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Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highbury Corner, N5

Corsica Street
N5 1JJ

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

I have enjoyed most of my visits since this changed to a brew-pub, with its modernised and interesting interior featuring many visible items of brew plant, but the previous one was a shocker in terms of beer choice. However, this pre-gig stop was more successful as we found a decent range of cask and keg beers and ciders (all of which I failed to note...) and some free seats in the front courtyard on a warm summer evening.

On 8th October 2022 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

This started life at the beginning of the 20th century as a shed for Highbury’s trams, giving rise to the name Highbury Tram Shed.
It’s as described below, indeed accessed by the side patio, with the function room above; dating from probably the 1930s, a Truman’s lantern hangs welcomingly above the entrance. The interior is as described below, with distressed concrete, planks or bare brick walls, furniture being of many a mixed style, likewise lighting; there’s all the cupric paraphernalia of the brewer’s trade to the rear.
There were only three real ales on and all indigenous: Romford Pele, Project Cask Porter and Tramshed at a very agreeable £2.20 a half, being a good, traditional beer, probably in the Best style; the similarly priced porter was excellent.
This isn’t a bad place, I’ve been in worse traditional pubs, but I’d really rather sup in a real pub, rather than industrial drinking barn, so would prefer to go to the Myddleton Arms round the corner and off the tourist trail; the availability of just three real ales is hardly a major drawer.

Visited 29th December 2021.


I've now been here about 10 times now and on about four occasions, the beer has either been noticeably off or utterly undrinkable. How can a place which brews its own beers just 10 feet from where they're served get this so wrong? Do the staff check the beer quality? And if so, do they know what to look for? Talk about not being able to organise a booze-up in a brewery. Marked down accordingly.

On 17th February 2022 - rating: 4
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Graham Coombs left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

A good example of the own-brew chain, in an interesting old building with plenty of space. The main room of the pub is tabled suitable for dining, but widely used by drinkers also. Lots of woodwork, copper fittings and sundry trimmings give a good feel to the place. At the back is the brewing equipment, with a bar down one side offering 4 of their own beers on handpump, plus a fair selection of keg craft. There is a further bar and function room upstairs and a fair-sized outdoor area at the front.

On 4th December 2019 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Good place with a slope from the beer garden at the front to the main door. Bar on left hand side with four hand pumps and nine keg selections on the wall. Would return if back in the area.

On 24th June 2018 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Located behind more traditional terraced buildings just off Highbury Corner this incarnation of the growing chain is cleverly located in a former tramshed. The main room within the shed has a long bar running along a side wall beyond which towards the rear are situated the brewing vessels, open to the room itself, all labelled with the name of the beer being brewed. There is a distinct industrial feel with exposed ducting and cable trays on the ceiling, exposed brickwork behind the bar and the high tables which line up in front of the bar are divided by tubes and gauges. I also noticed a former of decorative illuminated tree formed from glass bottles. Towards the front a piano has the names of Arsenal players from times past written over it. A room upstairs at the far end is available to hire, obviously not part of the original shed some either an add on or an ancillary building.
All on were their own plus a cider from Orchard Pig which appeared to involve ginger and chilli. They had Astronomer, Romford Pele, Goal Scorer, Raleigh, Illustrator, Tramshed and Winter Warmer.
I quite liked it in here and there was a good buzzy feel with a mix of after work crowd and football fans prior to the evening game at nearby Emirates Stadium.

On 27th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Nice looking building near Highbury & Islington Station, standard B&K layout, including the inset into the table next to the brewery with malt etc inside, wood floor and bench tables. The brewery is at the far end of the room.

The beer quality was very poor, maybe a one off?

On 8th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

This is a microbrewery which had on seven of their real ales - Granita Pact (an India white ale, whatever that is); Illustrator (a black IPA); Pitch Fever (a grapefruit IPA); Astronomer (amber ale); Colonia Estivo (summer rye ale); Romford Pele (golden ale named after Arsenal's ball playing wizard, Ray Parlour); and Goalscorer (session IPA named after Ian Wright who made his name with the mighty Eagles). There was also a cider called Yellowhammer. I had a pint of Astronomer which I thought was pretty good. Burgers and the like were available; I had a New York burger which was around £14.

This is a modern outfitted pub with nothing of heritage interest. But the microbrewery is actually in the pub, which I found quite interesting. There is some outside seating at the front, which was hugely popular on the nice day when I visited. It's a decent enough watering hole, but nothing like a traditional pub.

On 26th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Eight handpumps, with 7 ales and 1 cider on our visit. We went for the Romford Pale, which was tasteless for a 4.5% beer. The Goalscorer IPA at 4% was by far the better choice. The layout here is very similar to their Angel outlet. We got here around 3pm on a Monday and a board near the entrance read Special Offer Monday, Burger £6, so I ordered the beers and asked for the Monday Special £6 burger, only to be told that you can't get that until 5pm, which was annoying and had to pay full price. Anyway, it was good and Mrs A paid for it, as I was moaning about misleading advertisement.

On 17th June 2017 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

You enter via the outside beer terrace,down some steps entering into a long ,open plan room with the bar running along the left wall.As other have noted,there is a mix of furniture and lots to see,with seperate alcoves along the right side,and the brewing coppers at the rear,with 6 conditioning tanks beyond the bar.The current head brewer recreates a lot of lager styles,hence the conditioning tanks and at least 3 of the house beers will be served from keg taps,on my visit London Calling,No Fly Zone and Peasants Revolt IPA.On keg there are also around 5 guests from far and wide.
There are 8 handpumps offering a real cider and other house brews which on my visit included No 19 Brown Porter,Tramshed,The Goalscorer,Genuiss Stout ,Old Major and Man's Best Friend.I sampled a wide range on a Brewery Experience trip and found everything i tried to be on top form.Food is firmly pub grub,but cooked in an open kitchen towards the rear.
There are no flatscreens,fruit machines or ear splitting music to spoilt the bibulous atmosphere ,and this is the best of this small chain that I have visited.However I was warned that before Arsenal home games this pub can get rammed.A lot of the beer names have Arsenal connections,clues on the pump clips.
The ale quality is dependent on who is head brewer,and if some one moves on ,a new brewer will create ales that have unique recipes,there is no attempt to standardize across the chain.I count myself fortunate that the current incumbent,an Italian called Roberto Basilico was at the top of his game.

On 4th March 2017 - rating: 8
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Moby Duck left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Nicely done out inside, lots of dark wood,copper and steel compliment each other, a semi industrial feel is juxtaposed by some old assorted venician blinds suspended from the ceiling adds a little rusticity to the mix.There was seven of there own beers on when I visited just after midday Saturday,plus one Cider, Orchard Pig Ginger and chillie, not for me that one. I decided on one of their keg beers, Peasants Revolt 4.8% and £4.30 in cost, a decent beer to boot. A very nice pub.

On 18th September 2016 - rating: 8
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