Think rustic reclaimed church pews, mismatched furnishings and other recycled bric-a-brac, which seem to be de rigueur for most self-respecting drinking holes nowadays. If the sun’s out, hit the patio/ beer garden for a few rays. The upstairs is a dedicated restaurant space but they serve bar food and snacks all day downstairs.
The grub Quality nosh leaning towards the higher end of the pub grub market with posh dishes such as barberry duck breast, sweet potato puree and red cabbage. They’re all about free-range, sustainable and organic produce, and put an innovative twist on the ‘best of British’ vibe.
Behind the bar A good mix of guest ales for the ale slurpers as well as regular Young’s Special. Lager wise you can keep it local with London Meantime from the Greenwich-based brewery or sip Kirin Ichiban Japanese lager, Carlsberg or San Miguel. The decidedly decent Stowford Press cider is also on tap.
Bill please Beers from £3.55 a pint; wine from £3.05 a glass; starters from £4; mains from £10.50.
Verdict A quality pub worth seeking out a short stroll from Camden dives.
163 Royal College Street, NW1 OSG
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