Local Thinking, Craft Beer Drinking: Brave Sir Robin Launches in Crouch Hill

Written by: Tavia Davies

Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin. He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp. Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken! To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away, and his limbs all hacked and mangled, Brave Sir Robin!

Well as much as we love a good ole’ bit of Monty Python, we’re hoping this doesn’t happen to us at the launch of Brave Sir Robin in Finsbury Park next week…

Brave Sir Robin Opening 14th December 2017

Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (I jest with you, their builders were respectably attired at all times), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.

We want to create a really comfortable pub, the kind of pubs we went to when we were younger; comfortable and good vibes.
Half drunk pint glass of beer on table

Craft beer and independent brewers will take center stage here, with 12 permanent keg fixtures and 8 more taps that will host a regular changing selection. If we weren’t already obsessed with craft beer, we surely will be now. You should see the fridge in our studio. It’s just bananas, berries and craft beer. Only kidding. Or are we? Haha… *hic*

Their first round of beers will feature the likes of Magic Rock, Fourpure, Brew By Numbers, Kernel, Deya, Verdant and Wild Beer Co to name just a few. They’ll be exploring the hidden depths of the British brewing scene, teasing us with a cheeky selection from further afield and even bringing zero/low-alcohol beers to the taps. How very progressive of you, darling.

Nay, I hear you cry, is there even more to say?! Oh yes, honey pie. There’s also going to be food from a whole host of brilliant kitchen residencies. First up will be London smokehouse Cue Point, who turn BBQ meat into a complex sensory experience to inspire the palate.

Hunk of meat sitting on a barbecue grill

There’ll be USDA beef brisket, Boston pork butts and Irish beef short ribs, all paired with a suggested craft beer accompaniment. Just look at that gorgeous, smoky, juicy hunk of meat over there. Get in my belly you little flirt. Veggies will also be catered for and we’re very excited to see what they serve up when the kitchen launches on December 14th.

This pub loving team has thought long and hard about the décor too, which is something us design nerds very much commend them for (did we mention that North Four is run by The Barefaced Movement a design and creative studio, well we just did #shamelessplug). Produce the Goods designed the entire fit out, with the bar and seating all using reclaimed wood with lush velvet banquette seating. Artist Jason Hawkridge has also been specially commissioned to bring a very particular caliber of disheveled grandeur to the walls with a distressed paint effect, sitting alongside a carefully considered selection of mid-century furniture and lighting that gives it a real home-from-home feel. Sounding very cosy, folks.

Brave Sir Robin’s official launch party (with Cue Point in tow) is on Thursday 14th December from 6pm. Find out more here, and keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming food and drink review.

Photography by courtesy of Esther at Brave Sir Robin and Michael Barry of The Barefaced Movement.

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