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The Engineer, Primrose Hill, NW1

65 Gloucester Avenue
Phone: 02077220950
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Engineer

This pub dates from the the middle of the 19th Century, although some embelishments were probably added to the frontage later in the century. Judging by the pub sign, the engineer in question is Isambard Kingdom Brunel, shown with his trademark cigar in his mouth taken from the photograph of him at the launching of the SS Great Britain. Maybe he has a connection to the area, after all he built bridges and tunnels all over the place, but I don't know what it is.

The pub itself has been largely opened up, although there is a separate fairly narrow room in a single storey adjunct to the main building, reached via a doorway to the left of the main room. The bar counter is old, and possibly original, although like the fielded panelling on the walls and surrounding the windows it has been stripped of paint and varnish. A piece of the bar back on the corner angle is also old, although unfortunately any glazing has been lost to blackboards.

The room on the left seems to be used mainly as a dining area now, and leads back to a further small room on the right behind the servery, and to a garden at the back. The furnishings seemed to be fairly traditional. Also, they seem to have got rid of the revolving stools encountered by the previous reviewer, which is undoubtedly a big plus.

There were three ales on - The Sharp's pair of Doom Bar and Atlantic, plus St Austell Tribute. As you would expect of a pub in this area the beer wasn't cheap, with four halves of Proper Job weighing in at £10.45. They obviously do food, but I didn't see a menu. It's an OK pub, and although its ambience and prices reflect this affluent area, it remains sufficiently publike to be somewhere to enjoy a drink without eating.

On 3rd November 2019 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Engineer

A striking looking building which stands alone on a corner plot just uphill from the Regent's Canal. The interior is sort of J-shaped on the ground floor with the bar directly opposite on entering what is a quite narrow space. There is a food servery with views of the kitchen at the end of the shorter side, the longer side looked to be a preferred spot for dining. The wall on this side is absolutely festooned with all sorts of things framed with barely a bit of wall showing. Elsewhere, there are lots of lighter wood boarding and panelling. Seating is mainly traditional with smart button backed banquettes, the place was rather busy late on Saturday afternoon so I ended up perched on a stool at a single high table, disconcertingly, the stool revolved, rather freely too.
There is a small snug-like spot around the back of the pub with a covered heated garden beyond, upstairs are two further rooms, the Brunel Bar and the Engine Room. Apparently the pub name is connected to the great Engineer himself but I do not know in what way. Also upstairs are the toilets, well the gents, the comments below about the size of the cubicle are not exaggerated, thankfully it was not required.
The place is rather Primrose Hill, certainly not Camden town a mile or so away, there were small vases of flowers and bottles of chilled water on the tables, even my crappy high round one. Prices are Primrose Hill too, my pint of Proper Job was £4.95, also on were Purity Gold, Doom Bar with another reversed (Tribute).
I liked the building and being close to the canal this could be a very good pub. Unfortunately it is expensive, rather too food led and I just didn't feel particularly comfortable, not just due to my wayward stool.

On 12th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Engineer

Attractive corner pub with an imposing façade. Small 'L'-shaped bar, furnished with pews and rustic tables. Upmarket dining rooms to side, rear and upstairs. Busy, with a young crowd in early on a Friday evening, and only limited standing room at bar. Three of four handpumps in operation, with Doom Bar, Oakham Citra and Liberation Ale (£4.15) available. Footnote: oddest sight of the month, a man trying to impress a small dog with the range of credit cards in his wallet...

On 25th May 2014 - rating: 6
[User has posted 7108 recommendations about 7108 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Camden Road, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 1.01 miles, 19 min walk (show)
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6th Feb 2021, 20:06
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved
6th Feb 2021, 19:06
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 November 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 25 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 November 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 November 2013 by hondo .
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