Crown, N1 0DE
- 116 Cloudesley Road (map of this place)
- N1 0DE
- Nearby tube stops: Angel / Highbury and Islington / Caledonian Road
- Bus: 73, 19, etc.. to Angel Tube station or, 153 from Finsbury Park (stops nearby on top of Hemmingford Road) City or 19, 259, 91 from Kings X (stop outside Caledonian Rd. Baths then 10 min walk)
Easy to get to and nice and quiet. Decent food and nice cold beer. Has recently turned into a gastro pub and often contains well-off trendies with babies, but apart from that it's really nice. Very cosy interior with leather sofas and plenty of space. No loud music.
Has a resident cat called "Guinness". a jet black with a tuft of white under its chin. Likes to sit on sofas and be stroked by the customers.
The Crown serves a selection of Fullers beers (Pride, Winter Warmer/Summer Ale, etc.) It also has guest ales. At the time of writing (2003-11-16) they've got the wonderful 1884 on the pumps.
They also have the normal other selection: Guinness. Stella. Kronenburg....
Level access, nice leather sofas, large wooden bar in the centre of the room. The whole pub is in fact one room (with a little side non-smoking area next to the kitchen) that's about 20/40 ft. There is a nice outdoor bit at the front with no traffic and 3 or 4 benches. There's 802.11b coverage outside (though I doubt it's run by the pub.) There's a tiny 14" TV located in the corner of the bar that they rarely turn on - in fact the only time I can remember it being on was for the '03 Rugby World cup, which attracted about seven or eight people early in the morning to watch it.
Very nice food, but quite pricey. I've had christmas meals in here that have been wonderful. I've also had not so impressive sausage and mash. It's all terribly terribly fancy though - no chance of a cheap snack.
Lots of interesting well decorated houses with their georgian windows uncovered if you fancy a quick tour of Islington home decor. Lots of ikea but some really wild ostentation too. A highlight used to be the wood carver's house down towards Richmond ave... now yuppie housing... there used to be all these amazing carvings in the dusty window. Also interesting political graffiti on the reverse side of the stop signs.
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