North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Quadruple Success for Tapping the Admiral!

Saturday 22 April 2023

Tapping the Admiral, near Kentish Town West Station, has been awarded Pub of the Year by the North London Branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale for the fourth time.

Colin Coyne, North London Branch Chairman, said, 'This is the fourth time that the pub has taken this Award. The first time was 2013 and they made it a second in 2015 and a third in 2018. It just goes to show that you can’t keep a good pub down!'

From left to right, Colin Coyne, Freddie Eken Odong, Josh Freeborn and pub owners Paul Davies and Kirk McGrath.

He added 'The award was instigated by CAMRA to promote good pubs that serve the community and the Tapping the Admiral is an excellent example of that, with their knowledgeable staff welcoming regulars and strangers alike. This pub, originally known as the Trafalgar, was closed down and remained shut for four years and it became almost derelict. It reopened in 2011. With 20+ pubs closing every week, it is a case of use it or lose it and it's great to see a pub go from strength to strength. It’s well supported by locals and pubs need all the support they can get'.

Josh Freeborn and Freddie Eken Odong, the pub’s joint managers, said “This is a community pub that is made so by everybody who drinks here, from the staff to the locals who make it so. We are all friends who like to drink. This is a golden age for real ale across the country and London is at the heart of that. We’re very proud and grateful to CAMRA to win this pinnacle of awards.”

The runners up were the Southampton Arms, also in Kentish Town, and the Magdala in Hampstead.

The Award was handed over to Josh and Freddie by Colin Coyne at a celebration on 18th April.

For further details contact: Colin Coyne (CAMRA) 07973 831082, ku.gro.armac.nodnolhtron@namriahc or Tapping the Admiral: 020 7267 6118, moc.liamg@larimdaehtgnippat