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King Charles I (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brodie's - London Fields Pale AleExceptional1
Cottage - GalaxyExcellent1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellExcellent1
Brodie's - Bethnal Green BitterExcellent1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow HammerExcellent1
Brodie's - Superior London PorterExcellent1
Brodie's - AmarillaExcellent1
Truman's - LazarusExcellent1
Brodie's - Hackney Red IPAGood1
Portobello - StarGood1
Cottage - Golden ArrowAcceptable1
Clarence & Fredericks - Best BitterAcceptable1
Hammerton - N1Acceptable1
Greene King - Ruddles CountyAcceptable1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)Not Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Cottage - Old HookerNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Cottage - St George's AleNot Tried0
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip Not Tried0
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%Not Tried0
Greene King - IPA GoldNot Tried0
Kent - PorterNot Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Hoppy HenNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Portobello - Autumn RedNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - WibbleNot Tried0
Picture 1. King Charles I, Pentonville, Central London
Picture 2. King Charles I, Pentonville, Central London
Picture 3. King Charles I, Pentonville, Central London

Visits Details

17 Oct 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening and busy, we found a table by the entrance. I decided to leave the group here as I'd overdosed on the high ABV stuff earlier!
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60ExcellentGolden fruity in excellent nick
Greene King - Morland Old Hoppy Hen4.20Not Tried
Portobello - Autumn Red4.40Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Wibble4.70Not Tried
22 Sep 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and quiet when we arrived however a large group arrived during our stay and gathered around the bar area. Friendly welcome from the Guv and top ups offered without prompting.
Truman's - Lazarus4.20ExcellentFlavoursome and refreshing, hoppy citrus flavours with a bitter finish, nice..
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
17 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime and we were probably the first customers. One of our group proudly showed us some envelopes that had been addressed by Charles Dickens and a pre-penny post letter as an example of cross writing which was common in those days, the writer was impressed with his trip on the new Liverpool and Manchester railway with speeds of up to 30mph. Some other customers arrived and had some appetising food delivered from the cafe opposite the pub.
Portobello - Star4.30Good
Kent - Porter5.50Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Hoppy Hen4.20Not Tried
12 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening - my colleague insisted on kissing the old deer.
Hammerton - N14.10AcceptableNot as good as I'd had - perhaps it doesn't travel well. 😉
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow Hammer4.20Not Tried
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%5.00Not Tried
Greene King - IPA Gold4.10Not Tried
10 Mar 2015 (HSB)
15:50 Only one other customer. Beer choice is not what it was.
Clarence & Fredericks - Best Bitter4.10AcceptableNot at its best
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip 4.30Not Tried
21 Apr 2014 (Jack William)
late afternoon Easter Monday - no one in and looked very neglected with handwritten "cash sales" only notices up; dirty glasses - could not believe that this was the same pub I eulogised over a couple of months ago. I hope it is not going under.
Cottage - Golden Arrow4.50AcceptablePast it's best and only just acceptable
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Cottage - St George's Ale4.20Not Tried
26 Feb 2014 (Jack William)
3 piece Irish live music - great atmosphere. Very welcoming.
Cottage - Galaxy4.80ExcellentExcellent full hoppiness with rich malty undertones
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30AcceptableGood condition - but very sweet, haven't had this for years - I'm sure it was different in the 80s
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Cottage - Old Hooker4.30Not Tried
20 Jun 2012 (HSB)
Late afternoon, just starting to fill up.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow Hammer4.20Excellent
30 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This pub draws a somewhat Bohemian sort of crowd on a Friday evening, and is quite busy tonight.
Brodie's - London Fields Pale Ale4.00ExceptionalA strikingly good, hoppy, pale ale as good a pint as I have drunk anywhere this year. Lingering juicy hop taste.
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00ExcellentAs a basic session bitter, this is way above average. Amber in colour with fruity malt and subtle hoppiness.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
16 Feb 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I've been away in Belgium for a few days and return with a hop deficiency. This is the ideal place to find my antidote.
Brodie's - Superior London Porter7.10ExcellentHigh class, strong, smooth, black porter. Luscious.
Brodie's - Amarilla4.20ExcellentLoads of citrus hops on a good, malty background. Dry.
Brodie's - Hackney Red IPA6.10GoodSweetish, strong, malty beer which is also seriously hoppy. Long hoppy finish.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)4.10Not Tried

About the King Charles I

The pub sign. King Charles I, Pentonville, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



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

A delightful little pub, hidden in Northdown Street, a side street but very handy for King's Cross and St Pancras International railway stations. Allows food to be ordered and brought in from nearby outlets.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 9BL