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Replacing one of the Hogshead branches, The Earl of Camden attracts a mixed crowd of after work drinkers and locals, making for a lively, vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Camden.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 11:00-23:00
Fri-Sat 11:00-00:00
Sun 11:00-22:30

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The Earl of Camden reviews

By Liz O.

Went in here one evening after work this week for a pint and a bite to eat. Staff were fairly incompetent and overcharged my partner, and then insisted they hadn't. The manager had to intervene and correct the employee. We went on to order our food, and when it arrived were greeted with a bowl of dry nachos (menu stated they came with 2 variations of cheese) and a minuscule plate of about 15 skinny chips with a blob of cheese on top (supposed to be chunky potato wedges with melted cheese and bacon). Nor myself or my partner are generally the type to complain or take food back but I had been looking forward to it and I wasn't happy. Approached who I took to be the manager - he seemed puzzled and said he would change the chips but that that's just how the nachos came. Not once did he apologise despite the fact I was perfectly pleasant about it. Another member of staff came back to collect our food and asked if we wanted to send it back. When we asked if we could just get our money back, he demanded to know exactly what was wrong with each individual dish. When I asked why he was arguing with me he began to get fairly aggressive and insist I was the one arguing. When I asked to speak with his manager he claimed he was (I'm certain he wasnt as I had already spoken to the manager, and there is no chance any manager would be stupid enough to speak to customers like that). Took 15 minutes to bring our money back and when he did only half was there. We couldn't be bothered to argue anymore so left to go elsewhere. Absolutely disgusting. Never going back.

By Melissa A.

From the outside, this pub looks just like the place to spend an afternoon drinking some mojitos with your friends. However, the experience was very disappointing. We first asked for a mojito: "no mint, we're waiting for the food order to arrive". ok…beer then later on my friend was feeling cold so she asked for a latte: "the coffee machine is not working" . "ok, so can i have a tea?", "as i said the coffee machine is not working". Well if you serve meals it means you have a kitchen, and if you have a kitchen, it means you can heat some water to serve us a tea right? A glass of water then. To be honest after all these answers we didn't feel like staying at this pub, we only did because it was a thursday and we were waiting for the live music (as indicated on the board at the entrance). We ordered some food: a burned burguer and some sausages who tasted really bad, I am not even sure if they were real sausages. The live bands was supposed to start at 7.30 but we didn't see any stage so we asked the waiter if there were really some bands coming to sing. "oh no no! we just forgot to clean the black board!" we've been sitting here for hours because you gave us the wrong information and this is your answer? After explaining this his reply was as simple as: "oh please, dont be mad at me!" never coming back

By Roxanne R.

This great-value pub in the heart of Camden is good for sport and cheap and cheerful food and booze.

The Venue
Formally a generic Hogshead branch, this venue has been rebranded, given a new name and the interiors have been revamped. With mock industrial piping on the ceilings, exposed brickwork, trendy lighting and large couches, as well as plasma TVs for sport, homely coving on the walls and feature wallpaper, the venue has the vibe of a modern bar with faux features of a traditional pub. It's vaguely split into two areas – with a modern brick and metal shelf-like structure dividing the two. There's nothing outstanding about the decor, but it's very functional. There's a large amount of seating for all occasions – with sofas nearer the front on the lower level and more-formal dining tables at the back. There's also an outside area where you can people watch and smoke while keeping covered.

The Atmosphere
While the staff in the venue look as if they'd be better suited to giving you style advice than pouring your pint, the punters are a little less trendy. Despite the acoustic night on a Monday where cool music types flock to the pub to strut their stuff, the pub has a chain-like feel to it and attracts a mixed bunch of shoppers, students and people who work close by. It's not uncommon to see a young-looking group picking at chips and downing Gaymers alongside a couple of suits who have popped into the bar for a quick pint at lunchtime.

The Food
There's nothing outstanding about the traditional pub grub, but it's very good value. Pub favourites include bangers and mash and lasagna as well as world favourites, such as Thai green curry and chicken tikka masala There's also an all-day breakfast on offer, grills and light bites, jacket potatoes and burgers. All meals are under £7, or you can get deals with drinks, or two meals for £8.95.

The Drink
The bar is huge and takes up almost the length of one wall. It's also well stocked and great if you love cider – dangerously strong Heron Valley, Cheddar Valley and Westons cider is served from barrels at the back of the bar, as well as Scrumpy, Gaymers original and pear and Brothers pear on tap. Other draught lagers include Becks Vier, Heineken, Guinness Extra Cold, as well as real ales, such as Hobgoblin and London Pride. All pints are priced £3-£4. There's a large wine list and you're looking at spending around £14 for a decent bottle of wine, which is actually pretty reasonable when you compare it to neighbouring venues.

The Last Word
This might be a generic pub, but with cheap food and drink, an unusual range of strong ciders and a great space for watching TV, The Earl of Camden is always going to pull a crowd.

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