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Earl of Essex, Islington

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Unexpectedly interesting... looked like a regular back street pub but its quite the beer experience.

Central bar has many hand pulls and a board explaining the wares. Around the otherside is a full on brewery kit.

Garden looked nice - which might be handy, as they allow all tables to be reserved.

Beavertown Neck Oil sampled for the first, and probably last time. What's all the fuss?
Mappiman - 14 Nov 2018 16:56
No clips on hand pumps, all beers listed on large board and i glad to say with prices clearly marked, they need to be as they are quite steep. A half decent pub for all that.
rpf1955 - 15 Dec 2016 15:42
Hadn't heard about this pub until yesterday. It's a typical example of the new breed of craft beer pubs. You enter to find a row of handpulls with no clips. I initially assumed that there were no beers on. But a large blackboard indicated a good selection of both keg and cask ales. The cask selection was Ilkley Dinner Ale, Caveman Neanderthal, Hobsons Town Crier, Black Iris Citra & Round Tower Lupuline Black. A half decent pub in an area that now has plenty of real ale establishments.
blue_scrumpy - 9 Dec 2013 22:25
Darbs is about right.

Lots of positives but something just not right for me.

Well worth a visit though and a good choice of beer.
TheHorsesMouth - 10 Jun 2013 15:30
They've got some things right here, including the beer. It's a bit more cool than The Craft, more spacious than the the Euston Tap, but the prices - ouch!
Darbs - 3 Jun 2013 19:08
They've got some things right here, including the beer. It's a bit more cool than The Craft, more spacious than the the Euston Tap, but the prices - ouch!
Darbs - 3 Jun 2013 19:08
The in-house brewery has been fitted (finally), and should be fabrication ales soon. Round the corner from the Wenlock Arms.
suggestion_tryAnewBEER - 29 May 2013 11:56
Much improved from it's last incarnation and much better after a light touch refurb left the old bar and fixtures in place. It's still feels like a back street local but has a definite Hoxton vibe to it now. Although it does a range of food it doesn't feel like eating is the main event and consequently it has the vibe of a 'proper' pub and not a Gastro. The beer was cracking - well kept and a good range of cask and keg. The Tiny Rebel on cask and the Thornbridge/Odells collaboration were particularly good. If the beer range continues to be this good it's going to be a favourite. Oh, and they are starting to brew their own beer shortly.
chick - 13 Jul 2012 17:02
This pub reopened a week ago, I think under new management and refurbished. What a addition to the N1 pub evidence. Staff really friendly and helpful. Great range of interesting beers in excellent. 5 cask ales ( more promised), 7 keg beers, 1 very cider on hand pump and 1 on keg, good range of bottled beers. Didn't try good but it looked good. Opens 3 o clock Mon - Wed, midday rest of week.
redplan - 12 Jul 2012 20:49
Heard ok things about this place so popped down for a beer. We sat in the rear of the pub - looked like a dining area but there were several other tables of people just drinking. Had 3 pints of beer. Then a waiter came over to our table and asked us to move as a couple wanted to eat and needed the table, and that we were to go and stand in the bar (which was busy, no seating). I asked why we had specifically been asked to move. I was told that he had "just picked us". Felt slightly affronted by this, but didn't want to cause a scene so I said that we were leaving after finishing our drinks in about 5 minutes. He said "No you need to move now" and walked off. I carried on talking with my friend for a few minutes, and then the waiter came back and said "Sorry but you really have to move". I explained, again, that we had nearly finished our drinks and would be gone very soon. He walked off looking annoyed. Then a woman came over, who I presume is the manager, possibly French. she said "You need to vacate this table now". I explained that there was no reservation on the table, no sign saying this was a restaurant area, no alternative seating, that we had just spent about 24 at her bar, and that we didn't need to be spoken to in such a rude manner. She looked aghast and said "Well I think YOU are rude!" and then marched off. My friend and I left. There is absolutely no need to treat people like this. If you enjoy being treated like an absolute cretin, then I heartily recommend this awful place.
basicmanners - 12 Feb 2012 13:06

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