The Charles Lamb in Islington is one of our favourites because you can get beautifully-kept pints of Dark Star Hophead and Butcombe Bitter. (As regular readers will know, Bailey is partial to a pint of foaming Butcombe. Hur hur.)
We were delighted to find that they also have the legendary Jaipur on at the moment. Do I need to rave about how lovely this beer is? It stood up very well the American ‘extreme’ beers I was drinking on Friday, not just in terms of hoppiness, but its wonderful viscous body.
The Charles Lamb has also recently replaced Amstel with Meantime Helles (great idea) and are now featuring “limited edition” specials from said London brewery. This month’s offering was the Elderflower Maibock, which was rather odd. We wanted to like it, but it was a little too sweet, and tasted a bit like a rubbish dunkles from a north German brewpub.
For more about the Charles Lamb, see their website. As well as full meals, they do a great range of bar snacks, like potted prawns and toast.
Photo from Andyrob at Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons. Thanks, Andy!