The Bree Louise

The Bree LouiseThe Bree Louise
The Bree LouiseThe Bree Louise
Bar, Eatery

69 Cobourg Street
London, England, NW1 2HH
United Kingdom

+44 20 7681 4930 | map

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 10
Photo of RuthIsStrangerThanFiction
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

One of my favourite pubs. They have the usual ales and what not, but they usually have an area with local barrels that change daily (when they are gone, they are gone). Good place to get a proper scrumpy if that is your thing (it is mine!). Great real ales. Food is also very good for pub food. Very good fish and chips.

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Photo of rarbring
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This was to me quite a treat, the number of real ales and many of them on gravity pull was impressive and makes up a lot for the slightly run-down locale.

The staff was helpful and nice. Rather few gusts at my visit (at noon on a Tuesday), but a calm relaxed atmosphere.

And even if you're not a CAMRA member the sampling possibility (three 1/3 pints to a full pint price) is very reasonable.

The beers I tried where all very good and in fine condition.

Definitely must go back, and try the pies on my next London visit! Well, maybe a pint or three as well ...

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Photo of Ruds
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have visited the Bree a number of times over the last couple of years and for me it just lacks that 'wow' factor and I'm never looking forward to getting back there again, like I am with other pubs in London

CAMRA members get 50p off per pint which is a great initiative and I can't fault them for that

The place is a bit dated and dark and could do with a makeover but let's focus on the beer choice and quality!

Choice - pretty decent selection, can't fault it

Quality ... hmmm

As the previous reviewer has touched on too many flat/stale pints come out of the barrels to the right of the bar, just no life in them. I've had a pint from one such barrel that I couldn't bring myself to finish (rare moment!), just too warm (it was a summers day), so they obviously don't cool these beers sufficiently as I've had great pints at beer festivals straight from the barrel on a hot summers day

One word of warning ... having suffered a less than perfect pint from the barrell on one visit, I decided to stick to the cask ale straight from the bar on my next visit, so ignored the barrels and chose from the 'sticks'.
Even though the beer clip was on the stick, the barman went and served the beer from one of the barrells (and another sub standard pint came out)!!! So maybe worth confirming exactly where your pint is coming from before ordering!

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Photo of Trizzle
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Found this place in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and have made a few sneaky work lunch visits.

The atmosphere (even on a tuesday lunchtime) was buzzing. Mostly people who want to be seen being beer geeks than real beer geeks (they drink the most expensive lager), but still quite a few beareded sandle wearing old blokes sipping pints poured from the dozen or so gravity fed casks.

Staff were good and told me about the CAMRA member discounts on food and beer, which I took them up on. (Considering my aussie accent, the assumption that I may be a CAMRA member was nice)

The selection is great. As mentioned, about a dozen casks. Mostly ale, plus some cider and perry. There are about 4-5 beer engines on as well.

The gravity fed beer I have had both times I've been has been flat and stale unfortunately. The price you pay for stocking so many ales - I guess - is that you dont get the turnover.
The beers from the engines have been great.

The pies are fantastic. Honest Brit fair and a good selection.

Prices are probably are a touch cheaper than your average London boozer.

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Photo of kaitrin
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I was brought to this place by a UCL student, who insisted that I must see it before I left, (due to the fact I was on the self run, real ale tour of London), It is a free house about 2 blocks from the euston station on the northern line. Upon entering, I was in heaven. About 15 firkins on gravity dispense, including a powerhouse imperial porter, Brew Dog IPA!, Darkstar IPA, and many more. They had 12 hard ciders on gravity pour, ranging from mild to dry and even a double dry cider. Then to top it off they had about 6 beers on hand pull.

The atmosphere, was slightly run down, the carpets looked rough and the wallpaper was bubbled and starting to peel, the tables were dirty, but to tell you the truth, none of this mattered because their beer offerings were so fantastic, and they have a heated outdoor area so, you can just grab your delicious pint, poured straight out of the firkin, and go sit on the street and people watch

I am in the service industry in the US, so I feel quite comfortable to say, the service was lacking. The staff didn't know much about the beers; they couldn't tell me who the brewery was, where the brewery was located, or what type of beer it was. This was unfortunate, because I did run into some very good beers out of the firkin, that I was unfamiliar with and would have loved to find out more about. Also, they seemed slightly annoyed that I was asking questions, which I found to be off-putting.

Overall, I still give the Bree Louise an A based on their selection of brews and the delivery system (you just can't beat gravity!)

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Photo of BlueEcho
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a pleasant pub a few blocks from the underground. It is quite casual , maybe a little shabby and is certainly not dripping with victorian splendor. However, I would frequent the pub as often as I visit brookline, ma's publick house if it were similarly quasi local. There are about eight hand pumps and a maybe twelve firkins. Some where set to clear but six or eight were on. The staff was knowledgeable and interested in helping me find just the beer I wanted. The food was tasty; we enjoyed the pies.

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Photo of surfadelic23
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Was here in October of 2009 with Robbeer as the last pub of the night after a fun lil crawl that included trips to the harp and the rake for a beer tasting... They had 5 beer engines on and probably close to 10 ales on gravity dispense... All beers tasted were in fine condition. The food here was also very good I had wonderful sausages and mash and my wife loved her pie too... Thanks to Rob for turning us on to this spot... Very easy to find and friendly staff too... Highly reccd... If you're in this nneck of the woods to catch a train, by all means kill some time here with a nice pint...

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Photo of tomaj14
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a friendly ale & cider pub just north of Euston Station. The beer selection is broad--with a handful on cask pull and a larger handful served on gravity. If you visit frequently, you may find that they have some favourites which are always on and the selection doesn't rotate as often as you might like. Still, there is more variety here than you will find in most pubs.

The staff obviously cares about beer and were happy to make suggestions. They were proactive about applying student & CAMRA discounts.

The real draw, however, is the pies. This place has the best pub food I've stumbled upon anywhere in the city.

All around, a great pub. I wouldn't make a trip to London without spending a few hours here.

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Photo of JohnW
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This pub is very close to Euston Station. When facing the station take the road on the left down the side, then turn left into Euston Street, then next right to Coburg Street and you will see the pub. We visited around 7pm on a Tuesday and both inside and outside seating was jam packed, and difficult to get a seat. Around 5 hand pulls serving real ales (and ciders) with the new London brewery Redemption Beers on hand pull. To the right of the bar is a stillage system with a further 5 or 6 beers direct from the cask, making a possible 11 beers all told. Those in the pub were generally a younger crowd (students?) and it was very noisy.

Lots of tables and chairs inside but little space to move around! Service was prompt and fast considering how busy it was, though have to confess we were not impressed by the Redemption Beers we tried. I appreciate that picking the wrong beer as choice is subjective, but considering the pub was recently highly rated by local Camra members we were disappointed, and probably would not go again - as there are other pubs in London we prefer.

The beers we tried were £3.40 a pint, but if you have your CAMRA membership card (and we didnt have ours with us) you get a discount on beer prices of 50p off.

So, my impression is clouded by the beer we chose, and others may feel differently.

For a wide choice of beers and lively atmosphere this is worth a try, but don't take my thoughts - being the first review - as definative, you may feel differently.

Bham UK May 2010

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The Bree Louise in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 10 ratings