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 Gentlemanís 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 Dreams 96, 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 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.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor  (147) Perth, Australia | January 17, 2014
Met Theydon here for a drink. Very good selection of London microís and just general UK craft - Kernel, Brodieís, 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
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer  (98) 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.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (538) 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.
74
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
viktorvee  (30) , England | March 22, 2013
The atmosphere and decor isnít 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (606) 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!
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76  (133) , England | January 21, 2013
Tucked away around the corner from Moorfileds Eye Hospital - a characterful old boozer. Beer is usually in good nick and there is always a reasonable selection. The senior staff are excellent but there are one or two young part timers who could do with a kick to get them moving sometimes. My only real bug bear here is bar stools - there are way to many of them and when it gets busy itís really hard to get to the bar and even harder to see what is on. I do use them when itís quiet but always to the side of the bar away from the pumps and tills. All in all a great boozer and a semi regular for me.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Rune  (376) 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).
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (383) 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.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88  (66) London, England | August 28, 2012
Visited on a Friday night. It is located just off Old Street. The place is pretty typical English pub (aquarium aside) in furniture. Looks like the typical pub that noticed the craft beer evolution in this country and decided to embrace it somehow. Some nice pumps of English craft. Good value as well. Not a great service at all I must admit (do they hate Italians for some reason maybe?).

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