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Pakenham Arms (Old Angel Pub Co. )

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Rebellion - HandymanGood1
Cottage - TornadoGood1
Sharp's - Doom BarGood1
Oxfordshire Ales - Marsh MeadGood1
Botanist - Q GoldAcceptable1
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Acceptable1
Botanist - Five RingsAcceptable1
Botanist - Queen CharlottePoor1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)Not Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterNot Tried0
Marston's - EPANot Tried0
Botanist - Sixty FiveNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Majest.e.a.Not Tried0
Picture 1. Pakenham Arms, Bloomsbury, Central London

Visits Details

11 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
This pub is currently closed. Future unknown.
18 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
A few locals in early on a Tuesday evening.
Botanist - Q Gold4.50AcceptableGolden bitter with an earthy bitter flavour. Dry, earthy finish. My score 13/20.
Botanist - Five Rings2.80AcceptableAmber coloured low strength bitter with a predominately earthy flavour with little malt flavour. This, earthy finish. My score 13/20.
21 Jun 2012 (Stephen Harris)
In the same ownership (Convivial) as the Botanist in Kew and now a regular outlet for Botanist Brewery beers. Very quiet early evening, with five of the 12 handpumps in use. We were disappointed in the beer quality and left after just one.
Botanist - Queen Charlotte5.20PoorAn amber-coloured, soft-tasting beer, said to be in the Kölsch style. But this example was warm, flat and carried an infection of some sort. Not very nice.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Botanist - Sixty Five3.40Not Tried
Hogs Back - Majest.e.a.5.20Not Tried
21 Jan 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Cottage - Tornado4.00GoodShown as 4.0% on pumpclip. Amber bitter with no dominant flavours, but easy quaffing. My score 15/20.
03 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet on a Saturday afternoon, but a welcome establishment when in the area.
Oxfordshire Ales - Marsh Mead4.70GoodSweet and full bodied malty ale with a little hop character. My score 15/20.
Rebellion - Handyman4.20GoodAmber bitter with a sweet malt character and some fruity hop as well. My score 15/20.
28 Jan 2006 (Ian)
Saturday lunchtime and Cheltenham vs Newcastle in the FA Cup was on. Sparse crowd in the pub with the usual mix of regulars and Royal Mail workers.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00GoodChestnt. Lasting creamy head. Malt best bitter. Good blend of malt/hop with some minerals running through it. Quite creamy in mouth. Malt is relatively rich and warming. Could sink a few of these
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60AcceptableGolden/copper, thin white head. Citrus minerality on aroma.l Nice hops. Bit thin in mouth, then nice drying earthy finish. Nice session bitter.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Not Tried

About the Pakenham Arms

The pub sign. Pakenham Arms, Bloomsbury, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Bloomsbury, Central London, WC1X 0LA.

Sited off the Grays Inn Road, behind the Mount Pleasant sorting office, this corner pub has a clientele of locals and Royal Mail workers. A central bar with 8 handpumps (4 regulars and up to 4 guests) serves a saloon and public bar. Football is shown frequently with large screens. Notice the good brewery mirrors that adorn the walls including some from Scotland.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC1X 0LA