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The Enterprise, Chalk Farm, NW3

2 Haverstock Hill
Phone: 02074852659

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Enterprise

A stark exterior,despite the good glazed tiling, with a very large hotel sign doesnt give the impression of a welcoming pub and the large plate glass windows show the overlit,open plan interior to all passing pedestrians.It's near the Roundhouse and opposite Chalk Farm tube and has a multitude of former doors around the street corner location.
The interior is totally stripped out with an island bar.If you look at the changing heights of the ceiling you can see the former three room layout,with a front public bar,side Jug Bar (marked as such on a side unopening door) and a rear lounge but that's all gone now.There is some trad furniture but also dark flock wall paper in the former lounge above a long leather banquette.
Elsewhere some bleached heavy dining tables,a series of small circular tables with stools but little wall decoration of any interest.The food menu was short of mainly burgers and dogs and several hotel punters pitched up at the bar and were sent to the rear where the hotel accomodation begins,on the upper floors.
Naturally no real ale,the best keg option seemed Five Points pale ,so a swift half at £3 and then off,there is nothing much worth hanging about for here and no reason to return.Keep walking.

On 7th March 2024 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Enterprise

Blessed with a great location just around the corner from Chalk Farm station and handy for the Camden Roundhouse, this is a good sized pub with a knocked through, single room layout. The pub’s former configuration would’ve seen multiple rooms around a centrally positioned servery, but having now been opened up into a single space, we’re left with a large island servery, a few disused entrances and plenty of lintels, pillars and mixed ceiling heights that allude to the former set-up. You enter into a bare boarded room with the servery immediately apparent, surrounded by a checked band of floor tiles. The bar has a nice wood panel counter front with a few impressive tile sections inlaid into it, each bearing the pub’s name. Sadly, much of the bar back has been ripped out, leaving behind a centrally positioned work surface to hold all of the spirit bottles, a mirrored pillar to the left and another pillar further back, but other than that, there are clear sightlines from the front of the pub to the back. There’s some good button backed banquette and hard backed pew seating to the front, which soon gives way to standard tables and chairs down the right-hand wall, with no seating down the left side of the bar, due to the narrow space between bar and side wall. Everything opens out again at the back of the room, with more pew and banquette seating in evidence. There are a few nice old windows in situ to the front, although a modern replacement pane now has a neon ‘Enterprise’ sign hung in it. Several large TV screens are dotted around the room, a couple of which were showing muted Sky Sports News with some decent, but quite loud, music playing. Elsewhere, large mirrors, old advertisements and fancy wallpaper cover the remaining wall space and a sign on a random door reveals that accommodation is available in what I believe was once a first floor bar and live music venue.
Sadly, there’s no cask ale available here - the two handpulls had the sad indignity of being used as kitchen roll holders. Instead, ten keg lines offered a mix of global brands and London craft beers, including two from Beavertown and Brixton Coldharbour Lager. I tried the Five Points Pale, which was served very cold by one of the very efficient barmaids who seemed to be very short-staffed ahead of a show at the nearby Roundhouse, but worked hard to keep the queuing to a minimum.
I remember having a great night here once, many years ago, when watching my friend play a gig upstairs with comedian Paul Foot as the warm-up, but I’ve never managed to make a return until now. The place felt like a bit of a shadow of its former self, suffering from the lack of cask ale and the inevitable hipsterfication of the area, but it does still have a few redeeming features and makes a decent meeting point for a night out in Camden, as long as you don’t mind the craft beer.

On 15th February 2022 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Enterprise

Renovated, and there's some very fine exterior Courage tiling that hopefully will remain. Unsurprisingly quiet for an early Monday evening, inside I've never seen such a stark pub in my life - there's is literally no décor at all, just a bare boarded floor, walls (part panelled) painted white, some heavy duty furniture with peripheral seating awaiting upholstery and nice lavs, but thereafter there's an island bar with one unused pump and then just Caledonian Deuchar's IPA at £2.20 a half and not especially good either (not that it's good at its best).
There were a few characters in, probably from the estate to the rear, but certainly no Camdenite types; perhaps nothing was on at the Roundhouse.
I'm assuming that this pub is going to pull some sort of rabbit out of a hat because I can't believe it was designed to be so depressing.

On 4th October 2016 - rating: 2
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Tris C left this review about The Enterprise

My second visit to this pub, my first being about 25 years ago. Generally well described as below; the pub is adorned with knick-knacks, furniture is solid and conventional and there are two large TVs showing sports (thankfully with the sound muted). General 'Camdenite' types - young, pierced and inked - and an older group probably from the estate to the rear. Quiet on a Sunday night, though music was a little too loud for comfort. As mentioned, this pub is rammed on gig nights or when people are attending the Roundhouse.

My pint of Hardy & Hanson's Kimberley (£3.90) was fine.

This is a fairly typical Camden music pub so you probably know what to expect. If you like this sort of thing, then it will probably appeal but it's not really my bag so I doubt I'll return; Primrose Hill (as well as the health of my ears) beckons.

On 21st April 2015 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Enterprise

Music pub, busy with punters en route to the nearby Roundhouse. The staple-shaped interior is more traditional than the madeover exterior would suggest, with a few features of interest if you have the time to look around. Small stage and a book exchange at the back. Now has three real ales available from five handpumps - Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and St Edmunds (£3.90).

On 10th November 2012 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Enterprise

Have only visited The enterprise when attending a gig in the music room upstairs or at the Roundhouse opposite, so have only experienced it rammed with a lively crowd of like minded punters adding to the character of the place.
It’s an old style pub with a worn in feel, occupying a large corner plot on the junction of the Hill and Crogsland Road with entrances on both. This makes it spacious enough inside with wooden seating at either end. Can get rammed up the bar area on gig nights but has been better on warm evenings, when people stand drinking outside in Crogsland Road and this frees up space inside.
Usual range of cold and bottled beers, but only one real hand pump which was dispensing Adnams Bitter last week.
Clientele are usually OK but has a 1.00AM licence for music and DJ nights which can attract some of the more ‘colourful’ Camden characters, although the bouncers tend to keep out the most undesirable of these .

On 24th May 2010 - rating: 6
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Strongers . left this review about The Enterprise

I wasn't that impressed with this place. They serve up Youngs Ordinary and some premium and standard lagers and the staff seem ok, I just thought that it lacked something. Maybe I am being unfair as it was a Sunday evening when I visited, but the other pubs seemed to have a lot more people in them.

I found it to be the sort of place you would meet people at before going on somewhere else rather than spending a whole evening.

On 14th January 2009 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Enterprise

Popped in for a quick one before going to the Roundhouse to have my ears raped by My Bloody Valentine. One ale (Bass) which wasn't great. Didn't get near the bar to see what was in the fridge because of the annoying barflys hogging all the space. The inside is a relatively basic affair, nothing that you haven't seen in other parts of the capital's public houses.

The place itself isn't too bad for a pre-gig pint but frankly you'd be better off taking a five minute detour to Quinns and loading up on some nice Belgian Barley wine, before having a token one in here whilst waiting for the queue opposite to start moving...

On 24th June 2008 - rating: 5
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