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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Owl & Hitchhiker

471 Holloway Road
N7 6LE
EmailBUP.REKIHHCTIHDNALWO@OLLEH Telephone(020) 8161 0150
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Opening times: Mon–Wed 16:00-23:00; Thu 16:00-24:00; Fri 16:00-02:00 next day; Sat 12:00-02:00 next day; Sun 12:00-22:30
Regular beers: Timothy Taylor Landlord

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

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.