User name:

Password:

Login


Sign in with Facebook


Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW


Chat about:
Random news of the day with Mobyduck on the Pub Forum

Picture of The Bull & Gate
Image posted by Alan Winfield
Submitted on Sunday, 6th August 2017
With picture contributions to 6053 other pubs
View all this pub's pictures (25 more images)
Only members may add pictures, click to receive free membership

The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, NW5

389 Kentish Town Road
NW5
NW5 2TJ
Phone: 02074855358
Correct details

Served areas

Reviews of The Bull & Gate (Average Rating: of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Pub SignMan left this review about The Bull & Gate

Despite passing it on countless occasions, I’d never previously visited this large Young’s pub, so ahead of a gig at the nearby Forum, I decided to pop in and finally check out the ornate interior I’d heard so much about. You enter into the main bar area which is bare boarded and has an L-shaped servery to the rear. Bench and sofa seating under the front windows are good for a bit of people-watching along the busy road outside, whilst high tables and stools provide alternative seating options to the left. The bar has a smart dark wood counter, a nice gantry that appears to have lost a significant part during various refits down the years, and an amazing bar back with highly decorative etched glasswork, especially in some of the fine upper sections. The room also has an elaborate decorative ceiling, although the walls have been painted a dull shade of gastro-pub grey and decorated with cheap paintings and further adorned with TV screens which were showing live rugby union on this visit. To the front left, there is a small side room with a couple more tables and chairs plus some upturned barrels to stand around. Stairs here lead up to the Boulogne Bar, which I briefly popped into and seemed to be a good sized overspill room, which came in very useful on this pre-gig visit, although the implication was that this might usually be expected to be used as a dining room. Beneath the staircase, there is a decent sized space with more tables and chairs around a nice fireplace with another TV screen squeezed into one corner and an amazing octagonal skylight surrounded by a decorative frieze. This area then links back with the main bar area via a large open-plan area at the end of the servery. The right front section of the pub is an extension of the main bar area with a limited amount of seating and a continuation of the servery and its elaborate features. At the very rear of the pub, there is a large ground floor dining room with a concrete floor which has been partly covered with a big rug. Walls are a mixture of plain stone and wood panel and there is a nice vaulted ceiling with a skylight feature. Tables run in three rows through the room, supported by well upholstered chairs. An open kitchen dominates the rear wall and the room has some very attractive doors in smart frames. Rock music was playing at a modest volume, perhaps to appeal to the pre-gig crowd, although this was a Saturday night, so it may well be the norm.
Sadly, the grandeur of the pub couldn’t be matched by the handpulls, which offered Youngs’ Ordinary and Special, but saw the two guest pumps unclipped, with a real cider on the remaining handle. The Ordinary was pretty ordinary to be honest, but I wasn’t all that fussed as I was happy enough exploring this interesting building. The presence of two guest pumps gives some encouragement that better beer might be available at times, although it was disappointing that they couldn’t get either of these up and running on a Saturday night.
I have no idea why I slept on this pub for so long and I’m really glad that I finally took the plunge, as it’s a great old building that’s well worth spending some time snooping around. The limited beer range is the obvious inhibiting factor from making this a regular port of call, but I think I’ll be popping my head in again in the future on the off-chance that a guest ale or two might be on.

On 15th June 2020 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2512 recommendations about 2512 pubs]


Please Note: This review is over a year old.


Alan Winfield left this review about The Bull & Gate

The Bull Gate is a decent looking pub that is a very short walk from Kentish Town train station.
Once inside the bar faces in a single dog legged shaped room which runs roughly to the rear left.
The room is bare boarded and the seating is Pew seats and chairs and normal tables and chairs,there were menus on the tables but you could sit anywhere,there is a separate dining room to the rear left.
The pub is now a Youngs tied house,there were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Youngs Bitter,which went down well,the other real ales were Youngs Hummingbird and Trumans Two Halfs.
The pub was almost empty on my Friday dinner visit as i got in just after 11am.
I thought this was a decent pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 2/6/2017

On 6th August 2017 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6113 recommendations about 6113 pubs]


Please Note: This review is over a year old.


Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bull & Gate

Taken over by Young's and comprehensively refurbished since my last visit in 2013, this iconic pub is now very much in the Geronimo Inns mould now (particularly the Boulogne Bar upstairs with its sofas, chandeliers, grand piano and early jazz background music). The main bar is still more basically furnished, with limited decor, although things go upmarket again in the substantial rear dining room. Ordinary, Special, an IPA from Backyard Brewhouse and Aspall's Temple Moon cider available from four of five handpumps on each of two banks, with reversed Doom Bar clips also noted. Very different these days, but still worth a visit if heading to the O2 Forum or otherwise in the area.

On 14th May 2016 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6175 recommendations about 6175 pubs]


View more reviews of The Bull & Gate (13)
External web links for The Bull & Gate

Pubs Galore is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Kentish Town, 0.11 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Gospel Oak, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bull & Gate, NW5
8th Jul 2020, 16:42
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved
 
5th Jul 2020, 19:25
Web Link submitted by Tris C

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 July 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 07 July 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Baby and parent mornings each Tuesday from 11.00 am. - last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - Doggy treats provided - last updated 21 July 2015 by Will Larter
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 07 July 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Jazz Wednesday - Sunday in separate bar. - last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 09 June 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's. - last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 July 2018 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 July 2015 by Tris C
Local pubs

Icon Key: Picture Recommendation Rating Closed