Bedford Tavern, The


Craft-beer pubs are a rarity in the unpolished north of Islington. Such a rarity, in fact, that when The Bedford Tavern re-opened in late 2014 it was the only place around where you could find excellent beer. This simply-decorated Victorian offers a good range of keg (Hammerton, Beavertown, Hackney, The Kernel) and bottles (Buxton, Green Flash), while another hand-pump is promised (there's only one at the moment, dispensing Hackney's products). The food and wine are also, by all accounts, very decent.