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Cobden Arms, Camden

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user reviews of the Cobden Arms, Camden

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Was in here Saturday past.
Quality Pint of Guinness,and they sold a decent pint of Snake bite and black, so pleased my drinking companion.She also liked the pub because it was nice and warm.
Good friendly effecient barstaff.A good miix of locals and passing through clientelle.And decent surroundings.
A great great pub
tottenhamsean - 28 Feb 2013 17:24
Pleasant enough. Popped in to meet friends. Well mannered Irish barman (landlord?) poured me a decent pint of ale.
Overall seemed reasonably relaxed compared to other drinking holes in the area.
dead_celeb - 10 Jul 2012 11:42
This is a smallish pub near the bottom end of Camden High Street with a slightly, but not overtly, Irish feel to it. I paid two visits recently - the first on a Sunday when my companion and I had an excellent roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, which was generously portioned at £8.50. The two large glasses of wine were a bit on the steep side - £4.30 a glass.
On a second visit I sampled an ale called Hare Raiser from Green King which was a bit close in taste to their IPA and not really to my liking. However, I note that the pub is now serving a rotating guest ale and espy some Brewdog beers coming up in the next three months so a return visit is on the cards.
A good little pub.
dennisleigh - 25 Mar 2010 11:30
This is a great little pub with friendly staff and simple pub food. It is easy to get comfortable and the 2 plasma screens are a real bonus. Pride was the only real ale on along with Guinness, Guinness Extra Cold and the usual suspect lagers. The music is not to imposing and the locals seemed friendly enough.

There are 3 very small tables outside on the high street for the smokers, but they are not very comfortable with people constantly walking past.

The next time Iím in Camden I will make an effort to visit here again.
Strongers - 30 Sep 2008 16:26
This pub was my local for 10 years. I could've chosen myriad pubs in Camden as my local but this one felt the most special. Lovely Thai food, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and a georgeous drop of Guinness. Working in the music industry (as one does) it was great to get away from the usual crowds and enjoy a relaxing evening eating, drinking and enjoying excellent conversation. Even my Irish companion said it was like a home from home. A real gem.
compaqwolf - 11 Sep 2008 19:41
Went there for a private function during the day, very well looked after. Nice pint of Pride, too.
zabadak - 14 Aug 2008 13:43
What a brilliant little gem! This place is like a home from home - the landlady is a legend - Homemade Stew and Wheaten with Limerick Ham for free on St Pats!
The sessions are always class, and the Magners and Guinness taste like you were back across the Irish Sea.
The Thai food is brill, and really inexpensive for what you get!

All in all, a fab pub - well worth a visit and just like a proper Irish pub should be. :)


lizzyfraedoire - 17 Mar 2008 22:58
Really great pub. Good atmosphere and music, and a lovely landlord. Haven't been to Camden since my teenage years, but would definitely come back here.
MD16 - 18 Feb 2008 11:24
A fairly basic and non-descript drinkers pub on Camden High Street. Couple of real ale pumps, only one in use (GK IPA of course!!). A number of well placed TVís for sports. Two raised areas at the rear that could be used for private functions.
Millay - 23 Dec 2007 20:09
Decent boozer,decent Guinness.Friendly Barstaff and ocals alike.Good to watch Football in,or have a quiet drink.
tottenhamsean - 8 May 2007 09:25
Decent-ish Irish boozer. For an area that has some of the roughest, most down at heel pubs in London, it's pleasant enough. Not worth travelling to, but if you're in Camden there are worse places to stop off for a pint.
anonymous - 15 Feb 2007 12:34
A pretty good pub made to look that much better by the fact that it is a rare unaffected pub in an area dominated by theme and trendy pubs.
Beer is good, decor cosy and it's well worth dropping in especially if you are off to a gig at KOKO (Camden Palais) just down the road as it's far from the most expensive pub in the area as well.
TVs showing sport are well placed so that everyone should be able to see them or ignore them as pleases them and the food looked good although I haven't partaken of it myslef yet.
On the high street of a less pretentious postcode this would be a good solid boozer, here it is definite must visit.
Mr.Monkfish - 10 Feb 2007 09:39
Yes the true Irish pub feel is certainly here. Not been for many years so it was a pleasant surprise to rediscover it.
OldRogue - 28 Dec 2006 13:48
Free live irish folk music - not amplifed from the stage, if you hit the right evening. If this is what Irish pubs are like I finally see the attraction. Someone runs this place, not a comittee.
TipTopTommy - 23 Oct 2006 19:02
Great little pub, a world away from 'trendy' Camden. A proper Irish pub, as in a pub that Irish people actually come to drink in. A few decent bitters on the hand pumps, and the usual range of lagers. Very friendly bar staff and easy to get chatting to a few regulars propping up the bar. Definitely one of the better Camden offerings.
Crow_Valley - 5 Jun 2006 22:13
Walked past this rather unassuming pub a few times, then fancied a quiet Guinness one day. It's on Camden High Street, but seems to exist a world away from the everyday hustle and bustle of Camden. This is a "proper" Irish pub and the Guinness is lovingly poured. Be patient! Spirits are served in 35ml portions ;)

There seems to be live Irish music on Saturday afternoons and it has a late licence. In the evenings, the aroma of Thai food fills the air. It's hard to get away from Thai food in pubs these days, but the quality and price varies so much. Fortunately, for about a fiver you'll receive a great portion of lovely, fresh tasting Thai food; and if you look hard enough you will find potatoes :P

They have SKY and show various sporting events, including prem+ . Ok, it's not on some super-duper LCD, plasma, projector screens, but so what? Surprisingly, you can shield yourself very well from the noise, by sitting in one of the two mezzanine areas at the back.

Not for fans of formulaic, plasticky chain pubs..
Mozza_man - 13 Apr 2006 02:43
Despite the exterior looking pointless, the innards told quite a different story. It was Irish, again, and thankfully had minimal crazy Irish crap and Guinness paraphernalia on the walls. Place mats on all tables were heartwarming and enticed the reviewer to want to eat. But because I already had, I didnt. The soup smelt amazing. Clientele were quiet types, mainly the elderly and solitary. It felt like your Nan's on a Sunday. With a fruit machine. Nice.
meady - 14 Sep 2005 12:20
Easy to walk past but worth making the effort to go in. Very underrated pub. Particularly good on a Saturday lunchtime, after a fry-up at a nearby caf, for having a read of the paper and deciding on your football bets. Then staying all day by mistake.
jossv - 31 Mar 2005 11:35
As a visitor to England, who stayed only briefly in Camden, I never felt more at ease than in the Cobden Arms. Having just heard about people shooting each other in Mornington Crescent, and being treated shabbily at a Bangladeshi restaurant pretending to be an Indian eatery, it was a huge relief to walk into the warmth of the Cobden Arms.

The staff were helpful, pleasant, chatty, and did not look at you oddly if you did nothing but sip ale and fiddle with your mobile phone while completely ignoring the football on the large-ish television screen across the room.

The spring rolls make a sumptuous snack, and the chicken satay has just enough tangy sauce on it to offset the bitterness of the ale.
anand - kingofgoodtimes@beerintheevening.com - 27 Sep 2004 16:47
After moving into the area a month ago, and trying (and failing) to enjoy Liberties up the road, I have fast been warming to this place as my "quiet local". It's a proper Irish pub - no shamrocks or twee sayings on the wall - and it feels like it has its own character, unlike the artifical Tommy Flynns across the road. Loads of old soaks at the bar - like I say, it's a quiet pub, don't come expecting to meet your future wife or husband.

Most impressively, they have a machine to clean the ale pipes, and the Pride is well recommended.

Average thai food is also available. And the music could do with some fine tuning too - as in turned off altogether.
travis - 14 Sep 2004 14:27
Average sort of pub with limited beer selection. The London Pride was ok, but far too warm. I can see why it might be liked, and the roast pork looked good (plenty of crackling), but not much else to recommend this place.
Owen - 18 May 2004 17:31
great pub, serving good food. They have a carvery - nice roasts all the time. Have a few TV's in here a couple of bandits, but it is a quite little pub. Can get busy some lunch times. this pub is Irish owned so the Guinness is top notch.
Mark - 5 Mar 2004 16:52

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