Tapping the Admiral
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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.
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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