Old Fountain (Free) | Old Street, Greater London
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Old Fountain (Free)
Good based on 26 ratings
Type: Bar

3 Baldwin Street
Old Street, Greater London England EC1V 9NU [ print map ]
0207 253 2970

oldfountain.co.uk

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Closed Sat & Sun


Mayor: Theydon_Bois (14) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 30


Old Fountain (Free)

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Beer Available At Old Fountain (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Brodies Black IPA (Citra) , Kaapse Brouwers Carrie 93, Thornbridge Kipling 95, Oakham Hawse Buckler 96, Oakham JHB 85, Hawkshead Red (Cask) 65, Camden Town Gentlemanís Wit 78, Saltaire Elderflower Blonde 75, Oakham Scarlet Macaw 91, Fyne Ales Sublime Stout 95, Harbour Chilli & Mango IPA 62, Magic Rock High Wire 95, Emelisse Espresso Stout 98, Marble Pint 90, Orval 99, Siren Liquid Mistress 96, Siren Shattered Dream 99, Liverpool Craft Love Lane Pale , Arbor Tiny The Welder 76, Arbor A Bomb
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26 reviews for Old Fountain (Free)
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  73%
 Selection  74%
 Food  64%
 Value  72%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  82%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (674) The íSham, England | February 23, 2013
Most recent visit - Thursday 21st Feb í12 around 3.30 pm. Exit 8 from Old Street tube/WAGN. Single roomed boozer, medium in size, split over 2 levels (not much of a split mind!). I was surprised how busy it was for the time of day - some 20 or so drinkers, largely a local kind of crowd drinking macro lager. Good range of beers on both cask and tap with offerings from various regional brewers from Shropshire to West Yorkshire on cask, keg beers from Kernel and Magic Rock. Service was good. Well worth dropping in!
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
nate2g  (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | June 25, 2010
Busy pub in a side street off City Road. A solid cask range and beers are kept well. A few taps of common swill but by no means the worst Iíve seen. Staff are friendly and simple pub fare on offer. A good old fashioned boozer that fits in well with Wenlock Arms not far away.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (637) London, England | November 26, 2010
Awesome pub. Iíve been here three times for their beer festival. The setup is classic British pub. Plenty of seating, lots of beer ephemera, dim lighting, worn wood. The beer selection was great when I was there, what with the festival and everything. On a normal day it looked like they would have eight cask ales going. Prices were good, service was kind and attentive. Will return for sure.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (593) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
We visited here yesterday Sunday 31st March 2013, just me and Loz. I have to say that the beer range was mightily impressive I started off with a Magic Rock Salty Kiss, Loz had a new Micro from Canterbury Alpha? something. Mine was very unusual for Magic Rock but very enjoyable all the same, Lozís was fine but there was a little butteryness. The crowd near us were clearly having a good time, but they were a bit raucous and clearly into both Pink Floyd and Sci Fi in a big way, but they were having a good time and looked like they were on a mission to get through as many at this beer festival as they could. Both barmen we spoke to were very friendly & helpful with suggestions they let Loz try mini samples of one or two before she finally settled on her choice. The cask beers were not as good as I would have liked, we had Oakham Tranquility IPA and Marble Green ísomethingí IPA both were fine but I got the impression that they were a little past their best in terms of freshness. The pub is easy enough to find and sits down a little back street off a very busy roundabout not far from Old Street station. Inside I thought it was a little like the íBat Caveí i.e. a bit dark and gloomy, there were two seating areas the lower area as you enter the pub which was a bit brighter and you went up a step into the other area which was near the main serving bar area which was to the left hand side as you enter the pub. There were a number of cask offerings (Beer Festival after all) which were on gravity at the rear of the pub just beyond the bar. The pub was a fairly down to earth place, nothing showy or fancy, selection as mentioned was great and it was friendly. Would probably go back to if in the area.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub  (522) Banbury, England | February 25, 2012
Old style Public House just of the City Road, there are two quite distinct areas, we prefer the front bar on the Baldwin street end. There was an unfortunate incident with the bargirl who prefered to serve her regulars who were stood behind me, quite rude, but other than that all very reasonable. The food is hearty enough, the beer is very decent and varied. Good stuff.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (438) Charlottesville, Virginia | October 14, 2012
The Old Fountainís a nice boozer located in a pretty good part of town for pubs. The decorís a bit tired, but the quality of beer more than makes up for it. I visited during a mini festival, and was most impressed by the beers they had on offer (Kernel, Oakham, Magic Rock etc). The bottle selection was pretty solid. The foodís OK, and served at a pretty cheap price. Overall, Iíll definitely be back. Itís open on weekends now, too.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Rune  (432) TromsÝ, Norway | November 19, 2012
A mix of a traditional and modern British pub promoting an open, airy and clean atmosphere. A freehouse with a good and varied selection of ales on cask, keg and bottles. Well kept cask ales from breweries like Blue Monkey, Raw, Magic Rock, and Dark Star, among others, and bottles from local London breweries. Split room with two entrances to Peerless and Baldwin streets. Friendly service. Close to the Old Street tube. Cool and relaxing on a Monday afternoon (visited,05.11.2012).
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (419) Croydon, England | August 3, 2012
Another place I finally got round to visiting (mostly because it doesnít open at weekends). It is located just off Old Street, adjacent to a housing estate. A great balance between traditional boozer and a good contemporary beer selection. The focus is clearly on micro UK breweries. Quite an extensive selection of both keg and cask, with the likes of Magic Rock, Dark Star, Fyne, Camden Town and Windsor & Eaton on at my last visit. A great place to come for a wide range of Kernel in bottle (about 8/9). Good value traditional pub grub also on offer. The fact they have a fish tank there is a bonus. All-round great pub, its just a shame they donít open at weekends.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brugmansia  (415) Jylland, Denmark | October 4, 2011
A cozy, smaller city pub, very nice and quiet pub, only open weekdays. Now and then they have a smaller festival, where they then have a range of beers from one brewery. Last we visited it was Saltaire. They have a big aquarium, which is nice looking at while enjoying the beer. It is possible to eat here as well, traditionel pub food and pizzaīs, very nice. They have a very friendly staff, they make you feel very velcome, the beers are well served and in good condition.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (371) , England | April 2, 2012
Proper locals pub (or people who work locally). My wife and I squeezed in on a Saturday night (Feb 2011) and it was awash with humanity, most of which were drinking Real Ale. Almost enough room for everyone, plenty of tables and chairs although many seemed to be happy standing. It was very noisey, all loud merry voices shouting above each other. Two interconnecting rooms with no wall between them, a bar runs along the whole lefthand side of the front room, it continues on into the slightly higher backroom. Handpulls differ in each half/room. The staff just about managing to cope, poured what I asked for and smiled, too busy for a chat but friendly enough. The beer quality was good and we liked the place, to crowded for a good look round. We had made a special effort to get here, as we had been told it had a good selection of Real Ales and was a real pub (unlike some places in London). We will go again if in that area of London, but it isnít really a place Iíd take a visiting beer geek from outside the UK. Plenty of easier accessible places to show off Real Ale in London

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