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The Poet, Islington, N1

55 Baring Street
N1 3DS
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Baring

Stumbled across this rather spartan back street pub when looking for refreshment whilst walking along the nearby Regent’s Canal. The pub looks pretty good on approach thanks to an impressive curved facade which takes in the sweep of the bend the pub is situated on. Inside, things are less impressive, with a simple, single room layout set up in, what might best be described as, a minimalist fashion. The room is bare boarded with the servery on the back wall and has been painted a pretty unappealing shade of grey throughout. The bar has a rather basic, low counter and somewhat out of place craft beer style white tiled bar back. Standard tables and chairs run along the front wall, under some very large windows, following the room round into the slightly larger right hand section of the pub. Here you will find a dusty old bookshelf full of tatty looking tomes and there was also a large pile of board games stacked on top of a dresser to the left of the entrance, underneath an unused flatscreen TV. Decor is severely limited, comprising a few interesting art prints and lots of messy blackboards listing wines, shots, special offers and the like. An 80’s pop soundtrack played throughout my stay and I noticed signs promoting live sport and the availability of wifi. I turned up here early on a Saturday evening and there were only two other customers in, both of whom had drained their pints and left by the time I departed.
There were six handpulls on the bar, but three of these were out of action, leaving a couple of ale options – Marstons Pedigree and Adnams Lighthouse – plus Orchard Pig cider. The barmaid was pretty friendly and charged me £4.00 for a fairly average drop of the Pedigree.
I was hoping that I’d uncover a quality boozer, but this place seems to have had the heart and soul ripped out of it, leaving just a shell and a faint glimpse of the pub that it once was. Perhaps the place livens up at other points of the day, but it’s somewhat out of the way location suggests it is likely to be reliant on local trade and this was sorely lacking, even on a Saturday evening, which makes you wonder at this pub’s fate.

On 15th November 2017 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about The Baring

Curved corner pub with quite a bare interior. 4 real ale taps (2 on during my visit).

On 20th November 2016 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about The Baring

I came here once about six years ago and found the place to be a little lacklustre. A return this evening and if anything, it's now even more dull; the promises of fun made on the pub's website don't exactly stack up once you're inside the place. The Boring perhaps?
Curved yes, and not that large with an insipid pale grey colour scheme throughout, spartan, bare boarded with conventional mixed furniture though really quite tatty. The main focal point is the TV over the former fireplace showing football to a rather down-at-heel local yet minimal (five-person?) local crowd, who, you guessed it, devoted their time to swearing at the referee/linesman every time a call didn't go their way.
Ales: four redundant pumps, thereafter just Meantime's Yakima Red craft, cold, and £2.40 a half!
A return visit? No chance, not least because the vastly superior Rosemary Branch is about 10 feet up the road from here, serves real ale, is a lot cheaper and isn't depressing.
I wouldn't be surprised if this place gets converted to residential use in the near future...

On 19th October 2016 - rating: 3
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Map location corrected by Malden man
Essex Road, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Haggerston, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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29th Jul 2019, 21:12
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29th Jul 2019, 19:22
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 November 2016 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2019 by Tris C
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