Your typical Wetherspoons pub is given a lift thanks to the excellent outdoor area. Ice Wharf is a surprisingly nice addition to the Camden scene.
Built overlooking Camden Lock, Ice Wharf has a great outdoor area to pass the summer days and nights with friends and a bottle of wine. Located just off Camden High Street, this bar can be hard to find if you don’t know the area. When you do find it, don’t let the sometimes alien people of Camden scare you off, they’re actually a great crowd.
This bar is massive, for a pub that’s open at 9am it’s the same size as many nightclubs. Plenty of seating is available throughout the pub and outside; although it gets really packed on Friday and Saturday nights.
As with anywhere in Camden, you’ll find a unique group of people at Ice Wharf. Don’t let this put you off as the wild diversity creates an atmosphere of tolerance. Ice Wharf is no different; you can relax in the comfort of the wild surroundings. The bar staff are just as ‘Camden’ with pierced noses and pink hair. The atmosphere changes in the evening when the DJs or live bands play.
One thing that is big disappointment is a significant lack of glass collectors, don’t be surprised if you have to clear your own table.
As with all Wetherspoons, the food at Ice Wharf is cheap and cheerful. Expect to find the usual burgers, steaks, and sausage and mash dishes. The variety is huge and the prices low. There is also the usual choice of deals on food and drink. If you’re planning to take your family for lunch you can easily feed four people for less than £25.
The food is not amazing, but the portions are adequate and the prices low.
Wetherspoons focus their promotions on cheap food and drink. With a promotional voucher you can get a pint of Guinness for £1.49 or a pint of Carling for £1.39. The deals are vast but don’t expect any more than the bare minimum. Especially don’t order the cocktails; mojitos are made with lime cordial and everything else seems to be vodka and coke or Bacardi and orange with a exciting name, disguised as a delicious cocktail.
However, there’s a wide selection of real ales, and at rock bottom prices no one can complain. The best way to find the latest deals is to go down on the day and view the menu or posters on the walls.
The Last Word
Ice Wharf is, ironically, best enjoyed when basking outside in the summer sun with friends and a bottle of wine.