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The Black Heart, Camden Town, NW1

2-3 Greenland Place
Phone: 02074289730

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Black Heart

This pub, tucked away down a narrow side street just a short walk from Camden tube station, is pretty hard to spot as it has virtually no external signage - its location given away only by the punters who'd spilled out onto the pavement. It's a typical Camden bar, painted all in black and with very muted lighting throughout to create a gloomy, rock bar feel. Large, folding front doors lead into a split level room, with a sizeable U-shaped servery in the middle of the back wall. Some padded bench booths run down the right side of the room, under some large framed art prints, whilst over to the left there is limited bench and low stool seating, mostly in a recess that has been decorated with more of the colourful posters. The pub's name is spelt out in a floral display similar to those you might expect to see on top of a coffin, which perhaps fits the pub's edgy theme. The lower front left portion of the room has been set aside for a pool table and the front windows allow enough light in to make a game feasible. The pub puts on a lot of live music and a door to the rear left leads into their own bespoke venue, passing a table covered in various gig flyers on the way. Unsurprisingly, there was a good alternative rock soundtrack playing throughout my stay, although it remained at a level which still allowed for conversation.
The servery is lined with pump clips on one side, hinting at a good guest ale policy. On this visit there were two ales on handpull - Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale and Harbour India Brown Ale - with Lilley's Sunset Cider occupying a third pump. My pint of the Saltaire was in very good shape although the barman had all sorts of trouble getting a pint of the 'lively' beer into my glass. A decent keg range included Camden and Rouge brews whilst blackboards around the servery detailed all options, including a fairly lengthy craft bottle selection.
I thought this pub was pitched very nicely to attract its niche target market, of whom there are plenty around Camden, but hidden away enough to ensure the tourists don't pack it out. I enjoyed relaxing here over a good pint, listening to some good music and watching the customers come and go and would definitely consider using this as a pre-gig venue more often.

On 8th June 2014 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Black Heart

Loud music pub for the yoof of Camden.Good range of cask and keg makes it a must visit for me but its a quick scoop then off.Cask beer usually in good nick.

On 16th November 2013 - rating: 6
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I L left this review about The Black Heart

Just a stone throw from the Camden Brewdog pub down a narrow side street, this black painted exterior pub is a fairly modern low lit place inside. I gather it can get quite noisy in here but on our Sunday afternoon visit it was fairly quiet.

We saw just three handpumps with only one ale on at the time but it was from afar, and was well kept. Various other keg veers were available including toe from the nearby Camden Town Brewery.

On 9th December 2012 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Camden Tup

I've been to Camden more times than I care to remember and until I found this pub by chance I didn't know that it existed as it is tucked down a back street within spitting distance from Camden Town Station.

The Adnams and Landlord were both off during my visit in the early evening so the only offerings were Staropramen, John Smiths and some standard lager. I found the staff to be very friendly, especially for Camden. The food seemed very reasonably priced for the area – especially compared to the Prince Albert up the road. I didn't try the food though so cannot comment on whether it is edible.

This is primarily a sports pub as it has at least 2 plasma screens and a projector with the ability to show Sky and Setanta. There was a match on but the sound was muted and some loud music was being played.

I'd maybe pop back in here if I was passing, but then again the Constitution is just up the road and I think that is much better for watching the footie.

On 19th December 2008 - rating: 6
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