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Campaign for Real Ale

Victorian pub in Kentish Town wins CAMRA North London Pub of the Season

Monday 19 February 2024

The Gipsy Queen in Malden Road, NW5 has won CAMRA North London’s Winter Pub of the Season 2023/24 beating hundreds of other pubs in the area.

"Gipsy Queen POTS Winter 2024 - Colin Coyne & pub Mgr Derek"

Colin Coyne, Branch Chairman, said, “Members voted for the Gipsy Queen to win this accolade based on its great beer and its community focused ethos. The team have thought creatively as to what local people want. Not only does this independent pub offer a great selection of cask and keg craft beer from around the world, but it’s also running a number of events from the more usual pub quizzes to Movie/TV show screenings and comedy. The pub is also planning to have workspace available every morning Monday to Friday and, being independent, the Gipsy Queen is able to work with, and support, other independent businesses. It’s a worthy winner”.

The Gipsy Queen’s operators also run the Victoria Stakes in Muswell Hill.

"Gipsy Queen POTS Winter 2024 - pub Mgr Derek & team"

Ruben, the Operations Manager said, “We’re ecstatic to win this award and we can only hope to continue our work to live up to this prestigious title so generously bestowed on us by the great people of CAMRA”. There has been a pub on this site since the seventeenth century. Originally constructed as a coach house, it had the most expensive and lavish stables of their day. Its former ballroom and political salon attracted the “Holland House set” and the premises have been a place of eating, drinking and merriment for over 200 years. The current pub was built in 1843.

As well as the main bar area, the pub has an outside seated area at the back and the Studio upstairs is the venue for events. Food is supplied by residencies and currently Konbini Kids are supplying a Japanese menu.

For further information, contact Colin Coyne - CAMRA North London Branch Chairman: ku.gro.armac.nodnolhtron@namriahc ; or Gipsy Queen: 020 3092 0598.

Extra facts

  • This award is determined by CAMRA members voting for pubs in North London selling real ale.
  • The pub’s address is 166 Malden Rd, London NW5 4BS; website:
  • CAMRA is the Campaign for Real Ale and is a volunteer membership organisation with over 200 volunteer branches across the UK and over 150,000 members.
  • CAMRA nationally was formed in 1971. It exists to promote good beer, protect pubs and defend consumer rights.
  • The North London branch of CAMRA covers most of the North London postcodes plus WC1 and parts of WC2 and has almost 700 pubs in it.