The atmosphere and decor isn’t particularity amazing, it lacks the old school appeal of the nearby Wenlock Arms for instance. The refurb is a bit characterless. However the beer selection is excellent, with lots of ales and Kernel beers amongst others for bottles. Food is hearty and good, simple.
Often fairly busy, a good pub for a drink after work.
Visited the 29th September 2016 - Near to Old street and in front of Draft House. When you arrive this place looks like an old fashion pub. Inside, nice deco and good atmosphere with wooden floor. Clear and clean. Beer selection is nice with some cask and good range selection on tap from Peroni to Kernel. You can enjoy your drink outside but you won’t find a table or on the roof terrace (very busy). Staff is ok. Cuisine looks nice.
Visited on 22nd June 2016. Nice old pub just off Old St. It has two bars and the split across the middle of the pub is a step. It’s got plenty of wood and is quite dark. Is popular for food and is known for the salt beef sandwiches.
A good range of beer with a good mix of cask and keg, including a couple from the USA. Beer is well kept and is a good range, maybe not super daring but good enough.
I noticed a palate of malt outside and asked the staff. They are starting to brew so expect their own beers on some time soon.
Nice pub, worth a look in, especially as a few good places nearby.
Pretty nice little local pub located in Old street, yo don’t really find places like this this deep int he city anymore. Typical local pub atmosphere with typical pub furnishing and etc, but the beer selection here is pretty damn good. They had some nice casks by thornbridge when I went in and some kegs by sirenw siren, beer is dispensed well and very fresh. Bottle selection was very limited but the draft list made up for it. Overall I really enjoyed my visit here and was very relaxed with very pleasant staff.
Met Theydon here for a drink. Very good selection of London micro’s and just general UK craft - Kernel, Brodie’s, Camden, Magic Rock .etc. incuding a small but decent bottled selection - Partizan, To Ol, Sierra Nevada, Founders .etc.. Service is efficient and friendly. Plenty of space while I was here. Can get a little crowded at the bar though. Good place and fairly central
MrTipple (213) London, England | January 8, 2014| Updated June 14, 2014
Good selection of cask and keg, some bottles. Nice outdoor terrace. Shows football games. Food is decent.
Fin (992) 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, Loz’s 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 ’something’ 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 ’Bat Cave’ 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.