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The Enterprise, Chalk Farm, NW3

2 Haverstock Hill
Hampstead
NW3
NW3 2BL
Phone: 02074852659
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Enterprise

Blessed with a great location just around the corner from Chalk Farm station and handy for the Camden Roundhouse, this is a good sized pub with a knocked through, single room layout. The pub’s former configuration would’ve seen multiple rooms around a centrally positioned servery, but having now been opened up into a single space, we’re left with a large island servery, a few disused entrances and plenty of lintels, pillars and mixed ceiling heights that allude to the former set-up. You enter into a bare boarded room with the servery immediately apparent, surrounded by a checked band of floor tiles. The bar has a nice wood panel counter front with a few impressive tile sections inlaid into it, each bearing the pub’s name. Sadly, much of the bar back has been ripped out, leaving behind a centrally positioned work surface to hold all of the spirit bottles, a mirrored pillar to the left and another pillar further back, but other than that, there are clear sightlines from the front of the pub to the back. There’s some good button backed banquette and hard backed pew seating to the front, which soon gives way to standard tables and chairs down the right-hand wall, with no seating down the left side of the bar, due to the narrow space between bar and side wall. Everything opens out again at the back of the room, with more pew and banquette seating in evidence. There are a few nice old windows in situ to the front, although a modern replacement pane now has a neon ‘Enterprise’ sign hung in it. Several large TV screens are dotted around the room, a couple of which were showing muted Sky Sports News with some decent, but quite loud, music playing. Elsewhere, large mirrors, old advertisements and fancy wallpaper cover the remaining wall space and a sign on a random door reveals that accommodation is available in what I believe was once a first floor bar and live music venue.
Sadly, there’s no cask ale available here - the two handpulls had the sad indignity of being used as kitchen roll holders. Instead, ten keg lines offered a mix of global brands and London craft beers, including two from Beavertown and Brixton Coldharbour Lager. I tried the Five Points Pale, which was served very cold by one of the very efficient barmaids who seemed to be very short-staffed ahead of a show at the nearby Roundhouse, but worked hard to keep the queuing to a minimum.
I remember having a great night here once, many years ago, when watching my friend play a gig upstairs with comedian Paul Foot as the warm-up, but I’ve never managed to make a return until now. The place felt like a bit of a shadow of its former self, suffering from the lack of cask ale and the inevitable hipsterfication of the area, but it does still have a few redeeming features and makes a decent meeting point for a night out in Camden, as long as you don’t mind the craft beer.

On 15th February 2022 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Enterprise

Renovated, and there's some very fine exterior Courage tiling that hopefully will remain. Unsurprisingly quiet for an early Monday evening, inside I've never seen such a stark pub in my life - there's is literally no décor at all, just a bare boarded floor, walls (part panelled) painted white, some heavy duty furniture with peripheral seating awaiting upholstery and nice lavs, but thereafter there's an island bar with one unused pump and then just Caledonian Deuchar's IPA at £2.20 a half and not especially good either (not that it's good at its best).
There were a few characters in, probably from the estate to the rear, but certainly no Camdenite types; perhaps nothing was on at the Roundhouse.
I'm assuming that this pub is going to pull some sort of rabbit out of a hat because I can't believe it was designed to be so depressing.

On 4th October 2016 - rating: 2
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Tris C left this review about The Enterprise

My second visit to this pub, my first being about 25 years ago. Generally well described as below; the pub is adorned with knick-knacks, furniture is solid and conventional and there are two large TVs showing sports (thankfully with the sound muted). General 'Camdenite' types - young, pierced and inked - and an older group probably from the estate to the rear. Quiet on a Sunday night, though music was a little too loud for comfort. As mentioned, this pub is rammed on gig nights or when people are attending the Roundhouse.

My pint of Hardy & Hanson's Kimberley (£3.90) was fine.

This is a fairly typical Camden music pub so you probably know what to expect. If you like this sort of thing, then it will probably appeal but it's not really my bag so I doubt I'll return; Primrose Hill (as well as the health of my ears) beckons.

On 21st April 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Kentish Town West, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Enterprise, NW3
15th Feb 2022, 22:47
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
28th Jul 2020, 18:55
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 01 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 February 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 21 April 2015 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 February 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 21 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No - Kitchen to reopen in 2017. - last updated 01 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 04 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 November 2012 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 November 2013 by hondo .
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