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The Old Eagle, NW1

251 Royal College Street
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Greene King

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Old Eagle

The heart always sinks when you see Greene King external signage,but be brave as it's worth popping in.On a street corner,the interior is L shaped with a wooden clad bar on both arms and traditional furniture.Wooden floor and open plan,there is a small conservatory roof at the far end with an impressive stained glass Eagle motif and a hanging collection of shoe lasts.The french windows here lead to a patio garden.
However the finer collection is of hanging musical instruments in the large plate glass picture windows to the front,there is an Irish feel to the pub and the welcomw was friendly.Thai food is also available and adds to the attraction.
Just two handpumps offering the dreaded GK IPA and a very decent St Austell Tribute (NBSS 3.5,£5).If only the ale range was more exciting,higher marks would have been awarded to this decent local.

On 8th January 2022 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Old Eagle

It's still much as described by the previous reviewer, and although the Gaelic script is still present, I detected no Irish lilt in the accents of the staff. Anyway, it's furnished with settles, large chunky tables and normal chairs - that's all fine by me. There are still plenty of knick-knacks around the place, being predominently musical instruments and shoes, or clogs maybe, hanging from the ceiling at the back. It's sort of L-shaped, with the servery facing you as you enter, and with the room continuing beyond the servery on the right, leading to a small conservatory area with decorated glazed roof featuring an eagle obviously, and leaf-themed glazing in the upper windows. This leads to an outside seating area.

Some of the bar back is very old - Victorian possibly, as one of the staff claimed the pub was built in the 1860s - but some of the other fittings, such as the bar counter, look inter-war. Two entrances have mosaic flooring; one just saying "The Old Eagle", and the other a depiction of the eponymous bird, which is replicated in the pub sign.

There are three handpumps on the counter facing you as you enter, and two more on the counter around to the right. Unfortunately only one was in operation, dispensing the 4% Morlands Original at £4.10 a pint. It was in good shape though. There's a sign outside saying that they serve authentic Thai food, but I didn't see any sign of it when I visited at early doors on a Monday.

I found this a friendly and welcoming little pub when I visited. But it was very quiet, with only me and a chum, plus another old boy, in there so the landlady had time to chat to us. I would be very happy to visit again, although a better ale selection would be a massive improvement. But as this is a Greene King house I wouldn't hold out much hope of an interesting ale selection.

On 7th September 2018 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Old Eagle

I hadn't been to this former Hoare's house for around 25 years when they had a pool table so a return visit was long overdue.
A conventional interior with an eclectic mix of furniture and knick-knacks with a slight Irish flavour as evinced from the name in Gaelic script and lilt to the senior staffs' accents. Inside there's a myriad musical instruments hanging in the front window and to the rear dangles a plethora of shoe lasts, under which you pass on the way to the rear patio. To the walls are some amateur oil paintings and there's an attractive mirrored bar back. Lighting is pleasant, with candles to the tables. Muted Ella Fitzgerald wafted at an agreeable volume over the gramophone and one TV was spotted, off. There's an attractive mosaic floor to each entrance, one with the pub name, the other with an eagle motif.
There's a mixed generally older (but not old) crowd in here and as mentioned, it's satisfactorily far enough from the massed ranks of Camden's barbarian hordes.
The barman was very friendly and ales on offer constituted two unused pumps, Greene King's IPA, Okell's Bitter at a decent £2.00 a half and fine, as well as Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge at an agreeable £4.00 a pint which was fine but rather boring.
I'd be very happy to come here again and spend time with friends if in the area and it makes for a great double with the Colonel Fawcett over the road. A larger and less dull range of ales would have resulted in an appreciably higher score.

On 13th October 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Camden Road, 0.12 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Old Eagle, NW1
8th Jan 2022, 11:50
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
6th Feb 2021, 20:05
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - small decked patio area - last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Thai. - last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
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