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The Rosemary Branch, De Beauvoir Town, 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


Dropping in last night, the pub was doing great business, which is encouraging. The reviews below still apply, though having now visited several of this quality pub chain's other outlets, certain trademarks apply, such as the drape curtains and stuffed fish and fowl, which can also be seen in the likes of the Salisbury (N4), Boleyn Tavern (E6), Approach Tavern (E2) and Shaftesbury Tavern (N19). Other trademarks include a less than welcome devotion to Fuller's beers (Dark Star excepted), but a positive in the form of a fondness for beers from Five Points. My visit was met with London Pride, Cwtch and a major bonus in the form of Hammerton's Oatmeal Stout, which at £4.80 a pint was a minor bargain and delicious too, served by a friendly barman.
This is definitely a must-visit if in N1 and pretty much in the whole of Islington; giving Fuller's the heave-ho would get the score up.

Rated 7.5.

On 9th January 2022 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Rosemary Branch

On a prominant road junction and next door to the former Southgate Arms with it's Barclay's brewery green glazed tiles,this well know theatre pub has lots of original features and much character.It's also close to the towpath entrance to the Regents Canal.
The interior is open plan with traditional wooden furniture,some small seating booths,some bench seating and a whole host of mirrors on the walls.The large picture windows have black drapes,two large internal pillars are also in black,while two large model fighter planes are suspended from the ceiling.Above the bar is a large clock but sadly not working.There are nods to pub tradition with glass cases with large stuffed fish and a deer's head.However a hip vibe is provided from a soundtrack,although there is a juke box if you want your own selection.Above a side door is a neon Theatre sign to the first floor performance area.
The L shaped interior has at the far end a small back snug while outside is a large decked area with lots of tables and some cover.Signs inside indicate the pub is gay friendly,there is no room for hate and most punters will be right on.
There are 6 handpumps which on my trip were drawing two real ciders,London Pride and Five Points Best.(NBSS 2.5,£4.80).There is a longer keg list of 5 with offerings from Siren,Five Points and Beavertown with some strong options while there were also 6 continental lagers,at a price, from the chalk board.
Hip and trendy,the keg options looked better than the real ale offerings,this is a decent pub and worth a squint.

On 11th August 2021 - rating: 7
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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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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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  • Accommodation : 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
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 April 2014 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays. - last updated 21 July 2020 by Tris C
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