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  • 158 Hemingford Road
    London N1 1DF
    Barnsbury, Islington
  • Transit information Piccadilly Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7607 3303
  • Business website hemingfordarms.com
  • “If you're lucky, you may also catch a band of folk musicians casually holding a sing-a-long around one of the tables.” in 4 reviews

    Music: Live

  • “We tried the Thai food and happy to report it was really good.” in 7 reviews

  • “Ivy covers its lower half and extravagant pink flowers fill large hanging baskets, making it like no other pub.” in 8 reviews

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/1/2012
    ROTD 14/6/2012

    Ahh, this is such a great little pub, Irish roots for sure! They sell Tayto crisps!!!!
    Lots of brikabrack things hanging all over the pub.
    The outside is cool, covered in Ivy! There are a few tables outside for those long summer evenings.
    Regular Irish folk trad sessions play here too!
    Thai food is awesome!
    Nice bunch of locals - recommend as a Paddys day pub!

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2013

    Really good, local pub. Much cheaper than some of the other pubs that you'll find in the area, and not pretentious either.

    The best bit about here though is definitely the Thai food, which you have to order separately behind the bar, through a wee hatch! They made mine extra spicy (on request) and boy it was hot! The chef personally came out to make sure I was OK. Lovely lovely food and some good real ales too.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/8/2010
    2 check-ins here

    So this is my new local.. Stalkers, take note. And buy me a drink when you're up at the bar.

    I'd actually walked by here about a couple hundred times, it's always looked really lively with trendy types hanging out at the outside tables. Colourful hanging baskets, space to chat with friends and a relaxed vibe. Sounds like the perfect Islington hangout, right? Well inside it's just another traditional style pub, same old school decor, some football game on the big screen and an air of 70s depression. Nothing that says 'pick me as your local', beside proximity.

    I like my old man bars to be a bit more ironic, a dog in the corner, an old man reading the paper, or a dog reading the paper, Tayto crisps behind the bar. And absolutely no hipsters.

    The Sunday roast isn't amazing. Bless them for attempting seared tuna and more fool me for ordering it. I might go back for a lazy Sunday pint but with better Islington bars ten minutes away and no pear cider, who knows.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/7/2010
    Listed in Pubs

    Really nice bartenders

    Fairly decent thai food served there by nice family.

    PUB QUIZ UPSTAIRS. Run by awesome lady. A pound to play.

    I haven't seen/heard it but there's live music on Sundays.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/10/2009

    This place was a bitter disappointment (no pun intended) after seeing it recommended on here. Of 3 real ales. 2 were off and the third, London Pride, was drinkable but not in good condition either.

    This was such a shame as I expected to like this pub especially as the big tables outside seemed a pleasant place to hang out and I really liked the dim, red lit interior and all the junk that was hanging down from the roof.

    When real ale is your drink though, such poor management of it is unforgiveable.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/12/2011
    6 check-ins here

    Completely ivy clad exterior with abundant flowers in the summer. Inside a nice cosy pub with quirky items on the walls and ceiling. Perfect for those dark winter evenings. A mixed crowd of locals.

    Friendly bartenders, as others have noted.
    We tried the Thai food and happy to report it was really good. Quickly prepared and fresh. Good green curry and excellent dry noodle stir fry dish. Great prices too. I would return for the food alone!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008
    First to Review

    Practically the last really lovely pub in this part of Barnsbury not to suffer from an unfortunate revamp, The Hemingford has retained all its quirky charm and original regulars without becoming a sad, deserted has-been. Covered with hanging baskets and climbing plants outside for at least the past twenty years, its facade has become so overgrown that the sign is no longer legible through the greenery. This makes it a lovely place to sit and watch the traffic go by in the summer, at one of the outside tables and a perfectly decent place for hardy smokers to fill their lungs in the winter.

    Inside, the atmosphere is wonderfully cosy with its rosy lighting, film posters, books and bonkers bric-a-brac providing vaguely Dada-esque decor. There is a wood-fire in the winter which increases the impulse to hunker down with a pint in the corner. In the summer this can all get a little overwhelming and so if you can't get a table outside, you're probably better off heading upstairs to the tall-windowed, airy dining room which is also where they hold their friendly quiz every Tuesday.

    Drinks are a fairly bog standard selection of lagers and a few bitters and fairly averagely priced at just over the £3 mark for most pints, fairly unusual nowadays in upscaled and gastro-pubbed Islington. Among other things it is probably this that has allowed The Hemingford to retain its attraction for a mixed and local clientele although for atmosphere it can't really be beaten. If you're lucky, you may also catch a band of folk musicians casually holding a sing-a-long around one of the tables.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    If you want a traditional pub with a good old fashioned atmosphere, this is your place. The kind of place you might visit for a drink over Christmas time when it is cold outside.

    This pub has character and from what I heard from a friend, has seen its dose of celebrities including Kate Moss.

    There are plenty of picnic tables around the outside but again ruined by the smoking during busy times. Inside it has antique stuff literally hanging from the ceiling and a real fireplace although it was not alight when we went there.

    The menu has the traditional pub burgers and pies although there is also a Thai restaurant that opens during the evening although I have yet to try either.

    Check this place out, it is hidden from the bustling Upper Street but well worth the diversion.

    • Qype User Liam…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 88 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/3/2009

    This was my old local and this place is a real gem! Only known by locals (as it is off the beaten track a bit) this real atmospheric pub has it all: ale, beers, football/rugby (but not in an instrusive way - i hate sports bars), friendly staff and Thai food! They have a seperate kitchen run by Thais which is fantastic - try the Phad Thai!

    They also do music. I am not a fan of bands in pubs as it can ruin conversation, but here it isnt too loud - just right. Adlib folk players during the week and souly-sortof singer on Sunday night.

    About 10min walk from Highbury and Islington tube - definately worth the walk. Also has a outside seating in for the summer.

    • Qype User JLLond…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Best pub in the world ever!

    Slightly off the beaten tracks of Upper Street and Camedonian road, is this awesome pub, with beautiful flowers and canopy of ivy. Inside, the candle lit, eccentrically decorated bar help to make you feel instantly comfortable. They regularly have bands playing in the corner, and their roast dinner is delicious and one of the cheapest in the area.

    Clientele are a pleasing mix of locals, trendies and batty old folk.

    Oh, and great ales too. And lovely thai food in the week.

    Thankfully it is my local, and I can't imagine moving away - where would I drink then?!

    • Qype User robdys…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/9/2010

    My favourite pub
    I had the fortune to have this as my local (to work) pub for over five years - and it became my trusted friend; for lunch time eats, after-work sloshing, leaving do's, quiet / chilled drinks - the lot. Tucked away in the backstreets of Highbury / Cally Road it has become a favoured haunt of the odd celeb too (Mighty Boosh, Frank Skinner - and I tell no lies I have bumped into Kate Moss in there - and Johnny Borrell took Kirsten Dunst in one time)- probably because it is an honest-to-goodness real pub.

    No pretence, proper beer - and none of this gastro bar nonsense. With all manner of bizarre antiques and oddities hanging from the ceiling and on the walls, real fire in the winter, TV for the sport, 'pub music', proper pub seating (i.e no leather sofas here!) and satisfyingly aloof bar staff; this is probably my favourite pub ever.

    Has a function room upstairs that they open when they can be arsed, the 'burger and pies' menu turns into a decent thai kitchen after 6pm, and they get traditional Irish musicians entertaining bewildered post-workees sometimes on a Friday night. Seek this little-known gem out if you are in the area - forget Upper Street.

    • Qype User filimb…
    • London
    • 44 friends
    • 301 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/7/2008

    Beautifully located in one of those parts of Islington you really, really want to live in but will never, never ever be able to afford to, this pub has a unique outside appearance. Ivy covers its lower half and extravagant pink flowers fill large hanging baskets, making it like no other pub.
    The last time I went was a busy Friday evening, the bar was crowded with very good looking women and less good looking men, and a little group of musicians was playing folk music, taking up one of the booths I could have sat in. Red light permeated the bar, making it seem like Mean Streets. However, this pub is nothing like New York. It is a bit like if Steptoe and Son suddenly realised that they'd have much more living room if they stored everything on the ceiling and walls. The place is a virtual Aladdin's cave of antiques and theatrical memorabilia, old books, kettles, baskets, barrels, musical instruments, posters, signs, and so on. I was stood at the bar underneath a female mannequin with her legs suggestively spread apart.
    My real ale that evening was a half of Doom Bar, the award winning beer, but they also have Adnam's (possibly Explorer) Best, London Pride, as well as all the usual lagers and Guinness. A very good range of beers, and at £1.40 for a half rather good value, particularly for Islington. The barmaids were all very young and very pretty, in the kind of way that breaks your heart just a little bit more as you realise those girls are lost to you forever, and the food looked good and smelled delicious.
    Went recently, there was a four piece band strumming blues music, then three other musicians came in, so they were the 'magnificent seven' as I dubbed it, and it sounded fantastic, bit of slide guitar, some kind of mandolin.
    Also to get here: It is on Hemingford Road, walk up from Caledonian Road where the big maroon pub with Islington sprayed on it is, then turn left down Hemingford Road til you get there.

    • Qype User streng…
    • London
    • 20 friends
    • 259 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/5/2011

    This is a very cool pub, it has a massive bar area with loads of proper bar stools, mental stuff hanging from the ceiling for no apparent reason, and despite the fact that the football was on last night they had it on mute while the old people in the corner played their folk music

  • 1.0 star rating
    30/10/2011

    I really dislike this pub. Its grubby and dirty and i feel uncomfortable and cramped so sitting there on the hard chairs and benches is not good. the toilets are also unpleasant to use which puts you off eating there. Its a shame because from the outside it looks nice.

    • Qype User eIasti…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 8 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/12/2009

    This serves as my local, since there are no great pubs in Highbury. I personally think it's a real gem, wonderful character (and characters!), well run, and great welcoming atmosphere. The Thai food isn't great though.

    • Qype User vicril…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/4/2011

    If you want a traditional pub with a good old fashioned atmosphere, this is your place. The kind of place you might visit for a drink over Christmas time when it is cold outside.

    This pub has character and from what I heard from a friend, has seen its dose of celebrities including Kate Moss.

    There are plenty of picnic tables around the outside but again ruined by the smoking during busy times. Inside it has antique stuff literally hanging from the ceiling and a real fireplace although it was not alight when we went there.

    The menu has the traditional pub burgers and pies although there is also a Thai restaurant that opens during the evening although I have yet to try either.

    Check this place out, it is hidden from the bustling Upper Street but well worth the diversion.

    • Qype User justac…
    • Derby
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/5/2011

    I have spent a few really lovely evenings here. It is a lovely place to be when it is warm, with a real atmosphere and city buzz to it. It really feels alive and humming but also laid back. Top city pub!

    • Qype User davies…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 40 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/5/2009

    Great local. Always busy enough to have an atmosphere but rarely takes ages to get a pint. Thai food good and not too expensive. Really benefits from the smoking ban, in my view (as a non-smoker). Irish bands on a couple of nights a week. They also do non-Thai food at lunch times, but I haven't tried any.

    • Qype User md…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/5/2009

    A good local, but tends to be very busy. The Thai menu is mediocre at best, but good beer and atmosphere, including live music on some nights, compensates for this somewhat

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