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Foxglove, Barnsbury, N1

209-211 Liverpool Road
N1
N1 1LX
Phone: 02076075519
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Tris C left this review about Foxglove

Recently reopened after the short-lived Cured which replaced the short-lived Hop & Berry which was formerly the Barnsbury after having been Hourican's, before it was the Windsor Castle, rebuilt in 1937 by Charrington's but having existed here in some form since at least the mid-19th century.
Not a great deal seems to have changed since the last incarnation with either pale grey or dark green walls with the central field panelled bar with its metal top, above which are a few glass and steel hanging gantry receptacles containing steins and Tyrolean mountain hats; the white tiled bar back seems to have been retained from the earlier incarnation.
The floor is bare boarded and there's some attractive original 50%- or 75%-height wood panelling. Overall it works quite well, though the interior is lacking in décor and the metal trunking to the overhead lamps is something of an eyesore. The furniture too is none too dainty, being rather industrial. There is table football, so that the attendant children can generate annoyance. A secondary room of sorts exists to the rear, though I doubt it's for dining as I don't think the pub does food. There is also a log burning stove which is something, but an open fire is so much more appealing. Nevertheless, the pub is obviously determined to capitalise on its presence as there was a large pile of logs, the very friendly barman proudly showing off his wood.
Beer choice seems to revolve around so-called 'craft' keg, with the whole 10-tap selection offered on a pin board with brewer, name, ABV (up to in excess of 6%) and price. A large bottle and can selection can be found in a chiller cabinet, or 'fridge' as it's traditionally called. There's clearly much in the way of rotation as the walls are increasingly bedecked with former pump clips. There were though three real ales on offer (sometimes four) from East London Brewing on this visit: Vienna Pale, Cowcatcher and Pale Ale, all at a fairly reasonable (for the area) £4.50 a pint and in great condition.
If you include the craft selection in addition to real ale, this place has a beer selection which is almost a match for the nearby CBC, has competitive prices and is certainly worth a visit. It could however have a curfew on the noisy kids or exclude them altogether which would improve things.

On 13th October 2019 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about Cured

This pub's interior hasn't changed much from the previous incarnation and belies the rather industrial fascia. Internally, it's bare boarded with part natural wood panelling to the walls (possibly original), along with a simple white and pale green colour scheme and a central bar, above which are suspended glass and tubular steel receptacles; the bar is metal topped, to the right of which, is a tiled area with hanging charcuterie. Apparently this 'bar' specialises in Italian food, but I couldn't see a menu anywhere; perhaps they are available by request, as just two people were eating on our 8.45 pm visit.
Industrial too are the metal-topped square tables, around which are some canteen-style tubular steel and plywood chairs; comfort wasn't part of this project's fit-out brief then. Overall, it's all hard surfaces, minimalist, sparse with certainly no décor. Music was a little too loud as were the screaming children, running around underfoot. With all the hard surfaces, the net result wasn't at all pleasant, especially given the prices.
No real ale, just keg versions of Fuller's London Pride and Montana Red along with Hammerton's N1 (Hammerton's Brewery is just around the corner) at £2.70 a half!
For all its faults, I preferred the Hop & Berry. This was a bleak experience so I don't envisage a return visit.

On 17th July 2017 - rating: 2
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Hop & Berry

Unusual frontage, with a few wooden benches under an awning. Inside, the former Barnsbury has been refreshed following its change of name with a limited makeover but the layout seems little changed. The 'U'-shaped bar has fairly sparse decor and plain furniture, and the lounge area at one end is a bit lighter and more modern in appearance. However, my initial disappointment in seeing just one clip (for Redemption Trinity) on the four handpumps on the front of the counter was made up when I saw the list of 12 craft keg beers from taps on each side of the bar-back. Better still, they were doing a promotion whereby you could get a free pint via the Crowdit app, and I duly enjoyed a Belleville Calif-Oregon Amber - result!

On 20th March 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Essex Road, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, 0.74 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Foxglove, N1
13th Oct 2019, 19:22
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
26th May 2019, 19:21
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front patio, small rear space. - last updated 14 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 May 2019 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No - Asian 'bites'/rice bowls. - last updated 14 April 2019 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 January 2019 by Tris C
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