This pub was chosen editorially as one of the top 10 best craft beer pubs in London, 2014.
Given its slightly off-the-beaten-track location in the residential back-streets between Angel and Canonbury, it’s surprising how busy this pub can get. At popular times, beer geeks flock from far and wide to hang out here. Why? Well for a start the beer selection is not just excellent, it’s also rather interesting, often comprising beer from a number of brewers who tend not to feature that heavily in London’s other craft beer pubs, as well as their own in-house brew and some more familiar names (Camden Town, Magic Rock, Thornbridge, etc.).
The food is entirely agreeable, focused more towards the gastropub audience than those looking for simple pub grub, and the woody, bright décor is immediately comfortable. Combine all this with a nice little beer garden at the back of the premises and you can begin to understand this pub’s appeal. Oh, and check out the wonderful London pen-and-ink panoramas at the front of the bar — almost a match for the work of Stephen Walter, on show around the corner in the Charles Lamb.
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Last updated November 2014.