Historical version 5 of Craft Beer Co., N1 9PP
- 55 White Lion Street, N1 9PP
- 4pm-11pm Mon-Thu; noon-1am Fri-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
The basic format of this chain's other branches in Clerkenwell and Brixton (not to mention its parent, Cask) is retained here, in terms of the extensive range of cask, keg and bottled beers, as well as a (far smaller) selection of wines and spirits. However, this branch moves towards more of a traditional pub setting, with a separate (red carpeted) room to the side of the main bar and entrance, and another space further to the rear, breaking up the pub into sections and consquently reducing the noise and making the atmosphere less rowdy than it can get in the other locations. It has also generally been quieter when Ewan has visited, including on a Friday evening and (particularly) on a Sunday afternoon. Music was playing on these visits, but not too loudly.
Around the bar are three large, solid, high tables with plush velvet-covered benches, as well as two large armchairs towards the rear. The carpeted seating area is up a few steps with plenty of tables for 4-6 people, and there's another (uncarpeted) area to the rear of this space. There's a beer garden outside to the other side of the bar from the carpeted room.
The bar itself offers 10 cask handpulls as well as 16 keg arrayed in two rows of taps one above the other to the side of the (fairly small) bar area photo. Most of these change regularly, though it's likely the Camden Town offerings are fairly stable. Prices for the cask ales are not unreasonable for this part of London (around the £3.50/pint mark as of January 2013), though some of the more obscure imported keg beers can get far more expensive (£5/half for some).
There were no signs of a food menu on Ewan's January 2013 visit.
Accessibility: There's a very shallow step at the front door, but the carpeted seating area is a few steps up from the bar, and the gents toilets are on this level also.