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The Lock Tavern, Chalk Farm, NW1

35 Chalk Farm Road
Phone: 02074827163
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hondo . left this review about The Lock Tavern

due to close end august

On 16th August 2018 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about The Lock Tavern

I hadn't been to what was once the Railway Tavern for around 25 years and amazingly, this is one of the more sane venues in Camden, dare I say it: an actual pub, though one still with live music.
The interior has a side bar. Furniture is of the old school type with peripheral leatherette banquette seats. The floor is bare boarded and there's a lovely etched mirror panelled array to the bar back along with some wood panelling. Music is muted and unsurprisingly, paint where applied is of the grey/blue type. The upper floor has an open terrace.
Ales: three unused pumps, thereafter just Sambrook's Wandle at £2.20 a half which was a bit warm.
Ale aside, this is in effect the only real pub on Chalk Farm Road and is something approaching normality. A wider choice of ales and in better condition would result in a higher mark.

On 4th October 2016 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Lock Tavern

Located on the main drag between Camden Town and Chalk Farm, the Lock Tavern is a modern, somewhat trendy bar with enough pub characteristics to lure me in for a recent pre-gig drink. The servery runs down the right hand side of the main room and there is a decent amount of banquette seating in the space opposite – all occupied on my weekday evening visit, although it was very dark inside, so I may have missed a vacant spot. The floor is bare boarded and in the dark it was difficult to pick out much of interest, although the bar back had some attractive etched glass mirrors which also appear at the rear of the room. A corridor at the back leads to an outdoor seating area whilst a staircase takes you up to a small second bar (no hand pumps). This room also has bare floorboards and exposed brick walls, with a mix of sofa and standard seating plus a small stage which suggests that live music may take place up there. Doors lead out to a roof terrace, but I didn’t venture out for a look. A modern indie soundtrack was playing, which was not so loud as to intrude on conversation.
There were three hand pumps in operation on the main bar when I visited, offering Adnams Southwold Bitter, Dark Star Festival and Redemption Hop Spur (£4.00). My pint of the Redemption was in decent shape, if a bit pricey, and I was served by one of the attentive team of bar staff. The keg range included a few left-field choices such as Sagres, Bitburger, Samuel Adams and offerings from the local Camden Brewery.
I didn’t really warm to this place, but that is not to say it isn’t without its merits. Although there are other better pubs nearby, this place does benefit from a more convenient location and would be worth a quick look to see what’s on the bar.

On 11th April 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Kentish Town West, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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12th Jul 2020, 16:51
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12th Jul 2020, 16:44
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 11 October 2019 by Tris C
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