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Edinboro Castle (Bar)

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57 Mornington Terrace, Mornington Crescent, Camden, London, NW1 7RU
Cuisine: Gastro
Tel: 020 7255 9651 | Transport: Camden Town | Write review

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Usually, gastro-pubs disappoint for one of several reasons. They either feel too grotty, busy, over-priced, don’t show the footy, or simply lack atmosphere. The profusion of uncomfortable seating is usually to get you in the door, on the Sunday roast, and out again as quickly as possible - feeling full yet £20 lighter. The Edinboro Castle gives the impression of having recognised this scam yet confidently warmed you to the experience.

After a slalom through hapless deposits of furniture in the beer garden, you are greeted by a long, brightly furbished bar with plenty of open space on either side. The high ceilings assert a sense of grandeur, dwarfing the staff behind its towering wooden beams. There is a main seating area and a smaller raised section in one corner which can accommodate large groups at any one time.

The food occupies a satisfying medium between the extremes of wholesome pub grub and posh snacks. At £4.60, the toasted sandwich with mixed peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and melted cheddar was deliciously light and flavoursome. A slightly over-generous slice of white wine marinated grilled Halloumi with beef tomatoes perhaps explained the more testing £4.90 price tag. Their juicy potato salad is disguised as ‘warm chorizo and stilton on a bed of mixed leaves and new potatoes mixed with a honey and mustard dressing’ – as mouth-watering as it reads although too modest to justify £7.50.

Light coming into the main dining area is unwelcome only in as much as it illuminates the surrounding artwork. They may be attempting to keep with the traditional theme but succeed only in distracting attention from an otherwise pleasant experience. One of the paintings is of an enormous and overwhelmingly bland Thomas the Tank Engine type train which almost seems to drain colour from the walls. Each to their own.

There is an expectant sense that this pub will find its proper footing come the summer months. The food is excellent, with prices reflecting quantity rather than quality, and the general environment is adequately welcoming. In its detachment from the noisy throngs of Camden High Street, the new beer garden, large interiors and appetising selection of light food all favour the Edinboro Castle as a fulfilling lunchtime detour off the market path.
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“When the sun is out it's a haven for girls, girls, girls. And they have a great selection of beers too. Bring on the summer.”
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Scott, Balham (8 years 6 months 16 days ago)

“PLUSES: Very large beer garden and spacious interior. Menu selection is extensive MINUSES: Long wait for food. Chicken Caesar Salad was poor quality, quantity and over priced. I agree with other reviews about the very long wait for food. We arrived at 12:30 and were served promptly by the many bar staff as there were few customers. We placed an order for 2 meals and sat outside to enjoy the sun. We were one of the first to order and over 30 mins we saw two other tables get food before ours came out after 45 mins. By that time there were at least a dozen tables waiting for food and we could see people getting impatient. The table next to us was told after 45 mins that 2 of their meals were ready but the 3rd was not available anymore.... that was very poor service (and they only got the 1 item refunded). Food: The duck flat bread wrap was very good for £4.25. My Chicken Ceasar salad for £7.50 consisted of lettuce, crutons, cheese and 4 strips of chicken (looked like reformed frozen chicken) was very small and disappointing.... I should have gone with the £5 burger. I was planning to go back for a birthday party.... but I don't think so....”
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R Lowe, South Hampstead (8 years 7 months 27 days ago)

“AVOID IF YOU'RE HUNGRY... Although the Edinboro does have a huge beer garden, if you're hungry I would forget it. Not only is the food below average at best, if you order be prepared to wait for well over 45minutes. It's obvious that greed is the overwhelming driving force behind this pubs terrible attempts at customer service, as the facilities really aren't up to serving more than 5/6 people. It's a real shame that the owners of the pub allow this continual shambolic service. You're either a pub that serves food or you're not, make your mind up! Very disappointing ...”
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Darren Simpson, London (9 years 6 months 11 days ago)

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“Great atmosphere. Good selection of snacky food to share and decent traditional pub food. Staff were friendly and helpful.”
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Janet, london (9 years 6 months 17 days ago)

“We waited well over an hour for food, they got the order wrong, we were overcharged and the food wasn't very good!”
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Phil, London (9 years 6 months 22 days ago)

“Well, I can say that this pub is one of my local in Camden (and it's me living in the area....). I completely agree with the other reviews, it's sometimes a pain in the ass to get served but it got much better lately..... And I have to say that they have one of the best selection of beer you can find in a normal pub (not a beer emporium like the Rakes in Borough Market) in London.... The Budvar Dark and the Fanziskaner are fantastic..... And the staff is also nice, sometimes overwhelmed by the amount of people coming in (especially in the summer when the beer garden is full). And on top of that, the food is not bad at all, I agree a bit pricey sometimes, but of good quality. All in all, a very nice pub, much better than the usual Camden pub.... :-)”
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Mathieu, London (10 years 9 months 24 days ago)

“My experiences of this pub are like most of the other people who've posted reviews. Nice place, great beer garden, good range of beers, nice affordable food but shambolic service. I waited at the bar for over 15 minutes last night and lost count of the number of customers getting served before me and I wasn't alone. I will never go there again as a result of their attitude towards paying customers.”
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Ian Phillips, London (11 years 3 months 3 days ago)

“This pub has a good range of beers, decent food and a nice sized beer garden, making it potentially one of the best pubs in the area. This is shown by the large crowds who reflect the continuing yuppification of Camden - this is one of the few pubs in the area where you see pin stripes and well gelled bankers hair. Unfortunately this is also one of the worst managed pubs ever encountered. The bar staff are incredibly slovenly and would all be fired after the first night in any other pub. It is seriously not uncommon to remain unserved after half an hour, while the barmaid stares vacantly at the till for 2-3 minutes, or chats on her cell phone at the end of the bar. This is one of the few times I've been in a bar in this country and honestly wished they'd hire some foreign staff, and at the very least someone who's been taught to pour a beer. Even two at once - oh such daring.”
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Brian, London (11 years 4 months 20 days ago)

“Not sure why everyone is down on this place had a realy good night, last saturday. The place was busy but it didn't take long to get served, management must have taken advice I saw about 15 staff on duty.”
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lisa cole, london (11 years 5 months 19 days ago)

“Great outside area but service is lousy. Be prepared to spend half your afternoon in line waiting to order a drink, defeats the purpose of being in a beer garden in the first place.”
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Brett, London (11 years 7 months 12 days ago)

“Great Garden but be prepared to spend at least 30-40 minutes at the bar when it's busy, The bar staff let what could be a fantastic bar, all the way down.”
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jeremy, london (12 years 4 months 14 days ago)

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