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Address: 109, Mortimer Rd, London, N1 4JY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7238) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Dalston Kingsland (0.4 miles), Canonbury (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations Dalston Kingsland (0.4 miles), Canonbury (0.7 miles), Hackney Central (0.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.5/10 (rated by 22 users)
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Came in here on Saturday night for dinner.

Positives: The girl serving us was very pleasant and helpful. The two ales on (Landlord and Doombar) were in good nick. The food I had was very tasty.

Negatives: Meal prices were very high. 12-16 for a main and 6-7 for a dessert in a pub is excessive. Portion sizes could have been bigger too. Music was also very loud so we struggled to hear one another at times, even sat to the side of the bar away from everyone crammed in the main area.

The prices would stop me from rushing back but with few decent pubs in the area, this place will never struggle for customers.
DuchyBoy - 20 Feb 2012 09:36
I had to add my comment because I am a local and this is my favourite pub, so I felt its low score here was rather unfair (and maybe reflecting previous owners more than the current ones).

In comparison with the other De Beauvoir pubs this one is a bit more relaxed, and a slightly older crowd (still some trendies, but friendly ones and lots of older locals too - and yes, as some previous owners have said, their dogs are welcome! I met a lovely Basset Hound and her owner here when we were still considering moving to the area, and it was definitely a plus in our decision on where to move to). You can actually get to the bar and order a drink even on a Friday or Saturday night without being ignored while various young people in hats/with beards get served before you, which for us 30-somethings and older is a boon. It's decorated in a really nice cosy but unfussy way. There are always seats upstairs if downstairs is full, and in summer you can usually find an outside table, either on the street, in the back garden (for food), or the first floor terrace.

It's got a very chilled atmosphere, the owners and staff are really friendly, and it's always busy enough to have a buzz but usually not too crowded. At the weekends there is music (sometimes a DJ) but it's fairly low-fi and you can still hear yourself talk and think.

The food is generally very good. I agree it is a bit hit and miss, particularly on the portion sizes (although I haven't had any small portions the last 2-3 times I've been, so maybe they are working on this) - I have had some stuff that is really excellent and some stuff that is just "fine". If you're hungry have a look at what other people are ordering or ask the staff and they will help! The Sunday roasts are very good (and big!), and the Bloody Marys/Virgin Marys are also a great weekend treat.
LightTripper - 21 Jul 2011 14:02
Having known this pub a while I never was a frequent visitor. Finding the atmosphere pretentious, and the high prices I was never fond of the pub. Recently though I found out the pub was changing hands. I ventured back to see how the new owners were fairing.

The pub looked much the same, but cleaner. You could see odd job were being preformed in the decor but nothing substantial. The smaller outdoor deck up stairs had been cleaned off, and the back garden area seemed much brighter and water-blasted. There were also a couple of customers dog's around, something that the past owners never allowed. The whole atmosphere had changed. More of a respect for customers, which in turn makes you respect them back.

The food was a tradition pub menu, nothing to fancy, good hearty seasonal food.

Well recommended from my end.
givemebeerplease - 19 Aug 2010 16:46
Just down from the house made famous by the Mole Man of Mortimer Road, some previous reviewers might have hoped one of his tunnels would lay waste to the foundations of this unapologetic, borderline-poncey gastro affair, but I actually appreciated its cosiness on a Good Friday De Beauvoir town pub crawl. Four plump, herby sausages atop mash and a pint of Harvey's and it's hard to be unhappy.
BoehmBawerk - 14 Apr 2009 22:03
a nice pub, with nice and helpful staff, however what a disappointment as to the size of food on a plate! for 13+ I got a main of fish accompanied by roasted butternut squash, all the size of a starter. Hoping to treat myself on a Sunday I walked away feeling hungrier than before. It tasted great but left me feeling ripped off and very much disappointed.
So overall a no-go, will not be returning here.

The girl serving us was very friendly and helpful - she took pity and agreed to smuggle us some bread form the kitchen.

But still what a joke. I am yet to find a pub in London that does not treat its customers as walking piles of cash, especially these hard days.

Can anyone recommend?
raspberryface - 8 Apr 2009 12:55

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