So can we cobble together a chronology to all this? First, we think, came the Pineapple, a perfect real pub, ales and all. But it was the stripped-back charms of the world-conquering Southampton (CAMRA’s Best London pub), with its seven rotating ales and ciders, that stirred up wider attention. Then, this year The Junction wisely popped five or so changing casks in its dark-panelled pub section, and, nearby Lord Palmerston upped its ale quotient too.
New kid on the block (and sister pub to The Pineapple) Tapping The Admiral , which opened last month near Kentish Town West overground, looks like it’s shaping up nicely (we enjoyed our pint of Bethnal Green ale the other day); and now comes the news that NW5’s very own Camden Town Brewery are finally set to launch their own onsite bar, hopefully in December – “but,” warns Head Brewer Mark, “it’s not definite as we’ve got lots of work to do in the brewery still.” However, he has promised Kentishtowner readers a “preview peek” the minute it’s all ready to go.
And if anyone’s in any doubt about the health of Kentish Town’s pub scene, let’s not forget that last month the Bull & Last picked up Observer Food Monthly’s Best Sunday Lunch award. But they don’t need any more press, so here’s a pic of Tapping The Admiral’s cosy interior instead.
So, people, what ales should we all be drinking – and where, dammit, where?