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The Rosemary Branch, Hoxton, N1

2 Shepperton Road
N1 3DT
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Tris C left this review about The Rosemary Branch

A return visit, my first being around six years ago. This is a historic pub dating in some form from the late 16th century and giving its name to the adjacent bridge. It was later a Victorian music hall where the likes of Marie Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin performed.
Unchanged, and well described below. A boarded floor, conventional furniture with what may be a more formal dining area to the rear, knick-knacks such as stuffed animals and the huge airborne model aircraft. Tie-back black swag curtains and beneath the windows are settles; unfortunately there are ugly sauce bottles on the tables. There are structural columns with ornate capitals, mirrors and an attractive mirrored bar back. Jukebox music was muted, no active TVs were spotted and the crowd was mixed.
Ales: Fuller's London Pride and Red Fox and Hammerton's N1 which was much welcomed and at £2.25 is about right for this increasingly gentrified area.
Unfortunately the service was very slapdash though this pub is a far cry from the depressing Baring around the corner.
Definitely worth a detour if in the area, a wider ale choice and improved service would up my score by a point or two.

On 19th October 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Rosemary Branch

A large attractive pub with a single L-shaped boarded room with a smaller semi-separated area to the rear beyond the bar which has several mirrors and fairy lights. Above the bar and here and there are stuffed fish and small mammals including a squirrel and either a stoat or a mink, not sure which. A large clock, which incidentally doesn't work, hangs over the bar and two large models of WWII fighter aircraft hang from the ceiling. Additionally there are a couple of statuettes of whom I don't know, an upright piano and a mock up theatrical dressing table complete with a bulb fringed mirror, there is a working theatre upstairs. Various theatre productions were advertised on posters and leaflets, alongside a stack of London Drinkers.
Décor apart from the larger articles mentioned featured posters from events long ago, The Hoxton Pony Race and the Islington Vauxhall Balloon Ascent by one Mrs Graham. Apparently the area to the rear of the pub was once a large public space called Islington Vauxhall. A picture of the balloon is incorporated in the external gable of the pub.
Fuller's beers dominate but I am fairly certain that this isn't a tied house, in fact a window advert shows Adnam's beers, although the only offering from Southwold was reverse clipped on Saturday. Beers on were Fuller's London Pride, Seafarers, Brit Hop (new to me) and Spring Sprinter (also new) plus Doom Bar. A sign on the bar said "cash only" which is fine by me as it avoids the pub annoyance of getting drinks on a card. Food served but no menus were out at 4:30pm.
Not a bad spot and a couple of less usual Fuller's beers but if this is a free house I'd rather see something a bit more unusual as well.

On 7th April 2014 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Rosemary Branch

An impressive-looking backstreet corner boozer (Georgian) with plenty of character inside and out. The exterior has been lovingly looked after and the gold painted ‘Rosemary Branch Tavern’ signage high up along the cornicing looks great. An L-shaped interior, with a dog leg off to the right which holds an extra, quieter, drinking room that was eagerly snapped-up by the shed-dwellers out crawling. Plenty of items of interest; two large-scale models of what I thought was a Junkers and more certainly a Spitfire hung from the ceiling and a large projecting clock above the bar. A real fire and heavy drape curtains gave the place a more homely feel than many of the other pubs sampled on the long days crawl. An upright piano was being played (with some level of skill) by a local which added an extra notch to the already fine atmosphere. Six pumps sported four ales, three Fullers and Butcombe. My Fullers Red Fox came out well enough. I’m unsure whether this actually a Fullers outlet or not but that line-up looks suspicious (the website has no Fullers contact so I maybe they just order beer from them). There is also a theatre located on the first floor, though I didn’t explore that far. I really liked this one and would have happily stayed had there not been the rigours of a crawl. I’d certainly do this one again; a little extra imagination on the ale front would have topped this visit off nicely.

On 25th February 2014 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Essex Road, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Haggerston, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
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19th Oct 2016, 18:00
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
19th Oct 2016, 17:59
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
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  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Darts : No last updated 19 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 19 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 19 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
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  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
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