Been here a few times and walked the 10 mins from Angel.
A good tap list here including beers from their own microbrewery. A new keg is put on on a Tuesday I think.
Nice large single roomed pub, nice heritage decor.
Have issues with the beer quality on 1 visit with the beer tasting of line cleaner, only happened once though. Staff weren’t overly helpful then but have been good on other visits
A very nice bar, but the stunner is the great big garden in the back. Service was good and beer selection with the bottles is quite nice with a big range. Their own few beers were good as well. Food is nice. Overall a really nice stop I would recommend.
A beer mecca - probably one of the best places in London. It’s taken me a long time to get round to visiting the Earl of Essex but, now I’ve experienced its delights, I’ll be back soon! It’s an old pub with a modern twist and a recently installed brewery (Earls) behind the bar. There’s a nice patio area out at the back and every part of the pub is clean and well kept. The beer selection is superb, with 18 taps listed on a board (the pumps all look the same, with twiggy handles and no pump clips) and a good selection of bottles. The food’s a bit pricey but it’s good quality modern fare and our club sandwiches were very tasty.
(Last visited 28 October 2013).
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
We visited here early lunchtime on Saturday 30th March 2013, just me & Loz. The place was surprisingly empty and remained that way apart from a surreal moment when a well behaved and good natured Stag Crowd of about 25 people came in all had a shot of Vodka or Sambuca and left again within about 10 mins, quite strange. The place is easy enough to find and sits quite close to the canal and not so far from Craft Islington and also the Narrowboat and Charles Lamb pubs, however this was probably my favourite of the day. The place is very tidy, with wooden tables, benches and flooring, when you enter the pub, the bar (which is a large oblong island bar) is straight in front of you, the rear of this bar is taken up by brewing equipment and when we arrived they were brewing a Brown Ale, interesting choice and in the style of Newcastle Brown we were told so I doubt it will be my thing but if you are interested they said it would be available if all goes well in about 8-10 days. When you enter the beer choice is to your left on two large wooden display boards which reminded me of the sort of thing that would get used at the ’races’ to list all of the finishing places following a horse race, Loz disagreed with me and believes that they were custom made but I am still insistent that they were antique and had a use such as I have described, details are slotted in i.e. brewery, beer name, abv, cost etc on large squares of old fashioned looking paper, I liked the idea, it looks good. A more detailed description could be found in a very detailed paper format on the bar, which also interestingly paired certain beers with food, there is no denting this place is trendy and stylish but in a good way, it is also in a very nice looking neighbourhood with some swanky cars and houses around this area. We had Toccalmatto Tabular Rosa, Bexar County and a Weird Beer and something else that I forget. Really liked this place and would happily seek out again if in the area.
Nicely placed pub just over the canal in Islington, there is a good and comfortable feel to this. A decent range of beers, well kept, London prices. Looks to be a good relaunch and apparently soon to start up their own Brewery. Another well worth visiting.
Visited for the first time on Thursday 21st Feb ’13 between 5.15 - 6pm.
Sinlge room with a central bar, seating area runs around either side of the bar. Wooden floors and benches. A big board to the left of the bar, as you face it, displays all the beers. Good concept - large tpye and easy to read.
The rear beer garden looked nice but didn’t venture out due to it being a little cold.
To the business end - good choice of cask and keg, mixture of local London brewers, UK regional micro’s and overseas offerings.
Decent enough bottle list but not overly exciting.
When we arrived at 5.15pm we were the only people there, another 6 or 7 had arrived by 6pm, so I was a little surprised it was this quiet for a Thursday despite it being a little on the early side.
A little too dimly lit for miy liking, difficult to see the colour of your beer at times!
Service was fine but couldn’t really fail bearing in mind we were the only punters on arrival!
Ambiance defaults to 3 - I’ll give it another go on a busier night.
CAMRA discount 50p / pint.
Overall I liked this place, looks good, good range - just surprised how dead it was !
Update from 19/09/13. Visited around 5pm on a Thursday so still fairly quiet (2 other drinkers). I was in search of some of their own beers from the on site Earls Brewery. Chatting to the girl behind the bar she told me she had worked there for 5 weeks and at no point during this tenure had any of their own beers been available so don’t necessarily expect to tick this brewery off via a visit. They do however have a live beers list you can check in advance of a visit online.
Update Jan ’15. Their own beers are now commonplace, often 2 or 3 on and the quality of these has risen markedly.
However the quality of cask beer has been rather erratic on recent visits where more than one line has tasted of cleaning fluids. Score dropped from 76 to 72.
Update: In the last three months (to 25 Feb 2015) the handling of the casks has fallen off a cliff here. They are apparently having issues with their line cleaner; the result is that most of their cask beers taste like chemicals, solvent...line cleaner. It’s a damn shame, really, as they are getting good beers on cask and then destroying them. Definitely not fair to the brewers. Also, the servers have not been aware of the issues with the casks when I return the beers. They agree with me that the beers taste off; but then the question is, who is doing the quality control? I really hope they fix this soon. It has gone on far too long. Previous score of 86 dropped down to 72.
Update: This place has really improved since opening (not that it was ever bad, mind). They are getting in a lot of beers not seen elsewhere in London, and their in-house brewery is now up and running. Quickly becoming one of my regular stops. (Original rating: 78. Revised up to 86.)
A very attractive pub with a solid range of beers. Something like six to eight casks and about 12 kegs. A few interesting things on tap (Camden, Sierra Nevada, Cotswold, Moor, Left Hand, Nogne O) though nothing that really blew me away. The bottle range has some rarities, including Sam Adams Infinium and stuff from Anchorage Brewing. Prices are decent, and you can order a 1/3 if you want, which is nice. They also have a very nicely laid out menu for all the beers, both draft and bottled, with prices. The pub itself is beautiful with plenty of indoor seating in addition to a few tables out front on the sidewalk and room out back in the garden. The food menu looked good but I didn’t eat on my visit. Apparently this place will have its own beers in the coming months, so I will look forward to checking back for that.
Rune (847) Tromsø, Norway | October 2, 2014| Updated October 6, 2014
A brewpub located in central Islington just off the Regent’s Canal. Two of their own beers were available at my visit. The beer board lists 18 different beers on keg and cask. It’s a medium sized, four-sided pub with the bar and a brewery plant in the middle. Rock, reggae and blues (Canned Heat) in the background. Crowed and rather noisy early on a Tuesday evening, mostly younger clientele. For dinner I had a delicious dish of Wintered Lamb with tzatziki. Friendly service with food and beer recommendations. Well worth drinking and eating here even though the pub obviously can be very noisy at times. Sister pub to Kings Arms in Bethnal Green and the rock venue/pub Black Heart in Camden (visited 23.09.2014).
The Earl of Essex is a new pub located in a residential neighborhood near Angel. The pub’s attractive, and seems to have been nicely refurbished. There’s a garden out back. There’s 15 kegs and 6 casks on offer. The pub’s supposed start brewing their own beer in the near future, something I look forward to. The selection’s pretty solid. Beers on offer included Nogne Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I would have liked to see more local breweries on offer, though maybe they had run out! The bottle selection isn’t massive, but they did have some unusual stuff including a beer by Anchorage. The food looked good, though I didn’t order any. Overall, this is a good place, a welcome addition to the area.