Charles Lamb (Free) | Islington, Greater London
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Charles Lamb (Free)
Exceptional based on 7 ratings
Type: Bar

16 Elia Street
Islington, Greater London England N1 8DE [ print map ]
020 78375040

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7 reviews for Charles Lamb (Free)
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  80%
 Selection  65%
 Food  80%
 Value  68%
 Overall  75%
 Rating  76%


66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jackl  (400) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 17, 2013
Nice little local tucked into a quiet street near Angel station. About 4 casks plus a few options on keg. Small selection of local bottles available too. The cozy, relaxed atmosphere was sort of ruined by a screaming baby (why do people take infants to pubs?). Pretty average prices and service. Overall, worth a stop if you’re on an Islington crawl.
60
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (543) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
Loz and I visited here on Saturday 29th March 2013, it is just a short walk from the Earl of Essex probably 5 mins and just a street across the other side of the canal. If you do walk from one to the other, it is worth checking out this stretch of canal as we did a bit of ’geocaching’ which for those who don’t know is like a modern day type of treasure hunting, which utilises the GPS found on most modern phones. however this ’geocache’ took us around the canal area and basin and gave a lot of information and detail and history about the local area so well worth it. Back to the pub, it is situated on a corner and when we arrived lunchtime’ish’ there was a reasonable amount of people in. We both had Dark Star Hophead, it was ok but lacked the crisp hoppiness that it often has, so much so that Loz (who is a hophead) left half of hers for me to finish as she was rather bored by it. There was a strange crowd in here when we arrived (bit clicky I felt) and I have to say that I didn’t really warm to the place and neither did Loz, the service was fine, it was clean, tidy and was a very nice looking little pub, close enough to others but also nicely tucked away, however just didn’t really get on with it and that is a shame as on another day I may have felt very differently about it. I have to confess to not knowing who Charles Lamb was, but there was a bit of detail on a board at the rear of the pub. It is a tight pub and I agree with Colin, there are too many stools near the bar, fortunately the place wasn’t packed so this wasn’t an issue but I guess that on occasions they would be a pain. I may venture here again, to give it another go, but with the burgeoning scene in London I think that would be very dependent on a few more classy places opening in this neck of the woods.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois  (615) The ’Sham, England | February 24, 2013
Visited on Thursday 21st Feb around 5pm. Smallish place with 4 cask lines including Dark Star, Roosters and Windsor & Eton and O’Hanlos on my visit and some ’craft’ taps with lagers from Camden and Cotswold. The bar is totally surrounded by stools (Ken - take note). It was fairly quiet when we arrived - around a doezen or so people in the place however ALL of the bar stools were occupied making it difficult to get near the bar and served! I don’t mind some bar stools - but please! Leave a space or two so folks can get to the bar itself without squeezing between someones conversation! Service when I pushed through was fine. Bottled list also holds interest with quite a few Kernel numbers on display. Ok place - seems big on gastro food but had just popped in for a quick one so didnt investigate further. I wouldn’t come out of my way but links in well with a crawl through the area (think Old Fountain - Wenlock - Charles Lamb - Earl of Essex - Craft Islington).
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | October 1, 2012
A very nice place to visit thanks to good beers and very lovely barmaid. Menu looked good too but I didn’t have time to try it. I had time for Windsor & Eton Guardman 4,2% & Mauldons Silver Adder 4,2% (31.7.2011).
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (583) London, England | July 1, 2012
What a pub! Something like the perfect local, I would think. Four casks, a few decent (i.e. non-macro) kegs. Good-looking food menu, though I didn’t eat on my visit. Chill bartenders. Very, very laid back vibe. Good music. Picnic table seating outside. Fair prices. All session ales on cask during my visit. Also some very good bottles, several from local brewers. Well worth a visit.
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub  (493) Banbury, England | February 25, 2012
Lovely pub in residential streets in Islington. There is a bit of a French theme bout the pub and Bastille Day is celebrated in style. The beers are certainly well kept and a decent range is available, there are also a few interesting kegs to be had. The food looks good, but not tried by us and the map of London in the back room will keep you occupied for ages. All in all a top notch pub.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton  (159) London, England | June 25, 2011
Visited this pub with friends on Friday 24th June 2011. Backstreet corner pub with two rooms. One room is mainly occupied by diners and has mirrors and old maps on the walls, while the other is much more "pubby" and has plenty of woodpanelling. Four ales on - Friday’s range included Otley Columb-O, Dark Star Hophead and two others from micros/small regionals. There is no music at the Charles Lamb, but lively conversation, and friendly staff. The tarpaulins on the outside of the pub provided useful shelter for smokers while it was raining. Food was very good. All in all, a pleasant pub, reasonably priced for the area, with well-kept beer and one I will revisit.

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