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The Rose & Crown, Kentish Town, NW5

71-73 Torriano Avenue
Phone: 02072674305
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Tris C left this review about The Rose & Crown

Another Kentish Town backwater, another first to an NW5 pub - the history of which has been mentioned by Rex of this Victorian pub - rebuilt in 1937. As mentioned, this was briefly renamed The Torriano after the Torriano Arms, a few yards away at the junction with Leighton Road and now flats.
This isn’t a big pub; there’s a small island bar with bare wood panelling, some of which is painted in distressed pastel hues. The floor is polished concrete. The walls display much bare brick, some painted grey. They are adorned with abstract artworks - a few potted palms add to a desert island theme, or so I assume. Furniture is conventional with some green buckskin banquettes to the periphery, Britannia tables as well as some taller tables and chairs; candles adorn the tables; muted music completed the scene. The lavatories probably date from the 1930s, as evinced by the cracked tiles, the graffiti is modern – overall the lavs could do with some work because they really aren’t a selling point. The barman was cheery and welcoming though the locals seemed a little mixed, ranging from normal to unorthodox.
There are comedy nights here and food, which seems to revolve around toasted sandwiches and mac ‘n’ cheese, or macaroni cheese as non-American intellectuals would say. However, the ‘musturd [sic] sauce’ doesn't appeal.
Ales: Weird Beard Brew Co’s Mariana Trench, a 5.3% ABV ‘transpacific pale ale’ at £4.90 a pint and good. An ale of this ilk may appeal to the hardened drinker but this is way too strong for a session ale, unless the pub’s core market are tramps – this stripling would be under the table after three pints.
We thought that this pub was a bit odd. One ale at 5.3% doesn’t constitute an incentive to stay, though better this than Doom Bar - it’s too strong and therefore too expensive. Maybe the Rose & Crown would appeal more after repeated visits, but it’s too far from where I live so I guess I’ll never find out.

On 3rd March 2018 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Rose & Crown

This was originally a Watney, Combe Reid pub of the same name. It was rebuilt before the war; spent a while as The Torriano (perhaps in remembrance of the original Torriano around the corner that is now flats), but has now creditably reverted to its original name.

There were two handpumps on the counter, one clipped with Tiny Rebel Hank (£2.10 a half), and the other with a cider (Orchard Pig Hog Father). I tend to like Tiny Rebel beers, and this one was no exception, being a light and hoppy, yet full flavoured, summer ale. There were no menus when I dropped in on Wednesday lunchtime, and as far as I could see food was limited to cakes and/or tarts under a plastic container on the bar.

They seem to major on “craft” beers here, with loads of them available from an array of keg fonts. I had an enjoyable chat with the barman about breweries and beer styles, and he kindly gave me a taster for something from Wiper and True Brewery. It was quite good as it happens.

This pub – or perhaps more accurately a bar – is quite small and minimalist, occupying its original location in a row of terraced accommodation. There’s a bit of banquette seating, and a couple of tall tables/tall stools, and that’s about it, although there is a small “garden” area at the back as well as a bit of seating on the pavement at the front.

I really enjoyed my short visit to this pub. I guess the chat with the friendly barman will have helped, but I would recommend this pub.

On 5th June 2015 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Torriano

A scruffy but characterful local. A blackboard lists a number of not unreasonably priced wines, there is a collection of obscure spirit and liqueur bottles and, as previously noted, there is a hot plate for cooking meals at the bar. Only two hand pumps, and though both pump clips were facing out, only one was on - of course, I asked for the one that was off. The "on" beer was Marstons Pedigree, of which I am not a big fan, so I only had a half. At £1.80 for a half, I'm glad I didn't ask for a pint! Most people seemed to be drinking lager or Guinness, but my beer was in good nick, despite the doubts of the previous reviewer.

There are a couple of leather (or leatherette) chairs and sofas that have seen better days, some tubular steel stools at the bar. Smokers occasionally pop out to sit at the tables in front. The customers seemed to be enjoying themselves, and they were a mixed bunch. There was a friendly atmosphere and I got the impression that a few visits would establish a new customer as a regular.

There were "Save the Torriano" t-shirts on display, but on later checking up on the internet I couldn't find a recent threat to the pub - about 18 months ago there was an application to convert the building into flats, but I couldn't find any reporting of the appeal that the pub owners were intending to make. It seems to be a going concern at this time.

On 8th February 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Kentish Town, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.8 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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20th Jan 2022, 19:21
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Bit of seating at back. - last updated 05 June 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - 70-person capacity basement. - last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Japanese. - last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays. - last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 20 March 2023 by Tris C
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