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The Somers Town Coffee House is a curious find in the back streets of an area not really known for its dining and drinking options. The pub (for it is a pub, the name dissembles) manages to perfectly straddle the oft-perilous tightrope between drinking den and restaurant, providing generous space both for punters who want a hearty meal, and those who just want to gurglescoff the ale.
The beer choice is numerically good, if less adventurous than other places in our Euston selection. They've got 10 pumps, mostly serving Young's classics, but with a few exotics mixed in. The food, meanwhile, is exceptional, and recently propelled the place into a top 40 spot in an industry poll of best gastropubs. Choose from a varied selection of mains, or dip into the British tapas menu.
The pub also boasts a basement cocktail bar, one of the first in this area. A small beer garden has also opened at the rear. This place is the local for the massive Francis Crick research institute, so expect to hear talk of cell cultures and Eppendorf tubes from the next table.
The pub has bounced back well from a near-disastrous fire in the summer of 2018.