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Central Station, Kings Cross, N1

37 Wharfdale Road
N1 9SD
Phone: 02072783294

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Tris C left this review about Central Station

Situated in a King’s Cross backwater in what once constituted the area’s Jundland Wastes – not to be trodden lightly, but now an increasingly gentrified area.
This Victorian pub was once – appropriately enough – called the Prince Albert and in its current 23-year guise, is a noted LGBT venue.
Very plain inside with a free pool table. Not large either, there’s a staircase that leads up to a restaurant and roof terrace. A [wo]man on stage was doing a cabaret drag act to a small appreciative crowd, most of whom seemed to know one another.
A friendly barman, I didn’t spot any ale as the bar was quite blocked, but apparently there’s Caledonian’s Deuchars IPA so I didn’t miss much, taking a half of fizz.
I suppose this pub offers something different, especially if you visit the basement’s fetish club. Not explored.

On 23rd June 2018 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about Central Station

I was the only customer during my fleeting visit to Central Station, which wasn’t really surprising for a Monday afternoon. The young lady working the jump was very friendly and was gone to change a barrel just long enough for me to have a proper nose around. To the right of the entrance in front of the front window is some seating on a stage. From advertisements on one of those annoying ad screens I gleaned that the stage is probably the setting for various events such as karaoke, DJ and cabaret nights. Basic, easy to move furniture is found around the bar area and at the rear is a pool table. Some background music was playing and other than the ad screen there were no other TV screens. A flight of stairs lead up to a function room with its own bar and a roof terrace. These are both available for hire. This pub opens daily at noon and has extended closing times.

Supported at the bar was a lone hand pump that was drawing Deuchars and a standard keg range was also available along with Greene King IPA and Theakston Peculiar. Drink promotions are available throughout the week. Food is available with a standard burger coming in at £9.50.

The generic lager that I received was the first out of the pipe so it was not in the best condition. After a couple of mouthfuls I decided to dive out the door, probably never to return.

On 12th October 2015 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Central Station

Formerly the Prince Albert, this single-bar pub has a raised seating area at the front and a compact pool room to rear. Small, square, wood-effect tables in a light shade. Eclectic decor, mostly Union Jacks and black and white prints of old telephone boxes and trolleybuses. Plenty of LGBT printed material about the place, but not an overtly 'gay pub'. Roof terrace and function room upstairs (not visited). Just one handpump, offering Deuchars IPA (£3.90). Just a quiet corner pub when I called by in the early afternoon, but I imagine things get rather livelier later on.

On 21st February 2015 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about Central Station

I recall this place being boarded up for several years so I when I was walking past I felt the urge to call in out of curiosity. The open interior was fairly plain, rather dull and cheaply decorated with canteen style furniture and retro wallpaper. The rear section contains a pool table and there is a raised area which presumably doubles up as a stage given the spotlights aimed at it. Entertainemt seems to be in the cabaret / drag night mould (the place does lean towards being a gay bar but doesn't ram it down your throat, figuratively speaking of course). The beer selection is hardly exciting and there are no Ales. Unlike the previous poster, I thought the place was overpriced however the food prices on the menu did seem quite reasonable compared to the drinks. There is an open staircase that leads to a restaurant and a rooftop terrace but I didn't really feel the need to explore any further and can't say that there is anything worthwhile to personally warrant a return visit.

On 17th February 2009 - rating: 3
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john mcgraw left this review about Central Station

This is open,we check every pub we take a photo of and make sure it is open before we enter it on this site. All our photos are the latest we do not use old pics, maybe PUBSGALORE can open up a site for old photos. hope this is of help to you.

On 6th February 2007 - no rating submitted
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Philip Carter left this review about Central Station

Is it ever open? I've been past it many times lunch & evening and it always looks closed.

On 22nd December 2006 - rating: 2
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