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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
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterExcellent1
Truman's - Gunboat SmithExcellent1
Stod Fold - PaleGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestGood1
Inveralmond - EPAGood1
Belleville - Commonside Pale AleGood1
Wantsum - MontgomeryGood1
Wingtip (brewed at Andwell) - AutopilotAcceptable1
Hammerton - N1Not 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
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Rip SnorterNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Lia FailNot Tried0
Inveralmond - OssianNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing HopCat IPANot Tried0
XT Brewing - Squid InkNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Scottish Stores, Pentonville, Central London
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

10 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
I had been told earlier in the day that this pub has a new manager who has no interest in real ale so I decided that rather than listen to rumour I would pop in and find out for myself. True it does have a new manager but a report that the place no longer offers Camra discount proved wrong. A good selection of ales and a selection of Available Soons that a certain well known pub company would have been proud of. There was also a house beer named Scottish Stores Pale Ale at 4.2% but no indication of its true provenance.
Belleville - Commonside Pale Ale5.00Good
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing HopCat IPA3.90Not Tried
XT Brewing - Squid Ink5.50Not Tried
30 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon, swift visit to show this pub off to my brother-in-law. Fairly quiet. Couple of other seasonal ales on with suitably silly names.
Inveralmond - EPA3.80Good
Hogs Back - Rip Snorter5.00Not Tried
Inveralmond - Lia Fail4.70Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Inveralmond - Ossian4.10Not Tried
31 Aug 2017 (ChrisE)
Thursday evening and very busy. I have not listed all the beers available.
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Excellent
25 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Evening - swift half before my train. Couple of other ales on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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

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About The Scottish Stores

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

Summary of Beer Scores



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 18 times, seen 47 different beers and tried 20 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 9DU