the West Lodge.

      The Cider Tap in the East Lodge reopened but then at 04/10/22 it became the "Bitburger Tap" Initially it was thought that it would be in that form for Oktoberfest only and would return as the Cider Tap afterwards but it did continue for a longer time.

      There is now a permanent outside, covered and heated space. There is a TV on the side wall facing that area used for major sporting events.

      On Mon-Sat the closing time is an unspecified "until late". The East Lodge tends not to open until later.

      Payment by way of card only.

    • Exmouth Arms Telephone(020) 7387 5440 1 Starcross Street London NW1 2HR

      This is a pleasant, airy corner pub with large picture windows and comfortable seating (booths by the windows, high tables and benches) around a large L-shaped bar fronted by mosaic tiles with an open food servery, offering burgers and diner tapas from Burger Craft. Four changing ales including some from London Breweries at last survey. There is also a large selection of keg beers on tap - eight of which seven were from London's breweries.

      Opens from 10am for breakfast. Pub quiz Tuesday evenings. The former function room is now operated as "boutique hostel" which is a standard feature for operator PubLove.

      The pub is named after Edward Pellew the first Lord Exmouth and the street after the village of Starcross just across the estuary from Exmouth in Devon. He masterminded the great victory against piracy at the battle of Algiers, Pellew was truly one of our foremost naval heroes and is buried at Christow in Devon.

    • Famous Cock Tavern Telephone(020) 7226 4627 259 Upper Street London N1 1RU

      Reopened in Feb 2018 after a £600k investment by Stonegate which has brought the basement back into use as a jazz music venue - the Jam & Rye bar (open from 5pm and all day Sunday). Both craft and cask beer are advertised. It is a large single room pub with booths and larger tables at front street-side entrance, adjacent to Highbury and Islington station. Sports on TV screens dominates and can be loud, sometimes two different games are being shown. Outside drinking and smoking area at the back. The beer range will vary from established larger regional breweries.

    • Fellow Telephone(020) 7837 3001 24 York Way London N1 9AA

      Revitalised as a gastro pub as a part of the Regent Quarter development by King's Cross station. Reopened in 2008, renamed after a 1990s racehorse. Ground floor bar is in a very modern, open-plan style with an open kitchen and on first glance you might think it was a restaurant. Upstairs is a roof terrace and at the top, another bar/function room. For food serving times visit their website. The lease was acquired by Young's in Oct 2014 and they announced their intention to add it to their (now defunct) Geronimo brand of pubs

    • Fitzrovia Telephone(020) 7636 0721 18 Goodge Street London W1T 2QF

      Large corner pub round the corner from Goodge St station, with extensive seating area at the front. Air conditioning. Originally the Valiant Trooper, from 1766. Rebuilt in 1935 by Watneys, it became an Irish theme pub, Finnegans Wake, between 1997 and 2002.

    • Fitzroy Tavern Telephone(020) 7580 3714 16A Charlotte Street London W1T 2LY

      The building started life as the Fitzroy Coffee House in 1883 and became the Hundred Marks in 1887; renamed the Fitzroy Tavern in 1919, by which time Germanic references were not popular.

      Formerly a Charrington's house (and before that owned by Hoare and Co.), the Fitzroy was taken over by Sam Smiths and underwent a complete transformation (along the lines of the Princess Louise in Holborn). A large semi-island bar serves six separate drinking areas, some connected internally. There is a profusion of well crafted etched glass, mirrors, tiles and wood panelling, on which Sam Smiths have really gone to town.

      Paintings, photos, posters and other memorabilia decorate many available walls. There are two real fires! Even hardened pub-goers should prepare to be impressed. Prices would probably have a Yorkshireman reaching for his smelling-salts, not his wallet, but they are very reasonable - for London.

      Fitzrovia, which is said to said to be have been so-named, by Tom Driberg alias William Hickey of the Daily Express, from the pub, had a distinctly bohemian flavour from the 1920s onwards, and the Fitzroy was its beating heart, where Pierrepoint the hangman mixed with Fabian of the Yard, Coco the Clown, writers Dylan Thomas and George Orwell, politicians Nye Bevan and Hugh Gaitskell, comedians Kenneth Williams and Tommy Cooper, sculptor Jacob Epstein and artist Augustus John . . . becoming one of the very few pubs to have its own biography, by the daughter of a previous licensee ("The Fitzroy; the Autobiography of a London Tavern" by Sally Fiber, available second-hand or from a good library).

      Archive photos of this pub as a Charrington's house are available at www.historypin.org/en/fitzroy-tavern/.

    • Fox on the Green Telephone(020) 7226 3864 1 Islington Green London N1 2XH

      An impressive building occupying a corner site on Islington Green with terrace seating. Refurbished in April 2016.

    • Foxglove Telephone(020) 7609 7129 209-211 Liverpool Road London N1 1LX

      Feb 2022 - Several passes over the weeks then a visit last night and all occasions have revealed two cask ales (ELB's Foundation and Quadrant on my visit) then two unused pumps. Now cosy and low lighting.

      Re-opened in early 2019, our drinker on the ground reports this, "I'm not sure how 'regular' these beers will be, but last night the choice of real ales was between: Anspach & Hobday Extra Pale, Tiny Rebel Juicy, Tiny Rebel Cwtch, Wild Beer Co Saaz Trek."

      From Propel Dec 2018, "KPS Pub Co to transform newly acquired Islington bar into artisan beer venue: KPS Pub Co has acquired the leasehold of Cured Bar in Liverpool Road, Islington and will turn the venue into The Foxglove, a neighbourhood pub serving drinks solely sourced from small and independent producers.

      The ground-floor bar and dining area will provide 64 covers. A KPS Pub Co spokesman said: “We hope to inject some passion and integrity into the pub scene based on our appreciation of good-quality, independently made alcohol. The focus of the pub will be on artisan beer and spirits, with the aim of making craft beer accessible for all.” Chris Bickle, director in the licensed leisure team at Savills, added: “The locality is home to several award-winning dining pubs and the arrival of The Foxglove as a carefully curated wet-led pub will complement the area well.”

      As it had been......

      NOTE - after a brief closure, reopened as Cured - perhaps a restaurant? Maybe an eatery? Three identifiable ales among other founts, but all on keg: Fuller's London Pride Unfiltered, Fuller's Montana Red and Hammerton's N1.

      Prior to that had once again re-opened after a brief closure and re-furbishment with a new name (Hop & Berry) and a commitment to London beers. However, in March 2016 a surveyor was informed of their decision to drop all cask beers and focus solely on kegs. The pub has outside seating on a front terrace and a beer garden at the rear.

      The pub was originally known as the Windsor Castle and was rebuilt in 1937 for Charrington's.

      See: https://www.pubology.co.uk/pubs/2271.html

    • Friend at Hand Telephone(020) 7837 5524 2-4 Herbrand Street London WC1N 1HX

      Easily missed, just around from Russell Square, off Bernard St (note the pub sign), close to the Horse Hospital, built in 1797, originally a purpose built stable for 24 horses, now an arts venue. The street also housed London’s first public ambulance station. Lots of dark wooden panelling, dark rose and cream wallpaper, a low red ceiling and soft lighting create a warm, cosy feel for this more traditional pub. It has a welcoming atmosphere as its size encourages the clientele to talk as diners mingle with drinkers. Maybe this is the way it has always been, being built in 1735 it has had plenty of time to build its reputation; reportedly Dickens was a customer. Food is traditional fayre with the piece de resistance being a four pie platter with mash, peas and gravy, served until 21.30.

    • George Telephone(020) 7404 8888 8 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5DH

      May 2023 -operating lease for sale. The passing rent is £79,000 per annum, the lease expiring in 2032. The vendor is seeking premium offers in the region of £295,000 for the benefit of the leasehold interest.

      Modern pub with venetian blind windows. Low lit with veneered columns, comfortable furniture and a pavement seating area, unusual in central London. Built in 1961 as part of an office block. Can be reserved for private parties on Saturday nights.

    • George & Vulture Telephone(020) 7253 3988 63 Pitfield Street London N1 6BU

      Newly refurbished in February 2008. A single traditional large bar now restored to its comfortable Victorian splendour. Open fire. Large leather sofas and traditional oak tables. Popular with rugby enthusiasts and pub quizzers on Tuesday nights. Large outside seating area on the streets. They boast to be the tallest pub in London - since 1870. Well worth the walk up from Old Street tube. Food comprises Sour Dough Pizzas and Sides from an open kitchen, Sunday roasts (noon - 18.00) plus meat platters.

    • Golden Lion Telephone(020) 3915 3852 88 Royal College Street London NW1 0TH

      A lovely and popular community pub. Saved from closure in 2013, the licensee and the local community, supported by Camden Council, waged a long campaign to prevent its conversion into flats. This came to its final and excellent conclusion with the sitting tenant buying the pub which he now leases out. Has lovely, tasteful decor complimenting its historical features, mainly its mirrored back bar. A real "back street community boozer".

      Darts board and five mins walk from the tube and overground station. Toilets (including disabled access and stair lift) are downstairs. Now operating a fully functional kitchen operated by franchises such as Rack City Ribs from 07/02/2024. The food serving hours we show should be checked with the pub if you are planning a special visit. Listed as an asset of community value (ACV) by Camden Council.

      Happy "hour" - a selection of beers (Carlesberg, Ales, Cider), wines and spirits for £3.99 Mon - Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat - Sun Noon-5pm

    • Grafton Arms Telephone(020) 7387 7923 72 Grafton Way London W1T 5DU

      Popular establishment with narrow ground floor area plus a small roof garden at the rear. Licensed in 1792 and rebuilt in 1897, it spent a while as a Hogshead before reverting to its original name.

    • Hanbury Telephone(020) 7288 2222 33 Linton Street London N1 7DU

      This is a pleasant and surprisingly large street corner pub in the back streets of Islington. Originally called the Hanbury Arms. It has recently been taken over by True Pub Co., refurbished and re-opened in October 2020. It has up to 4 Real Ale Taps and 3 Rotating Craft Beer taps along with a range of world & premium beers.

      It now also boasts a brand new open kitchen serving up traditional pub classics and Sunday roasts. Bottomless Brunch from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and roasts every Sunday from 12pm-6pm. Quiz every Thu. Now an accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme.

    • Harrison Telephone(020) 7278 3966 28 Harrison Street London WC1H 8JF

      A modern pub internally which still retains some of its old Watney’s frosted windows, décor is a mix of modern and traditional elements, open plan, large tables with sofas and armchairs. As part of the refurbishment, four modern style, en-suite rooms were added, three doubles and one sleeping three. Outside seating is available but on one side must be vacated by 10pm. The basement features live music. Just off the Gray’s Inn Road and less than 10 minutes walk from King’s Cross/St Pancras. Closes on public holidays, check their website for details. Open fires have been replaced by coal/wood stoves.

    • Hawley Arms Telephone(020) 7428 5979 2 Castlehaven Road London NW1 8QU

      Large singe bar pub with eccentric, attractive interior which can get very busy. The high ceiling with ceiling fans, tall gilt mirrors and long windows to the street give a feel as if going back in time. Bare floorboards, sofas and newspapers add to the atmosphere. Food is available.

      Background music can make it quite loud of an evening. If the music is not too loud, trains can be heard rumbling overhead. This pub is convenient for Camden Market.

      2019 saw the culmination of a year long battle to purchase the pub after their landlords announced they were selling up and they could not take the risk of it being sold to developers. It had previously closed due to a massive fire in Camden in 2008.

    • Hemingford Arms Telephone(020) 7607 3303 158 Hemingford Road London N1 1DF

      Built in 1855, and rebuilt in the early 20th century, this former Friary Meux house was originally four rooms, now merged into one, but with a number of drinking areas. Listed carved mahogany back cabinet embellished with carved lionheads, and incorporating old style bar cash office, few of which survive. Walls adorned with old theatre posters, enamel advertising plates and pictures. One of the earliest gas pressure gauges still in existence is here. Ceiling festooned with anything you can think of, musical instruments, tricycles, old lamps, - you name it, it's there. There are 5 handpumps at front with 4 currently in use. The 2 at the rear seem to be essentially for decoration.

      Function room upstairs currently used at times as a restaurant. Occasional live music. Has been a runner up Islington in bloom competition - when you see the outside you will know why. The Hemingford Gunner is a generic 3.9% Greene King house beer.

      In Nov 2021 we were informed by a customer that there was no longer a discount for CAMRA members. This has been confirmed by the management (Aug 2023).

    • Hen & Chickens Telephone(020) 7354 8246 109 St Pauls Road London N1 2NA

      Situated on Highbury Corner opposite Highbury & Islington tube and over-ground station the main attraction of this establishment is the upstairs theatre which stages theatrical performances and live, mainly rock, music, hence the unconventional opening hours. The downstairs bar, however, operates as a normal(ish!) pub and retains some of its traditional Victorian features including nice tile work under the dado in the bar.

      The pub no longer serves food - delivery pizza was available but not promoted now. A small outside seating area occupies the pavement if you really want to experience, and smell, the chaos that is the Highbury Corner traffic roundabout.

    • Hercules Pillars Telephone(020) 7242 2218 18 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5DG

      Post-war pub which was rebuilt in 1961 as part of an office block development, facing the Connaught Rooms and Freemasons Hall. The interior of this single lounge bar is done out in classical Greek theme and divided into two areas by two central Herculean columns. On the right, wood floored with the servery, note the large figure of Hercules behind the bar. The pub offers a special Masonic Menu for groups wearing the correct apron. Limited outside pavement seating is available. In a visit in Feb 2019 there were beers from Truman's, Vale, Butcombe (Rare Breed), Sambrook's and Sharps (Cornish Coaster). Halves can seem over-priced compared to the cost of a pint - check before buying.

    • Hope Telephone(020) 7637 0896 15 Tottenham Street London W1T 2AJ

      Licensed in 1772, the present building dates from 1867. Upper windows protected as “Ancient Lights”. Formerly a small corner no-frills pub, with a bare wooden floor, bench seating, tables and stools, a quick refurbishment in the summer of 2017 has seen this pub go up-market as a pie and ale house. Awaiting a re-inspection by the local CAMRA branch. The upstairs lounge is available for parties or functions. Families and dogs are welcome, plus free WiFi.

    • Hope & Anchor Telephone(020) 7354 1312 207 Upper Street London N1 1RL

      A famous music pub which still keeps its end up. Music in the basement (usually Friday and Saturdays) and a juke box. A one-roomed pub on the ground floor with lovely arched windows, now of course totally see-through. The usual Islington style of mixed tables and chairs. Fom the pub's own website -

      The pub first opened its doors in 1880 and is a magnet for the music lovers where legendary bands like U2, The Police, The Stranglers and Madness first started out. Rock jukebox in the main bar. Live music events on several nights a week and a theatre upstairs.

    • Hunter S Telephone(020) 7249 7191 194 Southgate Road London N1 3HT

      At times during the latter half of 2022 cask beer has not been available here but the position of having one or two real ales seems to have steadied. Landlord is favourite. The operators also run The Englefield in N1. The food hours are not shown on their website and are based on info we received in 2021.

      Renamed from the Perseverance in 2012 and with it then came the introduction of real ale. Why The Hunter S? per their website; "Hunter S Thompson knew good food and drink and that excess (here and there in our case…) makes for the good life. We love Hunter's idiosyncratic style and have decorated the pub with his signature oversized taxidermy, risqué artwork (ahem…) and a uniquely crafted copper ceiling. We think the great man would definitely approve and would stick around for at least a few drinks."

    • Ice Wharf Telephone(020) 7428 3770 28 Jamestown Road London NW1 7BY

      Opened as a Lloyds No 1 bar in 2002, alongside Camden Lock on the south side opposite the main market, which can be accessed by the (made famous by TV) bridge; you can also enter either from Camden High St via a footpath next to the lock keeper cottage (now a Starbucks! but also housing a small lock museum) or from Jamestown Rd.

      Named after the adjacent Ice Wharf – which was built in 1837 for ice imported from Norway. It's a huge place with a family area and outside seating overlooking the canal. It can be the busiest pub in Camden, particularly on a warm summer's afternoon/event.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Island Queen Telephone(020) 7354 8741 87 Noel Road London N1 8HD

      In 2023 a 50th Anniversary Award was made to the pub as it had been serving cask ale and been an entry in CAMRA's first Good Beer Guide and is still selling cask today. The beer then was Charrington's IPA. So one beer then and two now - but in the interim the other 3 handpmups were often in use and hopefully sales will recover to allow another cask beer to appear. Pride appears to be the regular and on the other pump you will find either Landlord or Tribute.

      With a Grade II listing and inclusion in CAMRA's London Regional Inventory of historic pub interiors, you won't be surprised by this pub's fine interior. Although it is clear some parts are missing, the central servery and much more has survived as another marvelous celebration of pub architecture, including some impressive etched and cut glass and the Lincrusta ceiling. Quiz night Thu, upstairs lounge bar with a pool table and an outside drinking area. Huge, clear glass windows lighten the place up but, sadly, are not the originals. Modern menu but by no means a gastro pub. On an October visit, the two guest beers were Elgood’s Black Dog and Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter.

    • Islington Town House Telephone(020) 3637 6424 13 Liverpool Road London N1 0RW

      Situated conveniently for Chapel Market traders, locals and visitors alike.

    • Jack Horner Telephone(020) 7636 2868 235-236 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7QN

      Standing on the site of the Bedford Head (1776-1941), this is a large corner pub converted from bank premises in 1994, now a Fuller's Ale & Pie House. The interior has a semi-island counter, partitioned seating around the walls and half height wood-panelling. Which makes it quite an impressive place to visit.

      Can be busy and noisy much of the time. On the bar, as well as the usual Fuller's cask ales and a guest there is a decent range of craft keg and bottled beers.

    • Junction Telephone(020) 8161 0311 3-5 Islington High Street London N1 9LQ

      02/09/23 - "Just called in. A Saturday and no real ale. Said not on at the moment."

      July 2023 - Reopened under new name, they have maintained much of the old layout, and it looks spick-and-span, which is good. Two cask beers from local breweries. There may well be loud music when you visit. Needless to say, much higher prices - both for cask beer and food.

      19/06/23 - from Propel - Urban Pubs & Bars secures ex-JD Wetherspoon site in Islington:London operator Urban Pubs & Bars has secured its third site in as many weeks, after securing an ex-JD Wetherspoon pub in Islington. Propel has learned the circa 40-strong business has acquired The Angel in Upper Street to reopen as The Junction. The site is set to undergo a five-week refurbishment programme and will be opening as one of Urban Pubs & Bars’ “modern British pubs”, similar in style to its previously converted Wetherspoon site, The Cyclist, in Balham. This venue is yet to be listed on the Urban Bars website.

      In Sept 2022 Spoons announced this pub lease as being for sale. Still operating as a Wetherspoons 8 April 23. 05/06/23 we've been informed that the Wetherspoons at the Angel closed yesterday and it has gone from their website. Can't find anything obvious on the web but probably the local papers will include it later this week.

      The Angel was built on the site of Angel Picturehouse (1929), it became pub in 1992. The adjacent tower was also a part of the picture house that was sadly mostly demolished, being one of the first talkie cinemas. With the long gone Philharmonic Hall (subsequently the Grand Theatre) this has always been a centre of popular entertainment. Apparently, its classic columns and caryatids can be seen in the Museum of London. John Betjeman lived nearby as he wrote in his poem Summoned by Bells. It is a large, modern, open plan conversion, with some booths, giving slightly more privacy, towards the back. The pub sits virtually opposite the Angel tube station.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • King Charles I Telephone(020) 7837 7758 55-57 Northdown Street London N1 9BL

      Listed as an Asset of Community Value in August 2021. Islington Council agreed the building is used to "further the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community". "Proud to be LGBTQIA+ friendly." The menus of nearby restaurants are kept at the bar; you are welcome to order food to eat in the pub, as well as "lovely local cafe’s that’ll deliver your lunch right to your table".

      See Islington Tribune Article here.

      Summer 2015 - subject to a community buyout of the 20 year lease of the pub with shareholders comprised of a collection of local residents and people with a strong connection with this pub.

      Small, cosy wood-panelled single room pub in a Georgian building, with knick-knacks including African masks. A back-street local serving workers and residents, it is just far enough from King's Cross to avoid mass tourism. Firmly established in the London music scene with blues, folk and indi music.

      A feature of the place is that there is frequently ac hoc jamming sessions and customers may bring in their own food which can be ordered at the bar. Completely free of tie with four rotating ales, both locally and as far away as the Cotswolds. Outside seating is partly covered.

    • Kings Head Telephone(020) 7226 4443 115 Upper Street London N1 1QN

      The internationally renowned Kings Head Theatre Pub (as it was - see below) was founded in 1970 by the late great impresario Dan Crawford and was carried on by his wife, Stephanie. Run by one family for 41 years it remains a well loved local acquired by Young's in 2014. There has been a Kings Head on this site since the 1500s, but the current Grade II listed building dates from 1860.

      It features Victorian decor covered with framed photos of well known actors who have graced the stage over the 41 years of the theater's presence, roaring fires in the winter, tables and chairs outside in the summer with a view of the leafy gardens of St. Mary's Church.

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      July 2023 - Islington King's Head pub theatre closes after 53 years - The August 13 closure comes ahead of the previously announced move into a purpose-built theatre in Islington Square. James Seabright, Chair of Trustees said: "Next month we bid a bittersweet farewell to London’s original pub theatre at 115 Upper Street, as work continues at the new King’s Head Theatre next door at Islington Square. Thanks to -

      https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/23678443.islington-kings-head-pub-theatre-closes-53-years/

    • Lady Mildmay Telephone(020) 7241 6238 92 Mildmay Park London N1 4PR

      Nov 2023 - Only cider available was Umbrella, so no longer any real cider meeting CAMRA's definition.

      A large corner bar facing onto Newington Green, refurbished in November 2011 and in 2012 management changed to Inn Brighton. In 2015, ownership moved to the same company as run the Tufnell Park Tavern, N7 and, after another brief closure, underwent another internal redecoration bringing back the pubs original features and another ownership change. Cosy fireplaces, sofas to lounge on and large windows to watch the world go by. And another change of name"!

      The beers listed may change although Five Points Best is close to being a regular, but hopefully gives a feel of what might be found, most come from London breweries. Frequent buses to Old Street and Moorgate - 21, 141. Stations a little bit further, mid-distance between Canonbury and Dalston Kingsland. Local CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2017.

    • Lady Ottoline Telephone(020) 7831 0008 11a Northington Street London WC1N 2JF

      From a visitor on 11/11/23 - 3 interesting ales sourced nationally (Brew York and Adnams) plus one real cider (crafty Apple on this visit)

      Closed suddenly end June 2016 as operators the Affinity Group had gone into receivership. Reopened in Feb 2018 under the auspices of Market Taverns who amongst other things run The Market Porter, Borough and the more nearby Perseverance.

      It is a single bar pub, just off Gray's inn Road, that from the outside still shows its Charrington's past. There has been a pub on this site from at least 1756, originally backing onto the stables of a local brewery.

      The bar features large wooden tables and chairs with a long wooden bar and modern back gantry. The two entrance ways are interesting in themselves while the two upstairs rooms have been converted to table service dining rooms. The toilets are downstairs. The main bar still feels pub-like, with a traditional pub menu and the ales on offer have definitely improved since reopening. The bar features a TV screen but it was silent at the time of this survey.

      Lady Ottoline was, amongst many things, a strong supporter of the Bloomsbury Set, a literary hostess and patron of the arts. She once had properties in nearby Bedford Square & Gower St.

    • Lamb Telephone(020) 7405 0713 94 Lambs Conduit Street London WC1N 3LZ

      Beautifully preserved, Grade II listed and CAMRA Heritage Victorian pub with dark blue upholstery, a small snug bar and etched glass snob screens in place above the bar. These frosted screens were popular in the 1890s hiding the customer from drinkers in other rooms, but the hinges still allowed the bar staff to check on them without disturbing their privacy. The glorious history of the pub and area is also commemorated by an original working polyphon (predecessor to the gramophone) which can be played in aid of charity and sepia prints of music hall players.

      The upstairs room is in the course of being converted to a dining room (as at 2nd Feb 2024) so no longer is available for hire. Seating available in the small rear garden, enhanced by mirrors. Food served with changing specials. Other than the polyphon, no music.

    • Landseer Arms Telephone(020) 7281 2569 37 Landseer Road London N19 4JU

      December 2021 - Four real ales on at time of visit. £8 lunch deals served 12pm-4pm weekdays along with main food menu. Sunday roasts offered. Spacious outdoor seating area, which is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on a Summer's evening.

      Umbrella cider is usually available, normally on keg but sometimes in cask. They are a small cider (and ginger beer) producer a short distance away behind the Crown pub on Holloway Road. A nice cider, on handpump that tastes as good as one on the Camra approved list. There is no mention of the cider on Umbrella's own website so must be very new product.

      Pub website: "Welcome to the Landseer Arms, a community pub serving unpretentious Mediterranean meals, European wine, local beer and real ale. Built in 1874, our pub has been through many names and guises over the years. We arrived in 2017, bringing with us exceptional Sunday roasts, £8 weekday lunches, a tri-weekly changing menu; all served in a beautiful Victorian building, complete with woodfire and open kitchen."

      Victorian pub, so different from most of the places on Holloway Road. It has been through a few incarnations, from an Allied pub called the Stanley Arms (see below) which was closed down as uneconomic, a Wetherspoon called JJ Moons, then renamed in 2002 after the Victorian artist, whose works included the Trafalgar Square lions and a painting called "Monarch of the Glen". North London CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2018.

      Spacious interior includes a conservatory-style space (sometimes used for dining) on the other side of the bar. Lots of pavement seating, with retractable awnings and heaters. Underwent a refurbishment in 2017 with the outside now a dark green paint job. Operated by Stanley Pubs who also run the Lady Mildmay and three other pubs.

      This pub was originally called the Stanley Arms see http://www.pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/Islington/Stanley.shtml .

    • Lansdowne Telephone(020) 7483 0409 90 Gloucester Avenue London NW1 8HX

      Very much a gastropub, the focus being first on food, then wine then real ale but ales are still a feature here. A former Charrington pub made clear by the impressive tiled exterior which can be hidden by a large canopy shielding the huge picture windows from the sun. Decor is simple boards, wooden tables and chairs with white walls, brightened up with cut flowers and interesting artwork. There is a small outside drinking area and in the evenings the lighting is subdued. Quiz night every Monday from 8pm in the Dining Room. Operated by Handmade Pubs until Sept 2017 when Handmade was acquired by Glendola Leisure.

      Back in 1973, there were only around 115 premises recorded as selling real ale in London. Although that number has grown many fold, sadly only three quarters of the original number still exist and are selling cask. But the fact that there are still some and that this pub is one of them is a cause for celebration.

    • Last Judgment Telephone(020) 7831 2660 95 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1DT

      As a Wetherspoon's pub it closed on 17th March 2023. It has been taken on by Berkeley Inns and reopened as The Last Judgment. Since its time as a Spoons the number of handpumps are reduced to 6. All mainstream breweries eg Fuller's, Tim Taylor, Adnams and what we assume is a guest, in Mod-Oct from Allsops. No TV but background music not intrusive. Bench seating now along the wall opposite the bar. Very comfortable. Quiet compared to Spoons days. The pub actually opens at 7.30am for breakfasts served until 10.30. The hours given are for the bar's opening. The food timings given are for the A La Carte menu.

      https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2023/03/20/Wetherspoon-shuts-the-Knights-Templar-Chancery-Lane

      Some background on its previous incarnation -

      The Knights Templar, a military order founded in the 12th century which rendered service to the Crown as bankers until dissolved by the Pope in 1312, owned land on which Chancery Lane was built and the imposing Wetherspoon's conversion, which bears its name, of a former banking hall appeared in the film of "The Da Vinci Code".

      The building and its front railings are Grade II listed. The scroll of the original Union Bank of London is seen above the entrance, which leads into a grand high-ceilinged bar with many original decorative features retained and enhanced, including magnificent fluted and scroll-topped slender columns supporting the ochre-painted ceiling with its illustrated panels and large chandeliers.

      A long curved wooden bar counter, equipped with brass footrests, runs most of the length of one side, with a metal sculpture of a knight as the centrepiece of the ornate back bar. Tall windows provide plenty of light reflected in the long mirrors hung from the cream painted walls.

      A variety of seating areas are provided with both tiled and carpeted flooring. Towards the rear are several large round stone-topped tables near the grand oak staircase down to the toilets.

      Stairs to the rear, topped by a prominent clock, lead to three interconnected mezzanine rooms, two of them wood panelled with library shelving and balconies overlooking the main bar.

    • Lexington Telephone(020) 7837 5371 96-98 Pentonville Road London N1 9JB

      With a pub always present on the site (since 1850), it's a huge, corner pub in a lounge-style with lots of unusual decor (bordello baroque), a long wooden bar making up one side of a room divided into various levels with comfortable seats and tables plus a old-style table football machine.

      With its late night opening, regular events, including a varied live music scene (upstairs), this is a lively place that has fastened onto a US theme in its bottled beer products and huge range of bourbon - beers from Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam, Half Acre, Goose Island, Stone Brewing and others all display the eclectic nature of the US craft beer scene.

      The four real ale handpumps serving locally brewed beers (rotating each week) are found down the right-hand end of the bar. On keg you will find craft beers from the US, Brooklyn lager, Kona Big Wave, Lagunitas IPA and Stone Brewing amongst other regularly changing guests.

      Food comes from award-winning pop up Kitchen Cut + Grind who have been there since January 2019 and who have recently won the award for London's Best Burger.

      Pub operates an in-house 10% discount card scheme - apply at the bar (they did accept valid CAMRA cards to substitute as their in-house discount cards but a visitor in August 2021 informs us that "no-one behind the bar knew anything about it"). Happy hour Mon-Fri between 5-8pm. Swing dance sessions are held upstairs on Sunday afternoon, quiz on Mondays 8pm.

    • Lighterman Telephone(020) 3846 3400 3 Granary Square London N1C 4BH

      March 2023 - reported as no real ale. Awaiting a follow up visit to check.

      A visitor in May 2022 reported no cask beer available but a follow up found one cask beer - Five Points Pale. Brick Peckham Pale Ale was also listed on the beer menu but not available. You have to be seated on arrival (table service only) and the price is currently £5.50 for a pint but they have a compulsory 12.5% service charge that took the cost of a pint to £6.19. Note that payment is by card only - cash is no longer accepted.

      A relatively new pub, dining room and bar on Granary Square, King’s Cross. The name is inspired by the industrial past of King’s Cross, and the Victorian Lightermen who worked on flat-bottomed barges, known as “Lighters”, on the canals and rivers of London.

      On three floors offering great views across Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal, The ground floor has some high tables and stools by the bar but is mostly laid out for eating. The canal-side bar, which is more for drinking, is open Tues to Thu evenings from 4.30pm, from noon on Friday and from 11am on the weekend. Food served from opening until late.

      It can get very noisy, especially when busy in the canal-side bar, as the low ceiling and "industrial-chic" decor cause the sound of voices to reverberate, exacerbated by the somewhat unnecessary booming bass from the speakers (which is about all you can discern).

    • Lincoln Arms Telephone(020) 7837 9339 52 York Way London N1 9AB

      in amongst a sea of fizzy taps sit two handpumps. This had been a traditional pub and then was transformed into a trendy chill out bar, for the yoof, with UV lighting, and loud music. It is now pretty much back to a traditional boozer.

      In around August 2023 it reverted back to its priginal name.

      This pub is not a nationally listed building but its interior is of local importance. The ironwork over the entrance bears the original name of the pub, The Lincoln Arms. The old bar counter is also of interest.

    • London Welsh Centre Telephone(020) 7520 0076 157-163 Gray's Inn Road London WC1X 8UE

      Public bar in the London Welsh Centre (a charitable organisation whose objective is to promote Welsh culture and language in London) in a marvelous room on the top floor with a stupendous ceiling. The Bar hosts various events such as gigs, comedy nights and quiz nights. See their events page for details of what’s coming up. The bar opens on weekends for special occasions (such as the rugby!). We advise you to phone ahead to check opening times. Occasional beer festivals (Welsh beers naturally!). Pies, pasties and sandwiches available. Please note that not all beers listed are likely to be all on at the same time.

    • Lord John Russell Telephone(020) 7388 0500 91-93 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AL

      A pleasant, traditional pub with six handpumps featuring one regular ale and two to three guest beers from across the UK (a beer Portobello from seems to be regular). Also of note is the large selection of malt whiskeys (50+) on sale. There are two televisions and a big screen, which show sporting events. In addition an outside seating area is available. Situated in a street with a more quirky character than most. In the evenings the pub can be quite noisy. Stocks Budvar Dark which is rarely seen in the UK.

    • Lord Stanley Telephone(020) 7284 3266 51 Camden Park Road London NW1 9BH

      Tile-fronted 1920s corner pub refurbished in early 2004 as a single room with an island which holds the bar and an open kitchen. The old Taylor Walker sign outside still survives. Operated by Stanley Pubs who run five other pubs in North London. On a visit on 31/10/23 only one cask beer on but pumpclips showed various others coming soon - we do not know how many may be on at any one time. The beer on sale was from Butcombe.

      Some period fittings such as wall panelling, columns and fireplaces, and matching furniture. Large clear glass windows and bare wooden floors and stools around the bar which create a warm atmosphere with a hubbub of conversation. Pub is, to an extent, focused on food, but they do not take table bookings. Chef makes snacks and meals from a modern northern European menu: roast rib of beef on Sundays. There is a long wine list.

      Benches and tables round the outside of the pub, and in the large beer garden. Buses to Camden Road/York Way. Nearest tube stations Caledonian Road & Kentish Town (about 1km). Listed as an Asset of Community Value (Nov 2015).

      Cash not accepted - payment by card only.

    • Lore of the Land Telephone(020) 3927 4480 4 Conway Street London W1T 6BB

      Reopened February 2019 by the British film director Guy Ritchie. The pub features two cask and one or two keg beers from Gritchie Brewing Company’s 20bbl brewery at Ashgrove Farm located on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. In addition you will find Paulaner Munich Hells, Keller Pils - Lost & Grounded and Delirium Tremens - Huyghe a 7.5% Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

      Delightful small independent pub just off Fitzroy Square and close to the base of the BT Tower. The building dates back to the late 1700s, and since 1829 has been a pub. Per the Evening Standard, "it boasts dark turquoise walls, time-worn wood panelling, and an eclectic jumble of artworks, giving it the cosseting allure of a trademark London boozer. "

    • Lucas Arms Telephone(020) 7837 4340 245a Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8QY

      A comfortable pub with a warm atmosphere and low level background music with two distinct areas. At the front is a small, comfortable, traditionally decorated and carpeted saloon with a TV screen. To the rear is a larger, raised area with wooden floors, and two other TV screens (sound turned off). A covered, patio garden with several picnic tables, which is heated in colder weather, can be accessed from this room. Upstairs room for private parties, dining or meetings. Food from the traditional and reasonably priced pub menu is served all week.

      On a visit at the end of April, IPA was joined by a Coronation Ale and a beer brewed under their apprenticeship programme.

      20% discount for students.

    • Lyttelton Arms Telephone(020) 7387 2749 1 Camden High Street London NW1 7JE

      Early Oct 2023 - 2 beers back on again - this is proving to be a topsy turvey pub for cask beer availability!!!

      13/09/23 no cask beer - on 26/04/23 - 2 cask beers - from interesting breweries. "I did talk to the manager and he said they usually have 2 ales on but sometimes run out.". Cash not accepted - card only.

      Mitchell & Butlers have refurbished this old Camden Pub and turned it into an ultra modern establishment. They also have an interesting bottled selection including Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Chimay, Duvel and Vedette. On keg they have Erdinger wheat beer, Camden Hells and Brooklyn Lager plus lots of the usual M&B suspects. It is very much a large lounge bar with a mix of modern seating and tables (low and high) creating various different drinking areas. Live music is a feature Thu - Sun evenings, see their website for what's going on.

      Humphrey Lyttleton was a jazz musician. He hosted the comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue on BBC Radio 4, becoming the UK's oldest panel game host. One of the weirder games still is Mornington Crescent whish is, of course, the name of the nearby Tube station. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Lyttelton

    • Mabel's Tavern Telephone(020) 7387 7739 9 Mabledon Place London WC1H 9AZ

      A past North London CAMRA Pub of the Year (2006) with beer quality that is consistently good and a choice of five house beers generally available. The staff are friendly and the pubs décor is pleasant. Outdoor street-side seating area is available and food is served daily until 9.30. Named after Mabel Macinelly of Dublin and reportedly haunted by her, it attracts tourists, locals and workers, some by the sport on TV screens at either end of the pub. There’s a small snug elevated at one end of the bar.

    • Marlborough Arms Telephone(020) 7636 0120 36 Torrington Place London WC1E 7LY

      The Marlborough Arms is named in reference to the coat of arms worn by the third and subsequent Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. A traditional pub to suit all tastes perpetually busy with students, business people, tourists and locals from a surprisingly residential area. A large open area surrounded by oak panelling and some fine features, with the bar pushed to one side making an easy area to fill with tables in regular formation but with a nod to informality and comfort in the small area beyond the bar. Metal tables and chairs outside under pull out awnings available until 9pm.

      In 2021 the exterior was redecorated and we have retained some pics showing how it looked - better in our mind!

    • Marquess Tavern Telephone(020) 3441 5688 32 Canonbury Street London N1 2TB

      Following the sale of their tenanted pubs the Marquess is now part of Punch Taverns. A local resident has sent us the following, "The establishment is now a pub once again rather than a restaurant,which it has been for the past few years. The staff are very welcoming and friendly and I would recommend a visit if you live locally or are in the area."

      Built c.1854 along with the area, named after the Marquess of Northampton and acquired by Young's in 1979. A fine example of the architecture of the time and a Grade II listed building. The interior, however, has been much altered and opened out in the intervening years. The most recent refurbishment has created a fairly subdued atmosphere in the main bar area with the inevitable soft sofas dominating. The real fire has been maintained. A small patio area on the street is available for outside drinking.

      Note on bank holiday Mondays it opens 12-10. The Islington Architects Virtual Darts team meets at the pub on Wednesdays. > > http://wombat.keeper.co.uk/virtualdarts.html

    • Marquis Cornwallis Telephone(020) 7278 8355 31 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AP

      Aug 2023 - on a visit "The barman said he didn't know of any CAMRA discount " We had it down as 20p off a pint. Now removed.

      Large, one-bar pub broken into two by a large wooden pillar, Sofas are mixed in with wooden tables, chairs and some high stools. Four green and gold ornate pillars give a hint to the age of the pub being a couple of centuries old. The age of the wooden floor and black and cream floor tiles along the bar front is not known.

      Painted panelling in the side bar and painted walls up to the toilets and Drawing Room (a bar with three pumps mainly for eating) add points of difference as do two wooden booths tucked around the back. The centre piece is a fire place with dark wood surround. Food, mainly bistro style, served although as their website does not state the opening hours the times we show are not confirmed.

      UCL's Bloomsbury Project dates the Marquis (named the Marquess of Cornwallis) to 1804. It has been surrounded by a host of luminaries both in (Great) Coram and Marchmont Streets, and beyond, at least in the earlier years. It was almost certainly named for the British army commander (who is best remembered perhaps as having surrendered at Yorktown thus losing a good part of the American empire, but it appears made good in Ireland and India), Charles Cornwallis 1st Marquess of Cornwallis.

    • Masons Arms Telephone(020) 8960 2278 665 Harrow Road London NW10 5NU

      This pub was given a beautiful revamp. It has retained lots of the original features and the introduction of atmospheric lighting and chandeliers lend it a look of glamour. The staff are all very friendly.

    • Millers Telephone(020) 7837 4863 19 Caledonian Road London N1 9DX

      This is a busy pub, close to Kings Cross station, always has the real thing available, and at an affordable price. Recent guest ales have been Kansas Avenue Brewing Co Outlaw Billy and Morland Old Hoppy Hen. Recently a customer was denied entry at 22.45 stating they're closed... "won't get served or gain entry after 22.30".

    • Museum Tavern Telephone(020) 7242 8987 49 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3BA

      A magnificent Victorian pub opposite the British Museum, a CAMRA Heritage Pub. Originally the Dog and Duck stood on this site, signifying local duck hunting. John Creed became landlord in 1762 and initiated the name British Museum Tavern, to identify the pub with the nearby collection, which was being developed from specimens collected by Sir Hans Sloane. William Finch Hill designed the 1855 redevelopment with the ground floor front and classic mahogany back bar fitting being evident today.

      1889 saw another redesign of the interior by architects Wylson and Long. Finch's classical style was partly preserved as five separate bars were created, with partitions and decorations of stained glass. Two rare examples of these stained glass windows survive in the bar today, an essential part of any visit. Five bars were reduced to three in 1935 becoming one in the 1960s. The five sets of entrance doors are all that remains of this arrangement today.

      Traditional pub food is served. Pre pandemic this was a rare regular outlet for Old Peculier but as at Nov 2021 it has not come back and neither have any guest beers. Ciders such as Weston's no longer meet CAMRA's definition of "real cider".

    • Myddleton Arms Telephone(020) 7226 4595 52 Canonbury Road London N1 2HS

      Smallish two-bar very traditional pub of probably Victorian origin on a main trunk road. The bar occupies a central space of horseshoe shape and it and the bar back are of interest of the period as well as old features in the windows (coloured glass and etched glass) and the cellar opening. A visitor has said, "that the manager is from Suffolk and insists on good beer and keeping the lines clean."

      Named after Sir Hugh Myddleton, who cut the New River, to bring water from Hertfordshire to London. Split level garden with shelter and heating. Pleasant walled garden at the rear accessible by steps down from the bar.

    • Narrowboat Telephone(020) 7400 6003 119 St Peter's Street London N1 8PZ

      This is a long pub on two levels that runs along the canal from the bridge in St Peters Street. From the outside the pub maintains some of the looks of its Victorian origins, while inside the decor is distinctly light and modern. The main drinking area, accessible from the street, is broadly split into two equal parts, with the bar running down the side of the pub in the front half. Table seating is available to the front, while more comfortable sofas are available at the back. Two balconies on the canal-side provide excellent vantage points.

      Downstairs there is a bar with two hand pumps, more table seating mostly set out for dining, and access to the canal towpath. Acquired from an independent operator by Young's in 2012. The pub may stay open later on weekdays if busy but equally might close earlier if not.

    • Norfolk Arms Telephone(020) 7388 3937 28 Leigh Street London WC1H 9EP

      Single bar pub in the shadow of large council blocks and London university student accommodation. There is a high decorative ceiling supported by three columns, an island bar and magnificent windows to the streets with original etched glass. The outside is decorated by some fine green and blue tiles. Bare wooden (and in parts concrete) floors, white tables and the ubiquitous former church chairs which seem to populate a lot of gastro pubs with a menu reflecting its new, aspiring status as a "public house and restaurant on Leigh and Sandwich". The new owners gave it a cleaner, lighter, more comfortable feel, including an old-style bacon slicer used to cut charcuterie from hams hanging behind the bar. Large number of outside tables. One suspects most of the old student crowd may have moved on. There are numerous food guide stickers in the window and service is 12.00 - 15.00 and 18.00 - 22.15 Mon - Sat and 12.00 - 22.00 Sun which also features a full roast. Both tapas and a more substantial menu are available. Tube - King’s Cross/St Pancras.

    • Northumberland Arms Telephone(020) 4524 9875 119 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 5AJ

      1897 corner pub now promoted as the 'Cornerstone of Fitzrovia - a proper pub, with proper grub and a nice drop of ale'. Following a pub crawl along Tottenham Court Road which included the former (1777) pub on this site, Karl Marx and a companion smashed a street light and were chased by the police. Heated outdoor seating area.

    • O'Neill's Telephone(020) 7380 0464 73-77 Euston Road London NW1 2QS

      Re-opened 28/07/2010 after substantial refurbishment, now offering real ale for the first time. This is the ninth member of the chain in London to make real ale available. Good value meals also available.

    • Old Eagle Telephone(020) 7482 6021 251 Royal College Street London NW1 9LU

      An L-shaped pub with a small decked garden/patio at the rear and tables outside at front. There are no screens or games machines, and the music played is both varied and not too loud. Unfortunately the Thai restaurant has closed (Feb 2024). Customers are welcome to bring their own food.

      Quiz night on Monday. DJs on Thursday playing a mix of vinyl (and virtual vinyl). On the North side of Ivor St junction. Camden Road rail (1 min), Camden Town tube (5 mins). Buses 46 (northbound) & 274 (westbound) pass the door.

    • Old Nick Telephone(020) 7430 9503 20-22 Sandland Street London WC1R 4PZ

      A spacious and smartly presented back street pub on street level. Traditional, Victorian-style décor (albeit not original) – lots of dark wood panelling; wooden floor; dark red and cream paintwork; embossed walls; etched-effect and mirrored glass; framed pictures with local and legal themes; chandeliers.

      An open-plan, island bar is surrounded by partitioned areas and some intimate, cosy booths to one side with a quiet, separated area at back where music is hardly audible, otherwise recorded music throughout. Assorted wood tables, chairs and benches, some upholstered. In 2021 a work station with stools and ample plug in points was created to the right on entering.

      The name alludes to the pub being reputedly on site of an old police station, some framed shackles have been found in the cellar. TV screens with FreeView channels. Full disabled facilities. Tube – Holborn, Chancery Lane. Formerly The Three Cups run by Young's, the current design and furnishings were installed by Hall and Woodhouse when they took over. Available for hire on selected weekends.

    • Old Red Lion Telephone(020) 7405 1748 72 High Holborn London WC1V 6LS

      A traditional, main-street, corner pub serving mainly office and legal weekday community. Clean and comfortable surroundings, but with no tables downstairs you need to grab a bar stool or stand. Tables and chairs upstairs in Cromwell Bar (plaque on wall outside claims that in 1658 cellars hid body of Oliver Cromwell).

      Main bar is long and narrow, with bar to one side: carved, dark wood, mirrored bar back; bare floorboards; polished wood ledges around walls with perimeter stools for drinkers; dark wood panelling; dark wood framed windows with tinted and stained glass.

    • One Tun Telephone(020) 7209 4105 58-60 Goodge Street London W1T 4ND

      Originally dating from the mid 18th century, this is a former Finch house rebuilt in 1829. Once famous for jazz sessions and the early 1960s beatnik scene, it was acquired by Young's in 1991 as part of their purchase of HH Finch. It retains a large central island bar and servery; there is not much space left for seating so customers may spill out onto the street at busy times.

    • Oxford Arms Telephone(020) 7267 4945 265 Camden High Street London NW1 7BU

      Open plan, high-ceilinged pub on corner of Jamestown Rd., midway between Camden Town and Chalk Farm stations. The Oxford Arms dates back to early Victorian times with its high ceilings and original sash windows. While the decor reveals obvious results of refurbishment, one entrance retains the original wall tiling and mosaic flooring well worth a look at.

      Inside is a similar mix of old and new - five plasma TVs cater for the sports crowd, while B&W photos of old Camden nod in the direction of the pub's and the area's history. Food served until 21.00 daily, the menu covers the full range of options from all-day breakfasts to some calorie-laden desserts via a lengthy list of specials.

      The pub has been run by three generations of the Mayo Maloney family since 1968. Free to entry quiz Mondays. Beer garden at rear. Buses 24, 168.

    • Parcel Yard Telephone(020) 7713 7258 King's Cross Railway Station London N1C 4AP

      Pub built inside the old parcel sorting office at King's Cross station by Platform 9 3/4. A varying range of Fuller's cask beers and also most of their bottled beers in what is a very imaginative conversion of old industrial space across two floors, with many different drinking areas including a small terrace by the main entrance. In jue 2023 it seems the range of guest beers has got back to where it was pre-covid, with beers from Siren, Verdant and Tiny Rebel.

      Food (for menus see their website) is served from 9am - 9pm. A very welcome addition to the drinking scene in this rapidly changing area. At the front is a small terrace area and there is a lift if you have heavy luggage. There is a small train departure screen in the central drinking area.

    • Pembroke Castle Telephone(020) 7483 2927 150 Gloucester Avenue London NW1 8JA

      Featuring predominantly white walls, bare boards, wooden tables with a mixture of hard chairs and low soft ones, there's a large standing area near the bar with a few stools in that area. The large plain glass windows make the place light and airy during daylight hours, the lighting is soft when darkness falls.

      There is a good-sized outside drinking area with heating. Upstairs function room is available for hire. Food such as burgers and similar pub fayre served until 22.00. In 2014 the pub reopened having undergone some much needed renovation. Although the drinks' department is utterly unchanged, the original full name of the Pembroke Castle has been reinstated (fascias and sign) though this has yet to be reflected on the pub's website. Chalk Farm tube is around 5 mins walk.

    • Penderel's Oak Telephone(020) 7242 5669 286-288 High Holborn London WC1V 7HJ

      In Sept 2022 Spoons announced this pub lease as being for sale.

      A large Wetherspoon's pub, named after Richard Penderel, who, in 1652, helped King Charles II escape from Cromwell’s troops by hiding him in an oak tree on his country estate. French windows can open onto pavement seating; cosy areas near fireplaces; an area with booths and benches; and a family area. A long, curved bar upstairs, downstairs a large cellar bar for a generally younger clientele with music and videos, whose opening hours are not the same as the main bar. Disabled access and toilet (ground floor only). Food served all day until 23.00 (last orders 18.00 for family meals). Tube: Holborn.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Perseverance Telephone(020) 7405 8278 63 Lambs Conduit Street London WC1N 3NB

      An independently run free-house which many years ago had been the legendary real ale house, the Sun. During 2016 ownership passed to Market Taverns - owners of the Market Porter at London Bridge. Also once the home of the now defunct Bloomsbury Brewery which had occupied the cellar under the previous owners.

      April 2nd 2024 - the pub is offering a 50% discount on selected casks on Sundays.

      In summer, three of the pumps may be used for cider such as Snails Bank and Cockeyed Cider. But now we are into Rugby World Cup time - 3 pumps are likely to feature rugby themed beers from London breweries - Portobello, Sambrooks, Southwark.

      A predominately young clientèle, the pub can get crowded most nights but there’s an outside seating area providing over-spill and a place for smokers together with an upstairs dining/function room which can provide a quieter area if not being otherwise used. The pub is becoming famous for its thin based pizzas but there are many other options. You can find the latest menu on their website.

      The pub now have Dinner for One Hundred residency in their kitchen. They have other sites in London and "they make delicious pizzas". Look at their website for more details - https://www.dinnerforonehundred.com/. The pizzas are available for eat in, take away and delivery.

      Card payment only.

    • Philomena's Telephone(020) 7242 5560 40 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AA

      Formerly part of Mitchells and Butlers O'Neill's chain of theme pubs, before that the Sugar Loaf (a Bass Charrington house in the 1970s, and apparently it featured in an episode of Minder - let us know if you spot it!) and a pub dating back to at least the 1770s when it was a meeting place for the Jerusalem lodge. Now down to just one cask beer at a generous £7 a pint (Aug 2022).

      It changed in September 2012 to Philomena's, with the faux-Oirish makeover of the previous decades being stripped away, and the somewhat cavernous bar was lightened and opened up. A full renovation was undertaken earlier in 2013, and further improvements have been made. A self-proclaimed Irish Sports Bar and Cafe. Big screens remain, and sports featured especially at weekends.

    • Pig & Butcher Telephone(020) 7226 8304 80 Liverpool Road London N1 0QD

      Formally part of the Tap chain now thoroughly re-branded. The pub was built in the mid 1800's on what was fields used by farmers to rest and feed their livestock before being sent to Smithfield's Meat Market. A small but interesting range of cask beers is joined by a very larger bottled selection. With scrubbed tables, candles, the standard Islington distressed look works well. Food now a major part of the offering, sourced meat from Kent and Speyside, fish from Cornwall; visit their website for more information including serving times. Beer range can vary, those listed are to give an example of what may be found. In same ownership as Smokehouse and Princess of Shoreditch.

    • Plaquemine Lock Telephone(020) 7688 1488 139 Graham Street London N1 8LB

      After closing in 2014, reopened in 2017 as Plaquemine Lock operated by Jacob Kennedy who runs a number of restaurants in the West End. Pub serves Cajun and Creole food from Louisiana. The two large murals (in the dining room and above the bar) are made by Jacob’s mother, Haidee Becker. The small paintings and pictures around the pub are various – some are gifts made to the pub, others were in the pub before they renovated it. A good number are by New Orleans folk artist Dr Bob Art. The actual Lock is, unsurprisingly, in Louisiana and it was opened by Jacob's great grandmother, Carrie B Schwing. On CAMRA London Regional inventory.

      The House Beer from Hammerton (Hammerton One More) has the same ABV as N1 at 4.1% - it is N1 with 'something added' according to staff. Beers cheaper during Happy Hour - check website for details.

      Planning permission (P2019/0164/FUL) for change of use of the first and second floors of the existing public house to residential was refused by Islington Council. Reasons for refusual relate to lack of affordable housing contributions, not to protection of the public house. The proposal was considered acceptable in design terms, as no alternations would be made to the interior, or exterior of the building. No appeal lodged as of January 2020. The latter also tells us, "You can catch live music Monday - Saturday 8-10pm, at our Saturday jazz brunch 12:30-4pm as well as the first Sunday every month 7:30-10pm!"

      Note about previous PA in planning statement: Planning permission for the comprehensive refurbishment and extension of the premises was granted in May of 2015 (under application P2015/1015), and the public house reopened in late 2016. A condition (Condition 10) was imposed that stated that the floorspace on the upper floors can only be used as residential accommodation in connection to the public house

    • Plough Telephone(020) 7636 7964 27 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH

      A Victorian corner pub built in 1855, located near the British Museum and Holborn’s many transport links. It has an attractive exterior with large windows to the front; hanging baskets in summer decorate the outdoor seating area in front. The carpeted front bar is furnished traditionally with an over bar glass shelf, settles, tables and chairs, etched glass windows, red walls and plush curtains. Although there is a plasma TV here, it is the long, wood panelled rear bar with two screens that is principally sports oriented. The attractive upstairs function room, usually open to the public, has large windows offering views of Bloomsbury. Traditional pub food is served. It also retains the old Taylor Walker name in the etched windows and bar mirror.

    • Prince Arthur Telephone(020) 7387 2165 80-82 Eversholt Street London NW1 1BX

      May 2023 - per their website "temporarily closed" of a Sunday so check before you go.

      Sat opposite the bleak, grey sheds of Euston, this is worth heading up the road for, with its slightly risque artwork, island bar and an intriguing assortment of tables and chairs, that eschew the current trend for large tables, stripped wood and sofas. This is a single-bar pub that feels bigger due to the use of mirrors and the presence of a skylight which enhances the light to the rear. Lots of original wooden panelling remains and when the weather is dry, there are tables on the street outside. They also serve drinks at your table. Available for private hire at weekends.

    • Prince Arthur Telephone(020) 7336 6429 49 Brunswick Place London N1 6EB

      29/07/23 - "I visited The Prince Arthur in N1 on 29 July and was served cask - a pint of Whitstable Bay Pale Ale." Hopefully this is a permanent step.

      On an intended CAMRA Branch visit in March 2023, the advanced party reported back "don't bother as there were no real ales on" ... it seems this is lkely to be permanant with the current tenants - as Sheps replied thus, "The Prince Arthur is a tenanted pub and, while we can encourage the sale of cask ale, it is up to the individual licensee as to what they stock."

      A side street, and a little away from the main drag, this is an old-fashioned boozer, mixing traditional local customers with some of the younger generation with a degree of panache. It's small, with one bar counter that once boasting four hand pumps - all Shepherd Neame in late May 2019 but in March 2023 as above - and while the tables and chairs are a mixture of stripped and distressed, the overall effect, with a curious mix of suspended lights, globe lampshades, and faux wall mounted candles and shades, somehow works as welcoming and comfortable. The only soft furnishings were the two worn and frayed cushions on the two higher bar stools.

      There's pub (board) games (e.g. Monopoly, Cluedo, chess, backgammon, Scrabble) available in a promoted 'Games Corner'. There's a full range of prints, art, pictures, signs and more on the walls, and at the rear lower level (access to toilets, which are not easy to get to for the disabled or wheelchairs, from here) a restored fireplace and (in season!) a real fire may be found.

      The main building is said to date to the early 18th century, with the ground floor extended at the front to support a balcony in the 1820s or 1830s. The main bar area was further extended out under a previous licensee, Dixie Dean, a former boxer. Outside there's a fold down bench immediately to the right of the front doors, and across the pedestrianised way tables and seating for smokers (ask for an ashtray at the bar) and those wishing to enjoy the finer weather.

      The featured picture is its current appearance. The other pics are how it once looked (inside and out).

    • Prince of Wales Feathers Telephone(020) 7383 4849 8 Warren Street London W1T 5LA

      Originally licensed in 1793 and named the Feathers since at least 1826; it added Prince of Wales to the name in 1968. The pub has many historical and literary credentials: the Chartists met here in October 1841 to hear an address on "the present distress of the country". In the twentieth century in his 1929 novel The Midnight Bell, Patrick Hamilton offered a portrait of a London pub in the 1920s with its staff and regulars, thought to be based on this pub.

      Dick Barton, the popular radio detective serial of the 1940s with its dramatic theme music and daily cliff-hangers, was planned here in the presence of Noel Johnson who took the title role. A few decades later a father from Woking took his young lad to a talent contest in the pub. The lad was Ricky Parfitt and his "spotting" at the talent contest was the start of what was to become Status Quo.

      So, the pub has its place as one of the most important in British musical history! Formerly a Charrington's pub, now it's a deep bar with some stained glass windows at the front. The rear Orangery area, complete with marble fireplace, can be hired for functions. Quiz night Tuesdays.

      The main pic shows the external view as at Nov 2021 but we have retained a "before" pic as well.

    • Princess Louise Telephone(020) 7405 8816 208 High Holborn London WC1V 7EP

      A splendidly preserved pub displaying some of the finest examples of the Victorian art of public house building. Built in 1872 the interior includes marble, etched windows, enormous engraved and gilt mirrors, Portland stone columns, an ornate crimson and gold ceiling and a huge central island bar. The gent’s loos are worth a visit for more than the usual reason.

      Large function room upstairs available for hire and is also where food is served, Mon - Sat 12.00 - 14.30 and Mon - Thu 18.00 - 20.30. Beer is especially good value for London. During 2007 the pub went through a comprehensive restoration which saw the reinstatement of the original multi-roomed layout with wood and etched glass dividing walls. This has completely changed its appearance and Sam Smith’s are to be commended for their attention to detail. A CAMRA Heritage Pub and winner of Refurbished Pub of the Year, 2008.

    • Princess Of Wales Telephone(020) 7722 0354 22 Chalcot Road London NW1 8LL

      Operated by Marylebone Leisure Group, and recently very elegantly refurbished, this pub is set over three floors that include an elegant first floor dining room, lower-ground bar, with an island serving area and wooden floor, an event space and the ‘Banksy beer garden’ (named after a mysterious lion stencil that appeared in 2011). Live Jazz is played on Sunday afternoons. The pub was built in 1868 and named for Princess Alexandra, consort of Edward VII. Appears once to have been called Swans at Coole (after W B Yeats poem).

    • Queen Charlotte Telephone(020) 7323 9361 43 Goodge Street London W1T 1TA

      The pub was first licensed in 1767, but the present building dates from 1897. Now, part of the Draft House chain, it is a small single bar corner pub with bare floors, large windows and simple furnishings, but an impressive ornate bar front. At the beginning of 2018 it had had a lick of paint and had changed its name to the Queen Charlotte.

      The beer range varies, but they update the list on their website pretty regularly, usually sourced from smaller breweries. Prices are reduced for one particular "Daily Cask" each day until it runs out. Somewhat of a novelty, draught beer is available in third and two-thirds of a pint measures as well as in halves and pints. A range of bottled beers (including Belgian and American) and craft keg beers are also stocked.

      In 2018 the Draft House chain was acquired by Brewdog who, in November, announced that "Cask Is Back", signalling their return to the real ale fold. But it now seems the house regular will come from Siren. All cask is £3.25 all day every Tuesday.

    • Queen's Head Telephone(020) 7713 8328 66 Acton Street London WC1X 9NB

      Breaking news - CAMRA North London Pub of the Year 2022.

      Narrow, late Georgian side-street premises, just off the Gray’s Inn Road, with a single bar, smoking patio at the rear and benches on the pavement. It retains much of its Victorian character such as etched mirrors, a splendid bay window, a fine back gantry, floor tiling, blue wall tiles (listed), lamps, a lovely fireplace, a lantern and a mixture of old, non-matching tables and chairs.

      Up to three traditional ciders sold from handpump and bag-in-the-box - winner of the CAMRA London Regional Cider Pub of the Year Award 2013 and 2016. Now an accredited member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme and offers a 10% discount to CAMRA members. Payment by card only.

      Also has interesting beers on keg tap such as Kernel. The pub can stay open beyond the listed closing times depending upon trade. The food menu is designed to complement the beer - Mrs Kings's Melton Mowbray pork pies, cured meats, cheeses and ploughmans. There is always something going on here, live music on the piano every Thursday night from 8 o’clock and every Sunday from 4.30 and the last Thursday of the month features a five piece Jazz band.

    • Queen's Head Telephone(020) 7242 3238 64 Theobalds Road London WC1X 8SF

      Now operated by Market Taverns who run the nearby Lady Ottoline and Perseverance and in the summer of 2022 two handpumps were installed. They might not both be in use at the same time.

      This pub was established as The Queens Head in 1812 and then re-built in its present form in 1877. After a long period of closure and conversion of the upstairs floors into private flats, the ground floor re-opened as a branch of Coco Momo in May 2011.

      On the exterior, vestiges of its life as a pub still remained which was just as well when, in October 2015, it reverted to its original name.

      Card payment only. Board Games available.

    • Queens Telephone(020) 7586 0408 49 Regents Park Road London NW1 8XD

      Rather grand Victorian pub (opened 1854) adjacent to Primrose Hill Park. Now one of Young's Geronimo pubs, with softer decor, upholstered seating, gastro menu, serving both the mostly affluent locals of Primrose Hill and their neighbours. Pub quiz Monday evening. Upstairs is a lovely dining room and terrace overlooking the Hill

    • Queens Head & Artichoke Telephone(020) 7916 6206 30-32 Albany Street London NW1 4EA

      23/07/21 Noted last night as closed and covered with scaffold and tarpaulins.

      This is the same view from Google as January 2021:

      https://www.google.com/maps/@51.525675,-0.144208,3a,75y,48.14h,105.7t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1slZ81P4QUpGDVN1Q3ZVd5dw!2e0!5s20210101T000000!7i16384!8i8192

      The pub's website says it will reopen in late spring, but it's already mid-summer; perhaps they are behind schedule.

      On the cusp between a drinkers' pub and a gastro, it is, if anything, striving for the latter with an upstairs restaurant, tapas and more standard menus, and extensive wine list, and a snack list which seems to be reaching for the more upmarket end, albeit not especially expensive. Popular lunchtimes and early evening. Per the Wadsworth Dictionary of Pub Names the sister of Henry VIII, widow of Louis XII of France, was passionately fond of artichokes (it is said). She persuaded her chief gardener to call his tavern by this name. That tavern has gone but the name survives here. See the pub's website for more history.

    • Queens Larder Telephone(020) 7837 5627 1 Queen Square London WC1N 3AR

      A very small, pleasant pub in a pedestrian area with ample outside benches and first mentioned in 1710. Despite its size, the pub originally had two bars. The main room has a lovely, homely feel with walls adorned by theatre posters leading up to a small lounge/function room. Food is made up of pub standards (rib of beef, ham egg & chips, fish & chips, sandwiches and snacks). Named after Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, who was receiving treatment for his apparent insanity at a doctor’s nearby. She assisted in his nursing, renting a room under the pub and cooking meals for him; the nearby park has a statue of her.

      The pub is a member of the Timothy Taylor's Champion Club described by the brewery as follows, "Timothy Taylor’s Champion Club membership is awarded to our permanent stockists who continue to go the extra mile it takes to serve our beer."

    • Red Lion Telephone(020) 7729 7920 41 Hoxton Street London N1 6NH

      Small street corner pub, only a few paces from trendy Hoxton Square. The ground floor bar may be empty, the action is often upstairs, where there are more rooms as well as a rooftop terrace. A recent visitor (Aug 2019 has commented, "A serious markup on halves here. Half of London Pride was £3.00 (pint £4.80)."

    • Rising Sun Telephone(020) 7636 6530 46 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 2ED

      A fancy exterior remains, in the Elaborate Art Nouveau Gothic style, but the pub was victim of one of the worst excesses of brewery greed in the 1980s when its grade II listed high ceilinged interior was destroyed to create “Presleys”. The resulting litigation led to the forced restoration of many original features in 1993 and, following reversion to the original name, the current decor is much more welcoming. The rear is carpeted and mirrored and doubles as a dining area while the outside remains as distinctive as ever.

      Licensed in 1730 as the Sun and rebuilt in 1897 by Treadwell & Martin. The rising sun is a natural name for a pub with its associations with good weather and good fortune, but it also forms a large part of the coat of arms of the Distillers' Company which makes it even more popular as a pub name.

      Karl Marx is reputed to have used this pub in the 1850s when 18 pubs existed along the length of the Tottenham Court Road.

    • Rocket Telephone(020) 7388 0021 120 Euston Road London NW1 2AL

      One of the last (non-brewing) Firkins, when that chain closed real ale was lost but in 2013 it returned. A striking looking pub with an impressive Victorian exterior (Grade II Listed), very conveniently situated for Euston, King's Cross and the British Library. Quiz Night Monday. Up to 5 beers can be on sale but it can be more normal to find 4 at any one time. Breakfast is served every day until 12 noon. Childrens' menu.

    • Rosemary Branch Telephone(020) 7704 2730 2 Shepperton Road London N1 3DT

      Single bar corner Victorian pub with traditional decor and long settles. Upstairs theatre and a rear lounge. On the edge of Islington common, on the course of an ancient footpath to London. A public house has stood in this area since 1594. in 1783 the old tavern became a white lead works powered by two windmills and the pub was rebuilt on the parish boundary. The tea gardens behind had a one acre pond supplied by the New River. They once housed according to the weekly times 5 Feb 1854, 'The most colossal ballroom in the Kingdom'. Known as Islington Vauxhall in 1836, the garden was used for pony racing, an equestrian circus, tight rope displays and balloon ascents. The pub hosts a small studio theatre seating 65. Buses short walk to New North Rd.

    • Royal George Telephone(020) 7387 2431 8-14 Eversholt Street London NW1 1DG

      July 2023 - Only 3 pump clips today, Abbot, IPA (beer not on) and Tribute. Guest beer range can vary from none to two. It is not unusual for one of the guest pumps to be used for a GK seasonal.

      Large late-Victorian pub which may originally date from the mid/late-19th century, but it was rebuilt for Truman, Hanbury & Buxton by A. E. Sewell in the 1930s. Arranged as interconnecting rooms facing the three street frontages with a modern central bar.

      Situated right opposite Euston Station and named after the HMS Royal George that was a flagship vessel for the Royal Navy back in the 1800's. Grade II listed with rare marquetry decoration on the fireplaces - that on the left has small panels contrasting the steam age of the 1830s with the radios and cocktails of the 1930s - fireplace on the right has a larger panel depicting 'The Royal George' but sadly covered by a large TV screen. This is also why the front of the pub looks like the rear of said ship.

      Joined the CAMRA LocAle scheme in 2013 but in 2023 finding local beers became an uphill task. Offers CAMRA members a 10% discount. Guest Beers come from the SIBA list. Lots of outside forecourt pavement seating for fair weather use.

    • Rugby Tavern Telephone(020) 7405 1384 19 Great James Street London WC1N 3ES

      IN August 2023 it reopened after a period of closure and at the end of Sept had 4 cask beers available which are as listed. It is not known to what extent (say) the Hobgoblin is a guest.. On the first floor find the ‘Bistro Bleu’ restaurant. In the bar there is a range of bar snacks." The food times given are for "Bar Food". The Bistro Blue opens Mon - Fri 12:00-15:00 / 17:00-21:30, Saturday: 12:00-21:30, Sunday 12:00-19:00.

      This was the the first London project for the operator but due to work necessary on the pub it opened after their second venture - the former Knights Templar now the Last Judgment. Berkeley Inns are a Derbyshire gastropub operator and the Rugby Tavern will form part of a new London division. The pub group was established in November 2014, and now also operates the Horseshoes in Long Lane Village, Derbyshire; The Cow in Dalbury Lees; and the Bluebell Inn in Kirk Langley.

      Formerly a Nicholson's, then a Fuller's house, then Shepherd Neame. It is so named because it was built around 1850 on land donated by the founder of Rugby School (they still own the freehold). There is a large seating (and smoking) area available outside, which, being in a car free zone, is extremely pleasant during the summer months.

    • Scolt Head Telephone(020) 7254 3965 107a Culford Road London N1 4HJ

      An interesting pub on a great corner site with lots of outdoor seating, a real fire, and a back room with the biggest tv screen our reviewer has ever seen in a pub. Bare boards and stripped back interior, wooden tables with candles. Right-hand bar is dining orientated with rear left-hand games/TV lounge. Keg beers include two from the nearby 40FT Brewery.

      The pub was taken over by a local resident couple who have named the pub after their favourite part of Norfolk - Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve, an area of continually changing sand dune, beach and salt marsh. Nearest tube Highbury and Islington (15 mins) although for Scolt Head Island itself heading for Burnham Market might be slightly better. Buses 242, 243, 38, 76, 73, 56, 141.

    • Scottish Stores Telephone07920 196603 2-4 Caledonian Road London N1 9DU

      Listed on CAMRA's London Regional inventory of pubs with interiors of special historic interest. Grade II listed and built in 1901 it was designed by the architects Wylson and Long. Originally an Inn, it was named by virtue of the haunches of Venison hung in the bar awaiting their sale by visiting Scots traders.

      It closed for refurbishment in Oct 2015 - and reopened the week commencing 7th Dec and subsequently, in the CAMRA National Pub Design Awards 2016, it was the Winner in the Conservation category. CAMRA North London Summer 2016 Pub of the Season.

      Rotating beers with 4 handpumps but just three were being used in a visit Oct 2023 with a predominance of beers from Wantsum, including a Mild and stronger dark beer. The house beer - a bitter - also is sourced from Wantsum. A "regular" keg offer on 6 lines and a "craft corner" with 6 keg lines (including Two Tribes, Hammerton and Signature Brew).

      These can all be found in the original bar but at the end of 2016 they joined it to the more modern Stores Bar where you will find a large font dispensing Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. This addition created a lot more space. It can also be sectioned off from the main bar for private hire.

      There is a third area on the street corner which is far less pub-like and looks more like somewhere that can be hired for corporate bookings, meetings etc. For that it works well and can accommodate around 15 people.

      Google says the opening hours are noon to midnight every day, the pub's website does not show the hours. We have used the hours on Google as it says they were confirmed.

    • Seven Stars Telephone(020) 7242 8521 51-54 Carey Street London WC2A 2JB

      One of London's Real Heritage Pubs and Grade II listed, dating from at least 1602 and claimed by some to be the oldest surviving pub in London. Formerly known as the League of Seven Stars after the seven provinces of the Netherlands; amongst its first customers were Dutch sailors who had settled in the area. Shakespeare performances took place nearby in Middle Temple and the playwright himself may even have drunk here. Later on, the novelist Charles Dickens is thought to have used the pub as a model for The Magpie & Stump featured in Pickwick Papers.

      Nowadays the bar, with its decorative Victorian bar-back, is located in the narrow central space between two other distinctive drinking areas. There are several impressive brewery mirrors and others advertising various drinks. The pub is popular with the legal profession and the snug drinking area on the left is known as the Wig Box.

      The pub is run by the redoutable Rxy Beaujolais - the Alewife For the Ages, as a pub critic has called her. The very well regarded food is a result of her management. The pub's own website contains much greater details on the pub's history and Roxy's.

      The interior features classic film posters and caricatures with a legal theme. Its beer range includes guest beers from smaller brewers. The comforting gastro-fare menu changes daily and will satisfy meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Note that toilets are only accessible via steep stairs, a relic of the old Elizabethan house the inn once was.

      Another feature of the pub was the resident pub cat who was called 'Peabody' following the demise of 'Ray Brown', the latter pictured RIP proudly wearing his legal ruff. The cat Peabody is, alas, no more. The new cat was called 'Clement Attlee', a fine and more robust specimen, but objects to wearing the ruff. We don't blame him. During the Covid shutdown the cat Clement Attlee was taken home by one of the Bar staff and now lives with them . A new cat has settled in named General and appears to have no problem wearing the Ruffle and loves wandering round visiting the customers

    • Shakespeare's Head Telephone(020) 7404 8846 Africa House, 64-68 Kingsway London WC2B 6BG

      The pub takes its name from a famous pub that was located nearby until the entire street (Wych Street) was demolished over 100 years ago, shortly before Africa House, was built. Converted from a bank/building society in 1998.

      Now a cavernous Wetherspoon pub whose convenient location means that it is nearly always busy, even weekends when the absence of the work crowd is made up for by shoppers, out of towners and people starting their Saturday nights (on Sunday many other local establishments are closed, which helps boost its custom). The nearby location of the London School of Economics means that students swell the pub's population during term time. Even though this is a very busy pub, service is normally quick from an efficient staff team.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Sheephaven Bay Telephone(020) 7380 1323 2 Mornington Street London NW1 7QD

      Reopened after a refurbishment and changed name to Sheephaven Bay and run by the people from the Oxford Arms by Camden Market, it has been modernised with bare, laminate floors, big wooden tables and although opened up, it still retains a separate feel between the two bars. 7 plasma screens feature lots of sport, many from Ireland. There is a function room at the rear and a garden/patio out the back and medium priced food served Mon-Fri 12.00 to 15.00 and 17.30 to 21.00, Sat & Sun 12.00 to 20.00. A two minute walk from the High Street, use the footpath up the side of Tommy Flynns and just keep going straight on. Oh yes, Sheephaven Bay is in Donegal where the landlord comes from! Camden Town tube is only 10 at most minutes away, just nearer is Mornington Crescent. Monday quiz starts at 21.00. Nice range of malts.

    • Ship Tavern Telephone(020) 7405 1992 12 Gate Street London WC2A 3HP

      Hidden in a passage behind Holborn Underground station, a pub has been on this site since 1549. It features in many London ghost books for its association with Catholic priests once caught and executed there in the reign of Henry VIII. It was one of the few William Younger's houses in London and the leaded windows and a brass plaque reflect this previous ownership. Decor is a mix of alcoves and stools, with mahogany-coloured walls and prints of early 20th-century ships. There are six handpumps for regional beers, including two guests and the aptly named house beer. Food is available all day and regular pie promotions are held. The Oakroom restaurant upstairs takes reservations and on Sundays a traditional roast is served with live jazz late Sunday afternoons. Wheelchair accessible double-door but no disabled toilet.

    • Signal Box Telephone(020) 7391 9459 Unit 53, Euston Station London NW1 2DU

      Opened in 2018 and located upstairs in the station’s terrace at the Eastern end, it features a bar, dining space and outside drinking area with seating. It occupies an L-shaped space that can be accessed by stairs, lift or escalator. There are three distinct areas, two of which offer table service. The outer terrace looks over the main concourse and faces the train indicator boards although a large pillar tends to obscure the view. There are train departure screens in the main bar and the dining space. It opens for breakfast from the times set out (taken from their website on 26/10/23) until noon with the full menu being available from then.

    • Skinners Arms Telephone(020) 7837 6521 114 Judd Street London WC1H 9NT

      Named after the City Livery Company and standing on a street named after a past Master of the Company, this traditional medium-sized pub has essentially been converted to one bar, despite the signs on the doors and in the stained glass, of which there is quite a lot in the windows. There is a raised seating area on the left as you enter, and what was a separate room at the back has been converted to a large alcove with more seating. The decor is traditional, and there is a quiet ambience. Formerly a Greene King house. Convenient for King's Cross and St Pancras stations, it is popular with commuters. A wide range of snacks and meals is served.

      Be sure to read the camel story on their website!

    • Smokehouse Telephone(020) 7354 1144 63-69 Canonbury Road London N1 2DG

      The Smokehouse in Islington re-opened has taken it steady in increasing what is available. It was most recently called House, and originally the Belinda Castle, but it retains its food bias which will grow as they land running. There is plenty of seating for drinkers and the real ale offerings provide local beers. On the four pumps on a recent visit were beers from Sambrooks, Redemption, London Fields and from further field, Dark Star. Clearly this range will change regularly, as it was reduce to two on a subsequent visit. The latest fashion is to have a selection of craft beers and here there are almost 20 taps in the wall. A printed menu outlines what is available and the local theme continues here with Kernel, Pressure Drop and Meantime, lined up against a good selection of European beers and even cans from America! Of course, there just had to be Schlenkerla Rauchbier available to complement the pub name. A pub to watch if you like beers from further afield. Serious food served - see their website for times and menus. In the same ownership as Pig and Butcher and Princess of Shoreditch. Tube Highbury and Islington, rail Essex Rd

    • Smugglers Tavern Telephone(020) 7388 8686 28 Warren Street London W1T 5ND

      The prominent figurehead on the front of the building beckons one into a white and aquamarine painted bar adorned with coastal maps, plans and inshore charts together with a ship's wheel to complete the nautical theme. Furnished with simple tables, chairs and stools on an oak floor, some stable stall partitions break up the rectangularity of the room, creating several drinking areas.

      The pub dates from 1798: originally called the Lord Cornwallis, it received its present name when it was refurbished in 1966. Two to three changing real ales and a very good range of international bottled craft beers. NB the WCs are now in the basement.

    • Somers Town Coffee House Telephone(020) 7387 7377 60 Chalton Street London NW1 1HS

      The pub history dates back to the early eighteenth century, when it was a coffee house, and then a tea garden and resort. It appears to have been rebuilt in the 1920s, when the adjacent block of council flats was put up. Internally, there seem to have been a number of refits, with 1920s fireplaces and more modern features visible. The large single room has a central bar with mosaic work on the bar back. Lots off wood panelling and large mirrors enhance the atmosphere. There are four handpumps plus a selection of craft keg beer.

      The floor is polished wood, with tiles round the bar. The main drinking area, with a 1970s electrolier, extends to a small, heated and partly covered beer garden at the rear: there are also tables along the front terrace. There is piped music but no TV.

      Breakfast, lunch and dinner served - go to the pub's website for more details - operating an all day menu updated with new dishes every three weeks. Sunday roasts until they have sold out.

      The pub is about 350m from Euston main line, tube and bus stations, through a passage from Doric Way. There is a speakeasy cocktail bar, the Cosy Kettle, in the basement that is open after the pub has closed.

    • Spread Eagle Telephone(020) 7267 1410 141 Albert Street London NW1 7NB

      A 19th Century wood panelled pub which has been expanded to include a former retail premises. Situated on the corner with Parkway, the pub has several linked but varying drinking areas, together with outside bench seating. Food is served seven days a week from 12.00 - 22.00 and late afternoons there can often be special deals available. At lunchtimes it attracts the office worker crowd which changes as the day goes on.

      Back in 1973, there were only around 115 premises recorded as selling real ale in London. Although that number has grown many fold, sadly only three quarters of the original number still exist and are selling cask. But the fact that there are still some and that this pub is one of them is a cause for celebration.

    • Square Pig Telephone(020) 7691 3144 30-32 Procter Street London WC1V 6NX

      Closed for a period for a facelift which includes a larger outside terrace with heated awning and tables and chairs on decking facing Red Lion Square Gardens. Cask beer has returned in the form of a house beer from Greene King.

      Occupying the ground floor of a modern office block, at corner of Red Lion Square, this is an L-shaped bar drinking area at street level. Contemporary style décor, high re-purposed-wood tables surrounded by seating, and some vibrant artwork; the downstairs cocktail bar has teal, black and dark brown leather booths, with contemporary light fixtures.

      Recorded music can be loud in evenings. Disabled toilet, main door wheelchair accessible. Food menus can be found on their website including light bites, wraps and burgers.

    • Square Tavern Telephone(020) 7388 6010 26 Tolmers Square London NW1 2PE

      22/02/24 - no cask beer available - is this a permanent state? News welcome. Note - the Twitter a/c seems to belong to its previous operator etc.

      A secluded pub, with a large patio facing into a 1980s redeveloped, residential housing estate, and planted courtyard. Two alleyways provide access from Hampstead Road and Gower Street. Exposed brickwork and low lighting with chesterfield seating make this a pleasant retreat from the nearby tower blocks and busy main roads. Food is served lunchtime and early evening, mostly Italian together with Burgers and Steaks. The bedrock of the pub’s custom is now from the nearby corporate HQs – Debenhams, HMRC, Santander and Facebook. This is a young crowd hence the emphasis on Craft Beers. They also have music on some evenings but not sure whether or not it is live music. Close to Euston main line and both Euston Square and Warren Street tubes.

    • Stags Head Telephone(020) 7739 5186 55 Orsman Road London N1 5RA

      The closure of this traditional street-corner pub gave considerable cause for concern that its charms would be lost forever. However, the good news is that the pub has re-opened and the inter-war interior of this former Truman's pub remains on show as does its fine exterior. The essential component is the use of wooden panelling which incorporates mirrors, beer names and wonderful fire-places. There remain several rooms and a larger side-room for entertainments.

      There is also a walled garden for warmer and lighter evenings with summer hog roasts and DJs. Pizzas are served from the open kitchen. A traditional piano completes the scene. Nearest station is Haggerston. Buses can be found on Kingsland Rd. get off at Laburnam St., walk towards the Regent's Canal and turn left down Orsman Rd. As a recent visitor commented, "Really amazing & unspoilt interior; a true London boozer. Not many left like this alas."

    • Star of Kings Telephone(020) 7458 4218 126 York Way London N1 0AX

      Feb 2022 - cask beer returns from Five Points.

      Sister pub to, amongst others, The Star of Bethnal Green. Beer range changes but usually from local breweries such as Hammerton, Redemption and Hackney, beers listed were on in June 2016. There is a 100+ capacity basement bar for live music and a first floor function room. Pub quiz Tuesdays. The food changes every three months with a new pop up kitchen, of the burgers/hot dogs/salads variety. The front terrace leads into a smaller bar with high tables and stools (and what seem to be the functioning handpump). This then leads into a much larger back room with a mixture of seating including settees, armchairs; oh and a pinball machine.

    • Starting Gate Telephone(020) 8889 9436 Station Road London N22 7SS

      An impressive corner pub retaining many late-Victorian fittings, notably a series of framed waterclour paitings of local scenes, several full-height timber and etched glass partitions, an old circular bar counter with a surviving section of snob screens and a number of baffles.

      A visitor reports - "A visit on Friday evening (03/02/23) revealed: Salopian - Shropshire Gold, Fullers - London Pride, Vocation - Heart & Soul, Willy - Crafty Fox. However, all the pumps were adorned with 'Coming Soon' tags. If they can't get a cask beer up and running at this time of the week, are these pumps permanently tagged thus?" On a subsequnt visit in March 2024 - "Of the various pumps on show only one was available, Fuller's London Pride. Doom Bar & Adnams Southwold were badged but not available."

      Built in 1875, the year Alexandra Palace opened. It became the Starting Gate in 1858 when a racecourse was started in Alexandra Park. Much of the interior dates from an 1899 refit, including partitions radiating from the island bar, the different bits served by six external doors. Modern side room with pizza oven. Now M&B, ex-Allied, Spirit, Orchid.

    • Steam Passage Tavern Telephone(020) 7226 5882 44 Upper Street London N1 0PN

      A large busy, bustling pub (it has been knocked though into the next door indian restaurant) which opens onto the street through big clear windows, and where the drinking areas totally wrap themselves around an L-shaped, central bar. There is a raised seated area at the back; wooden floors and half height, oak coloured wood panelling. Bistro style food is served. handy for Islington Design Centre.

      Oct 2023 - informed by a CAMRA Member that vouchers are not accepted.

    • Swan Telephone(020) 7837 6223 7 Cosmo Place London WC1N 3AP

      A long, one-room pub which opens out towards the back and leads off an atmospheric, traffic-free street meaning that the outside seating area is relatively fume free. It is a busy, lively, popular venue with large screen TV (picture only), piped music, snacks and an extensive menu of pub standards served daily. 10% discount for CAMRA members.

      The pub started to stock Old Peculier early in 2022 - encouraged by regulars who used to sup it at the Museum where it is no longer on sale. It is now a regular beer.

      Weston's Old Rosie is no longer considered a "real cider" by CAMRA's defintion.

    • Talbot Telephone(020) 7241 2995 109 Mortimer Road London N1 4JY

      A historic pub that has been trading for over 150 years. Revived and much improved by independent operators, a corner pub in De Beauvoir Town area now featuring attractive evening menu, and Sat brunch and Sun roasts. Popular with after work vistors and diners. Bare floor boards and plenty of uncovered brickwork, with mainly wooden tables and chairs help create a relaxed and comfortable feeling. Garden in summer and upstairs private hire room and a rooftop balcony.

      On a visit at the end of August 2022, only Landlord was available. The other handpump was not then is use. This might change. Taken over by Frontier Pubs June 2023.

    • Tamil Crown Telephone(020) 7062 7846 16 Elia Street London N1 8DE

      This pub has re-opened after a long period of closure in November 2023 - a sister pub to the Tamil Prince - with 2 Purity beers on handpump. Our reporter visited on 02/12/23 with two Purity beers: Mad Goose and Longhorn. The place has been opened out a bit with the addition of an open kitchen servery. They have their own lager, but the barman didn’t know the brewery. The interior was divided into a bar area and a restaurant part. The bar counter looks new.

      "The Charles Lamb is re-opening next Thursday as the Tamil Crown and is a sister pub to the Huntingdon Arms which is now called the Tamil Prince. The focus is on Indian food, with seating upstairs, and someone we know nas already booked a table there. Unlike the Tamil Prince however, the blurb says that Cask ales (plural) by Purity will be available."

      The following text was written when the pub was the Charles Lamb;

      Small street corner local hidden in the south west corner of Islington close to City Road and Upper Street. Despite being a small pub, it still has two distinct rooms, and the leaded windows look original. A lot of work has been put into restoring the pub, from the old wooden flooring, to the etched glass shutters that can be pulled down between the smaller room and the bar. The pub consists of a corner bar in the the main room, with one side of the bar also opening to the smaller room. The smaller room has a gas coal-effect fire, making it very comfortable and cosy for those cold winter evenings.

      Established in 1839 as the Prince Albert in what then was Alfred Street, the pub was renamed in honour of Charles Lamb, the late 18th/early 19th century English essayist. Best known for his collected essays entitled 'Essays of Elia', published in 1823, he also provided the name for the road on which the pub stands ("Elia" being the pen-name Lamb used as a contributor to The London Magazine).

    • Tapping The Admiral Telephone(020) 7267 6118 77 Castle Road London NW1 8SU

      Feb 2024. "Our Kitchen is currently closed for refurbishment, but watch this space for new opening times and Menus! " Tapping kitchen appliances have arrived and are being installed as at 19th Feb. Estimated to be up and active late Feb .,. There will still be homemade pie offerings X2 and other food available too

      Oct 2023 - The Northern Lane station at Kentish Town is closed until Easter next year - Thameslink overland still ok Tufnell Park is probably the best alternative on the tube but far easier to walk from Kentish Town West.

      Four times winner of the CAMRA North London Branch Pub of the Year (2013, 2015, 2018 and 2023). After four years being closed, this community pub was reopened by the people that own the Pineapple. It has an L-shaped bar with comfortable stools, tables and seating. Eight Cask Real Ales and a selection of kegs and bottled ales regularly available. Two or more ciders on cask/handpump such as Seasider or Turner's Dry Cider. Runner-up in the 2022 North London Cider Pub of the Year competition.

      As a member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme expect to see a good range from London's LocAle breweries. Traditional home-made food with speciality pies. Sunday roasts booking advised. Heated/covered beer garden is well designed and is a nice feature. Popular Wednesday quiz and live sessions of traditional music on Thursday evenings. Tap takeovers every 2 months and pop-up events.

      Listed as an Asset of Community Value in 2016 renewed in 2021. The house beer was brewed for them by (we think) Brakspear's, called Nelson’s Whiskers (after the resident cat). However as at March 2023 it seems Redemption Trinity has taken on that role. Disabled Access (Not W.C.), Family friendly (until 8pm).

    • Three Crowns Telephone(020) 3058 4810 8 East Road London N1 6AD

      Feb 2024 - the shareholders of the City Pub Group have agreed to the sale of the company to Young's. Change of operator will, we understand, thake place from 4th March.

      Reverted to The Three Crowns in April 2017 after spending a year as Hill & Szrok (a butchery-focussed pub). At the end of 2009/early 2010 all the surrounding buildings had been knocked down, while the pub, which is locally listed, remained standing and was used as a site office for the adjacent redevelopment.

      In 2013 the pub re-opened. Comprehensive internal refurbishment into a modern venue has seen the space trebled in size which has allowed a dedicated dining area to be added with an open kitchen. Of note, the pub has had an exterior refurbishment which revealed an original bottle-green-tiled Barclay's Brewery (appears pre-Barclay Perkins) facade. An imaginative retention of what had become a tired pub. A Premier Inn is next door.

    • Three Johns Telephone(020) 3714 7830 73 White Lion Street London N1 9PF

      No cask ale as of 20th Jan 2022 which continued well into the year, but as at 08/10/22 we received the following report - "Real ale reinstated and sampled last night, with two from Bedlam Brewery. Benchmark, the other forgotten."

      It became a Hobgoblin around 2008 but in 2012 changed name again to The Fallen Angel. Closed in the summer of 2013, re-opened as a craft beer pub operated by Barworks, in May 2014, reverting to its old name, Three Johns - who were three 18th century radicals. Cask plus lots of craft keg and a huge range of bottled beers.

      The pub now has a very impressive copper tiled ceiling, it's a vast space with two separate areas (the smaller back area is available for private hire and may often be used as such by after-work groups). Bare brick features, unmatched tables and chairs seem to ex-Church seats with the back slot for bibles, probably not now getting much use for their original purpose!), huge picture windows and wooden floor. Pizza is served in the pub and can also be be taken away or delivered via Deliveroo.

    • Truckles of Pied Bull Yard Telephone(020) 7404 5338 Pied Bull Yard, Off Bury Place London WC1A 2JR

      Modern wine/cafe bar in an attractive yard tucked away off Bury Street. Now has a Spitfire handpump on the ground floor as well as one in the basement badged as Old Wallop which will be the same beer. In the downstairs bar the Davy's formula of sawdust and candles prevails. Beer sold in pewter pots and although cheaper by the four pint jug, it still remains expensive. The light interior has stone flagged floors with dark wood round tables and chairs, some armchairs and light wood panelling. Unobtrusive background music. The accent is very much on food and wine. There is a large outdoor seating area in a Georgian yard surrounded by local boutiques and shops. Food is served 11.00 - 15.30 and 17.00 - 20.30 Mon - Fri, 11.00 – 15.00 Sat. Mains range from £10-£15 including steaks, salmon, bangers and mash. Hot and cold sandwiches range from £5.95 to £9.85 and salads and sharing platters £5- £10. Tube - Holborn.

    • Two Brewers Telephone(020) 7836 7395 40 Monmouth Street London WC2H 9EP

      A nicely wooden panelled bar and back bar, just south of Seven Dials, and said to date from the 1690s as part of Thomas Neale's development of what had been known as Marshland or Marsh Close. At the rear of this one room pub there's some attractive backlit coloured glass, and the walls feature photographs of stars of stage and screen. Monmouth Street is said to have been an inspiration for Hogarth's famous 1751 print "Gin Lane" as it was then a byword for drunkenness and crime.

    • Union Telephone(020) 7387 0361 11 Triton Street London NW1 3BF

      Opened in January 2012 as part of the Regent's Place development. Available to hire at weekends.

    • Union Tavern Telephone(020) 7278 0111 52 Lloyd Baker Street London WC1X 9AA

      The pub retains its two room layout, built in Victorian times, with some remains of the original drinking lobby and a former office behind the bar. The many engraved mirrors, bare wood floors and furniture complement the dark wood bar counter, and original fireplaces are retained. The imaginative food menu is displayed on chalk boards, with the left side room serving as a restaurant. The opening hours given are for the bar.

      A large retractable TV screen is available for sports events. At the rear, a staircase leads up to a functions room equipped with its own bar, available for hire. In 2013, following the closure of the nearby Pakenham, the number of handpumps doubled to four and the range improved. Post-covid we seem to be down to 2 cask beers, although a picture on their website shows all 4 in use, they have had Redemption, usually they always have something local.

      A recent visitor (May 2022) reports as follows - "Happy hour at this pub Monday afternoon. Not sure of exact times, but paid only £3 odd for a pint of Redemption at around 5pm"

    • Vineyard Telephone(020) 7226 6276 178-179 Upper Street London N1 1RG

      Wetherspoon then Ambishus (not for long) then Barracuda (who were latterly renamed Bramwell) and now Stonegate. As you enter from Upper Street, you go through a large, covered garden with heaters and occasional barbecues. This leads you into something that is really quite hard to describe, an arched ceiling with wallpaper mimicking brickwork while some of the walls have truly exposed brickwork. A mix of very modern decor, sofas, low tables and booths in a sort of gastro-style, although the menu is reasonably priced. There are also plasma screens for sport. Wi-fi. Disabled facilities. It accepts private bookings for the whole premises so may at times be effectively closed to passers-by.

    • Washington Telephone(020) 7722 8842 50 Englands Lane London NW3 4UE

      Popular and imposing Victorian corner pub. Extensively retained period woodwork together with lots of cut and etched glass complimenting the stucco ceiling and island bar. Listed on CAMRA's National Inventory of historic pub interiors for its surviving interesting Victorian fittings.

      Features to admire include the entrance floor mosaic proclaiming "Washington Hotel and Billiards", the wall tiling and the lovely painted mirrors towards the rear with their pictures of flaura and fauna. There is a separate meeting room/bar downstairs, capacity 60. Enter through a door that doubles as a bookcase.

      Beers rotate, currently (Nov 2023) just one guest while trade recovers after a period of closure for a a "wash and brush up". Big list of keg beers - see their website for full details. Building dates from 1865. Named after the village of Washington in Sussex, whence hailed the first licensee. The pub involves itself in the local community including sponsoring the Washington Cricket Club.

    • Water Rats Telephone(020) 7833 3312 328 Gray's Inn Road London WC1X 8BZ

      After an uncertain time in 2014/2015 opened with a new operator at the back end of 2015 which has seen a nice refurbishment with the once shabby furniture replaced. Originally known as “The Pindar of Wakefield”, built in 1517, on the opposite side of the road, it shared it's name with the Pinder of Wakefield (a person whose job was to impound stray animals), supposedly connected with Robin Hood mythology. It also shares it's name with the historical Pindar's fort, a local site believed to be beneath the Mount Pleasant Post Office.

      Having been badly damaged in a thunderstorm in 1793, it was rebuilt at its current site. In 1986 the premises were bought by “The Grand Order of Water Rats”, a showbiz charity organisation. From their website, "The venue has a prestigious history including Bob Dylan's first UK gig in 1962, The Pogues first gig in 1982 and Oasis' first London gig in 1994."

      They do have 3 handpumps in the back room (Stage Room) but only realistically use 1 for Fuller's London Pride - and that cannot always be guaranteed. Opens early, alcohol served from 10am, they serve a broad range of breakfasts from 8.30am - midday-ish. Live music, comedy shows and secret gigs and are on Vintage TV.

    • Wenlock Arms Telephone(020) 7608 3406 26 Wenlock Road London N1 7TA

      Established in 1835, and re-opened in 1994 as a real ale and jazz pub, it quickly acquired iconic status as a leading edge in the cask beer revolution. When owners Steve Barnes and Will Williams (under whom it had been North London CAMRA Pub of the Year four times) announced their intention to retire, a massive campaign by local people and CAMRA supported by Hackney Council led to the pub being eventually saved. It closed for a refurbishment of the ground floor early in 2013 and re-opened with welcome new loos.

      Simple snacks menu of toasties, Pieminster pies, baked Camembert and tuna melts are served, at a price which won't break the bank. Beer menu will of course be subject to regular change, but something from a London brewery should usually be available and a mild!

      Two minutes from the Regent's Canal. Five minutes from buses on City Road, 10 to 15 mins from Old St stations. A member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme. Runner-up in the North London CAMRA Pub of the Year competition 2016, Winner in 2017. Also a winner of the Cider Pub of the Year category although the range dropped off in 2021.

      Up until Sept 2023 it had occasionally served beer from their own cellar - separately operated BLOCK brewery. However our understanding is that such brewing is no more.

    • Wheatsheaf Telephone(020) 7580 1585 25 Rathbone Place London W1T 1JB

      Attractively fronted mock Tudor pub rebuilt by Youngers in 1931 and designed by John T Quilter. There is some beautiful stained glass in the windows including a Younger's sign. Inside is a narrow bar which widens out at the rear, and a restaurant cum function room on the first floor. This is yet another pub said to have been frequented by Dylan Thomas, George Orwell, and the wartime Fitzrovian crowd, many of whom were in, or desperate for, jobs at the nearby BBC. Part of the attraction for them was the stronger and hard-to-find Younger's Scotch Ale here. Dylan Thomas is said to have met his wife Caitlin Macnamara in this pub; they got married at the third attempt having twice spent the licence fee on booze. It was a marriage made in heaven - both were adulterous and drunken but she was physically violent towards him as well. The dilettante Julian Maclaren-Ross was also a regular in the thirties and forties, often with his trademark silver-knobbed cane and teddy-bear overcoat. Court-martialled in 1943, he features as X.Trapnell in Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time series of books. Yet another regular was the bohemian Welsh artist Nina Hamnett, whose fondness for boozing in Fitzrovia's pubs eventually led to a sad and penurious alcoholic decline accompanied by one-night stands with any of the lower end of the clientele willing to buy her a drink. For those interested in more of this pub's literary and artistic history, a fascinating download is on the pub website. The pub is home to the 99 Comedy Club every Saturday night in the top bar. The pub is now part of a small chain with another pub in Brighton.

    • White Hart Telephone(020) 7242 2317 191 Drury Lane London WC2B 5QD

      A pub that is much larger than it looks from the outside. There is a narrow bar leading to a large baronial rear area. Rebuilt in 1912 by Hoare and Company's Red Lion Brewery, the pub claims from Old Bailey archives to have been in existence since 1216 and to be the oldest licensed premises in London. It, and the surrounding Drury Lane area, was a plague hotspot in the Great Plague of 1665.

      Reputed, like many others in the area, to be a pub where condemned men had their last drink and the company of a good (bad) woman; it is on record that the highwayman Jack Sheppard had his last glass here. The White Hart was a favourite emblem of Richard II though the origins of the creature date at least from Alexander the Great's time. Archive photos of this pub as a Charrington's Ales house may be seen at http://www.historypin.org/en/white-hart/

    • White Swan Telephone(020) 7288 9050 255-256 Upper Street London N1 1RY

      A bit more interesting than the regular Wetherspoon's shop conversion, the White Swan was created from disused council /union offices in 2000. It backs onto Swan Yard, the remaining part of a much larger yard belonging to the Old White Swan, demolished in the 1960s, which stood next to the post office, separated from Club Union House by the railway station. This is possibly the best place to drink at the top end of Upper Street and you certainly will not find a better range of beers at better prices anywhere in N1.

      The tasteful Art Deco interior reminds one of a 1930s cinema, including elaborate banisters, panelling and mirrors, with split levels and an upper gallery floor too. There is an ever-changing range of British real ales, sometimes at least seven at one time. Regular mini beer festivals and cheap food to boot! Well worth a visit - a real community pub, which is a rarity for the area.

    • William IV Telephone(020) 7490 3283 7 Shepherdess Walk London N1 7QE

      29/08/23 - reopened. What follows is the previous history. Beers listed were on sale on 15/09/23. We think food is available but do not have details. Also we do not know the current opening hours - those shown are as it was.

      10 August 2020 - walked past last week. It was closed, windows obscured, with a bell labelled 'ground floor flat'. The pub freehold was for sale last year. The sales document refers to a lease expiring in Feb. The upstairs accommodation is part of the pub. The pub is no longer available on the AG&G website. The owner is still listed at the Land Registry as the Max Barney Pub Company although it is possible the sale has not yet been processed.

      Under new management from March 2018 with only Wandle on handpump on Tuesday visit. Previously reopened after a brief period of closure in 2013 under new management, guests from Hackney and ELB have been featured. It remains pretty much as it was with an array of large white tables, candles. The outside fabric of the pub, a nice entrance way and etched windows with the pub's name remain from a previous refurbishment which saw the bar shift position and a large portrait of William IV acquired. Upstairs is a larger room (with the original pub shutters found in a local second-hand shop!). There is also a smaller private dining room.

    • Woolf & Whistle Telephone(020) 7636 8383 Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square London WC1H 9EU

      On the ground floor of the Tavistock Hotel. With its stylish Art Deco entrance and very 1920s style bar (an Art Deco walnut looking bar with Art Deco silver inlay) off to the right from reception, this is a comfortable spot just off a splendid public square; still open fields at the end of the C18, once a place to hunt ducks and fight illegal duels.

      The Square has strong literary connections – Dickens lived at the NE corner and here he wrote Bleak House, Little Dorrit and other works; Virginia and Leonard Woolf ran the Hogarth Press from the basement of No 52 and it is indeed from Virginia that the bar takes its inspiration. Reasonable priced hotel accommodation bearing in mind location.

    • York Telephone(020) 7713 1835 82 Islington High Street London N1 8EQ

      Large, busy, bustling, handsome looking, street corner pub, which confusingly looks as if it's on Upper St., an impression helped by the large outside terrace. Huge, plain windows lighten up the place, while the deep red ceiling, fireplace with mirror above, and the older back bar fittings hint at what it would have looked like in a previous age; being built in the 1850s as the York Hotel and rebuilt in the 1870s. Various photos and displays commemorate the once nearby Islington Studios, where Hitchcock began his career. These and the good-looking mirrors will no doubt be hidden when the large sports screen drops down. On the outside corner there's a fine curved display advertising sign. Food from a large menu, see their website for details and times of serving but in general all day to an hour before closing.

      Under CAMRA's revised defintions of "real cider", Weston's is no longer listed.

    • Yorkshire Grey Telephone(020) 8176 6990 2 Theobalds Road London WC1X 8PN

      Formerly the home of a micro-brewery, long deceased. It is a large imposing building, dominating the corner with Gray’s Inn Road, and though essentially one large room inside, care has been taken to create different drinking areas, including a couple of booths. Seating is at a mix of low tables and seats, sofas, and some very large high tables in the middle of the room. The menu is made up of sharing plates, small plates, pizzas, burgers, wings and other pub staples - see their website for details including combinations of food with a drink.

      A large room upstairs is available for hire for meetings or functions. Outside benches. In 2015 became an accredited member of the CAMRA LocAle scheme.

  • Muswell Hill
    • Famous Royal Oak Telephone(020) 3489 2845 73 St James's Lane Muswell Hill N10 3QY

      Modern replacement for an old pub, a pub having stood on this site for over 200 years, just below arches of old railway from Highgate to Alexandra Palace now providing a pleasant walkway and impressive vistas. One main bar, with pool table in a large extension to right-hand side, both areas being festooned with bric-a-brac. Main sporting events shown on TV. Large outside seating area at front with impressive hanging baskets. Quiz night on Thursday from 9.15pm. Light snacks available at all times and summer barbecues on the terrace. Live piano sessions every Wednesday evening 6pm-7pm. Plus a retro jukebox with classics from the 1960's to the 00's.

    • Maid Of Muswell Telephone(020) 8883 4971 121 Alexandra Park Road Muswell Hill N10 2DP

      Originally an off-license, opened as a pub by Bass Charrington in 1987. Has undergone a bit of a transformation with shades of gastro in its new furnishings and menu. There is a larger outside seating area and food is served from opening until 21.00 (20.00 Sunday), their website will give a good indication of what is on offer, including Sunday roasts. Stations are a good walk away, bus far more convenient. Offers a large selection of keg beers as well - "10 hand-picked beers to our collection. They'll be on rotation daily but once they're gone, they're gone."

    • Mossy Well Telephone(020) 8444 2914 258 Muswell Hill Broadway Muswell Hill N10 3SH

      Muswell Hill takes its name from a medieval holy well and its hill-top location. The ‘mossy well’ became a place of pilgrimage after a Scottish king was said to have been cured here drinking the water. By the early 1800s, Belle Vue Lodge stood on the site of these premises. In 1900, it was replaced by the Express Dairy tea room, with a milk depot at the rear. In the early 1980s, the property was converted into licensed premises.

      Much re-engineered, in 1984 it became a pub under various names, latterly the Village. It was opened by Wetherspoons on 13th October 2015, as the Mossy Well, derived from the etymology of Muswell. It's very spacious inside, with a mezzanine floor and outdoor drinking areas at both front and back. Despite the size it can be packed. Four "house" beers plus up to 8 guests. CAMRA North London Pub of the Season Winter 2016/17.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Muswell Hillbilly Taproom 14 Avenue Mews Muswell Hill N10 3NP

      On visit of 1/02/24 I was told the intention was now to rotate the cask - guest cask beer one week, Muswell Hill Billy cask the next. On a visit of 30/11 Five Points Best Bitter was to go on but had not yet settled.

      Brewery Taproom. Up to five keg lines from MHB and two guests. Muswell Hillbilly Brewers are a microbrewery "who aim to share our love of making and drinking good beer. Our beers have distinctive flavours and contain locally sourced ingredients, including our own N10 hops. We currently produce bottle conditioned craft beer, cask and kegged real ales, selling mainly in Muswell Hill, Alexandra Palace and Wood Green.

      We now also run a Tap Room in Avenue Mews where we have our own and other local beers on tap, our full range in bottles to drink in or take away and a fine range of wines, spirits and soft drinks."

    • Victoria Stakes Telephone(020) 8815 1793 1 Muswell Hill Muswell Hill N10 3TH

      Single-bar pub nestling in the foothills of Alexandra Palace, on the main Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill bus route. Its name (so it is beleieved) comes from a horse race (it was originally built as a coachouse & stables) and the theme is reinforced throughout the pub. The pub's website has an interesting piece on its history.

      Like several real ale outlets in the area, it describes itself as a 'bar and dining rooms'. Furnishings are a mix of leather sofas and old style wooden chairs; there is a wooden floor throughout on two levels and candle lighting predominates.

      The cask beers available seem to change regularly and we have seen beers from various breweries across the country but they also favour tap takeovers - for example on a visit in November 2023 there were three beers from the Renegade Brewey. The pub also offers draught Leffe and Hoegaarden.

      Food is served, either in the pub or the upstairs restaurant, check website for latest times. The menu takes in a wide ranges of full meals, snacks and tapas, plus various set menus. The pub suffered a massive fire in 2016 and has now been restored to full health with all the damage put right.

    • Village Green Telephone(020) 3058 0557 122 Fortis Green Road Muswell Hill N10 3HN

      Fifties pub initially named after the famous television pioneer - John Baird; the first broadcasts were made from nearby Alexandra Palace. A stack of old TV sets recognises this but in 2020 the pub has been operarted by Laines who changed the name to Village Green in homage to more recent local celebrities - The Kinks.

      Recently Pride and Landlord have been the regulars although sometimes not both at the same time. A recent sign board (June 2023) has a Laines beer advertised but not available Aug 2023. In addition there are 8 keg lines from Laines and guests.

      The decor might be described as unusual with tin baths hanging from the ceiling! You enter into a large bar space with seating heading off to both sides - to the left-hand sides it in effect enters a separate space which is used for events. Both sides lead to the very large garden which has booths and an upper area.

  • New Southgate
    • Springfield Tavern Telephone(020) 8888 4795 133 Bounds Green Road New Southgate N11 2PP

      Feb 2024 - the pub is now generously offering a 10% discount to CAMRA members - and this will apply all day every day. The pub has 2-3 real ales on at any one time.

      The newly refurbished Springfield Bar & Grill opened on September 27th 2013 but it now trades as The Springfield Tavern. It's a great local for everybody in the Bounds Green area, showing all major live sports action and with live music at weekends - see their social media channels for details. It also has a Thai food offering - see website for full details. The new layout and decor is very impressive. It has lots of comfortable seating, its warm, clean and fresh.

  • Newington Green
    • Mildmay Club & Institute Telephone(020) 7254 5458 34 Newington Green Newington Green N16 9PR

      Update March 2022 - Mildmay club now trialling real ale. Usually from a Thursday evening. Usually a single cask on gravity. New members welcome on Friday evenings.

      Established in 1888, The Mildmay Club and Institute Union is one of the few surviving working men’s clubs in London.

  • Queen's Park
    • Salusbury Telephone(020) 7238 3286 50-52 Salusbury Road Queen's Park NW6 6NN

      The owner since 1999 is a company called Masseria Group. Set up by Nick Marsh (ex Lansdowne) and Rob Claassen (ex Duke of Cambridge), they brought their previous gastro experience to bear but with a clear two-room layout separating bar from restaurant, this means diners and drinkers don't trip over each other. Jazz was playing softly in the background and with covers of reggae albums on the walls, it's a sure indication that muzak will not assault your ears. There is a mad mix of unmatched tables and chairs which creates a pleasant jumble that is not your identikit gastro. It exudes a laid-back, comfortable air as good pubs should. The owners also operate the organic food/deli a few doors down, which does take-away pizzas and eat-in at a small area in the back. Nice range of bottled beers. If you get bored, you could always visit Kilburn library or call in at the cop shop. This street sure packs a lot in a small space. IPA was £4.10 and Abbot £4.80 in September 2018.

  • South Hampstead
    • North Star Tavern Telephone(020) 7435 6287 104 Finchley Road South Hampstead NW3 5JJ

      30/11/22 - St Austell Tribute plus New River Twin Spring. It is possible that (for example) the Pride may be alternated with St Austell TRibute, Doom Bar or Sharp's Atlantic.

      The pub was purpose built in 1850, shortly after the Finchley Road was driven through. The style is high Victorian, with a wrought iron balcony across the frontage. The Jubilee line is 3 feet below the cellar floor. The building is on a steep slope, so drinking spaces are at a different heights, and the large patio at the back, which can be covered and heated and has TV, is on three levels.

      The interior has only a few original features left: there are two marble fire surrounds. It is a football and TV sports-orientated locals' bar: there is a darts board in the back corner. Food includes bar snacks and daily specials, popular with local workers coming in for lunch. Food served: 12.00 - 20.00 except Fri (closes at 15.00). Extended to 22.00 on match nights. Bus: C11, 13, 82, 113, 187, 268.

      Please note the food hours cannot be guaranted - all we know is that "the kithcen does close early on a Sunday".

  • South Tottenham
    • Mannions Prince Arthur Telephone(020) 8365 1899 158 Broad Lane South Tottenham N15 4QJ

      Thankfully still open and cask beer recently introduced. Another pleasant pub retaining a lot of its original features and is a good example for researching pub architecture and how it has changed over the years. There may be a deal with Sky Sports and Sharp's/Molson Coors, whereby you get the beer cheap (Doom Bar) when you get Sky Sports, probably why lots of smaller keg pubs are now doing Doom Bar. It looks like 30% reduction in cost for Sky Sports negotiated for Punch and Admiral chains.

  • Stoke Newington
    • Axe Telephone(020) 7254 9559 18 Northwold Road Stoke Newington N16 7HR

      Grace Land, operator of the Earl of Essex acquired what was Jan’s Bar to take its portfolio to five sites. The lease was acquired from a private vendor for an undisclosed sum, the freeholder being the Wellington Pub Company. Reopened as Axe in May 2017 with a central bar, an impressive beer list of 3 on cask regularly changing (website has up to date details), 19 on keg and lots of bottles - a very impressive list. No clips but paper details slotted into board on the wall. A welcome change and return although the pub has no signage!

      The kitchen is serving food from 3pm Monday to Thursday, from noon on Friday and Saturday, and roast on Sunday from noon till late afternoon (or until it’s sold out).

      On a visit in May 2022 real cider was on offer but in Sept 2023 the position changed - Sandford Orchards on keg. The give away here, as we found at the Earl of Essex, is that it is on the board as "sparkling cider" rather than just cider. It's on the side board next to the cask beers.

    • Birdcage Telephone(020) 3856 3017 58 Stamford Hill Stoke Newington N16 6XS

      25/01/22 - Closed for conversion to a Stonegate managed pub. 05/07/22 reopened - The web site promised three real ales - Doom Bar, Purity Mad Goose and Timothy Taylor Landlord. Only the last of these appears to be on the bar currently. Reverted to tenanted by the end of 2023.

      Had reopened in May 2016 after 18 months closed ad eventually cask beer disappeared. Just up the road from Stoke Newington station, this is a large, imposing street corner pub built in robust pub style, with granite columns and bow windows. Largely modernised inside, with grey and bare brick decor, new bar counter, but retaining old window frames and internal columns with capitals.

    • Clarence Tavern Telephone(020) 8712 1188 102 Stoke Newington Church Street Stoke Newington N16 0LA

      Popular corner house previously named after local author of Robinson Crusoe fame and built in the 1860s. In 2015 the lease was taken on by The Yummy Collection as a "tea-themed" pub, hence its then name change but it seemed a lot of people did not like that so it has, in Aug 2017, reverted to its original name. Pleasant walled garden. Grade II listed in 1975. Lease acquired by Natural Pubs in 2020.

    • Coach & Horses Telephone(020) 7812 9622 178 Stoke Newington High Street Stoke Newington N16 7JL

      Oct 2023 - no real ale reported - news welcome.

      May 2022 - reopened under new management. Regular events held - see their website for full details. Caks beers on offer.

      In Jan 2022 the pub closed and was boarded up, its future then was uncertain.

      Originally a coach house (a small building for housing coaches, carriages and other vehicles) dating back to the 1700′s, it is one of the oldest remaining public houses in the borough of Hackney which was formerly in the county of Middlesex.

    • Jolly Butchers Telephone(020) 7249 9471 204 Stoke Newington High Street Stoke Newington N16 7HU

      With its prominent red painted exterior this is a one-room pub with large clear picture windows, and some half-moon upper windows retaining their coloured glass. An unusual mix of church pew seats with prayer book slots around large tables, an open kitchen and a bar featuring up to five cask beers and two ciders/perries at any time (either on handpump or in boxes from the fridge.

      The range changes constantly. Nicely presented beer and cider menu with tasting notes. Catering is by Booma Kitchen – "The coming together of Delicious Indian Food and Great Beer" per their website. On Sundays traditional roasts and some Booma kitchen specialities.

      Interesting range of bottled beers many imported together with some rarer tap beers from Brugse Zot, Meantime, de Koninck, Erdinger and Schlenkerla plus British craft kegs. From London, Jiddlers Tipple Another IPA in the permanent range.

      Originally Jolly Butchers, then Father Teds, then Bar Stokies. Now back to its original name. The beers listed are an example of the type of LocAles that may be stocked.

      Note - a recent visitor has reported that cash is no longer accepted, card payment only.

    • Londesborough Telephone(020) 7254 5865 36 Barbauld Road Stoke Newington N16 0SS

      Refurbished in minimalist style with exposed brickwork, and large retro style chairs and benches. A late licence has been applied for Friday and Saturday to midnight.

      From the pub's website

      A Victorian meeting place

      Public houses in Stoke Newington were used for many social activities. Four houses including the Londesborough, had billiard licences in 1879. Almost all the friendly societies met at taverns because there were no other secular meeting places, apart from coffee houses in the mid-18th century and assembly rooms in the 19th century,

      The Pride of Stoke Newington met at the Londesborough Tavern from 1860 to 1864. By c.1870 there were some 25 Taverns and Beer shops in Stoke Newington and the detached portions of South Hornsey, many at the corners of new roads in spite of opposition, mainly from nonconformist Sunday schools and abstinence associations.

      In the 1960's, the Londesborough was one of the pubs that the notorious Kray Twins took a drink in.

    • Macintosh Ale House 1 Bouverie Rd Stoke Newington N16 0AH

      The Macintosh Ale House opened in July 2023 as an outlet for beers from the Macintosh Ales brewery. Charles Macintosh is the genial host behind the bar as well as brewing the beer at Orbit brewery in Walworth. Usually two beers are available, the Best Bitter on handpump and the Pale Ale on keg. Later in the year, there are plans for extending the beer range brewed.

      The premises are part of a small mews of former stables behind the Clarence pub on Church Street, it is nicely hidden and a secret haven for those in the know. Seating inside is around tables for about 20 drinkers and a few stools at the bar, crisps available. Decor is plain with a growing amount of beer and brewing memorabilia."

    • Prince Telephone(020) 7043 5210 59 Kynaston Road Stoke Newington N16 0EB

      Built around 1880 by the philanthropist Thomas Arno which used to be run by the famous Mancini boxing family. Has now transmogrified itself into a fairly typical gastro with all that goes with it, including food that could not be described as inexpensive. However, drinkers are not made to feel unwelcome in this L-shaped single roomed establishment with a zinc metal topped bar. There is an outside drinking area but it has to close at 8.00 to prevent noise disturbing neighbours. At the time of the visit there were 4 handpumps fitted with two ales and two ciders on sale with 12 craft ales, lagers, cider on keg dispense. They run 'A Crafty Drink' offer throughout the weekdays between 5-7pm with 30% off selected products. Also offer tasting flights, takeaway bottles of draught beer (at reduced rates) and host regular collaborative events with breweries throughout the year.

    • Red Lion Telephone(020) 7249 7980 132 Stoke Newington Church Street Stoke Newington N16 0JX

      Reopened March 2017. An inn called the Red Lion stood on this site in 1697 and behind it used to be the local lock-up and fire station. It went through a thorough refurbishment in 1988 when it became the Magpie and Stump, part of the Saxon Inns chain and became the Tup in 1998. Secluded garden. The older Truman's panels featuring the "Red Lion" name are still there and the (full) name is now picked out in a different colour of paint. Hence it seems to have reverted to Red Lion, at least by default. To try and protect it as a pub, an ACV app was filed on 04/01/2017. Decent keg beers include 40FT Pale, Beavertown Gamma Ray, Brixton Electric IPA, Camden Pale and Unfiltered Hells, Chapel Down Curious, Estrella Damm, Five Points XPA, Magic Rock Salty Kiss, Redchurch Brick Lane Lager.

    • Rochester Castle Telephone(020) 7249 6016 143-145 Stoke Newington High Street Stoke Newington N16 0NY

      With some fine tiling in the front section and a large skylight at the back, this is a welcome outlet for cask beer. CAMRA Pub of the Season Autumn 2002. Children's licence until 20.00 (last food orders an hour before). in existence from 1702 as the Green Dragon and subsequently demolished and rebuilt by Richard Payne from Rochester (hence the name) although it was briefly the Tanners Hall in the 1980s. It is now Wetherspoon's longest trading pub.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Rose & Crown Telephone(020) 7923 3337 199 Stoke Newington Church Street Stoke Newington N16 9ES

      Close to historic Clissold House and park, this is the "gateway" to central Stoke Newington night-life. This inter-war former Truman's house retains many period features, including distinctive wood panelling which has led to its listing on CAMRA's Regional inventory of pub interiors.

      En suite accommodation available. Popular and busy pub quiz on Tuesday nights - can be difficult to get a table if you are not playing. Has been known as such since 1612 but the original inns were on the east junction of Albion Rd and it moved to its present position in 1930 which probably goes a long way to explain the inter-war fabric.

      Note - payment by card only, no cash.

    • Ryan's N16 Telephone(020) 7275 7807 181 Stoke Newington Church Street Stoke Newington N16 0UL

      Closed for refurbishment in March 2106, now reopened. The building and 19th century draper's shop extension were listed Grade II in 1975 (clearly a popular year for listings!) and since the late 1980s has been variously La Manch and the Vestry. Decent keg beers include Beavertown Gamma Ray, Beer Hug Hibernation White, Blue Moon, Brooklyn Scorcher IPA, Five Points Pils, Hiver, Kernel Pale Ale, Lervig Sour Suzy, Meantime London Pale Ale, Vedett. Pool and darts seem to have gone. Surprisingly large rear patio garden. Serves Thai food. Various weekly events such as poker and open mic. Sport shown.

    • Shakespeare Telephone(020) 7254 4190 57 Allen Road Stoke Newington N16 8RY

      Attractive and welcoming street corner pub. The central bar dominates this pub, which has large windows to both streets and much etched glass. They don’t serve food, but do highly recommend the pizza shop right next door and you can bring their food in. Part of Remarkable Pubs. No entrance after 23.00. Beers can vary but mostly are all from Fuller's with one "guest". Trivia Quiz Monday. Beer garden. Sky TV.

    • Three Crowns Telephone(020) 7241 5511 175 Stoke Newington High Street Stoke Newington N16 0LH

      12 Sept 2023 - Now doing cask again. One handpump recently installed. We think they had a refurb this year? Marble Manchester Bitter available.

      Retaining much of the original interior (less a few walls), this vast corner pub had returned to its established long term name (which commemorated the visit of King James 1, passing by in 1603 to be crowned King of Scotland, England and Ireland). The corner section fronting onto High Road has fairly conventional wooden tables and chairs for dining or reading at. The Church Street section has a much more vibe bar feel to it with low lighting a bizarre selection of mirrors from the 1700's to the'70's, lending a surreal feel to the low-lit maroon decor. Large scrubbed pine tables jostle with Chesterfields and church chairs for attention with a throbbing incessant ambient soundtrack that on a bad day has you reaching for the paracetamol in seconds.

      Good to see the original external metalwork retained and the exterior looking its most normal, if a little dour, for many a year. Like its nearby contemporary the Rochester Castle, the Crowns also features a large vaulted skylight. The bar counter sports a range of dimly lit low hanging lamps. The Waiting Room underneath stays open much longer and features various live events, again see website.

    • White Hart Telephone(020) 7254 6626 69 Stoke Newington High Street Stoke Newington N16 8EL

      On a reviewer visit on 09/09/22 no cask ale was available, it is not known if this is temporary or permanent.

      Run by the Antic pub company under whom it reverted to its original name. There is a large garden at the back and lots of things going on including DJs Fri/Sat and live music Sun, events in the function room, live sports and other nightlife activities. There's a large menu including a barbecue, see website for detail. Table football and pinball. The pub's website lists forthcoming beers. A good 15 minute walk from Dalston Kingsland over ground. Previous name(s): White Hart then Murphys Tavern.

  • Stroud Green
    • Old Dairy Telephone(020) 7263 3337 1-3 Crouch Hill Stroud Green N4 4AP

      March 2023 - GK announce pub will reopen on 29th April 2023 and so it has. Their website mentions 5 cask beers but a visit to the pub in June 2023 revealed 4.

      In October 2020 Greene King announced that 79 of their pubs would remain closed and that it was likely that some of them would not re-open. It looked as if the Old Dairy might be one of those. The website was dead and emails sent to them have bounced. It's been closed and boarded since lockdown.

      Oddly enough the building was just that - Friern Manor Dairy Farm, established 1839, this building dates from 1889. With its crenelated exterior, minarets and large relief etchings extolling the virtues of the various processes in producing milk, it certainly presents an unusual sight. It's received an impressive make-over and, with such a large space to work with, can successfully offer separate dining arrears without impinging upon the overall pub feel. It has the now standard mix of large tables and sofas, illuminated by table lamps plus candles and with huge picture windows either end. The atmosphere is added to by impressive chandeliers, exposed brick walls and duct work with steel girders. There are lots of different areas to eat or drink - details of food and serving times are best obtained for their website. With 5 pumps and an ever-changing range what's on can change daily.

    • Robin Ale & Cider House Telephone(020) 7018 3830 29 Crouch Hill Stroud Green N4 4AP

      Reopened at the beginning of October 2023. Food: similar to Southampton Arms - ie pies; scotch eggs, sausage rolls and salt beef sandwiches. 10 keg lines, up to 4 cider lines and up to 6 changing cask beers from independent UK breweries inc a stout or a mild. Its similarity is no coincidence as operator Nick Bailey was previously the manager at the Southampton.

      It is a small corner pub made cosy by soft globe lighting and candles with a mix of seating, from booths to sofas, which offer a warm welcome to all. The bank of four cider handpumps is at the back of the bar serving area in the same way as the Southampton Arms.

      Previously the Brave Sir Robin but that closed - 10/02/23 - it had reopened as Brave Sir Robin in December 2017 from the team that still run the Rose & Crown in Kentish Town. The name of the pub came from the name of a knight in film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

      The building that hosts the pub has gone through various usages. At one time, it was a Post Office and, in the 1930’s, a grocery shop. It finally became a pub in 1983 and was an early conversion by JD Wetherspoon when it was known as Marler’s Bar. Since then it had numerous names including Hopsmiths, when it was run by the now closed London brewery, Late Knights. But that wasn’t the only closed brewery to own the pub; Tolly Cobbold of Ipswich purchased it from JD Wetherspoon when they departed in the late 1980’s. We have retained some pics of how it used to look.

    • Stapleton Tavern Telephone(020) 7272 5395 2-4 Crouch Hill Stroud Green N4 4AU

      Acquired by pub company Antic in 2010, initially tied to Greene King but as of Feb 2023 that no longer seems to be the case - the guests were Fyne Ales Jarl and when that ran out Landlord was put on.

      A very large pub with an L-shaped bar and home to a truly bizarre collection of ornaments, tiny lampshades, ice skates, and an original 1970s video games table and oid-fashioned table football machine. A very large back room (no TV) has an impressive lantern. The front of the pub can get very busy and noisy when football is shown.

      When this establishment traded as the Stapleton Hall Tavern it was quite a famous live music venue. [The original Stapleton Hall Tavern was licensed in 1765 at the NW end of Stapleton Hall Rd., was sometimes known as The Green Man and became Stroud Green Conservative Club in 1888. The house has subsequently been converted to flats.]

    • White Lion Telephone(020) 7561 8880 125-127 Stroud Green Road Stroud Green N4 3PX

      There are two handpumps which greet you on entering but in Feb 2023 only the one in use and when that beer ran out it did not look as if it would be changed immediately that evening. A large and impressive pub with a semi-circular bar and piano and a separate area to the rear which hosts the pub quiz evenings. Also lots of outside seating on the front patio.

      Sold by Wetherspoon to Urban Pubs and Bars and re-opened after a refurbishment. Previously one of the oldest Wetherspoon's pubs, established in 1986, converted from a car showroom. The White Lion originally featured in the coat of arms of the Mortimer family, and was later incorporated into the coat of arms of King Edward VI.

  • Tottenham
    • Antwerp Arms Telephone(020) 8216 9289 168-170 Church Road Tottenham N17 8AS

      Tucked away in the historic and atmospheric Bruce Castle Park area, The Antwerp Arms is Tottenham’s longest established working pub. Serving local people since 1822, this Georgian building with beer garden faced demolition in 2013 – before 300 came together to own and run it.

      It is now a newly reopened community pub that was saved from developers by the local community and CAMRA campaigners ... it is now open as a community collective owned pub, that will effectively be a permanent outlet for Redemption Brewery beers. Busy on Spurs match days when they return to White Hart Lane (200 metres to ground), otherwise mainly locals. Quiz night Tuesday. LocAle member: occasional beers from other breweries. Cans from local Beavertown brewery.

      CAMRA North London Pub of the Year 2020 and carried forward into 2021. In September 2021 the pub was awarded the CAMRA Greater London Hero of Heroes Award for all the efforts they have done during lockdown for their local community and including their food bank.

    • Beehive Telephone(020) 8808 3567 Stoneleigh Road Tottenham N17 9BQ

      In a side road off the High Road, this two bar pub is on the CAMRA Regional inventory of historic interiors and is a good example of a "Brewer's Tudor" style pub as you will find anywhere. The interior is still as it was in 1927 apart from one screen removed. See it reviewed in CAMRA's London's Heritage Pubs book.

      It manages to feel cosy, despite its size. After a period of uncertainty, acquired by Camden Bars and re-opened in March 2014 initially offering a wide range of ever changing ales, from national and local micro breweries. However, subsequently the cask ale range had slowly fallen to just one beer (although this may increase on busy days).

      In addition a selection of craft keg beers on draft and in bottles such as Dog Fish DNA and Lagunitas IPA and locally brewed Beavertown plus a wide selection of bottles. Since 2014 a member of CAMRA's LocAle scheme. CAMRA local Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15. Outside bar & BBQ on Spurs match days.

      Often open earlier for match days. Check Socials for updates - home & away fans are welcome for pre & post match drinks & grub.

    • Elbow Room Telephone(020) 8801 8769 503-505 High Road Tottenham N17 6QA

      An excellent local also keen on sport (this is Tottenham after all). A former Wetherspoon's pub, which has kept their low prices. The pub's intimacy is created by the raised area, wooden pillars and a semi separate area to the rear. Large Spurs mirror behind the friendly dark wooden bar as well as lots of Spurs memorabilia on the walls. The footballs on the ceilings, at the time of visiting, reflect the pub's sense of humour. Locals reckon the pub has the best Xmas decorations anywhere. The Courage Best is sold at a very favourable price.

      May 2022 - beers available REV JAMES and ORBITER. Coming soon JAIPUR and the DOOM BAR.

    • Ferry Boat Inn Telephone(020) 8808 4980 Ferry Lane Tottenham N17 9NG

      23 Feb 2024 - There are five hand pumps at the pub, of which three are often available in our recent experience, including today. There were pump clips displaying five beers, of which two were ‘coming soon’. Three were by East London, plus Doom Bar and Ghost Ship.

      Comfortable large pub with various rooms with a mix of seating ranging from dining tables to settees. The entrance area has high tables and stools and a stone floor and the two areas to left and right are more eating areas. There a couple of fire places that appear original as does the water pump in front of the pub. Framed drawings of London buildings are scattered throughout. Large garden at the back in addition to a few seats at the front.

      On the banks of the Low Maynard reservoir, part of the Lee Valley Reservoir Chain, this tranquil spot consists of wooded islands and marshes, and is a magnet for bird watchers. Existing for over 100 years, its location has made it popular with locals, travellers to London and even holidaymakers. in 1877, over 12,000 holidaymakers arrived at the nearby Bruce Grove Station with droves descending onto the Ferry Boat to dance in the gardens, which from time to time sported a brass band. Can get very busy at times.

    • Redemption Brewery Taproom Telephone(020) 8885 5227 Unit 16 Compass West Estate, West Road Tottenham N17 0XL

      The Taproom will be open from 11am for all weekend Spurs homes games in the season. Outside of weekend Spurs games, it’s best to check with the brewery for details of opening times. We cannot guarantee this web entry will be kept up to date for opening times.

      They serve a good selection of their keg and cask beers on match-days. SOLAR will always be available on keg, alongside Hopspur on cask. The Taproom also stocks cans, bottles and mini-kegs to take away.

    • TCC Telephone(020) 8808 2062 5 Bruce Grove Tottenham N17 6RA

      A family friendly social club for the residents and supporters of Tottenham next to Bruce Grove station.

    • Volunteer Telephone(020) 8808 2691 131 Chesnut Road Tottenham N17 9EU

      If leaving the Beehive, follow the cycle route to Tottenham Hale station and you will pass the Volunteer. Somewhat hidden from the major streets in the area, but a busy local pub with an emphasis on sport, aside from the 2 massive televisions that dominate the front of the pub, there are a number of trophies above the bar, mostly for darts. There is a nice beer garden at the front.

  • Upper Holloway
    • Boston Arms Telephone(020) 7272 8153 178 Junction Road Upper Holloway N19 5QQ

      09/02/24 - reported as having no cask beer, we do not know whether this is permanent or not?

      A very large pub opposite Tufnell Park tube station featuring live music (two music venues) and a number of different seating areas, including a large, heated garden. A majestic looking building dominating the area - see below for full details. Information on the live music offering can be found at https://www.bostonmusicroom.co.uk/

    • Charlotte Despard Telephone(020) 7272 7872 17-19 Archway Road Upper Holloway N19 3TX

      Close to Archway gyratory. Regular weekly events such as Tuesday quiz nights. Music Sat nights. Charlotte Despard (born Charlotte French) - 1844 to 1939 - was a British born, later Irish based suffragist, novelist and Sinn Féin activist. As The Dog this was a Marlers then a very early Wetherspoons and their corporate offices were above the pub. Now an accredited member of the CAMRA LocAle scheme, the pub serves four cask beers, always LocAle (others can include ELB and London Fields) and up to 80 bottled beers and ciders. Plenty of buses pass by too numerous to list. Note - the pub is now generally closed on a Monday unless they choose to open for a particular reason - e.g. because of Xmas, for example.

    • North Nineteen Telephone(020) 7281 2786 194-196 Sussex Way Upper Holloway N19 4HZ

      Some visitors during the course of 2022 found no real ale on - so perhaps best to say that supply can be inconsistent. Perhaps 2023 will see greater consistency - in Jan 2023 Hophead reported as being in good form. But at the end of Sept the report back was "no real ale". Hey ho.

      Back street community pub, formerly named 'Enterprise', modernised and re-opened after a period of closure, with a major refurbishment it is now decidedly up market from the previous offering. The real ale range was expanded with the opening of a "Whisky and ale bar" although now reduced. Pool Table In Back Bar.

      All "home cooked British only" food including a "steak bar" including Sunday roast dinners. The pub has a member's club with a discount of 40p per pint if you join - see their web site for details. The price differential is an incentive for you to join his club and you will get regular email updates as to what is happening at the pub.

    • Oak & Pastor Telephone(020) 8616 0943 86 Junction Road Upper Holloway N19 5QZ

      25/07/23 - report of no cask beer - anyone know different? On Tuesday night's visit they had two cask handpumps on the bar both had "just run out" that day and barmaid said they had more on order (expected delivery the next day). So hopefully a one-off.

      The origins of this building can be traced back to the 19th century; the first record being a public house in 1889 when it was christened the Junction Arms. During the Second World War this building was damaged by the bombing, however only suffered minor damage to the exterior structure. In 1964 the Junction Arms became the Drum and Monkey, the tenant instigated the story behind this unusual name, at the time owning an ornament depicting a drum and monkey (odd!!). Now a warm and friendly pub with a varied food offering (see their website for menus), nice gardens, open fireplace in winter and lots of reclaimed church furniture. Comedy nights

    • Shaftesbury Tavern Telephone(020) 7272 7950 534 Hornsey Road Upper Holloway N19 3QN

      May 2022 - we understand that Remarkable Pubs are ending their trade arrangement with Fuller's and shifting to Shepherd Neame. However, in this pub that seems to relate mostly to keg products not cask - so they can shop around for cask beer which means the range can vary week by week. On 04/02/23 the cask was Pumphouse Pale, Purity Ubu, and a 2.7% session ale from Small Beer.

      Comprehensive restoration of a very nice old pub, with former pool room restored as restaurant area under fine skylight. Much improved with outside seating available at front. Operated by Remarkable Pubs. CAMRA LocAle accreditation. Tues quiz, CAMRA North London Summer Pub of the Season 2015. Food comes from a predominantly Thai menu with some "pub classics" such as fish & chips and sausage and mash.

    • St John's Tavern Telephone(020) 7272 1587 91 Junction Road Upper Holloway N19 5QU

      26/07/23 - Pub closed for refurbishment.... reopened 6th September with three cask beers as listed. Pre refurb Keg beers including Orbit, Brew by Numbers etc.

      Another part of the real ale renaissance taking place in this part of London. Although the emphasis is undeniably on food (hams hanging in the food preparation area are visible from the bar), this gastro pub has had up to five real ales on at any one time. It is also big enough for those who just want a drink to enjoy one without feeling uncomfortable. The whole impression is one of space, helped by a large bar area and high ceilings.

      There is a large restaurant area to the rear of the pub, and an outdoor drinking/smoking space to the side. But please note the menu says a 'discretionary' 12.5% service charge will be added to all bills. During the summer of 2009 underwent a large programme to restore many of the original features.

      Underground: Archway. Overground: Upper Holloway. Buses: 134, 390.

    • Whittington Stone Telephone(020) 7281 0905 53 Highgate Hill Upper Holloway N19 5NE

      Newly reopened following a £200,000 refurbishment but still mostly used by locals from the estate that it is part of (it was built in the same style and at the same time as the estate) and workers and visitors to the Whittington hospital. Liver sport can predominate.

  • West Hampstead
    • Alliance Telephone(020) 7794 2860 40 Mill Lane West Hampstead NW6 1NR

      The pub closed on Sunday 30/01/22 and the then current landlord left. The owners of the Clifton St Johns Wood and Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead have signed a lease, and the pub is now trading again after a nice refurb. Currently two rotating cask beers with a large selection of keg beers inclduing London brewers such as Two Tribes, Hackney, Hammerton.

      A corner pub in back streets of West Hampstead, essentially two rooms, the left hand one being the brighter, through having windows along the side with a small partitioned area at the rear with sofa seating and a nice looking fireplace. The longer right hand room has a panelled ceiling. Uplighting is applied to the light pastel coloured walls, to give a comfortable ambience. Toned down to a traditional pub now, only a couple of sports screens, more gastro food.

      A disabled access ramp is available from the road. Bus: C11 (Westbere Road) or stroll down to the main road form many more. The Alliance has been listed as an Asset of Community Value March 2016.

      ACV status was renewed in June 2021 and will now be valid until 2026. Renewed by West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum (NDF).

    • Black Lion Telephone(020) 7435 4389 295 West End Lane West Hampstead NW6 1RD

      Dec 2022 beers from Hackney and Taylor's were available - we are led to understand that the pub has considerable latitude in the cask beers it can stock.

      Large main road pub at West Hampstead Green. A mixture of high and low seating is provided to suit all requirements. Fairly large outdoor drinking areas can be found at both back and front. Food is served from a short but well thought menu with brunches served Friday and Saturday, see their website for more detail.

      For many years badged as a standard Greene King pub but now trades under its Metropolitan Pub Company brand. This has resulted in an expanding and changing range of real ales which does not seem to feature Greene King standards.

    • Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club Telephone(020) 7435 6022 25 Alvanley Gardens West Hampstead NW6 1JD

      Private members sports club - Tennis, squash, cricket & hockey. The cafe/bar is only open to members.

      Tennis club bar reopened for inside service on 17/05/21. London Pride only cask beer on sale but bottled Adnams Ghost Ship is available.

    • Done Our Bit Club Telephone(020) 7624 3603 128a Maygrove Road West Hampstead NW6 2EP

      Known as the DOB club - the club has been on Maygrove Road in West Hamptead for over a hundred years. A private members club for veterans, working men and ex-army men. Two reals on at time of visit in June 2021, including Greene King IPA. Snooker room and pool table. Two large bars - the main bar has a large dance floor area and pool tables at the back.

    • Railway Telephone(020) 7624 7611 100 West End Lane West Hampstead NW6 2LU

      On a visit in Feb 2002, two cask beers - the ubiquitous GK IPA and a house beer which we believe to be Sambrook's Junction, the pumpclip makes it clear that the beer is brewed by them. The ciders from Lilleys are no longer considered by CAMRA to be "real ciders".

      Re-opened after work on the upper floor in the summer of 2015. Large mid-Victorian pub on corner close to the stations, in the style of the North London railway. Comfortable leather covered bench seating in several drinking areas opposite long bar. Television screens in most areas for sporting events. Student discount card scheme available (students would need to ask for details). The upstairs room was a jazz club and also featured early performances by the Stones and Hendrix.

  • Willesden Green
    • Beer & Burger Store Telephone(020) 3019 7575 88 Walm Lane Willesden Green NW2 4QY

      Converted to pub use in 1996 as one of McGowan's Irish bars which installed handpumps to sell real ale, although it did not last. In winter 2016 became the area's first craft beer bar offering up to 20 keg beers (many from London) and a very large bottled selection, many of which are bottle conditioned. It once stocked a real cider in the form of a bag in the box in the fridge - but that seems to have gone.

      That list is updated on their untappd profile and changes are tweeted regularly. Diagonally opposite Willesden Green tube. The same operator runs The Stag in Hampstead and The Mall in Notting Hill. A nano brewery called Project 88 was also in operation at the site but no more.

      Payment can be made by card only - no cash. The chain operates a card based scheme such that for each £10 payment you get a token and when you accumulate 10 tokens you can use them to get a £10 credit.

  • Wood Green
    • Karamel N22 Telephone(020) 8829 8989 4 Coburg Road Wood Green N22 6UJ

      March 2024 - now trading as Karamel N22.

      27/11/22 - went past Karamel. It still exists according to their website but the main performance space and bar is now MAAD, a vegan restaurant. It looked like a bright, relaxed cafe more than a restaurant. It still counts as a pub, we think, as the bar is retained. No handpumps that we could see, about four or five keg fonts. We think that the space is still used for performances by Karamel so we have retained their soc media links. The MAAD website has an events link through to Karamel. We could not check if you needed to eat to use the bar. We think it remains closed on Mon/Tues but otherwise hours are a bit of a guess.

      Cafe and events space in the Wood Green Cultural Quarter. If a ticketed event is being held admission may be restricted to ticket holders. If so carry on down to The Prince.

    • Nag's Head Telephone(020) 8889 0376 203 High Road Wood Green N22 6DR

      Closed for a refurbishment in Feb 2018 and has now reopened under its former name. Occupying a major corner site in the centre of Wood Green, an impressive exterior leads to a somewhat barn-like interior, a vast drinking den; food is served daily 10.00 - 22.00. It's a lively place, with several drinking areas, some booths for a bit more intimacy, a table football machine and at the back a pool table and outside smoking area. Sports screens all around. House DJ Fri/Sat from 21.00 to closing.

    • Prince Telephone(020) 8888 6698 1 Finsbury Road Wood Green N22 8PA

      A handsome two-roomed pub. The local community group succeeded in having it listed as an ACV in November 2015. "Acquired" in 2016 and now open for business under the sound management of the team that had run the Duke's Head in Highgate with quality ale as first priority!

      Up to five regularly changing cask ales, seven keg beers, plus a similarly priced range of keg ciders. The beers come from small breweries across the UK and are listed on their website as they change. They are kept up to date as customers can order for take away. In early Feb the range included guests from Two by Two, Vibrant Forest and Burning Sky. In September 2022, they had one cider on handpump from Ascension called Shimmy. They also have one from Turner's in a box on the bar.

      They had installed an in-house brewery called the House Brewery but this is no longer operating.

    • Spouters Corner Telephone(020) 8881 3891 Unit 5, Spouter's Corner, 180 High Road Wood Green N22 6EJ

      Formerly just known as Wetherspoons, in common with the other such generic named pubs in the chain, it has been given a new name, the Spouter's Corner. Part of the Hollywood Green leisure complex, that corner of the High Road was called Spouter's Corner in the past for its popularity for free speech, or "spouting" in a similar style to Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park. Open air meetings were held until the 1950s and it was also an assembly point for hiring workers.

      You enter through an outside, covered terrace into a very modern pub which it does quite well. Some striking and large murals and wall art adorn the place together with a large sculpture from a local artist. The area to the back is designated as a dining area but this may only apply during peak times. Plenty of story boards on local history and notable residents such as Ted Willis and Jack Hawkins.

      Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and Orchard Pig or other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.

    • Westbury Telephone(020) 8889 2059 57 Westbury Avenue Wood Green N22 6SA

      Large, impressive corner pub taken over in 2014 by London Village Inns. A sister pub to the Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington, a wide range of beers is available including a number from London breweries such as Hammerton & Redemption. Food from an open-plan kitchen will have greater visibility.

      Well worth a visit. On bank holidays they are likely to open Sunday hours for drinks and food.

      Note - payment by card only, cash not accepted.

    • Wood Green Social Club Telephone(020) 8888 9917 3/5 Stuarts Cresc, Stirling House Wood Green N22 5NJ

      A few minutes walk away from North London’s busy Wood Green Shopping City and the tube station, you will find the club whose origins can be traced back to first decade of the 20th century. Now housed in a very functional looking 60s building, perhaps not the most pleasing of architectural styles making it a club with a modern appearance but with over a hundred years of fascinating history that the current committee and members are proud of. It began life as the Southgate and Wood Green Labour Club and had very strong links with the local Labour party and trades unions. The club has 3 handpumps of which only 1 is used as real ale just about ticks over. The current beer is London Pride.

      If members would like to pop into the Wood Green Social Club they will be admitted on production of Camra membership card