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The Black Heart is located in a narrow side street just parallel to the main drag in Camden. It is a rockers pub that is dark and noisy. But it is large enough inside and I managed to secure a seat on my Friday evening visit. The solitary ale was Gloucester Red Sorachi. They also had Lilleys Sunset Cider & Bee Sting Perry. There seemed to be a good range of craft and bottled beers too. The unisex toilets are fairly unique. I remembered reading about them, but still wondered if I was in the right place when following a couple of women in.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Sep 2015 22:11
£12 for a glass of wine and a pint of cask ale. (Would have been nice to have a choice but only one cask ale available)

Unisex toilet reeked of p*ss and the cubical door didn't lock. Toilet roll chained to the wall.

I'll not be ruching back!
anonymous - 27 Sep 2015 12:38
Visited this proper trendy and very cool bar for the 1st time around 6pm on Saturday night and I love it!

A good choice of ales & lagers with the emphasis of local ales and American, I went for a pint of Camden Towns Camden Ink on ta it’s supposed to be a stout but was more like a black lager. Nicely kept and very drinkable. As well as the tap selection there is a large and varied choice of bottled beers there’s even a menu to help you decide.

Pool table by the door as you enter, plenty of sofas and booth seats, food served from a hatch at the end of the bar, the food mainly appeared to be chicken and burgers. The menu had me hooked but I didn’t see any being served and as this was a flying visit I was only here for the beer.

Large compliment of beer pump clips running across the bar ceiling, many clips from beers I’d love to try.

Loud music playing but it worked well as this is a very cool place.

Worth mentioning the unisex toilets.

A great place that I’m already itching to go back to.
lezford - 21 Oct 2014 15:19
One of Central Camden's better boozers - has a bit of character and personality (as long as metal, rock, or a touch of goth is your cup of tea). Decent pop-up food options. Good service and an acceptable range of beers, although the provision of ales is a bit patchy.

In the evenings they whack the music up super-loud which is a shame. I enjoy a more energetic ambience as much as the next man, but at club volume it kind of undermines the whole reason to go to the pub. This aside, a quality establishment.
enfilade - 28 Feb 2014 16:03
What a find this was, normally head to The World's End but a friend took me hear instead and man what a pub, very dark, very rock n roll, have a wide selection of ale's and lagers which seem to change on a regular basis which is always good, seem to have connections with the camden brewery which is also good, i was also impressed with there selection of bourbon's, Elijah Craig, Four Roses small batch, Woodford Reserve and Knobcreek, all very tasty indeed. They also have a small food menu, and i'd recommend the pizza's, so next time your in the area, give it a go, well worth a visit.
TippseyWhipsey - 27 Feb 2012 08:24
When everywhere else is full of tourists you can slip on in here and get yourself a booth ... more local and oh so close to the tube. Good music... and nice staff.
Aura7 - 10 Oct 2011 17:06
This pub has a interesting range of beers , two real ales which change regulary , at the moment they have Redemption with Dark Star and Magic Rock soon to come . They also have a real cider from Westons with Stowford Press on keg. For lager drinkers they have the local Camden town plus Paulaner. There are two wheat beers and a selection of mostly US bottled beers. The clintele are mostly young .
mr.toes.5_ - 6 Sep 2011 02:26
I was hacked off when they closed the old Tup as it was good for football and I'd only discovered the place about two months before. And when it opened as the Black Heart I thought they'd made a big mistake, mainly because I thought it was going to be a bit too trendy for that particular bit of Camden - I thought it was more suited to the other end up towards Chalk Farm. But I was wrong. Now I'm really pleased it's there because it's the best bar in the area - though frankly it doesn't have much competition - and has improved a lot from when it first opened. The drinks, prices and service are all pretty good, it has an interesting theme, a nice vibe, a decent jukebox and excellent free wi-fi (no password required even!). The location of it means that you don't get too many dickheads and tourists in there (because it's tucked away from the main drag) so most of the punters are people who work and live in the area, and aren't too up themselves. I just hope it stays that way. A big thumbs up.
puppyfeat - 25 Aug 2010 11:14
Not usually a 'bar' person much preferring pubs but this one gets my vote.Great decor,very much like the Mexican cantinas i went to when in Mexico,an excellent range of beers and they even serve real ale which is unusual for a bar.Friendly staff and prices average for Camden.Recommended.
boundsgreenboy - 23 May 2010 19:09
I have to say that I quite like the Black Heart. The bar staff are nicer, better trained and more helpful then they were in the Camden Tup. It's a nice place to retreat to when Camden gets too much to bear.
I for one don't mourn the TV screens as there are plenty of places that show sports and I always found it to be rather anti-social for us non sports fans.
They have quite a few alternative beers (ei. not so much Fosters and Stella please!) and also a good back bar selection of spirits. I think they even have ale, but I can't be sure.

I haven't tried any of their cocktails nor their food so can't say if it's worth a visit for those, but the nice "slowed down" atmosphere is what I go there for.
Jagerin - 31 Mar 2010 23:15
Used to be a great pup for catching the Rugby in. Now taken over and been turned into ANOTHER trendy wannabe wine bar called The Black Heart. Had a walk past on a friday night and it looked virtually empty.

Why did they have to change it??
Lucyleftfoot - 13 Jan 2010 14:35
It is closed for sure.

Been replaced by a place called the Black Heart.
richardking75 - 12 Oct 2009 12:07
Look closed down to me
31 May 09 last time i visited
winchesterclub - 10 Jun 2009 16:31
Not an outstanding pub, but a good choice for a Camden tube meeting spot as it's far less busy than most of its neighbours. Standard selection of beers and a huge array of TVs showing the football.

Had food in here a couple of times; the selection is fairly average pub fare, but it's reasonably priced and the portions are large.

Overall, a more relaxed option than most of its peers. Consult directions if you're visiting for the first time as it is down a sidestreet.
Pentargo - 27 Dec 2008 23:26
RE: My previous comment.

Whoops, the Salutation isnt just up the road its actually in Hammersmith! I meant to write that the Constitution is just up the road.
Strongers - 19 Dec 2008 09:10
Ive been to Camden more times than I care to remember and until I found this pub on BITE I didnt know that it existed as it is tucked down a back street within spitting distance from Camden Town Station.

The Adnams and Landlord were both off during my visit in the early evening so the only offerings were Staropramen, John Smiths and some standard lager. I found the staff to be very friendly, especially for Camden. The food seemed very reasonably priced for the area especially compared to the Prince Albert up the road. I didnt try the food though so cannot comment on whether it is edible.

This is primarily a sports pub as it has at least 2 plasma screens and a projector with the ability to show Sky and Setanta. There was a match on but the sound was muted and some loud music was being played.

Id maybe pop back in here if I was passing, but then again the Salutation is just up the road and I think that is much better for watching the footie.
Strongers - 19 Dec 2008 08:28
Quieter than some of Camdens pubs and clearly trying to attract a better class of clientele based on the menu and their prices, Bombardier 3 a pint. Decent pub for watching sports, big screen, lots of pine furniture and wooden floors. Apparently I had just missed Tup Idol some crass Karaoke competition running across the chain when I visited earlier in the year - what a shame!

Millay - 23 Dec 2007 21:29
Has the look of a standard stripped pine chain pub. Very standard beer selection, pretty crap for real ale drinkers, but at least the Guinness is well kept and not served tastelessly chilled.

Nice chilled out upstairs room for watching the Rugby.

Surprisingly good food (the usual fare - microwave/frier, but a cut above any other bar in the neighbourhood). My kingdom for a crispy chip!
Pylene50 - 21 Apr 2007 00:10
Watched the Grand National & FA Cup in here last Saturday after a day in the park. I found it to be a very comfy welcoming & laid back little boozer. I'll certainly be back soon.
Jackietreehorn - 16 Apr 2007 16:07
Went to this pub to catch a bit of the Tottenham match last sunday.
first time i have been in and might pop back if some of the other pubs are too packed for my taste.
As far as it goes for quiet sunday drink and football match it doesnt seem too bad, only problem i had was i kept having to go downstairs to the bar then upstairs to the football..
not bad..
Jackrum - 27 Nov 2006 12:32
Does beerintheevening do a worst service award? I've been drinking in this pub frequently over the last few months (out of proximity to a mate's office, not because I have quirky taste and have decided to overlook Camden's exceptional selection of pubs). I am 25 and certainly (unfortunately for me, perhaps) look my age. However, the Camden Tup made the managerial decision to have me and my 26- and 27-year old friends removed last night because some Trick or Treating kids decided to harass us in the pub and it was decided that they were with us and therefore we were required to show I.D. Now, as with plenty of other folk who haven't been asked to prove their age since they were 17, I do not carry I.D. I'm able to prove I'm over 18, but that wasn't deemed sufficient. Thanks to some mighty persuasion from other punters who were aware of the situation, we were not ejected, although I was not allowed to drink alcohol either (not that I was overly keen to line the pockets of said establishment at this stage either). I'll be taking my custom somewhere where the spiteful blond bar girl can't abuse me unnecessarily. Goodbye from me, Camden Unfriendly Namby-pamby Tup. :-)
sillymilly - 1 Nov 2006 10:24
I'm certainly not management at this pub and I definitely don't think my writing was dribble.
I like the pub and was writing more out of pleasure that my time spent in the pub was so good. I had a nice weekend, was served by smiley bar staff and yes, although some of the prices were a bit steep it was still a nice pub. And it was a nice surprise.
I had a great time at the beach party and didn't find it cliquey at all. But then I was in the beach party mood. And i thought the effort made was great. Cheap gimmicks are the foam and water sprayed everywhere at other pub parties, and girls dancing in bikinis etc etc (not that that is a bad thing either). It was fun and I enjoyed it. Everyone else there seemed to enjoy it too. I don't think they're trying to be like any other pub in camden, and i rate them for doing what they can within the confines of what they are (as abeachsoul says, a chain pub..).

bella008 - 27 Sep 2006 18:28
Don't you just love it when new management use these sites to promote themselves? I mean, come on, how many people honestly come on here and write all that dribble about how great it is because of the radical turn around of new management? And to repeat repeat themselves ad nausea too.

The truth is that it's not an improvement on what it was before. Yeah it's a bit cleaner but now it's just like any other chain pub. They stuck big plasmas in and use cheap gimmicks like beach parties and wild west nights that just create cliques. They should have just stuck to the simple, individual proposition instead of trying to be another Ice Wharf. Shame really as it's a lovely building with heaps of potential that is going to waste.
abeachsoul - 7 Sep 2006 12:41
Went to their Beach Party on friday night and had a really good time. Staff were dressed up as lifeguards which was cute and everyone was friendly and smiley. They had a great DJ and a great party atmosphere.
Went back again after the festival on sat and it was a very different scene but still a really nice vibe. They had a DJ playing streamed live through the internet and everyone was sitting around chatting and drinking. Very nice pub. Its changed alot and all the better for it. This pub has come a long way in the last few months!! It's definitely the 'best kept pub secret' in camden, and considering it can be hard to find (because it's on the alley parrallel to the high street behind worlds end) it's definitely standing out as a place to go back to again and again!
bella008 - 7 Aug 2006 16:21
I went to this pub a few months ago when the previous management had it and it was awful. It used to be dirty, had awful staff and a bad atmosphere.
My friend convinced me to go last week for a few drinks and I have to say the new management have done an incredible job!! The place is clean, looked after, the toilets are clean, the management are on the floor working away with the staff, they're approachable and the staff look like they're having fun being at work. The food was great (as it was before) and the service was really really good. There is such a nice atmosphere in the Camden Tup now. I would definitely recommend it as a place to go Friday night after work (they play really good funky house music)!
If you had a bad experience here or didn't find the atmosphere very good at all then I recommend going back now the new management are running it as it has gotten so much better!!
rhubic - 30 Jun 2006 13:49
Hit and miss pub secreted up an alleyway that runs parallel to the High Road. The first thing you notice it it's unusual design, the large folding doors which are often opened in warmer months are a nice touch and the open-plan interior makes the place seem light and airy but mean that it doesn't look much like your typical pub to the extent that you might inadvertently mistake it for a restaurant or bar rather than a "proper" pub. The atmosphere varies between eerily quite when less than half full and very loud and bustling when the football's on. Watching sport here is most definitely one of the place's strong points, there is always a good crowd that is excitable but stays the right side of loutish and there are enough screens with a decent picture to ensure a clear view.
Bar staff are friendly and do their best to keep queues moving but unfortunatley there are rarely enough of them to cope when it's busy so it can take a while to get served. A fair range of draft and bottled beers are on offer but the prices are not particularly competetive which in an area where being overcharged is commonplace is not conducive to making you want to spend the whole evening here once the football is over.
The food looks and smells absolutely fantastic but tends to be a little too fussy and expensive for this reviewer. It is however definitely something that they put a great deal of stock in and if you fancy a nicely prepared alternative to pub grub or the various local take aways you probably should check this out.
So to recap: Positives - Good range of beers, friendly barstaff, excellent for watching football, decent food.
Negatives - Can lack atmosphere when no sport on, slightly poncey, very pricey and can take ages to get served.
Mr.Monkfish - 24 Feb 2006 10:21
Nice big airey pub with a modern open plan design. However, this is a hit and miss feature. The initial impressive impact soon wore off and I felt as if i was in a sports centre or an airport lounge. Not very cozy and only full of atmosphere when it has 300 people in.
Food was excellent but, as someone lese previously mentioned, not enough bar staff resulting in having to wait over 45 minutes for food and twice having to go and ask where it was. On the whole lots of potential but a bit of tuning maybe.
atlas - 9 Aug 2005 10:38
went in on saturday for the cup final, was very busy-only 3 staff behind the bar but despite the crowds me and my mates were served politely and quickly. good atmosphere for footy. seating up and downstairs, pool table dart board quids in.
david_b - 24 May 2005 13:36
its a really good tup. very lively. nice food. well designed. good crowd. v enjoyable.
stoichkov - 1 Dec 2004 12:08
The Camden Tup has become decidedly better in recent weeks, I am not sure if this is down to new management but the food is great and it is the best place to go for a drink after work on a Friday night. As mentioned below the bar staff are great which makes a refreshing change. 10/10 Camden Tup!!
Mark - 1 Nov 2004 15:05
the camden tup exterior is only surpassed by the quality and cheerfulness of the wee lasses behind the bar. they play a mean rugby game as well! big up to the bar supervisor nicki she is able to control a motley crue although quite minute in stature. beers can be pricey but the atmosphere makes up for the cost.
Evo + Raymondo - 29 Oct 2004 01:00
One of the best things about this pub is the way it's hidden and avoids being busy when the markets are on. It has ales and is probably the best pub for TV sport in the area. There's even a pool table upstairs, although it does a very good impression of a roller-coaster with the bend in the table.
travis - 31 Aug 2004 17:08
this is probably the nicest bar in camden as it has the feel of a decent local with good quality food, friendly barstaff, big screen, pool table, dart boadrd and none of the usual tourist trade associated with camden. at the moment they are really pulling in a good vocal crowd for the football ( get there early so as to get a seat), all in all a top local pub. wicked!!!!
Billy - 23 Jun 2004 13:13
I am a fan of the Tup, haven't been in the last month or so, but it has been a regular works drinks fixture. The food is a bit inconsistent, but at the moment I feel its pretty good pub fare. The spicy wedges are a particular favourite. I have always found the staff to be very friendly.
Pete - davenport_cullis@hotmail.com - 11 Jun 2004 22:37
A great pub, without a doubt one of the best in Camden and just tucked up a side street so not too busy
Adam - 7 Jun 2004 14:39
I don't normally like this pub (coz its normally crap), but Friday lunchtime was much better, the food was very good and came promptly, and even the service was good. The ales in here tend to be a bit average, but hey, it has got a dartboard. Always look after your bag and wallet in here, not just because of the high prices but for the amount of thieves about.
Owen - 1 Jun 2004 09:17
Very unimpressed with my meal in this pub - ordered a vegetarian pasta, and was served a dish which contained chicken - which I noticed after i'd already taken a mouthful of it. Took it back and got a rather half-hearted verbal apology. Not happy.

Reagan - 20 May 2004 22:52
Great pub. Quiet, with plenty of lounging room and a very chilled atmosphere. It's the kind of pub which could become an extension of your living room. Someone below has correctly identified the very "local" feel which this pub has, because of its hidden location. I'm sure I found it by accident.

Food is good, beer is OK.
Matt - 7 May 2004 14:55
This pub is probably one of the best bars in Camden, for a chilled out Saturday or Sunday lunch. In the evening it has a great vibe, with I would have to say the friendless bar staff I've ever met. It's great that it's tucked away from the high street so you don't get your usual market tourists, which makes the clientel in there very local orientated. They also have a pool table and dart board upstairs.
Sarah - 19 Mar 2004 15:36
Its not a bad boozer at all really staff are reasonably friendly and beers not bad.Its greatest feature, however is its pool table and upstairs bar. Could somboby please inform me why this is the only deasent place in camden to hav a pool table
Topboy34 - 2 Jan 2004 16:39
not a bad boozer really,bit expensive but that keeps the youngsters out,decent music,sky tv and a pool table upstairs,
baz tav - sweetgeez@hotmail.com - 15 Oct 2003 12:46
As a resident of camden town, the camden tup is refreshing change from some of the other more high street venues in the area. With a wide selection of beers, friendly staff and regulars, the camden tup is the perfect place to to start off a weekend bender and to finish it off chilling out on A sunday afternnon with a Bloody mary.
dazza - 8 Sep 2003 20:18
The phrase Oves Optimae Sunt forms part of the logo for the Camden Tup which I think means something like Sheep are Best. Along with the Tup connection this may also have something to do with the antipodean leanings of the place. Nicely laid out and furnished on a minimalist theme with wooden floors and comfortable sofas. Nice pub which because of its location in a narrow alleyway has the feel of an underground bar to it.
Millay - 5 Sep 2003 12:31
A mainly Antipodean pub which is quite clean and covers two floors with a huge hexagonal balcony. This pub is quite hidden away but is very near the station. The tables and chairs are of good quality and the food has always offered a good smell although the last time I had eaten there was over four years ago. The Bombadier is pretty.
fresh in her
doofer - 6 Aug 2003 12:31
Tucked in behind Natwest Bank in Camden, and a couple of paces from the World's End, the Tup is comfy and friendly if not cheap; there's TVs for sport, and soft seating on both floors. However, the Tup's greatest fault is that it's position mean it rarely catches the sun.
Food is entirely respectable, with nachos, cajun chicken, burgers, and so on being standard fare, of a good quality.

It can be really quiet some times, especially early evening, so it can be great for a quiet drink in comfortable surroundings, with friendly staff.


Nick - 6 Jun 2003 22:57

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