Saturday 16th June saw Nigel, Robin, Peter, Rob, Matt, Keith, Dave, Colin and myself meet up at the station for the 10.30 train to London. On arrival we walked up to Moorgate station and took the Northern Line to Camden Town.
A short walk brought us to the first pub, The Spread Eagle, a Youngs pub with about 3 guest ales. I had Sambrook Junction. A quick cross over the road to The Dublin Castle, a music pub with many posters on the walls. Having just missed out on a mild I settled for Wadworth Red, White and Brew. It was here that a group of young people in fancy dress came in on a birthday pub crawl.
We then walked back to the station amidst all the crowds and traffic to The Camden Eye. We were going to eat here bit it was packed and pricey, so settling for Thwaites Wainwright we took our drinks upstairs to a quiet room with many comfortable seats and chairs.
A slightly longer walk took us from the hubbub to a quieter street and down to The Prince Albert, a GBG pub that did a discount for Camra members. It was here that we ate, again quite pricey food but mine was very enjoyable, I had Otley Croeso. One of the party did complain about cold mash [guess who!], Keith apologised for Peter and got a free drink, and Peter was only charged half price for his meal.
We then walked along the canal towpath and had to pass through the market and crowds at Camden Lock, very touristy and bustling with all sorts of people. A short walk along a quiet part of the canal brought us to The Engineer, which had a mini beer festival and I had Kelburn Red Smiddee. Another short walk to the Albert a GK pub where I had Sharps Doombar.
From here another short walk took us to The Princess, but as there was a streetfair the pub was full and only had Fullers London Pride, so we gave it a miss. When it was The Princess Louise it was a brilliant pub with very good real ales.
Another very short walk to The Lansdowne where I had Trumans Runner. We then walked up to The Pembroke where I had Hook Norton Old Hooky. We then walked along to The Queens another Youngs pub where I had Waggledance. It was then back to Chalk Farm station to get the Northern Line back. Most of the pubs we went in had a good crowd of people in enjoying a Saturday afternoon drink.
Our thanks go to Ted Ted (so good them named him twice) for organising. There’s one more of his London crawls in 2012, the date is currently TBC thanks to Network Bus’s Rail Replacement services. Keep an eye on our calendar or twitter for info.