North Pole

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© Ed Marshall

This capacious, charmingly un-refurbished local has made a well-deserved name for itself as a purveyor of real ale and craft beers. There’s a large choice of both: casks well looked after, and beers wide-ranging in country of origin. They help make the North Pole highly popular, and its attractions are obvious.

So we were extremely disappointed to have a lacklustre lunch on our Saturday visit. Maybe the kitchen hadn’t yet got into gear (we arrived just after noon), but there was something underpowered about the meal. A mushroom soup of the day was simply dull. A modish pulled pork sandwich was dry, and the meat lacked flavour. Ribs were cooked well but their barbecue sauce seemed generic. ‘Sweetcorn fritter with basil dressing’ was actually a sweetcorn pancake, and clumsy frying rendered it too oily.

Elsewhere on the menu lie more sandwiches, pizzas, some substantial main courses and several snacks and starters. Selecting from that list, with a beautiful brew alongside, might be the best way to go. Final down-notes: service was inattentive and lacked genuine friendliness, and we detected a faint but unmistakable musty smell about the place. Never nice to have in your nostrils when you’re eating.


Venue name: North Pole
Address: 188 New North Road
N1 7BJ
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-midnight Fri, Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun. Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Angel tube or Essex Road or Haggerston rail
Price: Main courses £7.50-£15

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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great, all the issues listed in the review above are sorted. good food, booze and friendly easygoing service. Beer garden too, i'd make it my usual if I lived closer.


So I guess the secret is out, this is honestly the best craft boozer with food in London. If this place was nearer to my house I would have an alcohol problem as there beer selection is always good and varied with a number of brewery's on cask and keg, they also make the effort to have a couple of different ciders from the normal watery stuff offered in most other craft beer pubs. The staff are friendly and know their stuff and are more than welcome to let you try before you buy. I have been coming here with my boyfriend and friends for almost a year and it is a real gem of a place, you can always find a seat and actually hear each other when you talk. The food is good too and would highly recommend their pulled pork burger. Just hope I can still get a seat in there now I have shared the secret!


A lovely pub! Great selection on tap, and the food is very good. The burger is particularly delicious. As a transplanted American, I have to say that their take on American food is well-done. The atmosphere is just what you want in a pub: clean, comfortable, a number of different spaces. The music is always at a reasonable level for conversation, and the TVs are off in one area (and I've only seen them on for sporting events once).