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Nice enough place but I have to express concerns about the dirty filthy gents toilet where there are two sinks, one of which has a broken hot water tap and the panel beneath these has been hanging off for the past 6 months or so not to mention there is a small bowl in the cubicle beneath the cistern to catch a leak which constantly gets knocked over causing the floor to flood. In the circumstances I would advise against wearing a nice pair of shoes.
mysterypubguest - 5 Dec 2015 17:48
A lively visit which saw the pub cat catch a mouse and trail around the floor in triumph, a tail hanging from its mouth - others might be appalled but I found this to be en enjoyable slice of Camden verite. Beers were somewhat disconcertingly named after Tory Prime Ministers and from the Greene King stable but the place does have a nice local feel and is a world away from the touristy end of Camden.
BoehmBawerk - 19 Jul 2015 10:14
In last Wednesday and as well as the usual great beer and food there were about 12 folk musicians playing the most wonderful stuff!! - I counted 4 fiddles! A total surprise!!
Fantastic.
HoHoHo - 31 Jan 2014 15:27
Decent place. I've never really settled on a pub I like in Camden, but this place comes closest. Good mix of people, and the old boys at the bar haven't been totally airbrushed out of the picture by the monied media drones that largely populate Camden these days.
Beer's not that great (Speckled Hen, and they just don't seem to keep it that well) but the character kind of makes up for that. Thai food is pretty good, too.
dead_celeb - 10 Jul 2012 12:01
My favourite pub in Camden, really friendly and comfortable. Gets busy at weekends - nice mixed crowd.
OlderthanGod - 2 Mar 2011 10:59
Something always new and quirky about this pub. Really comfortable and friendly too - and really good prices - where else in Camden can you get a large Bloody Mary with all the fixin's for £3!
HoHoHo - 27 Oct 2010 09:42
A great local. Full of eccentric regulars with impressive moustaches. I agree they could improve their beer selection but the Thai food is suprisingly good.
jimmywiks - 18 Jun 2010 16:28
A hidden gem, and hopefully it will remain that way.
Beer selection isn't all that (Old Speckled Hen for ale drinkers), but it feels like a proper boozer should do. Interesting decor too.
Didn't sample the Thai food, but several others in our party did and said how good it was. Certainly smelled top notch.
Was a bit worried that we wouldn't all fit in, as there were about 20 of us in our group, but the fact, as people have said, that it is hidden away didn't make it an issue.
Certainly doesn't attract the kids who hang out in Camden and the idiots who head for the Hawley instead, so has to be a good thing.
Didn't ever think I would find myself saying this about a pub in Camden, after so many underwhelming experiences, but would definitely go back.
duchyjim - 11 Jan 2010 14:59
quality pub the landlady mental but lovely has some interesting clients
i had a piss beside leslie phillips and did lots of coke in the bog :)
hermeticlord - 20 Dec 2009 23:15
The Old Eagle is one of my favourite pubs. I love it's slightly quirky atmosphere but inside it's really cosy and welcoming. Thankfully it's just off the beaten path for the people who pour out of Camden Town tube and stagger into the closest bar. The staff are really friendly and the crowd is always a good mix of people. It's a great local pub.

Another thing. The food. The Thai food here is really fantastic. The standard is really high and have eaten here several times. Always consistently good. Once we commented how good to food was to our waitress. Turns out she was the chef. She owns a Thai restaurant so that explains why it's so good!
stebie - 22 Aug 2009 19:06
Easily the best pub in Camden. Far enough away from the high street that only locals seem to know about it. Have had many a lovely Sunday afternoon either in the beer garden or on the sofas out the back. Great place to go if you have a large-ish group. Very cosy if a bit quirky atmosphere.
And the thai menu is delicious! Staff are all lovely and friendly, even when busy. They have gone out of their way to help us before. Can't rate this place high enough - only thing is, I wish I could keep it a secret!
cheeky_pint - 24 Jul 2009 14:36
I agree with the positive comments on this pub as I found the locals to be very friendly and the barmaid that served me was hospitable, if maybe a little crazy.

Ruddles, Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen were all available alongside a standard selection of lager and the Guinness which was well served.

The décor is a little quirky and I’m not so sure about the red light district illuminations. The background music comprised a good selection of old songs, although they could hardly be heard over the chatter of the masses – some would say that this is a good thing.

There is a decked area out the back with a barn that houses a table tennis table to keep the kids amused, which was a first for me.

I would go back to this pub and I would rate it up there with the best in Camden.
Strongers - 8 Jul 2009 14:16
Very strange this one. The outside looks like a regular boozer and that impression extends until the bar where you begin to notice the “Trad-pub-meets-latin-vibe” which awaits within this high-ceiling L-shaped pub.

Two Greene King ales (OSH and IPA) on offer and a friendly greeting from the Irish landlady and a couple of the punters, who were proper old-skool Mockneys (loud, brash, opinionated but ostensibly friendly). My OSH was OK, not the best but I’ve had a lot worse when it comes to GK beer.

I made my way out to the small decked patio area to catch the last few rays of summer sunshine for the day which was nice and relaxed. I also stopped off in the conservatory for a bit to admire the weird paintings plus fantastically mis-matched sofas (avoid the orange one as you might get a spring up your pipe).

Whilst I wouldn’t say it’s worth a significant detour to come here, I would say it was worth a quick walk for a half if you’re in the immediate area.
Quinno - 5 Jun 2009 18:32
What a pleasure - a decent pub in Camden! Good beer, friendly staff, unobtrusive music. Will defintely go back next time I'm in the area.
Miss_M - 22 Mar 2009 13:37
A really nice environment, paintings are a little strange but provide a talking point, very comfy sofas, very friendly staff and even a few friendly locals when we visited. The menu is completely thai food which seems a little contrary to the atmosphere, but we didn't try it so i can't comment on its taste.
Harleenquinzel - 18 Feb 2009 09:17
Brilliant pub. Nice staff, great mix of locals. Cosy and interesting. Thai food looks decent. beer and chat both great.

Reminds me of the Hemmingford.


mralistair - 13 Jan 2009 23:10
This place is a very cosy pub with some stupidly comfortable chairs and loads of interesting stuff on the walls. It's just far enough away from the market to be Camden without being touristy. Next time I'm in the area, I'm coming here; you should too.
Dave_the_Bee - 23 Aug 2008 00:55
Fantastic, real pub that might appear gastrofied but is still a boozer at heart. Some hysterically bad paintings on the wall to keep you entertained too.
Dannysigma - 18 Jan 2008 12:38
a few years back this pub used to be packed with great food, now its dead and sells crappy thai food like most irish boozers, what ever happened to that lovely family from liverpool???? bring them back!!
anonymous - 12 Jun 2007 13:49
Very good pub slightly off the beaten track. Enough of a buzzing atmosphere, but also good if you're not after the full-on Camden experience.
Planner_21 - 5 Feb 2007 21:23
Great atmosphere, great beer, great lighting!!
HoHoHo - 12 Dec 2006 15:03
Nice laid back pub round the corner from Camden Road BR. Not a huge choice of beers, but very friendly bar staff and confortable sofas. Definitely worth looking in on.
Crow_Valley - 5 Jun 2006 22:17
Lovely barmaid, pleasant interior and nice atmosphere. Beer selection is very disappointing - only GK ales, Guinness and very standard lagers. If I lived in the area I'd probably use the place fairly often but as its not in my hood I doubt I'll return.
anonymous - 30 May 2006 09:58
Really nice and friendly place with comfy sofas, good food and a nice atmosphere. Me and my girlfriend regularly go here on a Sunday to read the papers, have Sunday roast and chill out. The quiz on a Thursday night is something of an experience, think its easier if you are Irish and are into books and 'filums'!
KRS - 29 Dec 2005 13:59
A really nice comfortable pub with a nice ambiance -however I wouldn't go there for thai food. I went there with my girlfriend and between us we ordered a pad thai and green curry. Neither was good and the portions were small. Perhaps we should have ordered one of the reccommended dishes.
Rairlie - 22 Dec 2005 10:32
The most comfy sofas ever at the back. Just make sure you get there early to grab them. Quiz night is a laugh and the staff are friendly, friendly enough to sit down and share their lunch with you. Not many other pubs in london can claim to be that nice.
Sm1 - 3 Dec 2005 13:03
Discovered this by accident the other night, not a bad little boozer. The natives seem friendly enough, beer an avarage price for the area, the Thai food looked inviting.Nice little patio garden out the back.
Will probable return in due course.

PS Are there any young Polish females left in Poland, as they all seem to be working behind bars in London!
anonymous - 10 Aug 2005 10:04
pub hasnt been the same since Sally and John left
random_drinker - 15 Jun 2005 14:32
Lovely Pub, Comfortable Sofas, Candlelight, Good and Reasonable Thai Food
anonymous - 31 Dec 2004 15:23
And if you go on a Friday or Saturday night (and maybe even other nights), you can follow the staff down the well-worn trail for a late one at Quinn's. I love staff who enjoy their alcohol just as much as their customers, and on occasions can be even drunker than their customers. Too many pubs, especially London pubs, are run by control-freaks or people who want to be big-time charlies and boss people about before then sleazing onto the women patrons. Basically a revenge for being bullied at school. They probably don't even like alcohol. I think I've digressed somewhat.
travis - 7 Dec 2004 15:26
Funnily enough I was there with John (below) on the day he mentions and have just discovered his comment now. I'm happy to back up my old chum all the way on this one.
travis - 31 Aug 2004 16:27
Being from the reasonably nearby Kilburn I have probably had 400 nights out in Camden by now yet only stumbled upon the Old Eagle on Sunday. Must have been walking round with my eyes shut all these years. It's a really pretty pub, huge windows, nice art on the walls, comfy sofas, friendly barstaff who were more than happy to charge my dying mobile, and a small beer garden out the back which was very cosy. Well impressed, highly recommended.
John - 10 Aug 2004 16:01
Pub has gone downhill. Staff aren't as friendly since my last visit back in January 2004. Had lunch on Tuesday which tasted as if it was covered in vinegar. Very disappointing!
Campbell - 25 Jun 2004 20:49
Really nice pub, excellent ales (GK IPA & Old Speckled Hen) served well by friendly staff. Excellent food, great burgers, average fish and chips. Soft jazz in the background and dubious art on the walls, plus a small beer garden. Upmarket clientele, plus some people in there to drink beer. Lovely.
Owen - 25 Jun 2004 17:10
Irish Music is now on Sundays
Music Lover #2 - 4 Jun 2004 12:03
Lovely food and really good service and ambience, (loos are great too) - and the Quiz is really terrific - Tommy, the quizmaster is quite extraordinary!
Aldehyde - 10 Nov 2003 11:24
One of the few traditional pubs in Camden which offers traditional homemade food, cask ales and a very friendly service. The pub also has a beer garden which is available for hire for private parties. The pub has a quiz every Tuesday night at 8.30pm which is very popular. The pub has an Irish evening every Wednesday which welcomes everyone.
Horace Williams - 30 Aug 2003 23:21

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