Tapping the Admiral | Kentish Town, Greater London
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Tapping the Admiral
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

77 Castle Road, Kentish Town
Kentish Town, Greater London England NW1 8SU [ print map ]
020 7267 6118


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Tapping the Admiral

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Beer Available At Tapping the Admiral (arranged by most recent)
Clarence & Fredericks Single Hop Amarillo , Elgoods Black Dog (Cask) 48, Camden Town Camden Pale Ale (Keg) 69, Kingstone Humpty’s Fuddle 43, Seidr O Sir Maes Ebwy (Draught) 63, Benediktiner Weissbier 68
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10 reviews for Tapping the Admiral
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  78%
 Selection  69%
 Food  73%
 Value  74%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
HampshirePhil  (32) Portsmouth/London, England | June 7, 2014
CAMRA pub of the year from the local branch and a decent sized pub. Good selection if not out of this world, Adnams and Camden town obviously.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (574) London, England | May 22, 2014
Solid spot, can’t believe I haven’t been here before. It’s a back-street boozer with a low-key vibe. Nice beery ephemera about, good tunes, eclectic seating. Ten casks, two of which are ciders. Decent beers though nothing too exciting. A few bottles. Kegs are mostly macro but they do have Lagunitas IPA. The prices are fairly high-end, though: £3.80 for my pint WITH a CAMRA discount. Would make for a solid local but it’s not a destination pub.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Sparky_  (8) Sudbury, England | April 6, 2014
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
b727trijet  (300) Isleworth, England | December 25, 2013
An old-fashioned free house with a good selection of real ales (8) including many local breweries but also guests from further afield, both I had were in excellent form. Nearby to the Camden Town Brewery Tap, both places I liked but could hardly be more different to each other!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
jackl  (366) Charlottesville, Virginia | March 1, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brugmansia  (380) Jylland, Denmark | November 27, 2012
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...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
thepeter  (23) London, England | August 29, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse  (214) Hässelby, Sweden | June 3, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton  (157) London, England | March 7, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Boudicca  (661) London, England | February 18, 2012| Updated March 4, 2012
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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