White Swan (JDW) | Islington, Greater London
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White Swan (JDW)
Above Average based on 9 ratings
Type: Bar

255-256 Upper Street
Islington, Greater London England N1 1RY [ print map ]
020 7288 9050


Hours: Daily 0800-2300

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (3) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 18

White Swan (JDW)

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Beer Available At White Swan (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
Beartown Black Bear 75, Wadworth Heather & Honey 29, Marstons / Birrificio Lambrate Ligťra 60, Everards / Ramsay Village Elder 43
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9 reviews for White Swan (JDW)
 Ambiance  49%
 Service  64%
 Selection  59%
 Food  40%
 Value  78%
 Overall  57%
 Rating  64%

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 10/20
AdiBeer  (171) London, England | September 14, 2014
A typical JDW. No atmosphere but donít selection on tap.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
jackl  (544) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 26, 2014
An absolutely cavernous spoonies located a short walk from Highbury & Islington Station. Upper streetís pretty hip and monied, yet this place is still somehow able to attract the typical JDW crowd. 8 beers on cask plus the usual cast of macros on keg. At £3.20 for most pints of cask beer, this place isnít really much cheaper than Taproom or any of the other decent places in the area. Perhaps itís an OK spot to grab a quick pint before an afternoon of peace and quiet at the Emirates. Otherwise, thereís much better options in the area for visiting beer geeks.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (446) London, England | February 24, 2014
Big modern íSpoons just round the corner from Highbury & Islington station. Which is my usual arrival point when visiting the choicer Islington spots so I often poke my nose in to see what is on offer and find a winner or two more often than not. As with most íSpoons I wouldnít hang around any longer than it took to tick the new beers.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314  (478) Leiden, Netherlands | December 30, 2013
Fairly average Spoons, converted from a 60ís club. Not exact.y the best example of the chain, but bearable.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee  (171) , England | October 22, 2013
Rather cavernous JDW at the top end kf Upper Street. It is what it is, good selection of beer, lots of seating, wifi etc. there are far more atmospheric places and now better beer venues in the post code, but this is adequate as a meeting point or on a crawl.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Boudicca  (949) London, England | June 9, 2013
Just round the corner from Highbury and Islington station, the White Swan is a largish, clean and tidy Wetherspoons with ten hand pumps. One was off when we visited but there were three or four interesting local beers available. The pub has a glass front and a terrace overlooking the green / roundabout at the end of Upper Street. Inside itís rather art deco in feel, with a curving balcony and bar inlaid with a wavy marquetry pattern. It was actually converted from a 1960s building - the Working Menís Club and Institute Union (and it looks as if it may have retained some of the clientele from this era) - which sits close to the site of the Old White Swan yard. (Visited 3 June 2013).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer  (1502) Hebden Bridge, England | March 19, 2013
Split level in a large open room in a modern building just around the corner from the Highbury & Islington tube station. Upper Street is always busy and this place reflects that, especially so when Arsenal are playing at home. Inside the decor is mainly a lighter wood style and the furnishings match this. Ales are on two rows at the bar. There is a small slightly elevated patio area at the front giving a great view of the traffic roundabout.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois  (853) Tourist Town (West), England | February 24, 2013
Used to live between the White Swan and the Coronet - so the White Swan shaded it ! Large spoons, typical spoons clientele - locals, the unwashed, owd men, people using it as a meeting place at the start of a night out. A bit rough around the edges and fairly souless. Beer range OK - canít remember having a badly kept pint in here, but no real reason to visit!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton  (724) London, England | March 24, 2012
One of the largest JDW establishments Iíve been to in London. Itís big, and that combined with the seating arrangements reminded me of a school cafeteria. Itís clean though, which is good. There were about eight to ten casks plus all the regular JDW kegs and bottles. Cheaper prices than more central London. A decent option if youíre in the area. Just a short walk from the Union Chapel (perhaps Londonís best live music venue).

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