MrTipple (236) London, England | January 8, 2014| Updated June 14, 2014
Good selection of cask and keg, some bottles. Nice outdoor terrace. Shows football games. Food is decent.
Fin (1146) 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.
The atmosphere and decor isn’t particularity amazing, it lacks the old school appeal of the nearby Wenlock Arms for instance. The refurb is a bit characterless. However the beer selection is excellent, with lots of ales and Kernel beers amongst others for bottles. Food is hearty and good, simple.
Often fairly busy, a good pub for a drink after work.
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!
Tucked away around the corner from Moorfileds Eye Hospital - a characterful old boozer. Beer is usually in good nick and there is always a reasonable selection. The senior staff are excellent but there are one or two young part timers who could do with a kick to get them moving sometimes.
My only real bug bear here is bar stools - there are way to many of them and when it gets busy it’s really hard to get to the bar and even harder to see what is on. I do use them when it’s quiet but always to the side of the bar away from the pumps and tills.
All in all a great boozer and a semi regular for me.
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.
Visited on a Friday night. It is located just off Old Street. The place is pretty typical English pub (aquarium aside) in furniture. Looks like the typical pub that noticed the craft beer evolution in this country and decided to embrace it somehow. Some nice pumps of English craft. Good value as well. Not a great service at all I must admit (do they hate Italians for some reason maybe?).
Great pub , it was one of my favourite when I lived in London .. Good selection of cask always changing .. I never had any food in there but the salt beef sandwich looks good .. They have 6/7 beers from kernel brewery which is a great thing because all of them are delicious ... Well worth a visit !
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.
Proper locals pub (or people who work locally). My wife and I squeezed in on a Saturday night (Feb 2011) and it was awash with humanity, most of which were drinking Real Ale. Almost enough room for everyone, plenty of tables and chairs although many seemed to be happy standing. It was very noisey, all loud merry voices shouting above each other.
Two interconnecting rooms with no wall between them, a bar runs along the whole lefthand side of the front room, it continues on into the slightly higher backroom. Handpulls differ in each half/room.
The staff just about managing to cope, poured what I asked for and smiled, too busy for a chat but friendly enough. The beer quality was good and we liked the place, to crowded for a good look round. We had made a special effort to get here, as we had been told it had a good selection of Real Ales and was a real pub (unlike some places in London). We will go again if in that area of London, but it isn’t really a place I’d take a visiting beer geek from outside the UK. Plenty of easier accessible places to show off Real Ale in London