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Alwyne Castle, Canonbury, N1

83 St. Pauls Road
N1
N1 2LY
Phone: 02073597351
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Pub SignMan left this review about Alwyne Castle

This is a smart single room gastro-style pub just a short walk from Highbury & Islington station. The room is bare boarded throughout, with scruffy old boards to the front and newer ones further into the room, mainly around the bar area. Long button backed banquettes run along the front wall, including around a nice bay window, with high tables and stools arranged in a row through the centre of the room and a nice high-backed bench booth in the rear left corner. The servery extends along the mid-part of the rear wall and has a bright painted wood panel counter front which contrasts somewhat with the plain mirror bar back. Walls have also been painted in a rather plain shade and decorated with run of the mill bits and boobs such as mirrors, a few small paintings and an unused TV screen, none of which really enhances the character of the place – in fact the only really distinctive features come in the form of a few decorative lampshades. To the right of the bar, the room runs back into a smart dining area with plenty of formally set tables in an area that seemed surprisingly cosy but was exclusively for the use of those wanting food. A chilled-out reggae soundtrack played quietly in the background throughout most of my stay and there was a decent buzz from a good post-work crowd.
The bar supports four handpulls, but two of these were out of action when I arrived, leaving a choice between Adnams Mosaic and Hog’s Back Tea – a choice that vanished as soon as I ordered the latter and it spluttered its final dregs before the glass could be filled. I’ve never really enjoyed the Mosaic when I’ve had it before but decided to give it another try, shelling out £5.05 for the privilege. It was in pretty good shape but remains a beer I can happily live without.
This place seemed pretty bland and inoffensive to me, creating a basic pub setting but not really doing much to create a nice ambiance or some character. Overall, the pub left very little impression on me and whilst their beer was perfectly drinkable and there was nothing here I particularly disliked, I think I’ll stick to my regular haunts when I’m in this part of town, rather than bother with this place again.

On 3rd July 2020 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about Alwyne Castle

One large room with bar to rear. Eating area to right and a large beer garden to the front. Four hand pumps and a large selection of keg. Not particularly inspiring.

On 24th June 2018 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about Alwyne Castle

The main area consists of a long rectangular room with the long bar opposite the front wall, centrally split by a curved bay. Scuffed floorboards, the services are exposed at ceiling level, opposite the bar are a row of high butchers block tables with stools, better seating elsewhere at banquettes and tables including a curved banquette around the front bay and a pair of pews at one end. The area extends a bit to the right beyond a fireplace into an area which looks to be purely for dining with an open kitchen adjacent, this runs through into a conservatory type space. Loads of seating outside to the front, much of which is painted sky blue but also includes a barbecue area. No one out there today on a day of persistent rain.
There are clipboard menus on the tables, the dining area has copper cooking vessels suspended from the ceiling, little else of interest, the place felt a bit clinical.
Four handpumps, Doom Bar, Proper Job (£4.55), Truman's Fire and Dandy and one unclipped.
To me the pub felt devoid of atmosphere and a bit dismal, in fairness the weather was awful, the pub is large but had more staff than customers at the time but despite these counter points there is still something lacking.

On 24th January 2018 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Highbury & Islington, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Canonbury, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Alwyne Castle, N1
3rd Jul 2020, 16:35
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
24th Jun 2018, 10:50
Review submitted by custodian 42

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 September 2010 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 03 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 03 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays - last updated 17 September 2010 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 November 2017 by Komakino .
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