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The Charlotte Despard, Archway, N19

17 Archway Road
N19
N19 3TX
Phone: 02072727872
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Charlotte Despard

This is a mid-sized, partly modernised pub on the Archway Road, on the corner of Despard Road which, like the pub, takes its name from the British suffragette Charlotte Despard. The pub has a split-level interior, all of which is bare boarded and has half panelled walls with plain painted uppers. You enter to the lower front section which has the servery over to the left and a row of big pillars through the centre which break the space up in a very effective manner. Tables and chairs run in rows either side of the pillars and there are some comfy sofas and hard pews to the far right, with a pool table filling some dead space in the front right corner. The bar has a fairly high counter with a nice panelled front and a pub cat sat proudly at the far end. The bar back is a somewhat plain affair, livened up a little by a colourful, backlit Vedett sign. A step or two take you up to the rear part of the room where pew, bench and chair seating serves a number of tables in what feels like the pub’s cosiest spot. A TV screen on one wall remained off during the course of my stay, a couple of well stocked bookcases have some interesting items in them (I spent most of my visit thumbing through a Gary Larson book I found there) and there is a fun ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ art print on the back wall. You ascend again for a very small rear right area with a sofa, dartboard and inactive TV screen. Lots of miscellaneous breweriana can be found dotted around the whole pub, which was soundtracked by some fine post-rock tunes, incongruously mixed in with 80’s pop hits.
I’d hoped to find some decent beer here, two handpulls had reversed clips and the third seemed to be out of action altogether, which was a real shame and meant I had to pick one of the craft keg beers from their modest draught selection. I forget what I picked, but it was nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Service was a bit brusque and there were only a small handful of other customers in attendance.
I thought this place had the potential to be a great pub, so was very much let down by the lack of cask ale, the surly service and flat atmosphere. I’d be interested in checking the place out again if I could be sure they had some decent beer on, but may well resort to alternative nearby options in the meantime.

On 9th July 2020 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about The Charlotte Despard

Now open again after a period when there appears to have been some dispute with the landlord (owner of the premises). Judging by the review posted in December 2010 by the landlord (operator of the public house) nothing much seems to have changed in the interim.

There are five hand pumps, serving a cider and four ales, two of which were local Sambrook Wandle and Redemption Pale Ale, the others being the now ubiquitous Sharps Doom Bar and the almost equally prevalent St Austell Tribute. I had the Wandle for my first pint, which was refreshing but a little too hoppy for me to have a second, so I had the Doom Bar, but this was unfortunately a little tired, though still OK.

The music was just a little too loud for me to have a comfortable conversation with my daughter, though the sofa and arm chairs near to the kitchen provided some respite, the nearest loudspeaker being sufficiently distant to make shouting unnecessary.

On 23rd October 2011 - rating: 6
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Bongo Worm left this review about The Charlotte Despard

Hi, and welcome to The Charlotte Despard. We pride ourselves on being a relaxed and friendly place, with a nice and eclectic clientele. We’re the place to come for great beer, tasty food, good conversation and funky music, and we hope that we have something to offer everyone...

We’ve always got a range of papers for your perusal and use –Although the Guardian quick crossword is most definitely Tom’s. We also have a good assortment of games, anything from Scrabble to Chess, Cribbage to Cranium. We even have a (very mini) table football (balls kept behind the bar).

As you can see from the picture gallery, we’ve got some pretty funky decor and interesting pictures and bits and bobs; and any artists out there are very welcome to ask about displaying their work, either with a view for sales or just exhibiting. There are lots of spacious wooden tables and seating, as well as some very comfortable sofas for just hanging out and putting your feet up.

So if you find yourself in Highgate or Archway, and you’re looking for a good time in a relaxed environment, with friendly, interesting people and no hassle, you know where to come.

On 3rd December 2010 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Upper Holloway, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Crouch Hill, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Gospel Oak, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Charlotte Despard, N19
9th Jul 2020, 17:26
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
18th Sep 2012, 19:32
Pub map correction submitted by Steve C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 8.30. - last updated 29 June 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - GBG 2014. - last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 July 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 December 2013 by Tris C
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