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The Scottish Stores (The Brill UK LLP)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canopy - Sunray Pale AleExcellent1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - The Mad Squirrels Unhinged Beers : IPA European IPAExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberExcellent2
Pig & Porter - Dance FirstExcellent1
Truman's - Gunboat SmithExcellent1
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing NewtExcellent1
Colchester - MetropolisExcellent1
Stod Fold - PaleGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestGood1
Wantsum - MontgomeryGood1
Wingtip (brewed at Andwell) - AutopilotAcceptable1
Andwell - Ruddy DarterNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Elisir Amber AleNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Stod Fold - AmberNot Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Truman's - ScorcherNot Tried0
Stod Fold - PilsNot Tried0
St Austell - Small Batch # 3Not Tried0
Hop Stuff - Single Hop WaimeaNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - Natural Privileges (collaboration with Blackjack)Not Tried0
Salopian - Hop TwisterNot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill Ruby RyeNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Strong Pale No. 2Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Scottish Stores, Pentonville, Central London
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

25 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Evening - swift half before my train. Couple of other ales on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hopfest3.80Good
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
12 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Late afternoon - quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stod Fold - Pale3.90Good
Salopian - Hop Twister4.50Not Tried
Moncada - Notting Hill Ruby Rye5.20Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Strong Pale No. 25.20Not Tried
06 Apr 2017 (Brian)
Desperate Journalist at the Scala, so time for a few liveners. Fairly quiet when we arrived just before 5 but pretty full by the time we left. Good atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Montgomery4.00GoodReally nice IPA style beer. There were another 6 handpumps on but I was too busy to note them.
12 Nov 2016 (Blair)
Hour to kill at Kings Cross and had never been here. Very busy at 8.30 on a Saturday. Nice pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Truman's - Gunboat Smith5.20ExcellentNot particularly hoppy for a black ipa but that suits me tonight. Rich and viscous, just a tip top stout in my book.
31 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. To my surprise, this pub has doubled in size since my last visit by expanding into the next door premises. The new area is branded the Wine Stores and has its own bar counter, but tonight is proving a useful overspill area for the beer drinkers. Other beers as listed by Jack William.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wingtip (brewed at Andwell) - Autopilot3.50AcceptableAn amber-coloured beer described as a ‘Blonde’. Flat condition impacting on taste.
31 Oct 2016 (Jack William)
Swift one as passing - Quiet mid afternoon - but someone on a mission taking photos of the interior. 4th beer on Wingtip Autopilot I think but didn't note details
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - The Mad Squirrels Unhinged Beers : IPA European IPA5.20ExcellentVery good condition and bursting with flavour.
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Natural Privileges (collaboration with Blackjack)5.20Not Tried
05 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit. Quiet. This may be Time Out magazine’s Pub of the Week, but the hoards have not descended quite yet. I did not note the wide range of cask beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canopy - Sunray Pale Ale4.20ExcellentA hazy golden beer. Full-bodied. Fruity hops and a bitter finish.
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Single Hop Waimea4.20Not Tried
11 Jun 2016 (ChrisE)
Early Saturday evening and busy. I good chat with an Irish man who was enjoying his Guinness.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Colchester - Metropolis3.90Excellent
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Stod Fold - Pils4.80Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Small Batch # 36.00Not Tried
23 Mar 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I’ve been attending a conference nearby and refresh in here in the early evening before heading up to Islington to meet a friend. I imagine that Jack William and I must have passed here without knowing each other.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50ExcellentPig & Porter beers are pretty much a ‘must buy’ for me. This Simcoe-hopped beer helps to confirm that.
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Newt4.60ExcellentPale and crisp. Columbus hops.
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Stod Fold - Amber4.20Not Tried
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Truman's - Scorcher4.20Not Tried
14 Mar 2016 (ChrisE)
My first visit here since it ceased to be the Flying Scotsman, now a really good pub if a trifle expensive but at least there is no one pestering you to put £1 in a jug any more. An enjoyable visit to what is now a welcoming pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50Excellent
Pig & Porter - Dance First4.20ExcellentSuperb, thankfully Camra discount brought this down to a mere £4.95 per pint.
Andwell - Ruddy Darter4.60Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Elisir Amber Ale5.30Not Tried

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About The Scottish Stores

The pub sign. The Scottish Stores, Pentonville, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent13
Good4
Acceptable4
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Pentonville, Central London, N1 9DU.

The Scottish Stores was present at the southern end of Caledonian Road by 1880 and was rebuilt in its present form in 1901. In the late-twentieth century it was renamed the Flying Scotsman and earned its trade as a strippers’ pub, its interior sealed off behind thick curtains. A change of direction came in 2015 and in December the pub re-opened after a careful restoration and back under its proper name. The focus is now on beer. The building is Grade II-listed, with a beautifully-tiled exterior and a well-preserved interior. There are three small, wood-panelled bars and an Arts & Crafts feel to the décor. A roof garden is expected to open in the summer months. The pub has an association, through its landlord, with the Ripple Steam Brewery of Deal, Kent. 8 handpumps in the front room. 10% discount for card carrying CAMRA members.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 40 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 9DU