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The Army & Navy, N16

1 Matthias Road
N16
N16 8NN
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Tris C left this review about The Army & Navy

Visited by us for the first time last week and unchanged since the previous reviews, this is an A. E. Sewell hostelry built for Truman’s in 1936, featuring the brewer’s motifs to the exterior: the name and eagle logotype along with bow window looking like a florist’s display. Also featured are less attractive aftermarket signs advertising Moretti, Fosters, Heineken and Guinness, for this is an avowedly Irish pub.
The building is also Grade II-listed and features on CAMRA’s heritage list for having an Interior of Regional Importance, typical of Sewell’s other ‘modern’ or ‘improved’ pubs which feature his trademark white Vitrolite ceilings along with Truman’s mirrors and their beers advertised; some leaded stained-glass windows are still in place. The floor is carpeted and there’s a small, raised stage area to one end; furniture is traditional and low with velour upholstery. There are brick fireplaces, sadly blocked off but the interior features much brown lacquered wood with some bare brick. The bar back is original and features a scrollwork wrought iron pot shelf; it’s all very evocative of the 1930s. There are almost too many TVs to count, showing the football from multiple angles; a projector screen also seems to exist. Easy listening played over the gramophone. There’s a beer garden which is home to the young incomers, a far cry from the much older customers in the bar area, the two of us constituting the exception.
There’s a sea of illuminated chrome founts on the bar but there’s no real ale that I could see, so I plumped for a pint of Guinness at a very agreeable £4.10 and in decent nick, poured by a very friendly barman, delivered by an equally friendly barmaid.
This pub is worth a look on the heritage trail, but there’s a better example of Sewell’s work just up the road from here – the Rose & Crown – which sells a selection of real ales, none of which are bathed in a green glow from the TVs.

On 2nd June 2021 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Army & Navy

There was no real ale available, nor any handpumps on the bar, so I guess that must be a permanent state of affairs. There was no sign of any food or menus on Monday afternoon.

This is an ex-Truman’s pub, and some of the original signage remains outside. Inside it’s been largely opened up, but it still retains sufficient inter-war original features to warrant a place on the London regional inventory of pubs with heritage interiors. These include the excellent leaded light windows, original bar back, distinctive vitriolite ceiling, three-quarter height wood panelled walls, and nice brick surround fireplaces (but now sadly painted over). The pub itself is reasonably comfortable, being carpeted and furnished with banquettes and small round stools. The stage is still there in the corner (but I didn’t see any indication as to what it’s used for) as is the dartboard on the right with a shelfload of trophies above it indicating that it is more than just a decorative feature.

This pub is worth dropping in to if you’re in the area just to see a largely unspoilt inter-war pub interior, but it’s not worth going there for the beer.

On 19th November 2012 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about The Army & Navy

I was the only customer in here on Wednesday evening last week and the very friendly barman suggested that the lack of trade was because Tottenham v Arsenal was on the box the previous night. I agreed, but this was still the quietest pub that I found on my crawl of the area. There is a projector and also some TVs for showing Sky Sports and there is a dartboard in the far corner past the bar. There is also a stage area that I imagine gets used for live music, but I didn’t spot any advertisements.

There is an advertised beer garden out the back that has a children’s play area, but I did not visit. I did however sit on one of the benches on the path out the front whilst I drank my well served pint of Guinness.

There was obviously a lack of atmosphere, but I would give this place the benefit of doubt and revisit when next in the area when there is a football match on.

On 3rd October 2010 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Dalston Kingsland, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Dalston Junction, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Canonbury, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Army & Navy, N16
2nd Jun 2021, 19:32
Request to remove pub from area Shacklewell by Tris C approved
 
2nd Jun 2021, 19:32
Request to add pub to area Newington Green by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : Yes - Two dartboards. - last updated 02 June 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 November 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 18 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 19 September 2018 by Komakino .
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