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The Smokehouse, Canonbury, N1

63-69 Canonbury Road
N1
N1 2DG
Phone: 02073541144
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custodian 42 left this review about The Smokehouse

Looked shut when we approached it, but it wasn't. Decent sized room with bar to left and middle. Big selection of craft type ale but it came in schooners, not halves, which was a bit disappointing cost wise.

On 24th June 2018 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Smokehouse

This pub, once the Castle and later the Belinda Castle, dates back to at least the early 19th century but was clearly rebuilt in the 1930s. It's quite an attractive junction pub situated in leafy and generally lovely (less so this part) Canonbury.
The interior is unbelievably spartan. Tables - topped with tea lights - and chairs are of the conventional old school type and all the more attractive for that, but there's virtually no décor at all, save for a few sets of small antlers mounted to the walls. There are overhead ceiling fans and the walls are part t 'n' g-clad to around waist height and painted pale grey, thereon up the walls are white with a white ceiling; the floor is bare boarded. The bar is central and fronted with more t 'n' g. To one end, there's a wood burning stove in the fireplace and at the other side, is the kitchen servery.
An overly loud reggae soundtrack played, which contributed to the disorientation as there's virtually no light in here. I've been in some gloomy pubs in my time but this takes the biscuit and by quite some way. I've never been in a pub where most of the artificial light comes from candles; I could barely see a thing.
Ales? I was proffered an all-singing, all-dancing drinks menu at the bar which I couldn't be bothered to read and probably couldn't have done anyway given the impenetrable gloom so asked for a half of lager. There were just two pump founts, but what they were serving is anyone's guess as they weren't clipped. Whatever lager it was, was fine and probably very expensive though I didn't clock the price.
The place has an attractive semi-circular beer garden which is a plus, but otherwise I simply can't bring myself to describe this venue as a pub. A restaurant in which you can buy an anonymous beer perhaps, but a pub? Not really.

On 21st June 2017 - rating: 3
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john gray left this review about The House

Now called the Smokehouse and if you approach from downwind you will realise why.Specialises in Smoked food.Smallish pub but a good outside area.3 handpumps with Fyne ,Sambrookes and Hackney beer on.They also have 30 keg taps behind the bar but you need to consult the beer menu to find what,s on.Twenty beers on and my Schremster ?-pilsner was very good.Friendly staff and a nice pub that I will re-visit.

On 26th October 2013 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Essex Road, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Smokehouse, N1
24th Jun 2018, 11:05
Review submitted by custodian 42
 
28th Sep 2017, 08:31
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 June 2017 by Tris C
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