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Quinns, NW1

65 Kentish Town Road
NW1
NW1 8NY
Phone: 02072678240
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Tris C left this review about Quinns

A first for the two of us the other night in what was originally the Moreton Arms. Situated in one of Camden's most unprepossessing locations is Quinn's, an Irish bar run by the same family since 1991. From the outside this pub is so rundown that it looks almost closed, with paint - and more - flaking off and with a hanging sign that displays more rotting wood than paint.
Inside, what has been described as a narrow pub (it isn't, it's just narrow in relation to its great length) has some very interesting décor with china items above the picture rail and booths to side walls. There's also some interesting stained glass - original? - and internally illuminated Tiffany-style capitals to at least one column. There are some interesting wooden details, high stools to drinking ledges and a lino floor. The elderly landlord was very polite as he hovered over eight pumps, all unused or with clips reversed. We opted for two halves of Stella which cost £2.40 each and were fine.
Unfortunately, the seats to the booths were in such bad condition that they had been repaired using gaffer tape. A trip to the lavatory reminded me of a scene from the film Trainspotting - I've never been in such grotty lavs, with cracked tiles, graffiti all over the place, loose taps and bare wiring just covered with insulating tape and a hole in the ceiling where once there was a piece of plasterboard.
One wonders if this place is being deliberately run into the ground? £50k would go a long way towards doing it up, indeed 50 quid would make a difference. No wonder this large pub was almost empty.

On 5th October 2016 - rating: 1
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Pub SignMan left this review about Quinns

This long, narrow Irish pub is fairly easy to reach from both Kentish Town and Camden tube stations. The bar runs down the mid-part of the right hand wall, with seating areas either side of it. At the front there is a fairly open area with some partitioned booths, lit in part by red fairy lights, which sounds ghastly, but actually worked fairly well. Opposite the bar, a number of silhouettes of Edwardian scenes fill the windows, which is an unusual and somewhat quirky feature. There are a few high tables and stools here as well as a drinking ledge, before the room opens out once again at the rear, where a curved banquette provides a good deal of seating along with some regular tables and chairs. The servery has some interesting backlit stained glass at the top and there are more examples of this on the staircase leading down to the toilets. The walls have their fair share of clichéd Irish themed pictures, but the pub, which was showing the Real Madrid vs. Barcelona cup tie, could very well have been a Spanish bar, given that all of the clientele except for me were there to cheer on their team. I’m not sure if the pub has a garden, but there was a sizeable space on the pavement fenced off with a number of seats available.
The pub has a reputation for providing a wide range of bottled beers, but I completely forgot to look at the fridges, so I can only point out that there were three hand pumps in operation offering Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale as well as Belhaven Grand Slam (£3.80). I tried the latter which was in good shape, if not a particularly memorable pint.
As Irish pubs go, I thought this was a pretty good one, perhaps reaping the benefits of being run by the same family for the last 20+ years. I’m not sure I’d specifically make a return trip to this pub, but it’s a good option to have and I’m sure it will have been rocking last night for St Patrick’s Day.

On 18th March 2013 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Quinns

Strange pub, with a rather eccentric selection of memorabilia on the walls (much of it, as you would expect from the name, Irish). The furniture and decor is a bit shabby, and the bar service can be variable (especially if the older members of the Quinn family are on duty). That said, there is plenty of space - including a patio area to one side at the far end of the long bar - and it seems rather more authentic than most Irish-style pubs in the U.K. Quinns is famous for its selection of bottled beers, but appearance of eight handpumps is deceptive. One three of these were clipped - all Greene King offerings - IPA, St Edmunds and Abbot, and only the last of these was actually on (at a pricy £3.60 too). Overall, quite an interesting visit (but I hope there is a better ale selection next time I visit).

On 23rd October 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Roger Button
Camden Road, 0.19 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Quinns, NW1
29th Jul 2018, 10:40
Request to add pub to area Kentish Town by Tris C approved
 
28th Jul 2018, 19:00
Request to add pub to area Kentish Town by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 05 October 2016 by Tris C
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