Visited on 22nd June 2016. Nice old pub just off Old St. It has two bars and the split across the middle of the pub is a step. It’s got plenty of wood and is quite dark. Is popular for food and is known for the salt beef sandwiches.
A good range of beer with a good mix of cask and keg, including a couple from the USA. Beer is well kept and is a good range, maybe not super daring but good enough.
I noticed a palate of malt outside and asked the staff. They are starting to brew so expect their own beers on some time soon.
Nice pub, worth a look in, especially as a few good places nearby.
Busy pub in a side street off City Road. A solid cask range and beers are kept well. A few taps of common swill but by no means the worst I’ve seen. Staff are friendly and simple pub fare on offer. A good old fashioned boozer that fits in well with Wenlock Arms not far away.
Fin (1143) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
We visited here yesterday Sunday 31st March 2013, just me and Loz. I have to say that the beer range was mightily impressive I started off with a Magic Rock Salty Kiss, Loz had a new Micro from Canterbury Alpha? something. Mine was very unusual for Magic Rock but very enjoyable all the same, Loz’s was fine but there was a little butteryness. The crowd near us were clearly having a good time, but they were a bit raucous and clearly into both Pink Floyd and Sci Fi in a big way, but they were having a good time and looked like they were on a mission to get through as many at this beer festival as they could. Both barmen we spoke to were very friendly & helpful with suggestions they let Loz try mini samples of one or two before she finally settled on her choice. The cask beers were not as good as I would have liked, we had Oakham Tranquility IPA and Marble Green ’something’ IPA both were fine but I got the impression that they were a little past their best in terms of freshness. The pub is easy enough to find and sits down a little back street off a very busy roundabout not far from Old Street station. Inside I thought it was a little like the ’Bat Cave’ i.e. a bit dark and gloomy, there were two seating areas the lower area as you enter the pub which was a bit brighter and you went up a step into the other area which was near the main serving bar area which was to the left hand side as you enter the pub. There were a number of cask offerings (Beer Festival after all) which were on gravity at the rear of the pub just beyond the bar. The pub was a fairly down to earth place, nothing showy or fancy, selection as mentioned was great and it was friendly. Would probably go back to if in the area.
Old style Public House just of the City Road, there are two quite distinct areas, we prefer the front bar on the Baldwin street end. There was an unfortunate incident with the bargirl who prefered to serve her regulars who were stood behind me, quite rude, but other than that all very reasonable. The food is hearty enough, the beer is very decent and varied. Good stuff.
Most recent visit - Thursday 21st Feb ’12 around 3.30 pm.
Exit 8 from Old Street tube/WAGN.
Single roomed boozer, medium in size, split over 2 levels (not much of a split mind!).
I was surprised how busy it was for the time of day - some 20 or so drinkers, largely a local kind of crowd drinking macro lager.
Good range of beers on both cask and tap with offerings from various regional brewers from Shropshire to West Yorkshire on cask, keg beers from Kernel and Magic Rock.
Service was good.
Well worth dropping in!
Awesome pub. I’ve been here three times for their beer festival. The setup is classic British pub. Plenty of seating, lots of beer ephemera, dim lighting, worn wood. The beer selection was great when I was there, what with the festival and everything. On a normal day it looked like they would have eight cask ales going. Prices were good, service was kind and attentive. Will return for sure.
A mix of a traditional and modern British pub promoting an open, airy and clean atmosphere. A freehouse with a good and varied selection of ales on cask, keg and bottles. Well kept cask ales from breweries like Blue Monkey, Raw, Magic Rock, and Dark Star, among others, and bottles from local London breweries. Split room with two entrances to Peerless and Baldwin streets. Friendly service. Close to the Old Street tube. Cool and relaxing on a Monday afternoon (visited,05.11.2012).
The Old Fountain’s a nice boozer located in a pretty good part of town for pubs. The decor’s a bit tired, but the quality of beer more than makes up for it. I visited during a mini festival, and was most impressed by the beers they had on offer (Kernel, Oakham, Magic Rock etc). The bottle selection was pretty solid. The food’s OK, and served at a pretty cheap price. Overall, I’ll definitely be back. It’s open on weekends now, too.
Another place I finally got round to visiting (mostly because it doesn’t open at weekends). It is located just off Old Street, adjacent to a housing estate. A great balance between traditional boozer and a good contemporary beer selection. The focus is clearly on micro UK breweries. Quite an extensive selection of both keg and cask, with the likes of Magic Rock, Dark Star, Fyne, Camden Town and Windsor & Eaton on at my last visit. A great place to come for a wide range of Kernel in bottle (about 8/9). Good value traditional pub grub also on offer. The fact they have a fish tank there is a bonus. All-round great pub, its just a shame they don’t open at weekends.