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this place is now a heap of rubble having been demolished.
mr.toes.5_ - 19 Jul 2014 03:31
Certainly more to my taste than the shouty, puking main drag, this is a small gastro-pub largely populated by young locals. Priority on seating those ordering food, so you may be lucky to get a seat if just drinking at busy times. I've never eaten there but the food looks and smells incredible, if a little pricey. Only two ales on tap, but they have always been well kept when I've been there, and less choice makes life easier! Decent range of draft lager, and wine is probably ok. It's not particularly dear to my heart, but its a nice place with friendly staff.
dead_celeb - 10 Jul 2011 19:41
This is SUCH a nice pub.

Went for a few early evening drinks on Saturday and ended up staying until 2am - THATS how great it is!!! Think it's only open until that time on weekends but it's sooooo good to find somewhere decent that's open late in Camden.

We shared a great bottle of Sauvingnon Blanc (or two!!!) and a platter with selection of chorizo, parma ham etc - was DELICIOUS!

The staff are really fun and friendly and they have a great ipod selection. Will definitely be back. Seriously give this place a try - you won't regent it.
PrincessVF - 21 Mar 2011 19:03
nice boozer, off the high street. ok food well cooked but drinks range is limited. i give it a 6
pubman81 - 10 Mar 2011 01:00
Pleasant enough pub with attentive and helpful staff one street back from the main drag. It's clearly a gastro pub as table orders are taken and the food is bledy expensive. Only two ales on tap - Bombadier was fine, Adnams was off - so not a place for the discerning drinker but perhaps more of a place for a date away from the noise and smell of Camden High Street.
DuchyBoy - 18 Jan 2011 08:39
Food to DIE for in here but if you are getting here in the evenings between Thursday and Sunday, you may not get a seat to be able to eat.
The crowd (see Hawley Arms) is a bit too trendy at those times for my liking. I feel like I should be wearing a hat to fit in!
Range of beer is poor but the wine selection is good. Nice place for a drink as long as it's not during peak times. Great looking place too!
rachelgreen - 29 Dec 2010 21:07
Everything you could ever want from a pub! Only two ales, but both are fine drops of Adnams and very well looked after. The staff are more than friendly, the food is to die for and the manager is clearly a legend. I'd live here if only they had beds.
lifegarb - 9 Sep 2010 18:29
Was in here last year and it was a decent little pub. Never stayed long and it wasn't ultra busy, but the beer was fine and I think it would be an okay local for someone who lives in the area and looking for a few beers after work. Bit hard for me as I live in Glasgow, but I vist Tufnell Park along the road quite a lot and like trying out the pubs in the Camden area.
JohnM776 - 17 Jul 2010 11:55
Nice little pub, tasty well priced food but jaysus Adnams is about as exciting as a wet weekend in Blackpool
paddypint - 2 Jul 2010 00:58
Was in here recently with the missus. Ale was ok. Food could have been better.

Staff were friendly and pleasant.
trickynick - 17 Jun 2010 16:59
The staff are very friendly in this pub and are very welcoming. I have eaten in here a few times now and have never been disappointed. I had the roast beef for lunch a few weeks ago and I think it was the best I ever had. The parsnip & horseradish mash was stuffed into the Yorkshire pudding yum. Will definitely be coming back for more food.
karoraina - 11 Feb 2010 17:18
Spent Halloween with some friends, the place was superbly set up for the occasion, great atmosphere, great music and above all great staff, professional, attentive and friendly, I would definitely come again to try the food.
churfer - 19 Nov 2009 14:47
Had a couple of great afternoons in this place. Can tell how popular it is by the amount of locals and there were a fair few characters popping in and out. Staff were equally friendly to everybody though, lots of laughter from behind the bar which is always good. Nice selection of beers, although maybe could have a bit of cask to make it perfect. If you're in camden and looking for a good selection, relaxed atmosphere and friendly people everywhere you could do a lot worse.
samueljanes - 19 Aug 2009 15:50
Best real pub in camden. A bit pricey, but well kept Adnams at £3 a pint is a winner.

The chick serving when we were in is hot!!! what a bonus.
AshB333 - 8 Jun 2009 17:01
wow - what a disappointment! For a pub that claims to be have the best sunday roast in London: The roast chicken was incredibly bland, only two roast potates - and really the menu was very overpriced - gastropubs need to do a bit more than hike the price by five quid and look pretentious. Having said that the veg was well done and the portion size almost generous. The pub looks great on the inside, but worst of all the staff were surly (excluding the waitress who was friendly and did a good job). What a shame, this place used to be great.
fairjudge - 3 Jun 2009 15:42
Nice little pub away from the hustle and bustle of the main Camden drag, enjoyed a pint of Adnams Bitter sat in the sun, a nice part of the world I'd visit again.
ToxtethOGrady - 5 May 2009 17:29
Food was really nice, steak was professionally cooked (i can be fairly fussy when it comes to steak), the ale was nice but limited and the decor was a little rustic, but a nice pub. Service was pleasent but trying too hard to be a restaurant, when the place is quite obviously a pub.
Harleenquinzel - 18 Feb 2009 09:20
Very disappointing. Took my wife and kids for lunch. No bread as they had run out. This is never great for children. The food delivery was slow. They were rude to several friends who showed up. On a shared table when we left we gave money to our co-diners. The staff accused me of attempting to leave without paying. Food was OK but i will never return
antsidford - 15 Feb 2009 23:03
I'm pretty sure the crown and goose has been saved, as it's been bought by the people who run the Liberty bar on the high street. It also seems to be back to it's best, the menu has changed and it is a bit more expensive but still the best pub in Camden by a mile.
CamdenGooner - 11 Feb 2009 14:13
A decent option in Camden on a nice street and the place has a simple Mediterranean feel to it. Superior pub grub attracts a varied clientele and the only real quibble is the use of saucers to return your change at the bar.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Jan 2009 01:50
A decent option in Camden on a nice street and the place has a simple Mediterranean feel to it. Superior pub grub attracts a varied clientele and the only real quibble is the use of saucers to return your change at the bar.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Jan 2009 01:50
I too understand that the days of the crown and Goose are numbered. This is my favourite pub in the whole of London and I'll really miss it. I've been coming here for years and despite the fact that I now live in Brentford I still come once a month. It's not that the food is brilliant (though it is ok) nor that the beer is so great. It's just the ambience. A great shame.
pcharrigan - 26 Mar 2008 22:15
Unfortunately I read in the Camden New Journal last week that, after 3 years, DE and J Levy have finally been given permission to bulldoze this pub and the adjacent snooker hall to make way for flats.
Strongers - 25 Mar 2008 11:13
Got a nice feel to it. It's either the decor or the big double-doors at the front, but it reminds of bars in Barcelona for some reason. Bit off the main Camden drag too, so has never seemed rammed when I've been.
swizz - 27 Feb 2008 16:18
Nice interior but ruined by really disappointing, overpriced food. Annoying 'discretional' service charge. Beer kept badly; London Pride was disgusting. Might be acceptable if you seek 'character' and want to sit at a wobbly table for a pint of lager or two but fails in too many respects to get a positive review.
456 - 4 Jan 2008 14:13
Nice grub served by nice friendly staff.
Caffreys is pretty spot-on too.
Dunno about the artwork over the fireplace, though - surely the nose is too far away from the mouth?
adeybaby2001 - 19 Aug 2007 22:36
What a fabulous place, great beer, fantastic food, and the atmosphere is fantastic, i simply love this place
peanut62 - 13 Jun 2007 21:29
this place is open late. so when you'd been rudely ejected from the edinboro castle up the road, get down here for a late pint. you'll set eyes on a girl who has to be the most stunning barmaid in the history of the universe. i sat there last sunday night and the bar was soaked in drool. almost.

anyway, they've got pride on, and it's nice and dark. i'll give it a 7.
destiny_uk - 12 May 2007 15:07
I think that everyone got kicked out of the Crown and Goose at about 1am Sunday morning. After downing a few pints of Amstell my memory is a little hazy, but I do remember the barmen being very quick and professional and the general atmosphere to be very relaxed.

The shutters on the windows were closed, so it was very dark and Iím sure that if Vampires existed this would be their local pub.
Strongers - 30 Apr 2007 15:19
Interesting, well worn in and carefully not over polished, usually only London Pride for Aleheads, but worth a visit.
Air of georgian interior is given due to nowhere with light you can read by, bare boards flooring, and utility seating, wooden tables. so Owls are welcome, torches are not. Yes you can get wine and candles, but the candles are without candellabras, which is nice.
TipTopTommy - 23 Oct 2006 18:41
Been here five or six times. Always has a nice atmosphere in my experience, although the small size means it can be noisy compared to similar "pubby" pubs.

Lovely waiting staff bring you nice food and drink. They must pay a lot in there because they're always absurdly smiley!
furryphil - 17 Oct 2006 17:41
This is a fantasic little gastro pub just away from the main street.We had lunch one sunday afternoon and it was brilliant the service was great and to top it off the food was out of this world.The wines were chilled to perfection and the staff were friendly,and just really good service.I have recomended this place to several friends of mine and they have visited we the same commments I have given.The Manager/Landlord was such a great guy who looked after us with help from the staff on a busy sunday lunch to anyone reading this its well worth visiting and with great music playing its the place to be if ypour in camden.
From Colin and Anna Duncan
anonymous - 11 Jun 2006 13:25
A pub with no soul, poor quality beer and sevice as slow as the braindead regulars. Not one to recommend.
HenryHenryHenry - 18 Apr 2006 01:46
great little pub, certainly the best choice near Camden High Street between Camden Town and Mornington Crescent tubes if you're in the area. Often have lunch here on a friday, their fish and chips is probably the best you'll find and fairly reasonable at £8 something. got locked in til 3am when the licensing laws changed!
jrdwilkinson - 27 Jan 2006 13:40
Strange one this - what does it want to be? It's certainly not your traditional boozer but it's a long way off being some poncey bar either (it's size would prevent it from being so even if it tried). It's small but that's not it's fault. I would recommend although I'm not sure if it's got enough character to demand repeated visitations. Can get busy too.
Good for: A few pints whenver you're in the area - ealry evening probably best.
thenationofjames - 18 Jan 2006 13:25
Gave this pub a whirl in view of some of the previous comments. A pint of dodgy Amstel which two hours later I could still taste! Small is right, imagine it could be a bit overbearing if you had more than twenty poeple in, and the noise would be deafening. Only a few people in when I visited, but they all wanted to talk over each other. Not as good as some other comments make out.

wmon - 11 Aug 2005 13:15
go to this pub whenever i am in the area as i think it's a gem. that the demolition order was succesfully beaten is great news.
no pub can please all people, from your older ale drinkers, to your white-wine guzzling media types or gastro-snobs on the other end of the spectrum, there are pubs suited to different types of people. but i've seen all types getting along or enjoying themselves in the crown and goose.
the food is superb for a pub / good otherwise and isn't pretentious. the a happy balance between foodies and drinkers. the bar staff are welcoming and remember things well from my experience. i hadn't been there for a while and they still recognised me...down to continuity of staff i think, which also brings that community feel.
draw-backs were slightly pricey although where isn't these days, sometimes over-crowded as small and popular at weekends, then the staff become a bit stressed.
however - one of the best pubs in the area (and beyond methinks) and not to be missed.

jugularvein69 - 22 Jul 2005 15:59
friendly staff + manager, quiet but devilishly charmin lil pub, cosy inside and even a few tables outdoors for when the sunshines
david_b - 24 May 2005 13:33
Excellent gastro-pub that seems puts the "pub" part first while serving food of a quality you wouldnt get in many of Islingtons less subtle gastro pubs. Truely excellent.

Suspiciously beautiful bar people are sometimes predictably surly but generally cool. Especially pleasant is the minature blonde who always brings her two friends out to play.

Take 20p off the price of a pint and i'd be happy as Larry.
fa_tboy - 19 Apr 2005 14:38
Excellent beer, delicious food, friendly staff and pleasantly bubbly atmosphere. However these only apply if you have a table. If not it can be quite uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Get there at opening time on a Sunday and don't leave. Then you're guaranteed a table. Not sure why so many people rush to sit outside: beer and hot pollution was never a good combination in my opinioin.
jossv - 31 Mar 2005 11:43
The demolition threat has now been lifted; I presume that the developers who own the site will come back with another planning application next year, but for the time being the C&G remains a perfectly wonderful little pub in Camden.
anonymous - 15 Mar 2005 15:32
Excellent pub but sadly under threat of demolition.
anonymous - 11 Feb 2005 11:54
I first went to this pub in about 1991 and I don't think it had been open for long. It's everything that your average gastro pub ain't. Subtle, individual, friendly. The owner obviously takes pride in it. And excuse the indulgence but there are always good looking and pleasant women behind the bar.
John - 30 Oct 2004 12:30
Excellent place. Needed a bite to eat before heading to a gig at the Electric Ballroom. Downstairs was busy so the incredibly helpful waitress ushered us upstairs to what felt like our own private dining room. Wine list is superb and priced reasonably. I agree with other comments that the food is more of a restaurant standard than pub food. Can't recommend this place enough.
Stuart - 22 Oct 2004 11:25
Another pub that's hidden off the usual Camden trails. It's one of those pubs that's more a restaurant than a pub or even gastro-pub. Probably because of that I don't hate it as much as most gastro-pubs. It doesn't indulge in sofas or any of that nonsense either. Lots of wonky chairs and tables instead.
travis - 31 Aug 2004 17:27
Really nice pub, not a big selection of beers but excellent food - we had the burger and the warm duck salad, nice and tender. I thought the waitress was efficient and friendly! The Pride is so so. The seven rating is mainly for the food.
Owen - 25 May 2004 09:26
Had a great cheeseburger in here a couple of days ago. My girlfriend's wild boar sausages were also very good.
chuenmanc - 6 May 2004 14:12
woOaW !! nice pub great food , lovely waitress
paul simon - 22 Apr 2004 15:18
I've always found the waitress very rude in the crown and goose. I really want to love the place, but she mutters and scowls and frets at me. It s really made me feel under pressure the few times I've eaten there. I wouldn't do so again.
Duncan - 22 Mar 2004 20:49
had dinner in here about a week ago, and the food was really, really good. i don't think its really a place for just popping in for a pint though, as its pretty pricey, and the food element is clearly what the management are aiming to promote as the main attraction. which is fair enough really!
anyonebutmanu - 8 Mar 2004 16:24
Great atmosphere, staff, food and so on and on. One of the finest pubs in the borough! MUST NOT be demolished. All protests to Camden council please!
chris - 9 Feb 2004 15:04
This pub and the snooker hall are indeed threatened with demolition! The developer wants to turn them into a large drinking venue. Complain to Camden council if you dont want this lovely pub to disappear.
Heather - 19 Nov 2003 21:23
In my humble opinion the best pub in London. Excellent staff, excellent atmosphere, excellent food. Only critique is that they took the Becks off the taps, and replaced it with Stella.
Rob - 19 Nov 2003 16:36
Local papers suggest this pub and the adjoining snooker hall are threatened with demolition.
lad_newton - 6 Nov 2003 10:27
Bit of a gastro-pub - great for a nice spot of lunch!
fireant - 24 Sep 2003 13:17

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