Earl of Essex (Earl’s Brewery) | Islington, Greater London
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Earl of Essex (Earl’s Brewery)
Excellent based on 31 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

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 (59) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 50


Earl of Essex (Earl’s Brewery)

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Beer Available At Earl of Essex (Earl’s Brewery) (arranged by most recent)
Gloucester Galaxy 74, Firebrand Big Hop Little Beer , Lagunitas Sucks 100, Earl’s / Allpress Full Sumatran Breakfast 78, Camden Town Camden Ink 84, BrauKunstKeller Laguna IPA 92, Earl’s / Siren 2 Live Brew , Weird Beard Little Things That Kill Batch 5 , Earlsbräu , WharfeBank Ryestone Cowboy , Magic Rock Acrobat , Siren / Cigar City / Grassroots Neither 98, Westbrook Gose 98, Earl’s Red Ale II , Earl’s Pale Ale VIII 72, Cluss Kellerpils 50, Earl’s Farmhouse IPA I 80, Earl’s Saison III , Earl’s IPA II , Edge Brewing Hoptimista IPA 92
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31 reviews for Earl of Essex (Earl’s Brewery)
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  78%
 Selection  80%
 Food  72%
 Value  72%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
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94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown  (264) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | May 16, 2014
Lovely area. Lovely pub. Fantastic selection of really great beers. Young, trendy punters. I love the church style beer board. One of the very best pubs.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Bryn_Fowler  (8) , | May 11, 2013
I love the place. Great beer selection. Always rotating round. Good service and a great feeling in the bar. The only bad thing is that more people know about it now so it’s getting busier. Still you would struggle to not enjoy a night out here. There is a little of everything for everyone and now their own beer too. The beers are what they concentrate on and they do it very well. You can eat the decent pub food to make your stay longer. They get the balance right and the beer board is clear and concise. As said before a real improver as the year has gone on.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Anselm  (1) , England | July 10, 2012
A strong addition to the Islington beer scene. A great selection of rotating cask from some very interesting breweries. Good knowledgable staff and interesting food. Beer garden looks good if it ever stopped raining.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Boudicca  (694) London, England | June 9, 2013| Updated January 1, 2014
A beer mecca - probably one of the best places in London. It’s taken me a long time to get round to visiting the Earl of Essex but, now I’ve experienced its delights, I’ll be back soon! It’s an old pub with a modern twist and a recently installed brewery (Earls) behind the bar. There’s a nice patio area out at the back and every part of the pub is clean and well kept. The beer selection is superb, with 18 taps listed on a board (the pumps all look the same, with twiggy handles and no pump clips) and a good selection of bottles. The food’s a bit pricey but it’s good quality modern fare and our club sandwiches were very tasty. (Last visited 28 October 2013).
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (618) London, England | May 9, 2013
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 didn’t 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris  (510) Burnaby, British Columbia | August 14, 2014
A very nice bar, but the stunner is the great big garden in the back. Service was good and beer selection with the bottles is quite nice with a big range. Their own few beers were good as well. Food is nice. Overall a really nice stop I would recommend.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
b727trijet  (311) Isleworth, England | May 7, 2013| Updated May 17, 2013
Now brewing on site, under the banner of Earl’s. Pale ale is available and they plan to brew a brown next. I have changed the Ratebeer status to a brewpub. They still do 6 cask and 14 keg beers, many imported.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
deeblo  (68) London, England | April 27, 2014
A great neighborhood pub in Angel. Good beer selection that differs a bit from most other pubs in London. Occasionally they’ll have one of their own beers on. The prices are good for London and they’ll pour thirds of all draft beers. Nice beer garden out back with several tables. Friendly, efficient service. I’ve never had to wait long for a beer even when it’s packed. They hosted Zwanze day the past two years and did a great job.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (545) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
We visited here early lunchtime on Saturday 30th March 2013, just me & Loz. The place was surprisingly empty and remained that way apart from a surreal moment when a well behaved and good natured Stag Crowd of about 25 people came in all had a shot of Vodka or Sambuca and left again within about 10 mins, quite strange. The place is easy enough to find and sits quite close to the canal and not so far from Craft Islington and also the Narrowboat and Charles Lamb pubs, however this was probably my favourite of the day. The place is very tidy, with wooden tables, benches and flooring, when you enter the pub, the bar (which is a large oblong island bar) is straight in front of you, the rear of this bar is taken up by brewing equipment and when we arrived they were brewing a Brown Ale, interesting choice and in the style of Newcastle Brown we were told so I doubt it will be my thing but if you are interested they said it would be available if all goes well in about 8-10 days. When you enter the beer choice is to your left on two large wooden display boards which reminded me of the sort of thing that would get used at the ’races’ to list all of the finishing places following a horse race, Loz disagreed with me and believes that they were custom made but I am still insistent that they were antique and had a use such as I have described, details are slotted in i.e. brewery, beer name, abv, cost etc on large squares of old fashioned looking paper, I liked the idea, it looks good. A more detailed description could be found in a very detailed paper format on the bar, which also interestingly paired certain beers with food, there is no denting this place is trendy and stylish but in a good way, it is also in a very nice looking neighbourhood with some swanky cars and houses around this area. We had Toccalmatto Tabular Rosa, Bexar County and a Weird Beer and something else that I forget. Really liked this place and would happily seek out again if in the area.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88  (66) London, England | January 6, 2013
Nice location and neighborhood. Place was full on a Sunday afternoon and could definitely use some more seating space. Woody interiors and good ambiance, perfect music and light level to best enjoy your craft beer. Staff is helpful and cheerish. Food menu is more extensive than most of craft beer oriented pubs in London, with very reasonable prices. Around 15 keg choices and 6 casks, mostly UK micro plus some US. Bottle selection is limited but contains some gems and prices are reasonable again. Overall, when in the mood for some food alongside your pint, Earl of Essex is a great choice for sure.

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