Charles Lamb

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Sitting on a quiet Islington backstreet, its weathered Victorian tiles sporting lovingly tended hanging baskets, this cosy corner pub is a congenial spot for lucky locals. Easy-going staff make everyone (newcomers as well as the regulars) welcome. The landlady cut her teeth here before launching the award-winning 69 Colebrooke Row, & her care & attention to detail is evident in everything: from the laudable list of Old World wines to the posh peasant food on the blackboard menu. English & French influences produce satisfying ‘simple but not plain, thoughtful but not over-elaborate’ dishes: the likes of potted crab with aïoli & toast; steak, mushroom & Guinness pie with green beans & mash; & rhubarb syllabub. Beers are well-kept & discerningly selected at this free house, with Dark Star’s Hophead & Meantime on tap, as well as bottles of Liberty Ale, Sierra Nevada & Anchor Steam.

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Charles Lamb
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Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street ,London N1 8DE

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by   silver reviewer (28)

Feb 2012

A cute local neighbourhood pub where staff interact with you and treat you like a friend, rather than a paying customer. A great place for a Sunday lunch though i've had better roast beef elsewhere – the meat was slightly chewy and the horseradish lacked a punch! Very relaxed and friendly pub. Go check it out!

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street ,London N1 8DE

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Apr 2010

Pubs in residential areas tend to fall into two categories. The first resemble static caravans and service overspill-estates. Generally, unless you’re 6’3”/250lb, you wouldn’t walk through the door of one without being prepared to leave via a window. In the other are those extraordinarily charming, terraced backstreet nirvanas that blend in so seamlessly that the only clue they’re there at all is their softly illuminated, gently swaying, come-hither signage. The kind of place, as I once heard a wise...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street ,London N1 8DE

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May 2009

Upon visiting the pub to ask what time they served lunch we were very rudely told they weren't open yet. We managed to find out that, as they don't take bookings, we should arrive early as the pub itself is quite small. So we arrived in good time (midday) on the day in question, to find no-one else there until half an hour later, not all of whom were eating. We ordered our lunches, one of the group requesting the lamb to be cooked through as she was pregnant. The waiter curtly responded that the...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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  • Address: 16 Elia Street, London N1 8DE
  • Telephone: 020 7837 5040
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 4-11pm Sun-10.30pm (Wed-Sat 12N- )

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