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The Prince

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1 Finsbury Road
N22 8PA
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Prince

What a find ! The exterior dark paintwork is common to so many refurbed traditional Victorian London pubs that I wondered what I might be letting myself in for.The interior is quite stark,wooden floor,open plan with fitted bench seating in dark fabric around the periphery,wooden furniture ,a drinking shelf along one wall,and a side area with exposed brickwork and a rank of wooden benches.However inspecting the six handpumps revealed one of the best ale line ups I've seen in a long time namely Marble Lagonda IPA (out of this world,£4.20),Marble Manchester Bitter,Five Points Railway Porter,Hammerton N1 and Moor Confidence and So' Hop.There are also 10 keg taps with offerings from Brew by Numbers,Hammerton,Affinity,Five Points and other London brewers.There are 4 wall mounted taps with just one operational.In the side room work is going on installing brewing kit so watch out for developments.
For the next 6 months food is available Thursday - Sunday from Prairie Fire BBQ which looked interesting.Externally one of the entrance doors is surrounded by glazed tiling depicting symbols of The Prince of Wales which is a good feature.The blues soundtrack was equally pleasing.
The beer menu states "no mainstream bullshit" and I was happy to see this applied to the real ale selection,it is clear the folk here know which small scale brewers to trust and I will most certainly be back for their excellent ale.The present team have been here for a year,and this is an unmissable treat if searching for good ale in this part of London.A shoe in for the GBG,a splendid pub very close to a 10.

On 11th August 2017 - rating: 9
[User has posted 1588 recommendations about 1588 pubs]

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john gray left this review about The Prince

Ugly black painted frontage to this big looking pub.Only the main bar seems in use.Black painted interior with mismatched tables and chair and a wooden floor.Very bland, spartan interior.Actually its not bland its ugly.About 5 cask beers and about 8 craft keg.Reasonably priced beer and the 3 I tried were in good condition.Cask beers from Brixton,5 points,Moor,Hammertons and Tiny Rebel.Nice smart clean bright toilets and I should have drank my beer in here.Less depressing looking.This pub has just reopened so hopefully they will brighten it up.High score for the beer range and quality and friendly staff.Had Bohem brewery beer on a new London brewery as well.

On 23rd July 2016 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Prince

This pub was obviously originally called The Prince of Wales, and is another example of unnecessary pub name truncation. I know it was called the Prince of Wales because the entrance to the side bar on the left is framed by a couple of tiled walls apparently by Millington, Wisdom and Co featuring the erstwhile name. The main room still has armchairs all over the place, and the room is dominated by a pool table in the middle.

The room on the left is the best area of the pub by a country mile. Apart from the elegant tiling in the entranceway, it has a skylight giving some welcome natural light (possibly a billiards room in a past life?), a nice old piano against one wall, and some superb wood panelling with mirror inserts on the walls. There’s some outside seating by the side entrance, when I was in being utilised by the barmaid and some chums having a fag and a chat.

So, this is quite a comfortable and quiet pub, let down somewhat by the beer availability. There’s still no real ale – my request for a half of bitter was met with “yes, as long as it’s Guinness, Foster’s or Stella”. I can’t recommend this pub for the ale, but if you’re not fussed about that then this would be a decent place to stop off. In any case, if you’re passing do stop and have a butcher’s at the tiling.

On 25th October 2012 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2224 recommendations about 2158 pubs]

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11th Aug 2017, 23:16
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
11th Aug 2017, 23:15
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes - Thur -Sun - last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
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Last inspected: February 1st 2011
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