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The Colonel Fawcett, NW1

1 Randolph Street
Phone: 02072679829
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Colonel Fawcett

Tucked away in the backstreets near Camden Road station with some rather unsightly roadworks at the front, this place felt more like a restaurant than a pub.

On walking through the door, a podium has a sign asking you to wait to be seated. It was one of those places where reservations are recommended and seeing that most tables were occupied, I requested to take a seat at the bar once approached. Luckily this offer was accepted, given this was the penultimate place left for me to visit in the Greater London section of the Good Beer Guide!

There are 3 handpulls at the bar. But only 1 is in use these days. It was clipped with Hammerton N7, which I duly ordered. It was very much on the cloudy/hazy side, but was still drinkable. No CAMRA discount was offered. Although I note below that it should have been.

Craft beers were Beavetown Neck Oil & Gamma Ray, Hammerton Panama Creature & Tuned, Tiny Rebel Easy Livin', Deya Steady Rolling Man & The Kernel Pale Ale. There was also Gravity Theory Cider.

Another pub that is aimed more to diners than casual drinkers. A little disappointing.

On 1st March 2022 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Colonel Fawcett

This is a pleasant backstreet pub close to Camden Road station and a good ten minute or so walk from Camden Town. The pub has what would once have been at least a two-room layout, now mostly opened out, with only a limited degree of partitioning between the two sides, aided by a curtain which can be drawn across to fully separate the two halves. Both rooms have smart floorboards and low wood panelled walls with plain painted or wallpapered upper sections. The right side of the pub houses the servery, which is tucked away in the rear right corner and has an attractive curved dark wood counter fronting a much less memorable modern bar back. Pew seating runs along the front wall, tables and chairs fill a lot of the open space through the centre and there are a few long, high tables with bar stools to the side of the servery. There’s a nice fireplace to one side, next to an elaborate spiral staircase that leads up to who-knows-where - it’s unclear if the public are welcome to climb up and find out. Several TV screens are dotted around the room but aside from this, visual distraction is at a minimum, with a mirror above the fireplace, some paintings here and there, a set of antlers and a wooden tennis racket comprising the attempt at adding some character to the place. The left side looked a bit more like it was set up for dining (menus were available on all tables throughout the pub though), as it offered standard tables and chairs plus some leather banquettes, in what felt like a more formal space. There’s another fireplace with a plain mirror above on the end wall and various pictures and antlers fill much of the wall space. There’s also some good quality hard bench seating in a well-made pavement-side seating area to the front of the pub.
As I suspect was the case with the last couple of reviewers, I was drawn here by the pub’s inclusion in the last couple of editions of the Good Beer Guide. There are three handpulls on the bar, but as with so many London pubs in the post-pandemic world, only one of these was clipped, offering Redemption Hopspur alongside a much wider selection of craft keg products across two banks of eight taps. A cheery barmaid served me a pint of the Hopspur, which was admittedly in very good condition - probably as good as anything you’re likely to find in Camden these days.
This place was a little simpler and more food-led than I’d expected, but neither of those things detracted from what was ultimately a pretty enjoyable visit. I thought the pub balanced the food and drink sides of the business nicely and I most definitely enjoyed a very good pint of cask ale, which might well tempt me back out this way the next time I’m in and around Camden.

On 15th February 2022 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Colonel Fawcett

Victorian building with wooden fitted bench seating in the patio infront of the side entrance.There is also a rear beer garden.The interior is L shaped,open plan with two narrow high tables opposite the bar,while the rest of the furniture was trad ,mainly large dining type tables with either bench seating or chairs.The decoration was also traditional With the flatscreen off and gentle muzak it felt friendly and welcoming,and the barman was clearly a good chap,topping up my lively pint without being asked.
Food is offered here but doesn't dominate,and with a weekly quiz there is a community feel.Three handpumps with two working on my trip offering Dartmoor Jail Ale and Oakham Citra (a little tired,NBSS 2,£5).There are a lot more craft keg options with Kernel and Pressure Drop besides the more ubiquitous Beavertown and european lagers.
Didn't quite match up to the GBG 2022 entry,but a decent enough pub.

On 8th January 2022 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Camden Road, 0.16 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.74 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Colonel Fawcett, NW1
1st Mar 2022, 12:29
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
15th Feb 2022, 22:45
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - 120-person capacity. - last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
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