Crouch End is rapidly becoming one of our favourite drinking spots. It has many fine pubs, and all have individual charms.
Small Beer won't win any awards for original decor (it sports the familiar contemporary look of exposed brick, stark whites, with shadeless lights), although the projected menus and sturdy beer pumps are a pleasing touch. Still, the pub is utterly transformed from its previous incarnation as the Henry Reader traditional pub.
Where Small Beer wins is on its beer selection. With 12 kegs and 6 casks, this place is easily the undisputed local champion for variety. Tipples include ales from just down the road in Wood Green (House Brewery, attached to sister pub The Prince), with guest beers from all over the UK.
They also serve a small selection of wines and cocktails, including a beer cocktail called the CAMRA Discount (£10), which is never ever going to lead to confusing conversations at the bar. Food is in the key of pizza.
In summary, more atmospheric drinking dens can be found nearby, but this is the winner if you want to sup some rare ales.
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Last updated May 2018.