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Tapping the Admiral, NW1

Pub added by Tris C
77 Castle Road
NW1
NW1 8SU
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Tris C left this review about Tapping the Admiral

Last Visited: 17th February 2018.

Originally this was the Trafalgar Tavern, then the Fuzzock & Firkin before becoming the scruffy Tavern in the Town. Being off the beaten track, the only people who visit tend to be those who are in the know. I first came here just after the reopening and complained that it was infested with riff-raff with the foulest language in all of Christendom. Perhaps management cleared them out as several visits later, they are no more. Boarded up for around four years, it just goes to show what can be done with a little imagination: now double winner of the CAMRA North London branch Pub of the Year (2013 and 2015) and currently on CAMRA’s shortlist for the Top 5 London pubs.
This is a lively boozer with much knick-knacks and a slightly nautical slant though hardly an annoying Jolly Jack Tar theme pub. There’s an old metal Truman’s sign and this being one of their former pubs, may once have been mounted outside. Beneath, there’s a real coal fire, next to which was an enormous black cat with white paws, looking for all the world like the Egyptian Bastet, reclining on his miniature chaise longue, oblivious to the mandolin folk band and people singing along. There are food menus on the tables offering quite adventurous fayre though this isn’t a gastropub, grub revolving around the humble though hand-made pie.
As with my last visit in October 2016, the barman asked if I had a CAMRA card; the pub also participates in the CAMRA LocAle scheme. Ales: 12 pumps (one double-clipped) so too many to record but my pint of Bermondsey Best was £3.90 which was very good and amazingly cheap for London.
With the added benefit of a midnight licence Wednesday to Saturday, this is a great pub.

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My first pre-plague visit a couple of nights ago and nothing has changed, with all eight ale pumps and the two ciders in operation, friendly staff with a barmaid prompting me for a non-existent CAMRA card.
My pint of ELB's Cowcatcher was on great form and just £4.00, £3.80 with the aforementioned card.
An increasingly middle-aged-looking Nelson was on the prowl, looking for a friendly snuggle but ignoring my advances.

It's still steady as she goes at the Ad.

On 21st September 2021 - rating: 9
[User has posted 1159 recommendations about 1138 pubs]


Steve of N21 left this review about Tapping the Admiral

One slight upside of the current Covid pandemic is that it is forcing me to discover parts of pubs that I didn’t know existed. In all my previous visits to the Tapping the Admiral I have sat or stood in the bar staring longingly at the row of hand pumps.
However on making an impromptu Sunday afternoon visit last month all the internal seating area was taken, but we were offered an outside booth and were led past the toilets to an outside covered area that I’d never discovered before. Several individual seating booths along two walls of the pub that could accommodate six comfortably, each with their own heaters and a central chalk board with the beers and ciders available.
And very good to see no Covid beer reductions here, with the full eight ales and two ciders available. For our visit alongside the Nelsons Whiskers we’re Vale Brewery IPA, Southwark Mayflower Pale, Kent Brewery Bitter, Portobello Wembley IPA, Big Smoke Milk Stout, Purity UBU and Adnams Ghost Ship. We tried several and the Big Smoke Stout was the pick of the bunch.
It was very good to find that even in these troubled times for the hospitality industry, this remains a terrific pub, although the pub cat was in a funny mood and we did well to avoid him on this occasion.

On 13th July 2021 - rating: 9
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Tapping the Admiral

Monday was my first visit here for several years. Little has changed in that time. It's still a cosy street corner pub, close to Kentish Town West Overground station.

Staff were pleasant, the cat still keeps up appearances and the beer and cider range is still good. On this visit, the Nelson's Whiskers was accompanied by Moor Revival, Five Points Pale, Portobello Central Line Red, Redemption Big Chill & Fellowship Porter & Purity Ubu. The real ciders were SeaCider Medium & Turners Medium-Dry.

A CAMRA discount was also proactively offered. This is still a really decent pub.

On 11th July 2021 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Kentish Town West, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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21st Sep 2021, 19:08
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
21st Sep 2021, 18:46
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint - last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 8 p.m. - last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes - Thursdays - last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 October 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 August 2021 by ROB Camra
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