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The Junction Tavern – the rhythms of the world make this a very traditional London pub

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A perfect place for a lazy weekend afternoon

Do not be put off by the dark exterior of this pub a few moments walk away from Tufnell Park and Kentish Town stations, which I first visited when I was researching London’s Best Pubs, published by New Holland Publishers.  It is a classic Victorian pub, which must have worn many different masks over the years, but its latest minimalist incarnation has not damaged the many period features including some extravagant wood panelling at the rear. This leads on to a large comfortable conservatory and a small walled garden – an ideal place to relax with friends and as it is heated it can be used comfortably even on the chilliest of evenings.

This area of London is a place of constant flux, and the place where many new to the city come to live and discover their dreams. And many of the pubs cosmopolitan customers seem to be aspirant models, musicians or media stars – talking their dreams over pints of beer. The founder of communism Karl Marx once lived in the area, and who knows perhaps he sat in the Junction with a beer, united with some of the workers of the world, who lived in the area, discussing class struggle and the collapse of industrial capitalism.

A former Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) North London Pub of the Year with five cask ale pumps on the bar, each week it offers around fifteen different guest ales from regional breweries. Regular beer festivals are held when more than 40 ales will be on sale. Recently featured beers include Cornish Mutiny from Wooden Hand Brewery in Cornwall, and the award-winning Pieces of Eight from Nelson’s Brewery in Chatham, Kent.  The pub’s management try to offer the very best from regional, independent breweries, but they also feature what they consider to be the best of the big boys. The house ale, Deuchar’s IPA, is a light, hoppy golden ale from the Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh. The front of the bar is dominated by a large open kitchen where chefs fervently work at producing food of the highest quality. For the Junction is rightly renowned for its food menu.

The food is modern and of the highest possible quality with the tastes of the world made from locally sourced ingredients vying for attention.  The fish and chips – yes they are real chips – is particularly good. The Sunday lunch – roast rib of beef with all the traditional trimmings or salmon fishcake – can rarely be bettered.

Background music is often playing – and the rhythms of the world make this a very traditional London pub.


Written by timhampson

August 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

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