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Tapping The Admiral (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - London Fields Pale AleExceptional1
Cellar Head - FlapjackExcellent1
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanGood1
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildAcceptable1
Five Points - Best Fuggles HopsExcellent1
Franklins - St George's BestAcceptable1
Kingstone - ChallengerGood1
London Fields - Hackney HopsterExcellent1
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildExcellent1
New River - Twin SpringGood1
Pig & Porter - Agents of the FreeGood1
Pioneer Brewing Co. - Whitbread Pale Ale (brewed at Windsor & Eton)Excellent1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterExcellent1
Redemption - TrinityGood1
Reunion - Trial Brew No. 7 PIA New Zealand Dark BeerExcellent1
Sharp's - Alexander BuckthornAcceptable1
Vale - Black Swan MildExcellent1
Vale - Brill GoldGood1
Windsor & Eton - Eton BoatmanExcellent1
Adnams - American Style IPANot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Cosmic DawnNot Tried0
Brockley - Spring PaleNot Tried0
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - Bethnal Green BitterNot Tried0
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London GoldNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - CowcatcherNot Tried0
Five Points - Green HopNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Franklins - Resurrection PaleNot Tried0
London Brewing Co. - SkylineNot Tried0
Muirhouse - Back in the BuildingNot Tried0
New River - Five-Inch DropNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Portobello - JPANot Tried0
Portobello - StarNot Tried0
Purity - JimboNot Tried0
Purity - Mad GooseNot Tried0
Saltaire - South Island PaleNot Tried0
Southwark - Harvard APANot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Three Sods - Trade UnionNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Lion London PorterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Tapping The Admiral, Kentish Town, Greater London
Picture 2. Tapping The Admiral, Kentish Town, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

19 Nov 2023 (Magnus Greel)
My first visit to this much celebrated pub owing to always heading North upon arriving at KT towards The Pineapple & Southampton Arms etc.. Very busy for an early Sunday evening with folk everywhere, standing room only thus we made use of the extended window shelving for its intended purpose of beer glass storage!
Cellar Head - Flapjack4.70ExcellentA buttery rich, smooth stout, loaded with plenty of oats and roasted malts.
New River - Twin Spring4.00GoodA clear golden ale, with a light creamy head. Brewed with Caramalt providing mellow, caramel flavours and Wai-iti hops from New Zealand creating a delicate fruity aroma.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Portobello - Star4.30Not Tried
Southwark - Harvard APA5.50Not Tried
Five Points - Green Hop3.70Not TriedNo escaping the GH BS today!!
Portobello - JPA4.20Not Tried
Purity - Jimbo4.00Not Tried
13 Mar 2020 (ChrisE)
Early Friday evening and absolutely packed. A great atmosphere in hare tonight. I have not listed all the beers available but there are a couple from Cellar Head.
Five Points - Best Fuggles Hops4.10Excellent
Five Points - XPA4.00Not TriedOne of our group thought this may be the Pale with the wrong pump clip but the bsrman went to the cellar and photographed the cask label.
22 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Just after 12:00 and fairly quiet. The first pub on a tour of the Camden Town area, most of our group opted for the Big Smoke Cosmic Dawn.
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90Excellent
Three Sods - Trade Union4.50Not Tried
Brockley - Spring Pale3.80Not Tried
Muirhouse - Back in the Building5.00Not Tried
Big Smoke - Cosmic Dawn4.30Not Tried
25 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon after a journey by bus and rail from the Little Green Dragon. Fairly busy but we sat at a table that was reserved from later on in the day. Some of my friends drank pints of a beer that were murky and not very nice but assumed (wrongly) that is was one of those trendy unfined vegan friendly beers. When the beer was taken off sale they asked if it was supposed to have been like that to which the answer was definitely No, but no refund was offered or given.
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Good
London Brewing Co. - Skyline5.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Lion London Porter4.60Not Tried
New River - Five-Inch Drop4.60Not TriedThis ran out.
19 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early-evening and quite lively. I must be looking more like a beer drinker these days as I was offered a CAMRA discount as soon as I ordered.
Reunion - Trial Brew No. 7 PIA New Zealand Dark Beer4.40ExcellentAn excellent, dark beer. Somewhere in the uncharted territory between a Porter and a Black IPA.
Pig & Porter - Agents of the Free3.50GoodAn orange-flavoured, amber-coloured beer. I thought it a bit odd. Orange and tobacco tastes. A bit thin.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Saltaire - South Island Pale3.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Franklins - Resurrection Pale4.40Not Tried
29 Sep 2016 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon visit and not too busy.
Pioneer Brewing Co. - Whitbread Pale Ale (brewed at Windsor & Eton)4.00Excellent
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60AcceptableToo much vanilla for me.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Vale - Brill Gold3.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Cowcatcher4.80Not Tried
11 Jan 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I’m leading a pub crawl for East London CAMRA and this is an emergency first stop when we find the Camden Brewery is still closed for its Christmas holidays. Only 7 members make it here but we all enjoy the pub and the CAMRA discount.
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20ExcellentA very hoppy pint.
Sharp's - Alexander Buckthorn4.80AcceptableThe ingredients sound very interesting, including Sea Buckthorn and Alexander seeds. But somehow it comes across as a very ordinary pint of bitter. I’ll have to try it again some time.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Gold4.00Not Tried
Adnams - American Style IPA4.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
02 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Quite a good early evening, local trade here. Quiet and comfortable.
Windsor & Eton - Eton Boatman4.30ExcellentGolden, hoppy beer with a bit of a bite. In sparkling condition here.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Purity - Mad Goose4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00Not Tried
06 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
A really pleasant atmosphere in this revived pub, including a very shy pub cat. Last time I passed, the place had looked near derelict. After I left, I discovered from a friend that this pub offers a CAMRA discount.
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - London Fields Pale Ale4.00ExceptionalA perfect pint of golden, hoppy loveliness. Exemplar of the style
Kingstone - Challenger4.60GoodChestnut-coloured and unfiltered. A good, malty bitter. Presumably uses Challenger hops, but it is not a hoppy pint.
Vale - Brill Gold3.50GoodGolden and malty, with a long bitter aftertaste.
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Brodie's (latterly contract brewed by Rhymney) - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Not Tried
26 Apr 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
First visit here by the Thursday evening mild drinkers and suitably impressed.
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40ExcellentIn good order here with a smooth well rounded chocolate and liquorice taste. My score 16/20.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10ExcellentFull bodied and malty dark brown porter with some hop balance. My score 16/20.
Redemption - Trinity3.00GoodFor a low strength beer this is packed with citrus hop flavours. Fruity citrus hop finish. My score 15/20.
Franklins - St George's Best4.00AcceptableAmber, not very bitter with a toffee apple flavour. Little hop character and a dryish finish. My score 13/20.

About the Tapping The Admiral

The pub sign. Tapping The Admiral, Kentish Town, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Kentish Town, Greater London, NW1 8SU.

Rejuvenated back street local in Castle Road, now focusing on quality beer and food. Basic but comfortable furnishings and decor. North London CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2013, 2015 and 2018.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 50 different beers and tried 19 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NW1 8SU