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Old Fountain, Old Street, EC1

3 Baldwin Street
EC1
EC1V 9NU
Phone: 02072532970
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Old Fountain

Tucked away down a side street but just a short stroll away from the Old Street roundabout, it looks like a rather rough and ready old boozer from the outside, and that, together with the high volume of noise emanating from within, meant we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

Inside though it’s something of a surprise being really quite contemporary, and populated largely with bearded hipster types as might perhaps be expected going on the locality. The first thing we noticed on entering was the semi-open kitchen and service counter, so were wondering if this was actually a pub or restaurant, but beyond this is a regular bar and a good choice of beers. The flooring was sanded wooden boards, whilst new back wood panelling had been fitted to the lower part of the walls, with cream plasterwork above. The pub stretches between two streets with an entrance at both ends, and the windows included lots of stained glass panels. A small black fireplace and wood burning stove was off to one side, and there was also a large fish tank. A sign pointed upstairs to an outside terrace, but we did not investigate this. Dark brown leather benches stretched around much of the perimeter, and there were several old black and white pictures of the locale dotted around the walls. A projector screen was rolled up, suggesting perhaps that major sporting events are screened.

There was a good choice of beers on tap, all displayed on a chalk board at the end of the bar, and on this occasion consisted of Tring Mansion Mild, Anspach & Hobday Tri-Stout, Summer Wine Oregon, Tring Drop Bar, Five Points Citrus Pale, Thornbridge Astryd, Oakham Citra and London Pride. There were also a dozen or so craft beer options on keg. Ciders meanwhile were Abrahalls AM and Crafty Apple, both of which were new ones on me. Overall, this is clearly a renowned pub for it’s beer, but it lacks the cosy ambience that I normally look for, and the harsh acoustics meant that it was very noisy and I was quite glad to leave for some peace and quiet.

On 8th May 2019 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Old Fountain

Established as the Old Fountain Knights in the mid-18th century, I came here around seven years ago and found it pleasant enough. A return a while ago and it has clearly had a little - very little - done to it. The most noticeable change is the bare boarded floor where once there was carpet. There's still some slightly scruffy paintwork to keep the traditionalists happy though. The aquarium and piano remain, but the firing range (or whatever you call it) for the darts is now occupied by tables and chairs - the board is still there in a cupboard, but I can't now see it being used - a case of Health & Safety gone mad? There's also a roof terrace which is spacious and a great place for an al fresco drink in warm weather.
Noticeable too is that, due to the area's ongoing gentrification, the clients are now a little more moneyed and international; this is no longer an almost exclusively locals’ pub and the more mixed client base lends the place a better vibe. The TV remains as does the projector screen, retracted, so sport will probably feature but doesn't appear to be the mainstay of entertainment.
There's now a very large array of cask, keg and bottled beers on offer, all listed on a board with one weighing in at a monstrous £9.00 a pint. With five pumps - two double clipped - this is an ale drinker’s Mecca, the dreaded London Pride seemingly having been shown the red card. My half of Five Points XPA the other night cost just £2.10 which is great value and was in perfect nick.
This is one of the best pubs in EC1 and is a no-brainer if in the area, a short walk from the Craft Beer Co and the Wenlock. The scotch eggs are top notch too.

On 3rd June 2018 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about Old Fountain

It’s all gone a little upmarket here – new white & gold exterior signage, removal of carpet and slightly more eclectic grub. There’s also an upstairs roof terrace which I forgot to check out, having come in during a biblical downpour. However the range and quality of the ales remain. £4.10 for my Oakham Citra which, when served as well as this one was, is quite acceptable for London. Still one of Zone 1’s premier beer destinations.

June 2013
Recent revisits have found the Old Fountain to be thriving - an excellent array of ales on the go. The interior has had a little spruce-up. Good food is offered and I’ve sampled both the pork bap and pizzas which are really good and wallet-pleasingly cheap. The overhauled gents are a plus and there's now some interesting stuff on keg like Magic Rock (which happily also makes it regularly onto handpump). Its fame has spread and there’s often no spare tables after chucking out time from the nearby offices later in the week. It’s now also open Saturdays too. Beware that food starts after 5. Also a dart board but I've never seen it used. Rated 9

May 2009
Had walked past a couple of times thinking that this place was a classic rough Hoxton boozer, so was shocked when I finally went in to find a whole host of interesting and eight well-kept beers. These are mostly from microbreweries bar the London Pride, which I gather is the house beer. In my half-a-dozen visits I have thoroughly enjoyed my beers and the standards are very high. Paulaner and Bitburger lagers are also available, but it’s sadly lacking a decent cider. TARDIS-like inside, there are two carpeted bars on split levels and the pub has an entrance in the streets on each side. The interior decoration is a bit staid, bar the comedy fish tank…think the Wenlock with more space and a carpet that still retains the carpet element. There’s a food servery, with a selection of doorstep wedge sarnies, pizzas etc at reasonable prices (only available after 5 weeekdays, all-day Saturday). The clientèle are a good mixed bunch, though it can be a little quiet during the daytime before the nearby offices chuck out. It's well worth stopping for and highly recommended to ale fans. Beware that it’s only open 11-11 weekdays. Rated 9

On 7th October 2017 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Old Street, 0.16 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - May - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Roof garden - last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 07 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 03 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 October 2017 by Quinno _
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