England > Greater London > Islington
Theydon_Bois (607) The ’Sham, England | October 9, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Canalside pub in Islington, split level with bars on both floors, although the main bar is usually the only one open which is at street level.
The main upstairs room has large opening patio windows that overlook the canal and there are benches below at tow path level.
Beer choice is ok but not too exciting, a few London micros and occasionally something froom further afield.
The clientele is a youngish bunch from this fairly gentrified area interspersed with a few old locals.
Have eaten here a few times, food has always been decent.
Used to hold a really good quiz on a Sunday night, went down hill a few years back when they went down the corporate quiz package road that you get in most pubs these days.
Not a go to destination but if you’re in the area - why not !
wimpyjoe (1256) Hebden Bridge, England | September 20, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Located directly on the canal, the entrance is at bridge level and the main drinking and dining areas are on this top floor. At the back of the long pub there’s an area that overlooks the water and its basins which are home to some who live on narrowboats here. The lower level also has access to the canal and on busy summer nights the drinking spills over onto the towpath. The furniture is traditional and wooden which suits. There’s a long row of ale pumps in between the lagers.
b727trijet (309) Isleworth, England | May 17, 2013| Updated December 25, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Wow what a setting! As it was a nice day we sat on the balcony hanging over the Regent Canal towpath, and very relaxing it was too! The interior now looks quite modern. A fair choice of beers available and my Wells & Youngs collaboration with Dogfishead DNA was in good condition. Bottled beers also available. *Update Dec2013 : On 2 occasions recently they have had no guest beers, just bog-standard Youngs (very) Ordinary and (nothing) Special so I have updated my scores and it has now dropped 10 points...
Fin (542) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
We visited here on Saturday 29th March 2013, and along with The Earl Of Essex and Charles Lamb, you have three pubs within 5 mins or so of each other particularly if when visiting this one you use the Regents Canal towpath. I was quite surprised to see that this had not been added to Ratebeer yet as whilst it is a Youngs Pub from what I can see, it had 6 handpumps with four being from London Micro-brewers such as London Fields, Redemption and East London Brewery, the kegs were a little less interesting and were mostly the usual suspects with just Meantime and Camden the only things that I would have considered drinking, The pub nestles onto the canal and is situated at the end of a small canal bridge, its in a nice spot and it looks like it may have recently been refurbished, with the pub signage looking a bit Art Deco in typeface (though I maybe wrong) You enter from a door on the corner and the pub is narrow and long, I guess in this respect the name accurately describes the layout of this place very well. It was mainly set out for food and I think we did feel a little bit out of place when a large bunch of trendies came in with their children in tow and expensive looking buggies and what seemed like a lot of one upmanship chatter going on, we suddenly felt like we were in the way a bit. However I have to say the service was fine, the beers were fine though I think the two we chose were decidedly unexciting and the place was quite pleasant, mostly wooden flooring from what I noticed, the end near the entrance had a couple of slouchy chairs and leather sofa as I recall and if this was not already taken I think that this would be the best place if you were just drinking. It is probably worth going into if you are in the area as already mentioned there are others very close. Though this was some way short of my favourite of the day the Earl of Essex.
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