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The Castle, N1

54 Pentonville Road
N1
N1 9HF
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Castle

It's unchanged since the previous reviewer's visit last month. The tables in the lower section on the right were laid for diners, with those on the left and on the upper levels not so laid. The geography theme is still apparent; atlases were being used as lampstands, and the map of the world at the back on the left was German and depicted the world somewhere between 1947 and 1953. Odd, but an interesting talking point for a couple of us geogrophiles seated beneath it. The best feature here is the elegant bar back, dating from a late Victorian fitting and with the original name of the pub - the Pint Pot - displayed in the central bay mirror. In contrast is the old bar counter, now painted a hideous distressed lemon yellow. I just don't know how anyone thinks that's a good look.

The beers are unchanged, with just Young's Ordinary and St Austell Proper Job on. The Ordinary was just fine. Not a destination pub by any means, but nonetheless an acceptable place for a swift one. It was fairly quiet on a Wednesday lunchtime, but no doubt gets busier later on.

On 9th February 2020 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2577 recommendations about 2495 pubs]


Pub SignMan left this review about The Castle

This is a nice street corner boozer that’s been modernised into a gastro-style venue yet retains enough of its traditional feel to appeal to a wide range of customers. The pub is perhaps best known for being the place where the Hatton Garden robbers planned their successful heist and also where they were overheard by undercover police discussing their haul. There was no such drama on my mid-week visit, where I found a modest crowd made up of locals drinking around the lower bar area and tourists enjoying a meal in the upper spaces. I think I counted four levels across the ground floor of this pub, with entry into the lower front sections which sees the servery run down the right-hand wall and two separate porches for front and left-hand entrances. The room has scuffed floorboards, plain painted walls and large windows with frosted upper panes. The servery is split-across two levels and has a nice dark wood counter with a pleasant matching bar back which sports a few nicely stylised details. Button backed banquettes and comfy chairs run down the front and left sides of the room and there is a large TV screen over the front porch and another in the rear corner, both of which were showing a muted rugby union fixture. Steps take you up to two more areas, both of which act as small, compact dining rooms. Banquette and chair seating is available to the right in both spaces, with the lower section decorated with globes and a large map of the world plus some attractive bottles and ornaments whilst the top level is dominated by the back kitchen/bar. A door to the left leads up to a roof terrace, although I didn’t get around to exploring. Music played loudly throughout my stay, which felt a bit incongruous in the dining areas.
The pub is a Geronimo Inn, so no surprise to see Young’s Ordinary on the bar alongside St Austell Proper Job. The latter set me back a hefty £5.05 for a pint but was in reasonably good condition. I noticed that the keg taps had a pretty good selection of craft beer options too and the fridges looked well stocked with bottled and canned goodies.
This is a decent enough pub with a bit of a gastro inclination which I didn’t find as off-putting as I perhaps normally would. The beer choice was a bit pedestrian and the music too loud, but there was enough here to make me consider a return visit and if I’m ever in need of somewhere to plan a heist, this place will be top of my list.

On 6th January 2020 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Castle

A single and not unattractive downstairs room with the option of ascending to the roof terrace to take in some of London's finest traffic fumes.
A couple of ales on, Youngs bitter and St Austell Proper Job which was sadly of below average quality, service wasn't the speediest I'd encountered that day, I'll give it a miss next time.

On 26th June 2019 - rating: 4
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
London Kings Cross, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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9th Feb 2020, 11:47
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
6th Jan 2020, 18:47
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Roof terrace. - last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 October 2010 by Moby Duck
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 October 2010 by Moby Duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 8.00 pm. - last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's. - last updated 23 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 06 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 June 2017 by Tris C
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