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House of Hammerton, Lower Holloway, N7

99 Holloway Road
N7
N7 8LT
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Pub SignMan left this review about House of Hammerton

Not too far up the Holloway Road from Highbury & Islington tube station, this is a rather well appointed pub run by the local Hammerton brewery. The pub has a simple rectangular room layout, with bare floorboards throughout and the servery along the left hand wall. Seating to the front of the pub comes mainly in the form of high tables or upturned barrels with bar stools, but there is a good run of regular tables and chairs down the right hand side as well. The bar has a pleasant counter with an unusual railway sleeper-style top and bare brick bar back. A large brick pillar opposite the far end of the bar breaks the room up a little and hides a slightly raised seating area with a few more pew and chair options under plain, roughly finished walls. A drinking ledge in the far rear corner offers one last place to rest your pint and the wall above has been covered with old keg font inserts which go some way to detailing the kind of guest beers the pub has stocked over the years. A couple of TV screens were showing a muted six nations rugby fixture and unusually for this part of town, there was no music playing in the background. Low wattage light bulbs help to create a nice, warm ambiance and the walls have been decorated with a few old pictures of the original Hammerton brewery, which are well worth looking through.
Countless keg taps greet you at the bar, but there are no handpulls in sight unfortunately. The beer range is so extensive, that beer menus have been provided to help you navigate the full selection, although I found the very knowledgeable barmaid to be very helpful and after some consultation, I ended up with a pint of Hammerton Oyster Stout, which was far too cold but enjoyable once it had warmed up a little. There were no less than eight Hammerton beers on draught plus guests from the likes of Marble and Gipsy Hill, various Belgian beers and at least one cider.
The lack of cask ale here is a bit of a mystery, as Hammerton beers are relatively easy to find in this part of London, and for me, this was a real oversight that makes this place less likely to get a revisit as a result. It’s a pretty simple, comfortable pub and I really liked the helpful service and lively atmosphere, but keg-only craft beer bars are two-a-penny in London these days and this didn’t do enough to stand out from the pack.

On 6th March 2019 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about House of Hammerton

Unimpressive frontage,this looks like a shop conversion.The interior is open plan with much exposed brickwork,a sofa to the front and a bench running along the wall opposite the bar.There is a small raised section at the rear ,but it's all quite sparse apart for some Hammerton branding on circular dart board style wooden pieces.There was a drop down screen showing 6 Nations rugby which partially obscured the front window,and the modern lighting was turned low,giving a slightly gloomy feel.
This is the place to come to sample a full range of Hammerton brews on keg,with 10 taps devoted to their output.A further 10 keg taps offer 3 from Europe as well as lots of output from London microbrewers such as One Mile End and Seven Sisters with some from futher afield such as Solvay Society and Chorlton.
Almost as an after thought there are 4 handpumps,two devoted to real cider from Sandford Orchard and just two real ale in Shiny New World (decent nick) with Hammerton N7 available soon sadly.All handpumps and keg taps are clipped,so no need to look at the beer list first.There is a very extensive bottled collection,as well as food options,not tried by me.

If you like keg ,this place will suit.It's such a shame that CAMRA has been unable to persuade the younger generation that kegged beers taste so much better from cask.If this bar had the wide range of Hammerton beers on handpump,this would have been an 8 ,a strong contender for the GBG and highly recommended by me for a revisit.

On 10th March 2018 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about House of Hammerton

Like the previous reviewer found this un-inspiring. Warm ,busy and noisy. Very gloomy with candles on the table which is handy to warm the keg beer up.Distressed plaster walls painted grey.(maybe)Too gloomy to see. 2 cask beers from Ilkley and Hammertons.10 kegs.

On 9th December 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Highbury & Islington, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Drayton Park, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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6th Mar 2019, 18:25
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th Mar 2018, 20:57
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 August 2015 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 March 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : No - Bar snacks only, but you can bring hot food or have it delivered: plates and cutlery provided - last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 23 August 2009 by hondo .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes - This is the Hammerton brewery tap. - last updated 06 July 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 March 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 March 2018 by Bucking Fastard
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