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Taproom (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
London Fields - Harvest Ale 2013Excellent1
Great Heck - Voodoo MildExcellent1
Cornish Crown - IPAExcellent1
Five Points - Five Points PaleExcellent1
Otter - BitterExcellent1
Crouch Vale - El DoradoExcellent1
Crate - PorterExcellent2
Raw - SolsticeExcellent1
London Fields - Easy IPAGood1
Arbor Ales - MotuekaGood1
Revolutions - Beat RedGood1
Hammerton - Blank SlateGood1
Ledbury Real Ales - Paiute IPAGood1
Ilkley - PaleGood1
Hammerton - Geist WeissAcceptable1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Conservation BitterAcceptable1
Hop Back - Crop CircleNot Tried0
Jarrow - Rivet CatcherNot Tried0
Titanic - StoutNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - 22Not Tried0
Buxton - Moor TopNot Tried0
Roosters - Fort SmithNot Tried0
Hackney - Best BitterNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Legally BlondeNot Tried0
Dark Star - The Art of DarknessNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot Tried0
Hardknott - KatalystNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Ryesing Tides IPANot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Red RascalNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Southwark - Bermondsey BestNot Tried0
Little Valley - Stoodley StoutNot Tried0
London Fields - Love Not WarNot Tried0
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury GoldNot Tried0
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPANot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
London Fields - Broadway Blond California PaleNot Tried0
Wild Weather - Rip TideNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Anchor Street PorterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury DarkNot Tried0

Visits Details

22 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This pub turns out to be near enough to the Arsenal Stadium to have a big post-match trade, including a contingent from far-away Burnley.
Crouch Vale - El Dorado3.90ExcellentGolden-coloured, single-hop beer. Tasty, and quite full-bodied for its strength.
Hammerton - Blank Slate3.20GoodA well-balanced, pale, easy-drinking sort of beer.
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Anchor Street Porter4.90Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury Dark3.90Not Tried
24 May 2016 (Blair)
Cool little brewpub with elements of a micropub thrown in. Very quirky and I loved the way the beer was dispensed. I'll come back again when I'm not in such a rush.
Revolutions - Beat Red4.50GoodI think it had been on a couple of days but it was still very pleasant if slightly flat.
13 Aug 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A Tap Takeover by London Fields Brewery although it is only really a partial takeover, with four casks and two more on keg. I pop in for a quick one in the mid-evening and end up staying for two.
London Fields - Easy IPA5.00GoodA very decent, amber-coloured, IPA in excellent condition on gravity dispense.
Hammerton - Geist Weiss5.00AcceptableCloudy orange/gold. A Wheat IPA. Very wheaty and some hop character, but taste compromised by warm temperature.
Little Valley - Stoodley Stout4.80Not Tried
London Fields - Love Not War4.20Not Tried
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury Gold4.00Not Tried
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPA6.00Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
London Fields - Broadway Blond California Pale5.00Not Tried
Wild Weather - Rip Tide5.00Not Tried
17 Feb 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Im early to meet a friend at a nearby restaurant and there is time for a couple of quick ones in here. At 6pm I was the only customer, but the pub started rapidly filling around me. Other beers as listed yesterday by thebrewingman.
Crate - Porter4.10ExcellentA bit flat off the stillage, but still an excellent, smooth, chocolaty Porter.
Ledbury Real Ales - Paiute IPA6.00GoodInitially sweet but then bitter. A full hop hit.
16 Feb 2015 (thebrewingman)
Quiet as had only just opened at 4pm on Monday. I really liked everything about this place.
Great Heck - Voodoo Mild4.30Excellent
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40ExcellentUnrefined version.
Crate - Porter4.10Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Red Rascal5.50Not Tried
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)3.80Not Tried
Southwark - Bermondsey Best4.40Not Tried
Ledbury Real Ales - Paiute IPA6.00Not Tried
09 Nov 2013 (Jack William)
Saturday mid afternoon - busy but not too crowded - good ambience - old blues background music - nice. These do a rack of three thirds - useful.
Otter - Bitter3.60ExcellentExcellent condition, dry with a hint of nuttiness.
Ilkley - Pale4.20GoodPleasant enough, good condition but not very distinctive.
Arbor Ales - Motueka3.80GoodFruity and lively
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Conservation Bitter4.10AcceptableGood condition but a slightly metallic or medicinal notes - not to my taste.
Hardknott - Katalyst3.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Ryesing Tides IPA7.40Not Tried
03 Oct 2013 (Stephen Harris)
First night of a weekend beer festival and this pub was quickly filling up during my early evening visit.
Raw - Solstice3.80ExcellentGolden, hoppy and fresh-tasting.
London Fields - Harvest Ale 20135.00ExcellentAmber-coloured, robust, green hop beer.
Cornish Crown - IPA5.00ExcellentA classic, English-style IPA. Well-balanced.
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20Not Tried
Jarrow - Rivet Catcher4.00Not Tried
Titanic - Stout4.50Not Tried
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Dancing Duck - 224.30Not Tried
Buxton - Moor Top3.60Not Tried
Roosters - Fort Smith5.00Not Tried
Hackney - Best Bitter4.40Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Legally Blonde4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - The Art of Darkness3.50Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried

About the Taproom

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Islington, Central London, N1 1US.

This pub began its life in November 2012 as a pop-up real ale bar, with an expected life-span of just 21 days. By February 2013 it had been announced that the pub had become a permanent fixture. It is a shop conversion on Upper Street, almost opposite Islington Town Hall, with a room that is somewhat longer than it is wide. The bar has four handpumps and a cooled stillage at the rear. Decor is very much the stripped-back, bare walls shabby-chic sort of thing. There is a little yard at the rear, which has genuine German Biergarten trestle tables. Downstairs is a smaller room that is mostly used as a music venue.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 45 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 1US