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A sign on the door and then reinforced by the doorman that it was Arsenal fans only allowed in here after a recent game at the Emirates. A quick flash of the match ticket and the 3 of us were in to sample the delights of this low light trendy pub.

It was dark outside and as dark inside with the majority of the lighting coming from behind the open bar that serves both the front and back areas.

3 cask ales on the hand pumps with a number of keg and quality lager choices also available. My pint of ELB’s Orchid @ 3.6% was fine.

I think I visited here before it changed it’s name several years back but my memory is a bit hazy. Only stopped for 1 pint on this occasion before moving back into town.

Decent pub that was busy after the match, probably worth another visit on a non match day.

lezford - 11 Jan 2017 13:44
Now called The Lamb. Trying to be pretentious, eg live bluegrass and posters advertising a screening of a Danish post-rock band’s film about a Russian mining village, (booking essential), but it’s a pretty conventional pub with conventional drinkers and a good choice of beers; The Dark Star Hophead was excellent. Expensive for the area, if the purpose of that is to keep out the local riff-raff it’s a successful approach.
Foghorn1 - 8 Feb 2013 13:08
This pub is now called the Lamb and is selling real ale, i had a lovely pint of Hackney Best , the guy behind the bar was very pleasant.
For those of you who are not real ale drinkers there is a fine selection of non mainline beers on offer including Camden town and Brewdog . The cider offer is Harry Sparrow from Aspall, lager drinkers can have Budvar or Meantime . The largest selection is bottled from the UK, USA, Germany , Australia, Singapore and Namibia. A vast improvement on previous incarnations, i shall certainly be returning.
mr.toes.5_ - 18 Jul 2012 14:28
This is the ideal place to have a taste of the twilight world of Holloway Road.

The back half of the pub is a perfect venue for a party whether that is a works leaving do or a birthday.

I take the point about some of the regulars - they do look as if they have been extras on a George Romero film and have forgotten to change their make-up and costumes. One or two of them sometimes wear shorts that transgress the boundaries of decency but generally the regulars are informed of a benign malevolence.

The man behind the bar eating the crisps has special needs. He is called 'Crispy' and he apparently drops in every night just to eat two packets of cheese and onion behind the bar and then leaves. I personally think that the kindness of the landlord in providing such indulgence to the less fortunate is to be lauded and not condemned.
Bibendum - 6 Nov 2009 18:19
Im going to agree with the previous comment that this place isnt up to much. I had to wait for an age at the bar as the bloke standing behind it eating a bag of crisps wouldnt serve me as he was not working. There is only a basic selection of draught and the decor makes this place look more like a bistro.

I will say that the governor seemed a very nice chap, but I dont think that Ill be drinking here again.
Strongers - 23 Aug 2009 20:44
Way overrated from previous comments. No real ales.
oftenscore6 - 16 May 2009 15:38

I was in there the other day. You know them places where you think "why don't I always come in here ?" It was one of them moments. Old Indian brother owns it, knows more about Jazz and Funk than any I know. Looks like he can tell Football Hooligans when to go home. Go on, find that anywhere else like this. The place makes North London North London.
chucknorris - 4 Aug 2007 06:02
What a bar should be. Right music right volume right staff. Don't open late enough. Needs air-con. Don't sell curry any more. CLEAN TOILETS ! How hard was that ?
chucknorris - 17 Jun 2007 08:39
The best bar in the area without doubt.
Jackietreehorn - 23 Feb 2007 17:58
Very friendly and obliging staff. Great wine selection. Very relaxed and they don't rush you out at closing time.
anonymous - 18 Mar 2006 20:34
Great music, fantastic atmosphere, good drinks selection and really relaxed lovely staff. Not much to fault about this place except the tiny hang up I have about the over-colourful chairs...
anonymous - 2 Feb 2006 10:52
Superb pub, lovely staff, really friendly and unpretentious. Always good music, often unobtrusive but pretty damn cool jazz.

The indian food is amazing - not heavy curries but really tasty seasoned meat and fantastically cooked rice - better than most restaurants. I particularly recommend the Lamb Keema.
Richard7 - 7 Jul 2005 22:44
Really friendly bar staff who actually want to get to know you. Feels like walking into your own living room for drinks after work. Great venue for small private parties and the curries and Sunday lunches are FAB! Easily the best bar on Holloway ......and I should know! Forget Upper Street, is too busy and full of kids.
Claire - 17 Nov 2004 15:48

Nice play. Chilled. Late license. Good music.
Gareth - 3 Jun 2004 23:39
A really nice bar with a cozy feeling,as two girls out for a quite drink, it was ideal. The bar has a fish/animal theme in addition to a great big fish tank the bar also has a LIVE snake and a giant LIVE iguana in glass display boxes. would be great for a private party! the staff were friendly and helpful EXTRA SPECIAL as the kitchen is open past midnight!!! The burgers were great.
lorry - 30 Jul 2003 12:34

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