I don’t feel particularly well greeted when there’s tons of condensation all over all of the windows. Which were single-glazed, of course. If they’re not going to invest in double-glazing or ventilation, that tells me they’re not going to invest much in my comfort. It’s fairly simple inside, hard wooden benches and chairs, but not actually unpleasant - it’s a boozer. Was rather full when I went there on a Sunday night, so a bit noisy. Apparently, I’m scarier to the locals than the locals are to me, which I guess is a good thing. I liked the nice clear beer list - great for people who don’t like straining their eyes. Selection was very good, but I’m a little out of touch with the London scene, so don’t know if it stands out. Service was at least adequate, they weren’t going out of their way to assist, but it was a fairly busy night and I definitely have no complaints. One I wouldn’t mind revisitting if I’m in this side of town again. Wasn’t paying attention to the prices - it was cheaper than my usual foreign venue (Finland), and I didn’t care, I was on holiday and treating myself.
Pretty empty when we visited, but it was just after new year. Nice place and decent selection of their own stuff, other UK beers and imports. Food was good too. Like the fact that they do thirds. Decent bottle list too.
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.
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
Nice neat pub, selection wasn’t too amazing however but it was sunday just after the weekend so I understand. Had some interesting beers on tap, good place to visit if you’re in the area. UPDATE Revisited last week. Mazing selection both on tap and bottle. Had their newest DIPA which was top. Really great unpretentious place, Will definitely visit again.
Rune (837) 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).