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The Camden Head, N1

2 Camden Walk
N1 8DY
Phone: 02073590851

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Camden Head

Really not sure how I've never been to this place previously, although it is in the narrow lanes set back from the main road a bit. Anyway, this appealing Greene King (ex-Taylor Walker) pub features a fine island bar, various screens to sub-divide the seating areas and plenty of etched glazing. The is also a pleasant patio yard at the front which is the place to be in the better weather. Two banks of four handpumps with duplicated clips, with IPA and Abbot supplemented by Twickenham Naked Ladies (£4.80) and Portobello Market Porter as guests.

On 8th September 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Camden Head

Tucked away on Camden Walk,this is a very fine Victorian pub which should be iconic but is badly let down by it's owners Greene King.There is a large seating patio to the front and a fine exterior.Internally there is lots of etched glass and mirrors and the interior space has lots of dividers also with etched glass with red leather bench seating.Walk around the island bar and you will find a charming alcove below a staircase with a drinking shelf and stools,there are quite a few nooks and crannies here.
It's such a shame that the dead hand of Greene King is everywhere.There is an unnecessary flatscreen on one wall,corporate menus invest every table,there was awful R&B dirge as muzak and there were meaningless signs hanging by the fine bar back with an inflateable unicorn pertched on a corner.Remove this nonsense and you could celebrate the heritage.
Four handpumps with the obligatory dull GK IPA and Abbott with thankfully two guests in Portobello Westway Pale and Market Porter (ok condition,£2.45 half).There are several keg taps but a boring selection with BrewDog Dead Pony Club and Beavertown Neck Oil seemingly a token nod to craft keg.
It's worth a visit to see the interior ,hence a 7,but in better hands with better real ale and better food this could be an outstanding pub.

On 19th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Camden Head

Not to be confused with the Camden Head in Camden Town, this is a grand late Victorian pub (1899) just away from the bustle of Upper Street and features a very fine interior with lots of partitions, mirrors and etched and cut glass, lino bar top, some columns with ornate capitals, some grand polished granite applications to the exterior and a coal effect fire. Surprisingly, for a Taylor Walker pub (for this is one), the floor is bare boarded rather than carpeted but thereafter there are the usual downmarket TW trademarks such as games machines, TVs showing dross with the sound off and awful laminated pictorial menus. Furniture is fairly conventional with some leatherette banquette seating below the windows. Music played at an acceptable level.
Ales: the Keeper's Light went off on arrival, thereafter Greene King IPA and Sharp's Doom Bar Amber at £2.20 a half and ok; there may have been some other ales on the other side of the bar.
This pub is certainly better than your average offering from TW and it's very pretty but the games machines, TVs and naff menus lower the score somewhat. Certainly worth a prolonged visit, especially if you can bag a seat in the patio in a warm day.

On 10th November 2017 - rating: 5
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custodian 42 left this review about The Camden Head

Not a pub for me - no real strength in the ales and I was glad to leave.

On 19th January 2017 - rating: 4
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john mcgraw left this review about The Camden Head

Just a run of the mill pub in Islington selling 4 real ales with the truman lazarus beeing ok but at £2.05 a half being a total rip off.

On 18th May 2014 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Camden Head

Central island bar serves 5 real ales and food. Comedy venue upstairs.

On 19th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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john gray left this review about The Camden Head

I thought this pub was in Camden Town so I was surprised to come across it in Islington.Nice traditional style pub.Very busy and uncomfortable on my visit.Probably six beers on but I decided not to fight my way through to the other side of the bar. Inntregue and innspiration from Plain Ales and Weltons -Horsham pale which was in good condition but boring taste-wise.Nice pub if you find it less busy.

On 2nd February 2014 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Camden Head

Set at one end of Camden Passage with its many antique shops, this classic Victorian pub still has some of its original splendour in place, in the form of some tiling in the old Saloon Bar entranceway; ornately capitaled cast iron pillars; fine etched and cut glass; and what looks like a mahogany servery with an ancient clock suspended from the ceiling above it. As you would expect it’s now been opened up considerably from its original multi-room format, leaving the bar counter and server in splendid isolation in the middle of the room.
This pub now has the Taylor Walker branding as part of the Punch Taverns empire. Thus the seating is a mixture of upholstered benches, tall stools/tables, small stools and simple round wooden tables. Outside there are a few picnic benches in a small patio area to the side of the pub. The food menu is the usual pubco style pub grub, at typical prices – e.g. the standard burger and chips is £7.85. There were four ales on during my visit – Young’s London Gold, Doom Bar, Tribute and Woodforde’s Wherry. Like so many pubs of the Taylor Walker brand, this one falls into the OK category but with the added bonus of the retention of some original Victorian features. Plus visiting this pub represents a welcome respite from the throngs of Upper St.

On 17th September 2011 - rating: 6
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BobOs . left this review about The Camden Head

It used to be a seriously trendy place in the late 60's and early 70's - I can remember propping up the bar while a Coca Cola advert was filmed outside with a load of young girls running up and down the Passage - what a lunchtime that was, me and my mate even ended up in the advert and were on telly for weeks! Today, however, it's a different place - while it still retains the fittings that show its former Victorian splendour it is now very run down and really tatty around the edges. The staff are totally disinterested and the beer is poorly kept. Shame. Below average.

On 16th July 2011 - rating: 3
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Camden Head

First visit to the Camden Head for many a moon and really pleased to find it virtually unchanged from my remembrances with all the Victorian fixtures and fittings, well described by Roger below, still in place.
Very nice location as mentioned in the Camden Passage arcade and was quite lively on my evening visit with the large outside benched area in full use.
The three beers on were Youngs London Gold, Doombar and then Hopback Summer Lightning which was a really good pint.

On 18th July 2010 - rating: 8
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