Compton Arms, Highbury
It took a while to get served as the barmaid was busy yapping to her mate on the other side of the bar. The Governor came out from the back, saw me standing there, Tenner in hand, and then nudged the barmaid before retreating out of sight.
With that, the long-faced barmaid came over, unhappy that her chat had been interrupted.
Asking which ales were available, the stroppy bird behind the ramp said nothing and spread her hand out in the direction of the taps at the other end of the bar. Marvellous!
Then the price came up: £3.75 for an ale!
I decided against a packet of crisps as I didn't want to get ripped off for those as well.
It's a shame as up until 2 years ago The Compton had a fantastic, cosy atmosphere, with excellent, attentive staff.
4 Compton Avenue, Highbury, London, N1 2XD
On leaving Highbury and Islington tube, turn right, walk towards the crossing at the top of Upper Street, cross it and walk towards the Ford dealership. Just before you get to the car showroom there is a narrower road on your right, turn down it and the pub is a short distance down on the left.