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House of Hammerton, Lower Holloway, N7

99 Holloway Road
N7
N7 8LT
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Tris C left this review about House of Hammerton

This was previously the Wig & Gown, a shop conversion by at least 2003, this arriving in 2017, the tap for the long dormant Hammerton’s brewery situated just up the road off Roman Way.
The interior can be seen in my photo and scrutinised on the bar’s website, where typical customers are also displayed. Having recently had Hammerton’s excellent Penton oatmeal stout at the nearby Lady Mildmay, I was eager to get a draught pint of the stuff here, only to find to my great dismay that this is a keg only establishment. The difference between keg and draught versions of this beer are stark, the former tasting of not much, like a castrated version of the latter, along with being cold and a bit fizzy, the head somewhat lively. To add insult to injury, my pint set me back £5.40, whereas the Lady Mildmay charged me £4.90.
‘Less is more’ is often an appropriate phrase, but not in this instance where more rewards with less, so I’ll not be back.

On 17th December 2021 - rating: 3
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Graham Coombs left this review about House of Hammerton

Well described in previous review, except there are now 4 handpumps which offer the odd real ale and cider, and the row of keg fonts seems to have expanded somewhat. I thought the restricted lighting gave something of a bistro effect to the place, rather than an alehouse, but it was pleasant enough.

On 4th December 2019 - rating: 7
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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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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)
Latest updates View all updates for House of Hammerton, N7
18th Dec 2021, 10:08
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17th Dec 2021, 19:39
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 December 2021 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 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 December 2021 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 - Burger-orientated. - last updated 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • 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 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 19.30. - last updated 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No - . - last updated 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 December 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 March 2018 by Bucking Fastard
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