It’s difficult to miss Quinns as it’s bright yellow and blue on the outside, and has been for as long as can remember. I’ve passed it many times but never been in until now. I didn’t really know what to expect (I was thinking perhaps gin palace) but I suppose the puce and mustard decor is in keeping with the outside. There’s just one long room and painted on the windows are old fashioned scenes of men dining in white tie which reminded me of the illustrations in my copy of “The Diary of a Nobody”. We were the only people in there apart from an old dog and an elderly couple, one of whom - an elegant but doddery old lady - got up from her table and made her way excruciatingly slowly to the bar to serve us. It was quite bizarre, as if we’d somehow stepped into a comedy sketch. There was a strange moment when an American chap came in asking for the bathroom. The old dear either couldn’t hear him or didn’t understand but eventually he said the magic word (“loo”) and she pointed him in the right direction. There were four cask beers on offer plus several German and other bottles. Not a major beer destination but worth a look.
(Visited 9 September 2015).
Visited on a Thursday evening in October 2015. This used to be a regular haunt so I thought I’d pop in. It’s not changed much over the last 10 years really. Had 3 hand pulls on, beer was OK. Bottle list is decent but mostly the bigger German and Belgian producers. Plenty of comfy seats that could do with a clean, still family run and was fairly quiet. It’d be a shame to lose this pub as it has not changed much over the years and therein lies the problem.
I like this place but can’t pin down why. I’m drinking Westmalle Tripel put of a slightly fingerprinted half-pint glass while listening to Hall & Oates! What more do I need to say? Friendly service by London standards. Lots of handpumps but only 3 active when I came in. Reasonable selection of Belgians.
I think this place has gone way down hill over the last few years. I had heard decent things about Quinns and although it was not a bad pub to go to, it was just above the average boozer for me. Good amount to German beers all in Bottles behind the bar. This was probably Quinns best atribute as I enjoy German beers and they had some Rauch Bier in bottles as well. Service was a mixed bag, one younger guy was cool but the older guy was a bit surly. Selection was good but on my first visit they lost the key to the Belgian beer fridge, this was pretty piss poor and on my second visit the selection of Belgians was not as varied. THe British beer was average Fullers/Green King Etc. Nothing to be excited for. Did not try the food.
If you are in Camden and want to make the effort, it is a 10 min walk from the station and the bright Yellow and Purple can’t be missed.
Always like going here, much more pleasant than most places in Camden and not full of Camden types, more a locals place. The Belgian selection is variable from the very good to occasionally not so good. Always a surprise though, and normally a mix of more obvious stuff and some more unusual things (Troubadour, Dupont). Unfortunately they don’t have the excellent selection of Drie Fonteinens any more, haven’t done for a few years. Shame! Price is £4 for bottles at the moment which compared to other places is pretty good. Stays open very late so you can get in a lot of trouble here. Really love the Nepalese barman. He is a star!
We’ve always had a good time at this pub. A few cask ales and a decent bottle selection, focusing on German and Belgian beers. A few good go-to beers but light on the rarities. Service can be a little slow but the barman is getting on a bit ; P
A huge place with wood panelling and lots of booths, but the floor is lino and the cealing is painted yellow, and the deco is old and dusty. A Green King place, but mainly focused on continental imports, which are decently priced at 4 UKP in 2010, while the cask is London prices. Old people go here to have their Sunday roast - maybe because the owners are so old that the lived in the middle ages - which gives them the right to tell the younger and service minded staff off in front of the punters and not serve people who bring a pc to the bar, so they only managed to supply me with one new GK and a German weissbier. I hope new ownership is coming in soon. I’m not to return untill then.