Earl of Essex | Islington, Greater London
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Earl of Essex
Excellent based on 42 ratings
Type: Bar

25 Danbury Street
Islington, Greater London England N1 8LE [ print map ]
020 7424 5828

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Hours: Mon 15:00-23:30; Tues-Thurs 12:00-23:30; Fri&Sat 12:00-00:30; Sun 12:00-23:00

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (44) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 50

Earlís Brewery ceased in 2015.

Earl of Essex

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Beer Available At Earl of Essex (arranged by most recent)
Magic Rock Dancing Bear (4.5%) 43, Omnipollo Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA 94, Siren Calypso Berliner Weisse - Mosaic, Comet 92, Crate Steam Lager , Siren / The Evening Brews All Of It Please , Burning Sky Flanders Red 89, Wiper and True Amber Amarillo , Magic Rock / Marble Warea 86, Wiper and True Triptych No.6 Pale Ale , Lervig Sour Suzy 32, De Molen / Anchorage Mud & Funk 95, Siren / Elusive Dinner for Four 72, Lervig / Magic Rock Rustique 92, Earlís English Barley Wine , Buxton Two Ton IPA 98, Orbit Peel 67, Thornbridge Cocoa Wonderland 93, Mordue Panda Frog Pandademic 86, Fourpure Amber Trail 55, WharfeBank Othelia Gold 27
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42 reviews for Earl of Essex
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  78%
 Selection  80%
 Food  77%
 Value  73%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
sir__v  (154) Lille, France | October 29, 2015
Visited the 27th Ocotober 2015 on the evening. Cosy modern place with a good selection on tap, on cask nothing was available but they have 6 cask machines... Only cider was available and thatís really strange. The bottle seleciton is nice with fair price. Serivce is ok but not amazing. Ambiance is noisy but ok. I expected a better place when you compare the other ratebeer place around... I need to go back to have a second point of view.
Martinus  (189) Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands | September 22, 2015
Very nice and interesting pub, good atmosphere and nice initiatives to involve customers in brewing. Intimate backyard. Lovely place.

Visited during RBESG 2014.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
martin00sr  (42) Haderslev, Denmark | April 21, 2015
Buisy but friendly, welcoming place. Go early, before it gets crowded. Service was friendly and quick. Broad, excellent selection, changing during the evening. Great place. Would love to come back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
jazar619  (41) , | April 18, 2015| Updated May 8, 2015
Really nice place. Was there shortly after opening. Nice tap selection, with lots of variety and styles. Nice that they offer 1/3s as well. Good food too. Definitely a place to check out if youíre around the Angel/Islington area.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton  (798) London, England | February 25, 2015
Update: In the last three months (to 25 Feb 2015) the handling of the casks has fallen off a cliff here. They are apparently having issues with their line cleaner; the result is that most of their cask beers taste like chemicals, solvent...line cleaner. Itís a damn shame, really, as they are getting good beers on cask and then destroying them. Definitely not fair to the brewers. Also, the servers have not been aware of the issues with the casks when I return the beers. They agree with me that the beers taste off; but then the question is, who is doing the quality control? I really hope they fix this soon. It has gone on far too long. Previous score of 86 dropped down to 72.

Update: This place has really improved since opening (not that it was ever bad, mind). They are getting in a lot of beers not seen elsewhere in London, and their in-house brewery is now up and running. Quickly becoming one of my regular stops. (Original rating: 78. Revised up to 86.)

A very attractive pub with a solid range of beers. Something like six to eight casks and about 12 kegs. A few interesting things on tap (Camden, Sierra Nevada, Cotswold, Moor, Left Hand, Nogne O) though nothing that really blew me away. The bottle range has some rarities, including Sam Adams Infinium and stuff from Anchorage Brewing. Prices are decent, and you can order a 1/3 if you want, which is nice. They also have a very nicely laid out menu for all the beers, both draft and bottled, with prices. The pub itself is beautiful with plenty of indoor seating in addition to a few tables out front on the sidewalk and room out back in the garden. The food menu looked good but I didnít eat on my visit. Apparently this place will have its own beers in the coming months, so I will look forward to checking back for that.
FatPhil  (400) Tallinn, Estonia | January 29, 2015
I donít feel particularly well greeted when thereís tons of condensation all over all of the windows. Which were single-glazed, of course. If theyíre not going to invest in double-glazing or ventilation, that tells me theyíre not going to invest much in my comfort. Itís fairly simple inside, hard wooden benches and chairs, but not actually unpleasant - itís a boozer. Was rather full when I went there on a Sunday night, so a bit noisy. Apparently, Iím scarier to the locals than the locals are to me, which I guess is a good thing. I liked the nice clear beer list - great for people who donít like straining their eyes. Selection was very good, but Iím a little out of touch with the London scene, so donít know if it stands out. Service was at least adequate, they werenít going out of their way to assist, but it was a fairly busy night and I definitely have no complaints. One I wouldnít mind revisitting if Iím in this side of town again. Wasnít paying attention to the prices - it was cheaper than my usual foreign venue (Finland), and I didnít care, I was on holiday and treating myself.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken  (268) Tokyo, Japan | January 16, 2015
Pretty empty when we visited, but it was just after new year. Nice place and decent selection of their own stuff, other UK beers and imports. Food was good too. Like the fact that they do thirds. Decent bottle list too.
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | January 11, 2015
Stopped by on a very busy Sunday afternoon. A couple of Earlís beers pouring and many guest taps. Bar staff were happy to pour tasters. Friendly vibe on a warm sunny day.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | January 5, 2015
Visited for the first time on Thursday 21st Feb í13 between 5.15 - 6pm. Sinlge room with a central bar, seating area runs around either side of the bar. Wooden floors and benches. A big board to the left of the bar, as you face it, displays all the beers. Good concept - large tpye and easy to read. The rear beer garden looked nice but didnít venture out due to it being a little cold. To the business end - good choice of cask and keg, mixture of local London brewers, UK regional microís and overseas offerings. Decent enough bottle list but not overly exciting. When we arrived at 5.15pm we were the only people there, another 6 or 7 had arrived by 6pm, so I was a little surprised it was this quiet for a Thursday despite it being a little on the early side. A little too dimly lit for miy liking, difficult to see the colour of your beer at times! Service was fine but couldnít really fail bearing in mind we were the only punters on arrival! Ambiance defaults to 3 - Iíll give it another go on a busier night. CAMRA discount 50p / pint. Overall I liked this place, looks good, good range - just surprised how dead it was ! Update from 19/09/13. Visited around 5pm on a Thursday so still fairly quiet (2 other drinkers). I was in search of some of their own beers from the on site Earls Brewery. Chatting to the girl behind the bar she told me she had worked there for 5 weeks and at no point during this tenure had any of their own beers been available so donít necessarily expect to tick this brewery off via a visit. They do however have a live beers list you can check in advance of a visit online. Update Jan í15. Their own beers are now commonplace, often 2 or 3 on and the quality of these has risen markedly. However the quality of cask beer has been rather erratic on recent visits where more than one line has tasted of cleaning fluids. Score dropped from 76 to 72.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (594) , England | January 2, 2015
Been here a few times and walked the 10 mins from Angel. A good tap list here including beers from their own microbrewery. A new keg is put on on a Tuesday I think. Nice large single roomed pub, nice heritage decor. Have issues with the beer quality on 1 visit with the beer tasting of line cleaner, only happened once though. Staff werenít overly helpful then but have been good on other visits

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