England > Greater London > Kentish Town
jackl (284) Charlottesville, Virginia | March 1, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Old style refurbished place located near Camden Town Brewery. About 8 beers featured on cask. Nothing crazy offered. Stuff from Adnams and London Fields featured. Keg stuff was mostly macro swill. Bottles weren’t worth mention, the bar maid was cute. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this place. Scroll past.
Brugmansia (342) Jylland, Denmark | November 27, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on the 14/1-2012 on the Overground Pubcrawl.
Lovely place :-) even though it´s a modern oldfashion styled pub, you just feel welcome and at home as soon as you enter this pub. Friendly staff, well conditioned beers, a big center bar with 8 handpumps and several bottle beers.
No TV and game machines here...
thepeter (22) London, England | August 29, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by this place for the first time on a recent pub crawl along the Overground line. Just a 2-3 min walk from Kentish Town West. A traditional old boozer with tables tucked anywhere they could fit and what seemed to be plenty of seating for an average Saturday night. A hourseshoe bar in the center with 8 casks all in fantastic form and 6 draft lines from smaller craft European breweries. A nice selection albeit not very large, many styles were represented. Service was just fine as we had no trouble getting drinks with a smile. I did not try or even look for any food and the prices seemed on par with places not in central London. If I am in the area I would not hesitate to stop by.
Svesse (203) Hässelby, Sweden | June 3, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a nice pub, perfectly located for some food and a beer on my walk from Southampton Arms in Kentish Town to BrewDog Camden. Traditional corner pub, apparently recently reopened. Good selection of cask ales (6 or 7 hand pumps). Friendly and swift service. Good pub food. Since it’s quite out of the main tourist area, it’s mainly inhabited by locals. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
ladnewton (150) London, England | March 7, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Welcome reopening of a former Firkin pub in back-street Kentish Town. Visited on 5th March 2012. Pleasant, comfortable, sympathetically refurbished corner pub. Friendly staff and recorded music at comfortable volume. Visitors to TTA have a choice of eight cask ales on handpump, mainly from micros and regionals. On my visit these included Elgood’s, Dark Star, Oldershaw, Kingstone, Black Sheep and Adnams. Thai cuisine is offered at lunch and dinner times most of the week with a traditional English roast on Sundays. Weekday "Lunch for a fiver" is great value, and the quality of the food was good (returned for lunch on 6th March). Welcome addition to an area without too many good real ale pubs around. Deserves to suceed.
Boudicca (524) London, England | February 18, 2012| Updated March 4, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A welcome new addition to the north London beer scene.
Tapping the Admiral is owned by the same people as the Pineapple nearby and they’ve done a great job of creating an old style place with a modern take (cool green walls, black blinds and tea lights) in a knocked through street corner pub close to Kentish Town station. It’s away from the busy main streets but you can’t miss it at night as the bricks on the corner are painted white and illuminated.
There are eight interesting hand pumps, six keg taps and a good bottle range. They also have house recipe infused spirits and a Thai kitchen serving curry, rice dishes and noodles for c.£7 a plate.
We went in on new year’s eve and it was pleasantly quiet but it seemed as if they’d chosen the music especially for Ian – the Bangles, Bare Naked Ladies, Primal Scream and the Charlatans, amongst others.
Incidentally, the name “Tapping the Admiral” refers to the story that when Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, his body was put in a barrel of rum (or possibly brandy) to preserve it on the journey home. However, the sailors drilled a hole in the barrel and repeatedly helped themselves to a few surreptitious nips, presumably because they wanted to toast the admiral or – more likely - because their other rations had run out.
(Last visited 14 January 2012).
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