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Shillibeers Brasserie Bar, Holloway

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user reviews of Shillibeers Brasserie Bar, Holloway

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Seemed good, a few beers on, not that bad an area - there would formerly have been several pubs around here e.g. the nearby Lamb, on the edges of the Metropolitan Cattle Market, but they have all gone I think and new pubs such as this (otherwise known as the Depot) have taken their place. I had two West Berkshire beers which were a bit too malty for my taste but others were available.
rainlight - 12 Jul 2017 22:23
Excellent character pub in an old bus garage, handy for Arsenal FC and just 5 minutes from Caledonian Road tube. So good we visited it twice! Can't help but wonder how they manage to provide such delicious food, a good range of beers, and friendly service, yet remain so quiet. I guess they're a little off the beaten track, and must make most of their money from functions.
Trev - 28 Nov 2016 17:50
Awful, cavernous & soulless. Never anyone in there and it still takes 20 minutes to get served. Avoid...
Stroppy74 - 19 Sep 2014 15:58
I visited Shillibeers on a Wednesday night after work. I found the venue quite easy to find from Caledonian Road tube. It was fairly quiet night, a few other hipsters and it got busy a little later around 8pm. The bar is quite big with several different seating levels and room for functions I believe. The place is quite rustic looking lots of wood and open painted steal beams from the old industrial past of the building. We didn’t have trouble getting a table. Food was ordered at the bar. My friend and I shared the salmon pate and tempura prawn, which were both lovely. The main was chicken wrapped in bacon (all crispy!) with dauphinoise potatoes and broccoli. The food was really good, and actually surpassed the order at the bar style “pub grub” was expecting. Prices were reasonable and the staff friendly. One lady took the time to explain the history of the building when we asked. It felt like she was genuinely interested. I would recommend a visit, i think it would be a great way to spend a lazy Sunday with friends, beer and a roast dinner.
Nimosgone - 11 Oct 2013 14:10
Was in the area for a nearby event, pub was busy (due to aforesaid nearby event). 4 real ales on, tried the Jack & The Dragon which was fine (I prefer a stronger more hoppy brew but then that's just personal preference). Service was reasonably swift. Will definitely go again if (in the very unlikely event) I am ever in the area again.
wumpus - 11 May 2012 00:34
As other reviewers have suggested, this is an interesting place: a sizeable bar / pub in an old warehouse, with a theatre in the same building. On the Saturday night I visited it was virtually empty, although I was told this was atypical as the theatre was closed. The location is in the middle of nowhere, in an industrial / council estate road between York Way and Caledonian Road. No real ale when I visited, although one pump suggested they serve Old Peculier (bizarrely - not sure what the market for it would be). The food was basic pub grub, but very tastily done. I'd return.
grecian - 31 Aug 2008 12:18
An interesting place (and the neighbourhood is nowhere near as bad as some reviewers seem to think), though a bit in the middle of nowhere. Next to the Pleasance Theatre, so useful in that respect, but the enormous size and seeming total lack of customers mean it surely can't be much longer for this world...
Dannysigma - 18 Jan 2008 09:37
Have enjoyed New Years Eves here over the years but this year it was a complete disaster. At around midnight a huge fight broke out with lots of bystanders getting caught up, scores of police cars turned up and ambulances as there were significant injuries.

Ruined everybodies NYE and I won't be coming back here again. I blame the new management for attracting the wrong crowd and its such a shame - this was a lovely out of the way place.
Teddy69 - 25 Feb 2006 10:49
Hmm, nice inside, staff can be a bit 'useless', its sort of in the middle of nowhere on the edge of a council estate, food is as expected - pub style. If you don't mind being disturbed by the police sirens and intimidated by the unruly kids joyriding mopeds, you'll have a good night. Been here twice and seriously doubt they'll ever be a third.
JonathanX - 20 Aug 2005 20:53
It's a good place, big and an interestng crowd. They have some decent club sessions too on Sunday afternoons - can't remember the name of the event.
Andrew - 9 Feb 2004 12:05
Only ever been here for huge office dos, where the drinks are free and you know most of the people there. Being impartial though, it's quite good, but does seem as if it's in the middle of nowhere, but then I'm normally drunk and confused.
Ruby - [email protected] - 3 Nov 2003 16:39

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