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Scolt Head, Islington

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Went here on Wednesday and although there were customers the place had no buzz and felt very cold. I've been twice before and really enjoyed it but there seemed to be no soul on this visit.

The two blokes working the bar were both incredibly surly and I haven't received service that poor in a long time. It appeared that punters were an inconvenience to them and they'd rather be chatting to their mates.

It's a lovely area and there are quite a few nice pubs here but I wouldn't return after this last experience.
AlistairVonLion - 17 Mar 2017 08:46
Nice little backstreet pub, not a million miles away from Dalston. The pubs around here seem to be much improved. 3 ales were on - Trumans Runner, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold & Greene King IPA. Cider was Addlestones. There are a couple of rooms and the pub does seem to focus on food. Service was quick and friendly. There is a small outdoor drinking area at the front of the pub. But it was a bit too cold for that on Sunday.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Feb 2014 20:39
Sun and Guardian were both on display when I went in here for a meal and a pint. This pub is somewhere between being an old man's pub and a hipster hangout. They have three handpumps, and the ales are ok, the food is ok, but there's something missing that would make me want to return. Although the interior is very nice and spacious, the pub has a tired feel.
tra.dos - 25 Jul 2013 18:27
I had a brilliant night here recently. Great atmosphere in this pub and a good mix of people, brilliant staff too - very attentive and polite. Food was brilliant, I strongly recommend the steak with triple cooked chips, truly the best I have had in years (new chef apparently).I will definitely be going back soon.
rh2041 - 20 Sep 2009 16:09
On a Good Friday visit, we were treated to an astonishing display of prog rock over the tannoy starting with Led Zeppelin and the Floyd and regressing (if that seems possible) to Phil Collins - maybe Steven Gerrard was in that day? It seems that some severely hungover minor bar staff had hijacked the music policy and normal service was restored once the head barwoman had appeared. Not bad at all - somewhere between a gastropub (albiet only in clientele rather than culinary terms) and a proper drinking den, housed in a grand building on a corner. I wouldn't say this was in Islington though: this is a De Beauvoir Town boozer.
BoehmBawerk - 14 Apr 2009 21:59
A particularly good all-rounder, seemingly catering to a real mix of locals. Usual beer range but Pride was really good. NB The Northgate was closed, on Christmas Eve, which probably says something about it's customer base.
mtaylor40 - 25 Dec 2008 00:13
nice enough pub, shame about the food.

the beer's ok but the food is terrible - and with more than half of the pub given over to dining that's inexcusable. i've eaten there three times and if it's been cooked it tastes burnt - burger, steak, even bread. i complained on the first two ocassions but it didn't seem to make a difference so i didn't even bother last time. i can only assume that the chef rarely, if ever at all, cleans his grill.

if you're thinking of going here i suggest you go to the talbot (25ms away)instead. decent food, better beer and the building itself is just as nice.

oh, and i don't work in, own or have anything to do with the talbot!
hugoshere - 5 Aug 2008 14:00
Early doors when I visited so can't comment on the pub goers but liked the pub. The beers were good, the pub was nice and roomy, the barstaff very friendly. They were setting up for evening meals when I went in - the menu looked good. Will go back and try the food soon.
ofrex - 29 Jan 2008 09:09
i really like the fact they have kept a sports room and pool table, something you don't see much these days in revamped pubs. i remember it before, looked like an 80s youth club. much better now. still a bit of 80s brickwork on show but it kind of works. havn't tried the food yet, looks good though.
firestarter - 13 Nov 2007 22:07
My Nan ran the pub when it was called the Sussex. It was a very large London pub, with a snug, saloon, public and games bars. There was also a large room which could be hired for functions. She died in 1967.
dizzydi - 17 Oct 2007 18:59
This is my new favourite local - friendly staff and a great outside area
eileenaway - 3 Aug 2007 17:34
Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, really good food, and fun quiz night on Mondays.
Jasato - 31 Jul 2007 14:22
This pub is aces. The beer is great, especially the Deuchars as is the food. I recommend the hot pot.
de_beauvoir - 18 Jun 2007 23:34
I'll leave the food comments to those clearly writing on the wrong website and focus on what the 'pub' bit is like - pretty darn good, actually. Couple of ales, friendly staff and decor a little beyond your usual stripped out gastropub. Perhaps the sports room could be a little nicer, perhaps. Get here before it appears in the Sunday supplements and ends up with clientele like those who make the Talbot terrible.

PS: Does anyone know what it was like when it was called the Sussex? I always meant to go in but never quite made it.
Planner_21 - 15 May 2007 00:28
Been again to the Scolt Head,which is now my favourite
pub.Great atmosphere and sensational food.I want the recipe of their chocolate cake!
holymackerel - 9 May 2007 00:41
Went last night because my friends wanted to play pool in the back room, which also has a huge screen. The room itself was a bit too bare and cold for me and had a school hall feel but the front room was cosier with candles on the tables. There is also a beer garden at the front which will come in handy in summer. A nice touch was that they give my friend a bottle of wine because the light didnít work in the disabled toilet, even though they had made up for it with putting a couple of candles in instead.
Hip - 1 Apr 2007 09:31
I agree with the comments.Very welcoming and yes,the desserts are the best!
holymackerel - 28 Mar 2007 10:30
Very nice, sunny pub with great atmosphere, lovely photos of the Norfolk coast and the best deserts this side of Vienna. Highly recommended
paul1234 - 26 Mar 2007 14:28
Now probably the best pub in de Beauvoir in Hackney after a makeover which has converted the dreary Sussex into a great local with a wide range of beers and excellent food at great prices. It's a light and airy place with its own events room which hosts music gigs a couple of times a month. Inside is a full range of Penguin classics for those who want to catch up on their reading, lovely photos from Norfolk's coast and other gems such as an old b/w photo of an 800-or so strong British army unit from 1916. And if you need some fresh air, there is a garden in the front to chill out. Not bad...!
anonymous - 26 Mar 2007 08:59
A new local for me although I haven't visited yet but I noticed them giving it a makeover and it looks OK so will visit soon. Used to be The Sussex.
Hip - 22 Feb 2007 16:56

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