The Compton Arms, Islington - pub details
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|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.
WHAT A SHAME.
baggydave - 30 Jul 2011 13:39
|This pub is great. It's like a little old country pub that's been transported from the countryside to the heart of Islington.|
I have noticed some rather strange comments on here about a day when some Sunderland fans "visited" the pub.
To put the record straight, I was there that day and the Landlord did a fantastic job.
This pub is predominantly an Arsenal pub on match days because of it's location. However this is NOT a football pub as such.
About 20 Sunderland fans arrived en mass and there were probably already 25 customers in the pub. Within 10 minutes the number of fans had swollen to nearly 100. The pub's capacity is only about 75, as it is small, so you can imagine how packed the place suddenly became.
The Landlord did not turn anyone away and asked them to keep the noise down.
These silly fans became more and more raucous and all the normal customers were leaving. By the time the Landlord asked the fans to leave they were standing on tables banging on the roof, swearing like I've never heard and generally being ***holes.
The landlord was very restrained and did a great job.
Sunderland fans please stay away from this lovely pub and drink somewhere else.
On a lighter note, the Compton has lovely food, a good selection of real ales and is a warm and welcoming place to drink with great staff. Well worth a visit when your in the area.
BigVerns - 7 Jul 2011 14:02
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