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Tapping the Admiral

Bars and pubs Kentish Town
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Time Out says

A traditional pub close to Kentish Town station, specialising in real ale and quality pies. It takes its name from an old naval practise in which sailors would surreptitiously drink liquor from a cask through a straw - a tradition apparently borne from crew members sucking up the brandy preserving Nelson's body following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. It's also known as sucking - or bleeding - the monkey. 

The drinks here - sneaky or otherwise - aren't limited to brandy. It was Camra North London Pub of the Year for 2013/2014, so real ale is more than a bit of a pull. They promise to always have on tap at least two beers that have been brewed within 30 miles of the front door. Keep an eye out for local brewery showcases, too.

Sunday roasts, light bites and burgers feature alongside traditional British dishes such as bangers and mash made with Gloucester Old Spot sausages, or fish and chips with beer batter made from their own cask ale. Pies from Spicer's Pies prove popular - especially on Monday and Tuesday's 'pie and a pint' nights.



Address: 77 Castle Road
Opening hours: Sun-Tue noon-11pm; Wed-Sat noon-midnight; kitchen hours are: Mon-Fri noon-3pm & 6pm-10pm; Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-7pm
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Users say (6)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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A charming and atmospheric little pub, apparently frequented by locals. The decor is quirky, the music is excellent, and the fire and pub cat add to the cozy feeling. Prices aren't the lowest, however.

Eclectic decorations and welcoming atmosphere and good selection of beers; nice outside booths for those that enjoy drinking al fresco.

I love the selection of beers here and the pies are out of this world! There is always a nice atmosphere, great in summer and winter. Nelson the cat is also very welcoming :-)

A real hidden gem in Kentish town. Tucked away between Chalk farm, Camden and Kentish tube stations. Tapping has some great pub food, a beautiful secret garden, friendly pub cat, and the best ales in the area. Top notch!

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