Loved it- great ambience and so many sprits to choose from! One of my favourite places in London, it's always busy, which says a lot too.
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 19 2011
Legend says that Victorian military man David Fawcett died in an upstairs room of this building, the former Camden Arms. The colonel was apparently a fan of gin, and his predilection is honoured here with a sixteen-strong gin list, which includes the not-often-seen Old Tom.
New owners have substantially refitted the ground-floor bar and first-floor function room, and there's a neat garden at the back and several tables outside the front.
Bar food was dependable if unremarkable when we stopped by, and this extended to the rest of the drinks list – of four real ales, one had run out, and the most exciting beer from the other pumps was Meantime's London Pale Ale. We hear now though that owners have upped the offer a bit with beers from the likes of Truman's and Brewdog.
The space fills up in the evenings with a more presentable sort of Camden crowd - this is definitely not the Good Mixer.
NB it has come to the attention of the editors of the website that the user comments box of this venue has been subject to the practice known as 'shilling' - that is, not all of them may be genuine user comments, although some will be. Please bear this in mind, and make your own judgement.
Colonel Fawcett 1 Randolph St
Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
- 5 star:34
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
Very warm environment, friendly staff, good food and nice selection of ales. We have been running a group session here once a fortnight for almost two years and never been let down. Sorry to see some negative reviews here as this has not been my experience at all.
Always full of cool peoples. One of the, if not the best pubs in London. The food is amazing, the kitchen staff really knows their stuff. The waiting staff is the nicest, most attentive, well mannered and super friendly. I have never ever experienced something remotely similar to some of the experiences some bitter, weird person has described. This place is actually the reason why we decided to come live in this area, and that was a good decision given this is now our local. Gin selections are godly, and they have several tonics as well. Then there are the pub quiz, the events such as comedy nights, tasting evenings, themed parties. 100% recommended.
Never setting foot in the pub ever again after one of the bar staff laughed in the face of a friend of mine with learning difficulties for simply asking her if the bar sold Smirnoff Ice. The pub stinks of plastic, cloned wannabe Camden Kaners who have all descended from the Shires in search of a trace of cool. The fact is the bar staff are all emotionally crippled and should remember born n bred Camden-ites like myself (for the last 40 years) have an inherent sense of community and would never dream of considering someone ordering a Smirnoff Ice as some sort of social leper. Especially someone with learning difficulties. We're also not that DESPERATE to have to elevate ourselves to a some deluded sense of cool. We're already there.
Though not a Camden local I always head to the Fawcett when I'm in the area and have never had anything but a brilliant meal with in season produce and the atmosphere is always great. Couldn't recommend it highly enough, definately worth a try.
I'd just like to say I love this pub and think its one of the best in London. I can't remember if I left a review before but I am leaving one now because I so strongly disagree with the timeout one - I know that at least one of my friends has left a review because he so strongly disagreed with it too. I am writing now because of the NB comment of the timeout review where you suggest the positive user reviews are fake. I think a good deal of these might be in response to your negative review which is so out of sync with how this pub is. I have almost never reviewed something on timeout but really felt compelled to review this because I so disagree with the timeout view. Please contact me if you think this review is fake - I would be happy to provide you with my work email ect as proof that I am not affiliated with this pub.
This is one of my locals, I love it. Not only do the bar staff get to know you and always say hello, but the oweners have got to know me and my friends over the past couple of years. They really are a fantasic bunch and I'm so glad they took over this place, it's always a fun place to be on the weekend, no tourists but also no one taking themself too seriously. Really good food - this coming form someone who grew up around food and foodie parents. If you're in NW1 or NW5 and fancy a nice meal and a gin please check out the Fawcett, you will not be dissapointed. The locals are fairly friendly too, so come say hi.
Had a roast here, yesterday evening- it was absolutely delicious! Great quality meat, top notch gravy and perfectly cooked veg. Cannot believe time out's review- you need to visit again! Look on all other review sites to see the proper rating- this review is not 'shilling' but happy customers trying to put the record straight following time out's terribly inaccurate review. Time out is not to be trusted! Colonel fawcett roasts at 14 quid are!!
Love this place. Food is so nice. Especially love the Sunday roasts! Love the fact it's hidden out the way so not full of tourists. Music always stuff I want to hear. Recommend it yo anyone who enjoys the Camden vibe but with true camdeners.
We ( colleagues and I) go all the time, 15 of us pile in and get fed really quickly. The quality is superb, really great seasonal gastropub food in a very cool and 'camden meets shortditch' sort of vibe. It's a gin and ale bar, which serves my boyfriend and I really well! Everyone needs to go try it out, to avoid disappointment, I'd book, just in case. Also, on a Saturday night, it's really good fun too, they put DJs on and there's two floors and a garden to spill into. Sorry.. I'll stop going on! just go!!!
two star rating is a travesty. easily the best pub/bar/restaurant in Camden if not London. Tv's showing sports, extensive gin list, excellent home-cooked food, two outside areas and dj's in the evening. TimeOut have massively dropped the ball on this one
Do not understand 2 star review?!!! Atleast double that!... I had the lamb burger, but also had a scotch egg before hand - really great! Timeout - your review makes no sense!!!
Went to this pub today as it is close to where I live, walked past it a few times and it seemed friendly and cool. I do not understand what is driving the review from Time out, who I respect. It must have been a bad day in the pub! The food was really good, best pork belly I had in a while. Friendly service and lots of space. Good mix of people hanging, families, couple having a bite an reading sunday papers (like us)... I look forward to going back. It seems to be a place especially set for cold winter afternoons, which the 2 fire places and soft music playing in the background. Would recommend.
Food generally very good (I've eaten here twice), nice atmosphere. Beers a little dull if you're into ale; generally never all four hand pumps in use and the selected beers aren't particularly to my taste either. I 'like' the Fawcett, but wish I loved it.
I ate in this triendly pub and experienced really wonderful tastes, original and interesting. 5 of us chose different menu items and we all rated them highly, tasting each others choices too ,it was exceptional and fantastic value. The staff were very friendly making the whole experience rich
I have eaten at the CF many times and just can't get enough of the food there! The value and quality are just fantastic. The menu changes regularly so I have always found a new combination that is fresh and exiting. My last meal was the Griddled Fennel which was just amazing. Good sized main and the deserts are to die for. A blood orange sorbet was probably my favorite to date and I hope to see it reintroduced at some point. I am shocked at the last review with one star and cannot understand where they are coming from. I am also very annoyed with Time Out review as they have obviously not given any thought or even been to the pub I suspect. They should be embarrassed at such a badly compiled review. Highly recommended so dont let Time Out or one rogue review fool you.
I have to say Time out are speaking absolute TOSH... By far some of the best food I have ever had in its price range... The Sunday Roasts are literally to die for. Great drink selection, cool place, great decor etc.... I'm sorry, but after this god aweful review by TimeOut I don't think I'll be able to trust their reviews on anything else..
Went on a recommendation from a friend, absolutely loved the food. It is the best steak i have had for a long time. Place looks really nice inside, almost like a living room with a bar in! Def going back.
Took my parents here for dinner a few nights ago and thought it was so lovely. Food was delicious, I had the steak which was divine and my mum had the hake which she loved. Really nice atmosphere, out the way in Camden which means that you get a good local crowd. We spoke to the owners who are three young guys just starting out and you can tell that they have tried to create somewhere friendly and relaxed with those nice personal touches. Its my birthday soon so I am going to hire an area. All round great place!
The owners really turned this pub around, it has a great atmosphere, loads of gins and a changing menu. Saturday brunch, sunday roast, unique ingredients make it special. Will check out their comedy nights soon. Lucky to be a local to the Colonel. TimeOut, your review is bad and rating inaccurate. Go there again and tell it like it is!
Have to say i agree with Timeout, visited on a Sunday afternoon,we wer the only 2 people in the upstairs function room at the time, 6 people downstairs. At that time no one was eating, so no pressure on the chefs. They were outside having a cigarette. Owner couldn't crack a smile, of the other 2 staff, young guy helpful and friendly, girl struggled to take an order of 2 meals, and also no smile. food very mediocre, i turned down 2 of the veg options, not offered any alternatives, served cold root mash, 3 mini bullet like lukewarm roasties, and a lukewarm tasteless pie.My partners fish was tiny, old hard chips, We ate it as we were starving, cold , very wet. As we left the downstairs bar was buzzing, lot's of diners, and the Sunday Roasts did look nice. Our first visit, wouldn't eat there again after that experience. Lovely decor, out of the way, if you want a quieter spot of Camden. Maybe it was because we were new faces, as others seem to have had a different experience. Had a Greek meal and a Cantonese meal in Camden, very nice. As there are a lot of inferior eateries in London, it's nice to find something good.
I'm surprised with this review. I ate at the Colonel, immediately departed for Melbourne and spent the next 5 weeks anticipating my return meal. Incredible food that would still be good value with a 50% price increase. Go to this pub. It's great.
I am a bit confused by this review from Timeout! I work nearby and eat here probably at least once a week and the food is definitely the best pub food I've ever eaten and I eat at a lot of pubs (and restaurants) in the area but this beats them hands down on value and quality. I had a smoked chicken salad the other day and it was to die for, literally perfect. It's always a nice crowd in here and good music plus as a real ale man, they have a pretty good selection. Definitely ignore the 2 stars from Timeout...strange.
The Colonel Fawcett is such a nice pub, lovely, comfortable interior, with great booze and amazing food! Has a really nice atmosphere, and the staff are so friendly. They have an AMAZING selection of gin, over 20! And the food is incredible! The burger and sausage and mash are my favourites! And they have the best chicken dish I've ever had out on the menu at the minute - so so good! The Colonel Fawcett is my new favourite pub! 5/5!
I love this pub, good food, and a nice decent crowd without any chavs or white trash etc.... - I cannot comment on the drink, as I am a t-total, however the food is, normally, very good, although the last couple of meals have been really overly salty, and the fish I had tonight was undercooked. - Shame, as I hope this pub does not go down the same route as The Lord Stanley! CF crew, please take note and sort out the chef, as there does appear to be a rapid turnover of your kitchen staff!
2 stars? Are you on crack? The Colonel Fawcett is fun, unpretentious and has great food, unlike the other boozers in the area, most of which are packed with boorish TOWIE wannabes listening to the top 10 while eating frozen burgers from the cash & carry and drinking warm Stella at £5 a pint. It's an oasis in the desert of bell-ends that is Camden.
Have visited the Colonel Fawcett several times since it's opening last year, and have always been very impressed. The food is amazing! Not only is it extremely tasty, but perhaps the best value for money in the area (last week I had a great steak for under a tenner!). I've also had the Pork Belly a couple of times which was cooked to perfection and came with a beautiful Cider sauce. For me, the food is on a par with Made in Camden, which i visited for the first time a few weeks ago and loved. I felt compelled to comment after reading Time Out's distinctly average review above, which I strongly disagree with!
It's high time that the TimeOut people took another look at this excellent pub. Decor is great, staff are friendly and hardworking, the food is great and there is a good selection of drinks available. I recommend it very highly.
I'm actually quite gobsmacked that TimeOut has written such a review about a pub they clearly knew nothing about/had even really visited the pub by the sounds of things. What it SHOULD have said is the food is amazing - made with love and thought and homage paid to the drinks (extensive gin collection, my favourite!) definitely not going a miss! lovely atmosphere, brilliant staff, theyve got everything right... One cant help thinking this was a tactical report from TimeOut? A nice place to socialise and unwind, definitely worth a visit!
Glad I didn't see this review before I went or I might never have visited - I found the food far from unremarkable, the menu was imaginative without being weird, the food itself delicious, the service exceptonal and while the number of ales available was limited, they were well kept and served - which to me counts for more than having a dozen poorly kept ones. And the selection of gins? Suffice to say, I'll be back - I suggest the Time Out team give it another go too, even the best places can have an off night
I think it's time timeout went back to double check. Obviously the reviewer's opinion represents the minority (and he certainly hasn't tried the home made scotch eggs). The only quibble is the slightly small portions of food, but when it's that good and only £7/£8 for a main, you can't really complain...
Having read the Time Out review through, I hastened a double take to ensure that it was indeed allied to the correct establishment! It appears as if the authors good taste may have perished along with the Colonel in the upstairs room of this delightful spot. The locally sourced, seasonal fayre is a wonder, and I for one, in the absence of local ale, found ample solace in the extensive gin list!! All in all tis one mighty fine tavern indeed!!
I also had a five star review removed, which questioned why the reviewer mentioned the lack of local ales, but failed to mention the fact that much of the food produce is sourced-locally to ensure freshness. To recap, the food, atmosphere and staff are all excellent. I am not an ale drinker, so feel unable to comment on the slectionof drinks.
I visited this pub after reading this review. I live locally and was unaware it had changed hands or name. I found this pub hidden round the corner from Camden Road Station and is one of the nicest pubs I have been to. It has now become my local. It has been vastly improved since a refurb and is definately worth a visit. The atmosphere in the evening is fantastic, the dj always manages to get people up and dancing. One drunken night me and my friends found ourselves deep in a game of monopoly when the owners came over to join in. They are the friendliest people you will meet. The food is delicious and hugely recommended. We go every Sunday now to cure our hangovers from the night before with a roast! I rate this pub HIGHLY. *****
Where is my other review I left?... Timeout, after this shoddy review of this amazing friendly welcoming pub, and the knocking of the food on offer at this pub (It's value for the quality and deliciousness the fantastic chefs cook up) I can't help but feel you haven't really been here?! And also, Camden Ale is over subscribed so can't currently sell everywhere. I'm going to take further TimeOut reviews with a pinch of salt seeing that you can massively get the Colonel so, so wrong. Sort it out.
Im a local and am so happy there is a nice, genuine, laid back local pub in the area now. Me and my housemates spend whole weekends in there, young, lively crowd in the evenings and then chilled out vibes on Sundays to ease hangovers - with board games, bloody marys, big sofas. Love the food as well (its cheap! compared to the rest of Camden). Try the risottos, they are my fave.
I am very surprised by this review - it goes against every experience I have had of this pub! The food is delicious and imaginative - certainly worth a visit for. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly and the staff are all incredibly attentive to all customers. I'm afraid Time Out have got it very wrong this time and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a chilled out lunch or great night out!!
Absolutely love this pub! Went for dinner last night. Had the risotto and the pork belly - it was absolutely delicious. One of the owners Angus was really friendly and told us the amazing history of the pub. Worth a visit just to see the 150 year old spiral staircase!
I have visited this pub a few times since it re-opened and each time has been an enjoyable expereince. Loved the food and the party atmsophere on friday and saturday nights! Will visit again.