The Constitution to relaunch, but first… the rugby

Canalside pub prepares to become a ‘delicatessen of beer’, with new food offering too

Quick, catch the last summer sun on The Constitution's fabulous waterfront terrace. Photo Andrew Weir
Quick, catch the last summer sun on The Constitution’s fabulous waterfront terrace. Photo Andrew Weir
The Constitution is a perfectly placed pub. Its sunny, strangely bucolic canalside terrace feels a world away from busy Camden Road, just a few steps further along the towpath.

And after dark, its renowned cellar bar has long been an atmospheric live music destination too.

Hansome, The Constitution. Photo: AW
Hansome, The Constitution. Photo: AW

The pub was recently taken over by the team behind Smithfield’s Old Red Cow, Dean Swift in Butler’s Wharf and Hack and Hop in the City, with plans for it to become a “delicatessen of beer”, focusing on serving the kind of brews you won’t find anywhere else locally.

Their concept also includes an extensive food menu, with a view to the pub becoming a year-round destination in the months when that famous sun terrace isn’t on everyone’s minds.

Before embarking on a big refit early next year, they’re getting to know the pub and its locals via screenings of the entire footy season and current hot ticket, the Rugby World Cup.

“Not many venues in the heart of Camden show sport,” new boss Andrew Weir tells us, “and we know from experience that a good blend of people enjoying beer and watching sport can be a great thing.”

A decent pint, a live match and a sunny waterfront terrace upon which to capture the last days of summer. The new owners have clearly bagged themselves a pub with the full package. We’ll keep an eye on how their tasty-sounding plans for the place in 2016 begin to take shape.

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The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, NW1


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