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George IV, Kentish Town, NW5

76 Willes Road
Phone: 02072671117
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Alan Winfield left this review about George IV

The George 1V is a corner pub that is hidden away in the back streets of Kentish Town.
The lower half of the pub is almost covered in foliage.
Once inside there is a single room which is wrapped around the bar on three sides,it is carpeted throughout,there is a small raised area to the front,the seating is normal tables and chairs and small stools,there are small lit lamps on all tables which looked very strange on a Friday dinner.
There were no real ales on the bar,i had a drink of John Smiths Smooth Crap,which was a pretty poor drink,there was also keg Wm Youngers bitter on the bar.
The pub looked very plush and 80s like inside.
There were a few locals in on my Friday dinner visit.
Cheap food was also advertised which i would have tried if i had not had a load of sandwiches.
I am pleased i found this pub out as there are not many left like this in London anymore.

Pub visited 2/6/2017

On 6th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about George IV

Around 1988 I used to go to evening classes at the college next door and come the end of the evening, our class and tutor would pile in here; it was a decent no frills friendly locals' boozer. Although I pass past here as a short cut on occasion, I haven't been in for 27 years so decided to pop in on our way from The Bull & Gate to the Tapping the Admiral.

Indeed little if anything has changed - even the area is as depressing as before. What hit me on entering the pub was a stench I haven't encountered for aeons: the stink of a carpet infused with years of stale beer spillages. There's a reason why pubs started taking up their carpets; unlike carpets, bare boards can easily be cleaned. The interior is as described below and the drinks choice is John Smith's Extra Smooth, Kronenbourg, Strongbow or Foster's (there's probably a stout available too). The bar was being propped up by several knuckle draggers of the polo shirts, shorts, flip-flops and shaved heads brigade who look as though they've been carved from pure sausage meat. Also in attendance were about two women who looked as if they could arm wrestle for England. Naturally no-one could be bothered to create a gap for me to get to the bar but the friendly barmaid espied my plight and asked me what I was drinking. I settled on a half of Foster's which came in at £2.10. Really? £4.20 for a pint of Foster's in an estate pub on the edge of a trading estate in the arse-end of Kentish Town???

I took my seat and the language in here is terrible - enough to make a stevedore faint. I remember the women (and female tutor) in my group and I can assure you there's no way they'd have drunk in here with this kind of language; the pub is certainly a lot worse than I remember. I've heard stories about the awful state of the lavatories, but didn't investigate. I downed my drink and we left; I won't be back for at least another 27 years.

On 11th July 2015 - rating: 1
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Rex Rattus left this review about George IV

This looks a very attractive pub from the outside with its mass of ivy climbing over it, together with hanging baskets providing a floral display at this time of the year. It’s pretty good inside as well. Nicely carpeted, it’s furnished with good quality (mainly round metal framed) tables and chairs, plus some little round stools, and the inevitable tall stools at the bar. The walls are crammed with all manner of prints, some are a bit arty, but not too many or too arty. There’s original cornicing on the ceilings, cast iron pillars and a bit of wood panelling on the wall by a raised area on the left. But otherwise there was nothing of heritage value that I noticed.

As I entered through the vestibule entrance I spotted a couple of handpumps on the bar around the other side of the central peninsular servery, both with clips reversed. Nonetheless worth asking about real ale I reckoned, but was told that they haven’t sold real ale for ages as there’s no call for it. Fair enough I suppose, but the two handpumps do raise the hopes of real ale drinkers. The best bet was keg Youngers Best Bitter at £1.60 a half.

The food was good value though. Sarnies were £2 - £2.45, and main courses weren’t much more – e.g. steak & kidney pie, mash and mushy peas rocked in at only £3.45.

With the introduction of a couple of decent real ales this would be a top notch pub.

On 5th June 2015 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Kentish Town West, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Tris C
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 June 2015 by Rex Rattus
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  • Live Music : No last updated 06 August 2017 by ROB Camra
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  • Real Ale : No last updated 06 August 2017 by ROB Camra
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  • WiFi : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Tris C
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