Castle

Greater London North - London

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

54 Pentonville Road
London, Pentonville
N1 9HF

Tel: (020) 7713 1858

Email: thecastle@geronimo-inns.co.uk

Website http://www.thecastleislington.co.uk/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London King's Cross

Station Distance: 1050m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (London King's Cross) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Three storey ex Charringtons house built in 1789. The front part of the pub was refitted in the 1890s, and the star feature of the pub, the impressive bar back, is from that time. This five bay mirrored bar back has a deeply coved top, a prominent balustraded canopy and an etched mirror. A very short full height screen remains near the centre of the pub, with a glazed top, and below the glazing are decorative swags which match those above the mirrors in the barback. There are also two vestibules that look old, one with some surviving etched glass.

Retains a fine Victorian bar back fitting of five mirrored bays with the middle one having a canopy protruding out and balustrade above. The detail at the top is picked out in gold and above is a coved area with what looks like plasterwork of fruit painted white (or papered over?) separated by 5 narrow wooden strips with more detail picked out in gold. Majority of the lower shelving has been lost but large pilasters painted dark brown remain.

There are two bar counters as the pub is open plan on two levels. The rear counter with three faces looks more authentic with its pilasters but modern top; the lower counter might be old (not Victorian) but is painted a bright yellow and also has a modern top. The interior has a bare wood floor, some dado panelling might be old and there is a boarded ceiling with panels laid diagonally in compartments. Originally a partition separated the two bars and part remains attached to the outside wall being floor to ceiling with glazing at the top and some detail painted in gold. Two vestibules look more inter-war.

There is a English Heritage Blue Plaque on the wall - the Hatton Garden diamond heist of Easter 2015 - the biggest robbery in British history - was apparently planned at Friday night meetings in this pub! A 'Toby' relief to the top left of the Pentonville Road door indicates that this was once a Charrington's house.

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