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The Talbot, N1

109 Mortimer Road
Kingsland
N1
N1 4JY
Phone: 02072412995
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Talbot

This is a mid-sized back street pub that has been given quite a strong gastro-pub makeover which makes it feel a lot more upmarket than you’d expect for this area. The pub has been opened out into a single room layout, bare boarded throughout with very large windows down one side and a dark paint scheme throughout. The bar is on the front wall and has a pleasant dark wood counter with a marble top and a bare brick bar back partly covered with a large blackboard which lists the wine options. The main part of the room has been filled with tables and chairs plus a couple of sofas arranged in an L-shape directly opposite the servery. A large blackboard on the rear wall lists the full menu and a few standard lamps back here add some much-needed illumination to an otherwise very dimly lit room. A space to the right of the bar had been set aside for diners, with seven or eight pre-set tables served by hard chairs under a bare brick wall with a small fireplace beneath a nice decorative mirror. Despite there being no free seats anywhere else in the pub and only one couple eating in this dining area, I was asked to move by one of the waiting staff, who eventually related after I pointed out that there was hardly a rush for seats in this part of the pub. I later discovered that there is more seating available upstairs, although I didn’t get around to exploring this, and there are also additional seats out in a good-sized pavement seating area to one side of the building.
Just the two cask ales available on this visit – Taylors Landlord and Three Sods Boho Bitter. I opted for a pint of the latter for which I was charged £4.80, only to attempt to pay on card and be told they have a £5.00 minimum for card payments. Thankfully, I still had some cash on me and after much dithering with the till, I was eventually presented with my pint which turned out to be nothing special.
I quite liked this place despite it having lost much of its pub character through the opening out of the interior and the focus on food. There are some comfy spots to settle down and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed – a couple of more interesting beers might well have put this one on the revisit list, but for now I think I’ll just be keeping track on the place from afar.

On 11th February 2020 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Talbot

The Talbot is a fairly posh looking corner pub.
Once inside there is a decent sized single square shaped room with the bar on the left side,the room is bare boarded and the seating is normal tables and chairs,there is also a small area to the rear left.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Taylor Landlord which went down well,the other beer was Hackney american Pale Ale.
The Background music was decent and the pub was quite busy on my Saturday afternoon visit.
I was happy enough having a drink in this pub
Not sure why some of the reviews are so critical of the pubs in this area,but then again i am happy in going in most pubs i visit.

Pub visited 11/6/2016

On 31st July 2016 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Talbot

This pub is really more of a style bar/restaurant than pub and certainly no boozer. The walls are all bare brick and what wood there is, is painted Farrow & Ball smokey blue. Basically there's no décor at all apart from a mirror on a wall. Furniture is largely old school stuff or leatherette sofas. A few lamp standards are dotted around, though lighting is very gloomy indeed. Muted music played and clients seemed mainly to be French.
Ales: just Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Hackney Brewery's American Pale Ale which was a bit warm and cost £4.10 a pint which is about right for the area.
The food here would have to be seriously good to get me to return because as a pub, it fails on all fronts. Fortunately The Scolt Head is a lot better and is just around the corner.

On 11th June 2016 - rating: 3
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Dalston Junction, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Haggerston, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Dalston Kingsland, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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21st Jul 2020, 20:33
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21st Jul 2020, 18:59
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front patio seating and roof terrace. - last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 February 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 11 February 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 March 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 11 February 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 March 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 February 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 11 February 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 11 February 2020 by Pub SignMan
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