From Battle Bridge to Mount Pleasant: Evening Crawl of Pentonville, Kings Cross and Clerkenwell
Wednesday 7 December 2016.
All welcome to join the crawl, whether a CAMRA member or not.
Public transport will be required at times.
According to Gavin Stamp in Chapter One of the book Change at King’s Cross edited by Michael Hunter and Robert Thorne, Battle Bridge was “the ancient crossing of the Fleet River by the Gray’s Inn Road. Often supposed to commemorate an imaginary battle between Queen Boadiccea and the Roman invaders, or possibly a victory over the Danes by King Alfred, the name is in fact a corruption of ‘Bradford Bridge’ which itself was derived from ‘Broad Ford’.” Gavin thinks that Battle Bridge would be a more romantic name for the Great Northern Railway’s London terminus than King’s Cross which was a structure completed in 1836 as a memorial to the late King George IV and demolished in 1845. Mount Pleasant is an area near the end of our crawl, famous for its Royal Mail sorting office and Exmouth Market. Thanks go to Robert Preston for suggesting the title of the crawl.
1. Lincoln Lounge
Arrive: 7.00 PM.
Address: The Lincoln Lounge, 52 York Way, Pentonville, N1 9AB.
Real ales: Charles Wells Bombardier; and Greene King IPA are usually served here.
Read about the Lincoln Lounge
Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, turn right and walk along York Way to the junction with Wharfdale Road. Turn right and walk along Wharfdale Road to the junction with Northdown Street. Turn right and walk down Northdown Street to the junction with Caledonian Road. Turn right and walk down Caledonian Road to the pelican crossing. Cross over Caledonian Road, turn left and then right into the continuation of Northdown Street. Walk down Northdown Street to
2. King Charles I
Arrive: 7.40 PM.
Address: The King Charles I, 55-57 Northdown Street, Pentonville, N1 9BL.
Real ales: Greene King Mighty Moose; and Hanlon’s Stormstay and Yellow Hammer are usually served here.
Read about the King Charles I
Directions to next pub: Retrace your steps to Caledonian Road, turn left and walk down Caledonian Road to
3. Scottish Stores
Arrive: 8.05 PM.
Address: The Scottish Stores, 2-4 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DU.
Real ales: Ripple Stream Best Bitter and IPA; and five changing real ales are usually served here. There is 10% discount off real ale for card-carrying CAMRA members.
Read about the Scottish Stores
Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, turn left and continue down Caledonian Road to the junction with Pentonville Road. Turn right and cross over Caledonian Road via the pelican crossing. Continue along Pentonville Road to the junction with York Way and cross over York Way via the pelican crossing. Continue to the concourse of King’s Cross railway station and walk straight through the concourse to the stairs at the far end. Walk up the stairs to
4. Parcel Yard
Arrive: 8.45 PM.
Address: The Parcel Yard, West Side, King's Cross Railway Station, King's Cross, N1C 4AP.
Real ales: The pub is in CAMRA’s 2017 Good Beer Guide. Fullers ESB, Golden Pride, HSB, London Pride, Oliver’s Island; and four guest ales are usually served here.
Read about the Parcel Yard
Directions to next pub: Retrace your steps to York Way and cross back over York Way via the pelican crossing. Turn right and cross over Caledonian Road via the pelican crossing. Walk down Grays Inn Road to the junction with Acton Street, turn left and walk down Acton Street to
5. Queens Head
Arrive: 9.25 PM.
Address: The Queens Head, 66 Acton Street, St Pancras, WC1X 9NB.
Real ales: The pub is in CAMRA’s 2017 Good Beer Guide. Redemption Trinity; and two changing real ales are usually served here. There is 10% discount off real ale for card-carrying CAMRA members.
Read about the Queens Head
Directions to next pub: Turn left out of the pub and continue down Acton Street to the junctions with Kings Cross Road. Cross over Kings Cross Road via the two zebra crossings then turn right and continue down Kings Cross Road to the junction with Lloyd Baker Street. Walk into
6. Union Tavern
5Arrive: 10.00 PM.
Address: The Union Tavern, 52 Lloyd Baker Street, Kings Cross, WC1X 9AA. Real ales: Four changing real ales from London microbreweries are usually served here.
Read about the Union Tavern