England > Greater London > Camden
Boudicca (717) London, England | December 1, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
A dark, goth-like music pub tucked away behind Camden High Street. It’s a sister pub to the Earl of Essex in Islington. Good atmosphere and a good range of bottles. (Visited 5 August 2012).
Theydon_Bois (666) The ’Sham, England | December 13, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited on 13/12/13 around 5pm.
The place is just over the road from Camden Town Tube (Northern Line) and you literally walk past it in an alleyway on the way to BD Camden.
The place is a medium sized open plan single room with a central ’square’ U-shaped bar. There is also an upstairs room for live music. There was plenty of room upon my arrival and it started to get a little busier as I drank my beer but nothing too hectic for 5.30pm on a Friday in London.
Client base largely local/semi-local rockers backed up with rock / indie rock on the stereo system.
Decor is functional, wooden floor, walls adorned with band posters.
Service was good, the guy talked a little about the beer and offered a sample.
Range wasn’t too exciting, only 1 cask ale available (3 pumps) and the keg range, whilst offering a little variety, wasn’t too exciting compared to previous reports. keg beers included a SN seasonal, Hopslinger Black IPA (By The Horns), one or two Belgian offerings. There was a pin board of beers on tap but at least 2 I asked after where not available - a little lazy in not updating these bearing in mind they only have 12 to deal with at a max ! Bottle list was solid enough, some Belgians and US, some more local offerings from the likes of Partizan and Siren.
Didn’t appreciate the extortion on the half pint pricing. £5.40 a pint, but the half I ordered was £3 !!! No need for that !
Ok place, at least for Camden (once a good beer desert barring Quins) they make an effort and you can combine decent enough music (or a gig) with beer. That said I wouldn’t recommend a trip here other than if you have 20 minutes to kill having visited BD Camden or you are out with non beer friends who perhaps crave some music and you can reach a compromise here.
I’d always been put off coming here due to the bogus reviews it once received (staff/owners), perhaps a certain Bryn Fowler (Designated Premises Supervisor of their sister pub the Earl of Essex) ought to do the decent thing and wipe his ?
imdownthepub (522) Banbury, England | July 16, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
No signage on the outside that we could see, just a black frontage, looked a bit salubrious, on the inside it is stripped out with wooden furniture and bare floorboards and a bit of a death theme going on, a place for vamires perhaps? However; the trepidation ended there, the welcome from the friendly bloke behind the bar was great, the cask beers were a good selection and well served. Better still, we were then shown the bottled beer list, which although quite pricey, was amazing in its range. This goes straight into our favourite London pubs list, great place.
jackl (438) Charlottesville, Virginia | September 21, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t quite know what to make of this place. The ambiance is generally great, but the whole hard rock vibe was punctured by the gratuitous presence of Springsteen on the bar’s playlist. The service is fine. The selection’s pretty strong. The bottle list may not offer 90 beers, but it does have some decent finds (Pannepeut, Clown Shoes stuff). There’s no crap on tap, nice. The pricing was very strange. Some stuff was completely reasonably priced, other stuff was at a price point clearly higher than what the likes of Craft or the Euston Tap charge. Overall, I’ll keep my eye on this place and revise my rating in the future...
Brugmansia (415) Jylland, Denmark | April 8, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited several times, and worth a visit if you are in Camden area. Can at times be very busy. Have a nice bottle collection as well. Normally beers are in good condition. Nice range of beers, friendly staff.
sic1314 (390) Leiden, Netherlands | October 28, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely my sort of place, a more than reasonable draft and bottled selection and White Zombie playing.
HenrikSoegaard (325) Randers, Denmark | March 18, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
NIce worn down pub. Rock-venue. Nice service. Ok selection. 2 casks and many rare tabs from Camden Town. Low prices. A place to go in Camden.
deyholla (315) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 28, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A quite dark bar with that was a bit rough. A decent selection of casks/taps and bottles. Service was slow and the bar wasn’t particularly busy. Prices were nice but I wasn’t overly impressed.
JohnRMurdoch (306) Glasgow, Scotland | April 16, 2012| Updated April 21, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 17/20
On a back lane close to BrewDog & Camden Town Underground Station. Black on the outside, dark inside. A hard rock bar with 3 local cask ales available. Hard rock music played & 20% discount for CAMRA members. Satisfactory service. Worth stopping off at on the way to BrewDog.
caesar (301) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | December 19, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
From the outside I didnt even notice there was a pub. Let alone that they have a decent selection of beers. Several good beers on tap and a whole range of great bottles like Stone and some de Molen. Bar is like a hardrock-cafe with loads of 70s and 80s hardrock and glamrock. Actually, I didnt look at ratebeer before I entered, so was pleasantly surprised and had a great time! :-)
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