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The Thornhill Arms, Kings Cross, N1

148 Caledonian Road
N1
N1 9RD
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Thornhill Arms

A very fine Charrington's exterior,brown glazed tiles,fine windows,a frieze picked out in cream and brown .It's near the Regents Canal west portal of Islington Tunnel.
The interior is far less pleasing although you can still spot some internal brown glazed tiles.Heavy wood has been used as a decoration,the furniture is a mix of high tables ,pew benches and metal framed chairs.The island bar is a feature but there's only a little authentic detail.There is a beer garden out the back.Terrestrial TV on the flatscreen.
Food is served,hearty pub grub such as burgers,pizze,loaded chips at a reasonable lunchtime price.The bar supports two handpumps but only a reversed St Austell Tribute clip was evident,according to the board priced at £4.80 when available.There are 10 kegs,mostly mainstream but the three best options were rip off expensive.Beavertown Neck Oil,Gamma Ray £7.20 ! and my Adnams Mosaic Pale £6.20 shocking for a 4.2%.
It's run by a local couple who were friendly enough,but the lack of real ale and the usary pricing would deter another visit.

On 19th March 2022 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Thornhill Arms

As others have commented this Caledonian Road pub has a fine exterior with some excellent historical Charringtons tiled branding, but unfortunately the modern decor interior does not match the classic exterior. There will be those that like these clean modern pub interiors but I find them all a bit sterile. However the glass wall display of old historical beermats was interesting though.
As well as some outside picnic tables there is the very pleasant enclosed beer yard out back that I did take a look at. However unfortunately for my visit the only beer that was available to take into it was coming out the shiney keg taps as both the ale pumps were unused and even unbadged, so this is probably another London pub that has stopped trying to keep real ale post Covid.
There were quite a few in on this early mid week evening during from what I could see It looks like a well run community pub.

On 17th February 2022 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Thornhill Arms

Much as described below, it's clear that the pub has had a trendy makeover to try to tempt in the newly arrived moneyed locals who live in the rather lovely Georgian houses that remain in an otherwise rather desolate, semi-industrial area.
Some walls are now bare brick and huge industrial lamps hang over tables which are high or low and fairly traditional, the colour scheme in here is the ubiquitous blue or blue/grey from the Farrow & Ball school of pub paint palettes. Music was muted, but unfortunately there were two TVs to the walls showing football, albeit with the sound down.
The landlady decided to go and actually stand behind here bar and served me with a reasonable half of Sambrook's Wandle at £2.00, which is about right for the area; this was the only ale on offer.
This pub is just about OK, but the area's a bit dowdy and I'd prefer the short walk up the hill to The Crown.

On 23rd May 2016 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Kings Cross, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Thornhill Arms, N1
19th Mar 2022, 09:31
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
19th Mar 2022, 09:29
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Beer Festivals : 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 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Darts : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 27 May 2022 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 07 October 2015 by Steve C
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