Historical version 16 of Compton Arms, N1 2XD
- 020 7359 6883
- 4 Compton Avenue, N1 2XD
- noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Good Beer Guide pub tucked away on a side street in Canonbury.
It's rather untypical of Islington, being small, cosy, and friendly. It looks very small as you enter, but there's another (cramped) area with seating for about 16 people accessed by going around the left hand side of the bar. It also has a small beer garden (smoking permitted) out the back with a number of tables and some high stools.
bob, Kake, and Liz visited on a Saturday evening around 5:30pm; we liked it enough that we came back the same evening around 9pm after dinner at Le Mercury down the road. Although the place was lively enough, we had no trouble getting a table either time. The service was friendly anyway, but got even friendlier when the Welsh barman realised that Kake and Liz were Welsh too. Very nice pub, and quite a find for the area; as well as its general niceness, its location on a side street helps stop it getting too rammed, since you have to know it's there.
There were four beers available in December 2007: Greene King IPA (£2.80), Abbot Ale (£3), Davenports(£3.10) and Batemans XXXB. On a visit in August 2009, two of the pumps were on, serving Abbot and IPA, with the other two off (LBW and Sun Dance were on the clips, suggesting that two have rotating guest ales). Draught lagers are basic, as well as Beck's Vier.
Food is served noon-2:30pm and 6pm-8:30pm Tuesday to Friday, and noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday (no food Mondays). It's all simple pub food, but good value and perfectly decent. Ewan's vegetarian burger (£5.50) photo wasn't too dry, and came with plenty of chips and a couple of onion rings.