We always quite liked the Scandi-style simplicity of Camden Brewery’s diminutive offshoot, Camden’s Daughter.
Its back-to-basics taproom functionality, big windows and simple quality menu (which evolved over the years) made it an easy meeting spot on Kentish Town Road, and way less hectic – and more neighbourhoody, for that matter – than The Oxford.
But since the Brewery’s flagship NW5 bar enlarged to twice its size and reopened with lots more interior space to nurse an Unfiltered Hells, we imagine business might have tailed off a bit. The upshoot? It closed last weekend.
“When Camden’s Daughter was born in 2015 we were bursting at the seams, and needed space as our brewery could no longer meet the growing demand of our Beer Team and visitors,” says founder Jasper Cuppaidge.
“But since the opening of our Enfield brewery, that’s no longer the case. We’ve had a great time down on Kentish Town Road and the new, local owners, who are friends and long-time advocates of Camden, will keep it trading as a much-loved local.”
Yep, you’ve read that correctly: new owners. So the good news is it’s remaining a pub, although he won’t at this stage divulge any more than that.
But will the watering hole revert to its original name? Originally known as the Star & Garter, in 1885 it was rebuilt into its present form with striking Victorian red brick exterior; as The Old Farm House it enjoyed a reign of a century or so before being renamed O’Reilly’s in 2001 (with a short stint in the 1990s as Dolly Fossetts).
While you ponder all that, it’s back to the Brewery: “We’ve got some bigger plans for Wilkin Street Mews now that we have all the arches apart from the bike and coffee shop,” says Jasper, “so we’ll keep you updated once they materialise – but it’s going to be a really exciting and great asset for the community.”
So it’s a case of watch this space on both accounts. All we’ll say for now is rumour has it that a very famous Kentish Town pub indeed is taking it over.