Old Fountain (Free) | Old Street, Greater London
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Old Fountain (Free)
Exceptional based on 25 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 (13) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 30


Old Fountain (Free)

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Beer Available At Old Fountain (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Hawkshead Red (Cask) 64, Camden Town Gentleman’s Wit 80, Saltaire Elderflower Blonde 75, Oakham Scarlet Macaw 91, Fyne Ales Sublime Stout 95, Harbour Chilli & Mango IPA 60, Magic Rock High Wire 95, Emelisse Espresso Stout 98, Marble Pint 90, Orval 99, Siren Liquid Mistress 95, Siren Shattered Dream 97, Liverpool Craft Love Laine Pale , Arbor Tiny The Welder 76, Arbor A Bomb , The Kernel India Pale Ale US 366 96, Kent Session Pale , Marble Chocolate Marble 89, Arbor Blue Sky Drinking 69, Mallinsons Mild Thing
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25 reviews for Old Fountain (Free)
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  73%
 Selection  74%
 Food  64%
 Value  73%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  82%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (574) London, England | November 26, 2010
Awesome pub. I’ve 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown  (262) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | May 16, 2014
Quite small, but really nice boozer. Good range of cask and keg. Lovely atmosphere, charming old furniture. Easy to find.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (390) Croydon, England | August 3, 2012
Another place I finally got round to visiting (mostly because it doesn’t 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 don’t open at weekends.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
jorge76  (125) , Italy | August 23, 2012
Great pub , it was one of my favourite when I lived in London .. Good selection of cask always changing .. I never had any food in there but the salt beef sandwich looks good .. They have 6/7 beers from kernel brewery which is a great thing because all of them are delicious ... Well worth a visit !
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brugmansia  (384) 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 pizza´s, very nice. They have a very friendly staff, they make you feel very velcome, the beers are well served and in good condition.
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82  (74) , England | November 25, 2010
Really nice refrained boozer. Classic English style. Really nice laid back atmosphere. No arrogance. No attitude. The beer festivals are good. Not too expensive and honest. Just what you want in a taditional boozer. Good range of Brew Dog beers in bottle condition. Nice cask ales. Lots of emphasis of micros and this is something I always respect.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton  (159) London, England | June 7, 2009
Paid first visit here on 07/01/09 following recommendation from a friend. A traditional, hearty backstreet boozer is what greets the visitor. I received a warm welcome from Paul at the bar and soon got the lowdown on what I’d been missing since the pub opened. Having just reopened after Christmas, the ale range was limited but quality was absolutely first class. Brains "Bitter", 3.7% was on top form and highly quaffable, and Titanic Full Steam Ahead was superb. The pub is divided into three distinct drinking areas and opposite the central bar sits a goldfish tank. I noted a tv set which was off for the duration of may stay, whilst the music was quiet enough for relaxed conversation throughout, On top of the ales, bottled Leffe beers are available whilst Paulaner and Bitburger are in draught. A failrly comprehensive wine list is offered. Visitors seeking food will need to check with the pub for details. I certainly recommend this hostelry for a quality pint in genuinely traditional surroundings and a friendly atmosphere afforded by the staff. Do go, you will not be disappointed!
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
downender  (296) Bristol, England | June 21, 2009| Updated February 13, 2010
Visited on 16/06/09. Visited after reading good things about it on the internet - the plaudits proved justified. Located on a back street a short stroll from Old Street underground station, with a relatively spacious tidy interior and small garden to the side. Beer range was excellent for London - Thornbridge kipling, Dark Star Hophead and great ales from Brewsters, Red Squirrel and Purity - also London Pride. A fair few of the Sam Smith’s range of fruit beers, lagers and wheat beers were also available. Bar staff were friendly. Definitely one to visit, particularly if combined with the nearby Wenlock Arms.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (606) The ’Sham, England | February 23, 2013
Most recent visit - Thursday 21st Feb ’12 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!
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse  (214) Hässelby, Sweden | December 18, 2009| Updated December 18, 2013
I’ve been walking the road from Old Street station to Wenlock Arms several times over the years, not realising there was a very nice pub just off City Road halfway to the Wenlock. So I’m glad I decided to pop in on this wet November evening. Was greeted by seven handpumps of very well kept real ales and nice and friendly staff. The pub is fairly long, going through the building with entrances from both Baldwin Street and Peerless Street. Will visit again.

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