Lord Stanley, Camden
If on the other hand, like me, you look for friendly staff, consistently good food, a great atmosphere, a beer garden, a BBQ in the summer, a great Sunday roast, a fantastic Bloody Mary, breakfast at the weekend and friendly locals at the bar then I suggest you try The Lord Stanley. Just watch out for the Gok Wan wannabe moaning to himself in the corner.
The food is not cheap - and the menu often suffers from the usual gastropub superiority complex - but it's extremely recommended. They do seem to get orders wrong quite often when busy, so patience is advised.
The staff are very friendly - but because of the round bar, you really need to stand in front of them, or you'll never get served.
I disagree totally about the 'lack of wannabe fashionistas'. This is not a good pub to go to if you're Charlie Brooker..
Overall, I would give it four rubbish bowl-haircuts out of five.
51 Camden Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 9BH
Although Caledonian Road is nearer, a more pleasant walk can be had from Kentish Town or Camden. From Kentish Town tube, turn right and then head down Leighton Road. Keep going for a good five minutes before taking a right down Torriano Avenue. Follow it to the end and cross over into Camden Park Road where you'll see it on the right.