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The Old Oak, Gospel Oak, NW3

Pub added by Steve C
1 Mansfield Road
NW3
NW3 2JD
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Tris C left this review about The Old Oak

I’ve passed this pub all my life – I almost ended up at the primary school, opposite. This may inexplicably have an NW3 postcode, but this isn’t the part of NW3 where houses have been sold for £46.5 million.
This is another pub dating back to at least the mid-19th century, to be rebuilt around the 1930s in an area that was once terraced houses to the south when I was a boy, but is now home to a large, sprawling estate…and Michael Palin. It’s an avowedly locals’ corner pub opposite Gospel Oak overground and a few hundred yards to the south of Hampstead Heath. It’s also a pub with a reputation that precedes it; I typically walk past on the other side of the road at night. Closed on passing, we went in mid-week, early evening and it was absolutely heaving with a mainly young crowd and some older clients; how high is the unemployment rate round here? The young bar staff seemed to eye us with a soupçon of suspicion – perhaps they thought we was plod.
There’s a pool table to the rear and several TVs of course, showing sport with the sound off so as not to interfere with the muted Supertramp.
Ales: amazingly, there was one ale on (and an unused pump), but of course it would have to be Sharp’s Doom Bar, which should be renamed Hobson’s Choice. Quite cheap at £1.90 a half and as good as it’s ever going to get.
The Old Oak clearly has a loyal local following, but this isn’t my kind of format. I’m glad that I’ve visited after so many decades, but no, I won’t be returning.

On 2nd March 2018 - rating: 2
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Old Oak

The Old Oak is a decent looking pub that is very handy for Gospel Oak train station,i was on a pub crawl so did not use the the station.
Once inside there is an L shaped room with the bar on the right side,there is a darts board to the front right and a pool table to the rear left,there were two TVs showing the Cricket.
For seating there are tall tables and chairs to the front and normal tables and chairs elsewhere.
There were two unclipped hand pumps,so this left me having a drink of John Smiths Extra Cold Carp,which was on top form in being extra cold and extra crap.
Quiet background music was playing and the pub was fairly busy with locals on my Friday afternoon visit.
I do not mind going in pubs like this,just a shame about the Extra cold crap.

Pub visited 2/6/2017

On 7th August 2017 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about The Old Oak

This is a basic street corner local with two hand pumps serving London Pride and a guest, priced at £3 a pint, only 5p more than the Southampton Arms just around the corner in Highgate Road. The juke box was playing some of my favourites from the Sixties, such as the Who and the Kinks, really quite loudly. When the barman went to put some more songs on, someone called out, "Turn it up a bit - I don't want to be listening to no background music!" Some of the customers were singing along and dancing. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I actually found it quite pleasant after the aural assault I had just experienced at the Southampton.

On 25th August 2011 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Gospel Oak, 0.06 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Old Oak, NW3
22nd Apr 2018, 19:23
Request to mark pub as open by Tris C approved
 
22nd Apr 2018, 18:21
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Tris C, with included notes: Noted on passing last night as open.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Limited seating to the outside front and side. - last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes last updated 07 August 2017 by Alan Winfield
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 25 August 2011 by Moby Duck
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 07 August 2017 by Alan Winfield
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 March 2018 by Tris C
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