North London

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–Sat 12:00-01:00 next day; Sun 12:00-23:30

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. As a result Laine's beers can now be found.

There were 4 handpumps providing three real ales and a cider. But post lockdowns the manager has said that there is no intetion to resume sales of cask beer. "It's the old "we have to pour it away" argument, and he wasn't interested in arguments about choice or about promoting the product. It's "the demographic", apparently..."

BUT then in July 2022 - from our reporter, "I popped in for a drink last night - and there was cask back on. Some Landlord - not earth-shattering, but OK. I asked the barman when it came back on but answer came there none..."

Their website says they are open daily from noon until late.