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Submitted on Tuesday, 3rd May 2022
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King Charles I, Kings Cross, N1

55 Northdown Street
N1
N1 9BL
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Will Larter left this review about King Charles I

This is a really nice, compact back street pub with barely room to swing a cat. There is some nice wood panelling and some well-worn furniture. Some seats and tables have been placed on the pavement in front, but I didn't see a notice saying how late in the evening this would be allowed. There are four hand pumps on the bar counter, with a cider and three real ales, from Twisted Wheel, Siren and Hammerton. The barman mentioned how good the Siren Memento was, and I surprised him by commenting that it was good to see modern brewers having a go at traditional beer styles. And it was indeed a very good beer, well kept and served. I amused myself while enjoying my drink by observing a number of animal heads around the walls: it's all a set up, of course, with the punch line being a mock up of the head of King Charles I, looking suitably affronted. This pub is a reasonable walk from Kings Cross station and an excellent option for a pre- or post-train beer.

On 13th May 2022 - rating: 7
[User has posted 3141 recommendations about 2950 pubs]


Bucking Fastard left this review about King Charles I

Just off the Caledonian Road,this is a proper old school boozer.There are benches outside,while the tap room has the wooden clad bar directly infront of the entrance door.To either side there are pews around the periphery with lots of traditional furniture,good wood panelling and pub ephemera.There is a brick fireplace at one end ,an upright piano at the other end ,a mixing desk and substantial speakers for live music.However on my lunchtime visit there was no extraneous noise,just the gentle hum of conversation.There is no flatscreen or other modern distractions.
The welcome was friendly and the 4 handpumps were offering a real cider,GK Abbot,Southwark Bermondsey Best and a very good Kent Prohibition.(NBSS 4,£4.60).
I really liked it in here and will most certainly return.It's not far from the mainline terminus but a world away from the bustle and tourist trap bars.

On 18th March 2022 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2383 recommendations about 2383 pubs]


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Malden man left this review about King Charles I

A pub I have attempted to visit on several occasions but always foundered by finding it closed. Hours are now regularised, generally opening at 12 from Monday to Saturday. I'm glad I got in, liked it a lot, a small single room with a curved walnut looking bar on the back wall, boarded floor, nicotine yellow ceiling and beams and a piano in one corner with an amp above plus a wall mounted guitar. Flyers suggest they have live music events. Antelope heads plus a pair of antlers over a fireplace, a musket sits above the door to the gents. Decent stained wood panelling and doors and various mirrors including a Guinness version give a timeless and traditional feel. Seating is at pews, benches and regular chairs, no pretentious nonsense in here, a top rate pub with a convivial atmosphere.

On 12th March 2017 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1695 recommendations about 1669 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Philip Carter
London Kings Cross, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for King Charles I, N1
13th May 2022, 14:37
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
 
13th May 2022, 14:35
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Limited pavement seating. - last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 12 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Hot Food : No - You can bring your own and they provide cutlery etc - last updated 12 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 01 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 October 2015 by hondo .
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