Charles Lamb

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© Michael Franke
Clerkenwell

A charming pub with a lovely atmosphere, but in many ways, it’s coasting. The set-up is appealing, the two small cream-painted rooms hung with interesting pictures and maps (notably Stephen Walter’s depiction of London as an island), and packed with wooden tables, chairs and benches.

The blackboard menu is tempting (cider-baked pork chop, fish pie, apple crumble and cream) and nicely priced (£4.50-£12), but on recent visits we’ve found the execution lacking: pork rillettes with toast and cornichons had liquefied; apple, beetroot and goat’s cheese salad was missing the beetroot; and ratatouille on bruschetta with mozzarella and salad would be deemed average in a student caff.

There’s an attractive range of drinks (real ales, Breton cider, a decent wine list), but ours were served in an amateur fashion, the most serious offence being a half of Dark Star’s Hophead poured straight into a boiling hot glass. In short, all so different from the professionalism on show at nearby sister bar 69 Colebrooke Row. Pity, as the Charles Lamb has been a real favourite in the past.

Venue name: Charles Lamb
Contact:
Address: 16 Elia Street
London
N1 8DE
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon, Tue; noon-11pm Wed-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Wed-Fri; noon-4pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun. Dinner served 6-9.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Price: Main courses £9-£13.50

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Louise

Sunday lunch here was a crushing disappointment. There are plenty of good reviews for this little pub and we were excited to be trying it out. So wish we hadn't bothered. The Roast Pork Belly itself was okish...but was floating in half an inch of very watery 'gravy' along with equally well soaked soggy roasties and veg. Looked more like a stew, didn't taste of much. For the price I'm sorry to say it was very poor indeed and I won't be going back. The staff didn't take too kindly to being told their house lager was flat either. Nice attitude!. Pretty rubbish all round,

Maya

This pub served me the worst roast beef of my life: I had a difficulty cutting the raw and blunt meat. The sides were unspectacular. Costing 13 pounds, one would have expectedmore. I guess the place is fine for beer, but don't order food!!! Angel has so many more better places to eat!

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