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The Abbey Tavern

124 Kentish Town Road
NW1
NW1 9QB
Phone: 02072679449
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Abbey Tavern

The Abbey Tavern is a large and decent looking pub that is situated at what i would say the bottom end of Kentishh Towns High street.
There is a corner entrance which takes you into an oblong shaped room which runs the the rear,the bar is on the mid left side and the floor is bare boarded,the seating is bench type and chairs and tables with small stools.
There was one real ale on the bar which was Sambrooks Pump House,this was a decent drink.
Background music was playing.
I thought this was a decent pub to have a drink in.
Not sure why there are so many negative reviews of this pub,try going in some of the rougher pubs i have been in.

Pub visited 2/6/2017

On 7th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Abbey Tavern

Two of the three handpumps had clips reversed, with the third offering Doom Bar, so I opted for a half of the rarely seen Lagunitas IPA (£2.80 a half) which is a 6.2% American hop bomb. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it went down very well on a warm afternoon. A chalkboard on one of the walls detailed the "craft" beers available, with prices and ABVs. The emphasis here seems to be on so-called craft beers at the expense of real ale. I didn't see a menu, but a couple of blackboards had food offers on display - such as buy a burger and get a second one for £1, and two fish and chips for £16. I hate these sort of deals as they are of no use to someone visiting on their own.

The good thing about this pub is that furnishings are traditional - banquettes, small round stools, and normal tables and chairs. Most of the tables were optimistically laid with cutlery and knapkins, with the only couple eating sitting at the bar counter. On the minus side all the walls were exposed brickwork, the black-painted ceiling was obscured by ducting, for heating and/or airconditioning I suppose, and the bar counter front looked like polished brass. I saw a sign pointing to the garden and roof terrace, but I didn't go exploring.

All in all this is a very basic and ordinary pub that looks as if it's trying to be something more posh, but is failing at that. It fits into the "OK" category, but not having a decent ale on when I visited didn't do it any favours for me and I doubt whether I'll visit again.

On 20th March 2017 - rating: 4
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Tris C left this review about The Abbey Tavern

Attractive of brickwork and name about the parapet, I can't really amplify on Quinno's review below, except that most tables seemed to be laid for dining (this isn't a gastro pub). There's some wood panelling but mostly bare brick walls. Ambient music was muted though live music was in the process of being set up. I know from countless passes that this place is heaving on Friday and Saturday nights.
Ales: one pump reversed, Sharp's Doom Bar and Sambrooks's Pump House at a very reasonable £2.00 a half but it wasn't great.
I don't envisage a return visit, not least because the Grafton or Tapping the Admiral are a short walk from here.

On 13th October 2016 - rating: 4
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 March 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sundays 7.00 pm. - last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 March 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
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