Islington

17/05/2015 at 16:06 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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In April 2015, we revisited Islington at the hands of Dimo.

The meeting point close to Angel station was a place we’ve visited before when it was a Hobgoblin, but is now the Three Johns, named after some 18th century radicals. Now something of a craft beer pub, there were some interesting ales on including Arbor J Bomb, XT No.1 and the rather better known Dark Star’s lovely Hophead.

Just a short stroll along White Lion Street brought us to the Craft Beer Co‘s Islington outlet, which on the night we visited was hosting a vintage ales weekend, confusing those of us who live in hipster territory who thought the staff were wearing 1940s outfits ironically rather than as a contribution to the retro theme of the day. As ever there was a great range of beers on draught, with our party drinking the Thornbridge Wild Side, Franklin 1066, and East End IPA.

Be here nowJust around the corner next to the Joker, at the end of Chapel Market. A gastropub with a difference, this one has the archetypal kitchen behind the bar (in the mould of the first gastropub, the Eagle) but with a focus on burgers and hot dogs. We didn’t try the food (and nor did anyone else while we were there – a drawback to having such a visible kitchen), but the beers were decent, with Windsor & Eton’s Kohinoor IPA and Kings Evolution Northern Lights keeping everyone happy. The walls are bedecked with famous comedians, and we had some good pub trivia too… the oversized clock in the pub was a stage prop on Oasis’s Be Here Now tour.

A slightly longer walk now to the next venue, though with streets as beautiful as Cloudesley Road it’s hard to mind. Set in this gorgeous part of town is the Crown, a Fullers pub with a traditional layout of different spaces around a central bar. Ales were standard Fullers beers with the seasonal Spring Sprinter making a welcome reappearance.

A few minutes’ walk brought us close to Tony Blair’s former home and we arrived at the Hop & Berry, a pub specialising in London craft beers. It was certainly busier than the last time I was here when we were the only customers (though that was Christmas Eve to be fair!) and a fair number of people besides us were enjoying local beers. I couldn’t resist going slightly outside London for my beer though, Dark Star’s delicious American Pale Ale from Sussex.

jengaA first on the way to the next pub, as half the group managed to get lost after bizarrely declining to follow us down an alleyway en route to the Drapers Arms. This is a bright, spacious pub is located in a lovely residential street, which may explain its somewhat traditional opening hours – so beware on timing your visit, it closes at 10:30. But it’s well worth calling in, they have a range of beers including, on our visit, Truman’s Runner and Sambrook’s Wandle. We also discovered just how bad some of our members are at Jenga, though perhaps it would have been more successful a few pints earlier.

A longish walk to the next pub, though with the benefit of crossing over Lofting Road – named after a distant ancestor of mine who invented the beer engine/handpump (bloody immigrants, coming over here and inventing draught beer!), and who once had a factory nearby. A few minutes on is the Hemingford Arms, or the Hemmy, a traditional lively red-hued pub, with live music and a lively atmosphere. While we’d strayed into zone 2 by this point, it’s pretty close to stations for getting back into town afterwards. We largely drank the Purity Ubu while alternating between the quiz machine and voting on the Pub of the Crawl.

I’m sure the venue of the vote had no bearing on the result, but the final pub, the Hemingford Arms, was duly elected this month’s Pub of the Crawl. Congratulations!

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