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Address: 4, Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3428) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Highbury and Islington (0.2 miles), Canonbury (0.6 miles), Holloway Road (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations Highbury & Islington (0.2 miles), Essex Road (0.4 miles), Caledonian Road & Barnsbury (0.5 miles)

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I went to the Compton Arms in Angel (located round the back of the Union Chapel) and I have to say it was a charming little boozer They had half a dozen or so ales including 'Old Nutty Hen' an autumn seasonal from Old Speckled Hen, which is a red version. I think it was George Orwell's local. Something of a football watching pub though.
Richard_ReadingFC - 27 Oct 2014 11:10
Visited for the first time tonight and found it quiet for a Thursday evening compared to other pubs in the area. Guess it helps being tucked away.
Five ales on tap - three Greene King and two guests. Tried a pint of each of the guest beers which were very drinkable and £3.90 each (no Camra discount available).
Food coming out of the kitchen looked nice and there was a sign by the bar saying all meals are a fiver on Monday to Friday before 3pm.
Unobtrusive music, no evident TV screens, and people relying on the old-fashioned art of conversation.
Would definitely visit again if I were in the area - although maybe not on an Arsenal match day as it apparently gets rammed then.
duchyjim - 3 Jan 2013 21:29
I have to say that this pub is a real hidden gem. There seems to be new real ales from different parts of the country appearing all the time, despite the Greene King tie. I have eaten here a few times now and been impressed every time - there is nothing frozen going on here - a pleasant change from the branded stuff up and down Upper Street. The garden has been spruced up for the Summer and its a great place to chat and sup the warmer evenings away. The other good thing is you can watch a game on the outside TV.
This is a proper pub, run as they used to be. No pretensions, no branding, unobtrusive music and great fayre. Worth seeking out down the lanes of Canonbury.
thepubdoctor - 2 Apr 2012 08:01
This is a really cosy, off the beaten track pub right in the heart of Islington. The real ales are varied and well kept, the food is generous and homecooked and the place appears to be the heart and soul of its community. There is big screen sports here for the main games, but essentially its just a great village pub in a big city. No longer do you stick to the bar when you lean on it or get a whiff of the gents every time someone goes in - even the bar flies are just a memory. Wonderful pub, long may it continue!
thepubdoctor - 3 Nov 2011 17:15
What has happened. This place was lovely. No longer so. Over priced beer and bloody tellies every where. Nobody watching of course.

No worries about showing the footy but in a, what was a characterful pub such as this, it should not dominate. There are pleny of other lager places suitable for this.

And as for the discussion from the Sunderland fans looking for a nice place to drink, a few years ago when I saw my lot, there were no issues about away fans coming in.

baggydave - 30 Jul 2011 13:39

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