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I arrived here about 15 minutes before opening on Sunday lunchtime. But it was almost 25 minutes before a door was opened. Apparently the staff would rather set out all the tables with menus and the like, before welcoming anybody in. I very nearly gave up. But eventually I managed to get through the side door and found a reasonably large pub with a couple of rooms. The rear bar is now used for dining. The Dragonfly beers previously mentioned are no longer stocked. The 3 ales on were Sambrooks Junction, Fullers London Pride & Hammerton N7. Cider was Rosie's Pig. There doesn't seem much competition in the vicinity. So maybe that's why they can afford to ignore customers sitting outside. I doubt I'd make a return visit to this area any time soon.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Mar 2017 19:30
Completely refurbished since my last visit. On first impressions just another gastro pub. However, this is linked to the Dragonfly brew pub in Action and real ale and craft beer is to the fore. Good selection and knowledgeable and enthusiastic bar staff. Food looked really good and the tunes coming out of the jukebox were to my liking. Nice place will be back.
Alfnoax - 28 Nov 2014 23:35
This is a very attractive place, though unfortunately rather awkward to get to. Beer is good and the music selection is a big plus. Not so sure about the food though, and only one vegetarian option on the menu causes embarrassment when you've invited veggies to meet you there.
jjamjj - 27 Nov 2010 18:13
Possibly the best jukebox selection I've found in a pub ever (with the possible exception of Bradley's off Oxford St). This trumps even the (overratted) Boogaloo.

Decent selection of ales (though not a fan of the Litovel lagers), friendly staff. Didn't try the food. A good addition to the area since the revamp!
nicknorton - 1 Sep 2009 11:09
Now finally open again and well worth the wait. With a wide selection of drinks, excellent food and FREE jukebox it was a lovely evening there. I had the pork belly and it was the best pork belly I have ever had. It was that good I even asked the chef how to do it so I can make it at home! Staff made us feel very welcome. Will definitely visit there on a regular basis.
hloewy - 3 Aug 2009 12:10
This Victorian pub has a nice atmosphere, the back room is excellent although it looks like some infants have decorated the skylight with hemoroids.

We ordered the pie which was amazing but I have to say the crappy eastern block beer was awful and made me feel dodgy.

We will go back, especially for the well cooked food, but I hope when we do they have some normal lager like Heineken or Red Stripe on drought.

This review is not brought to you by the owners neither!

Mitchell45 - 17 Jun 2009 17:12
Or, in contrast, good looking pub, very nice food, well kept beer and a really excellent jukebox.

Brought to you by the same people as the Rosemary Branch, Salisbury Hotel and the Royal Inn on the Park.
Planner_21 - 9 Jun 2009 00:21
Good looking pub, very nice food, shit beer and a really bad jukebox.
Gazbebe - 1 Jun 2009 17:20
this pub is now open, popped in on saturday for a few beverages and something to eat good selection of real ales, Litovel on tap being the only draught but its a nice tasting lager, then the usual suspects in the bottle fridges. Had the steak and ale pie- really good and my friend had the king prawn rarebit- also extremely good.
fairly traditional decor with a funky jukebox playing lots of classics (free at the mo).
this pub is a welcome addition to this side of the hill. Good luck to the couple running it.
castle2 - 17 May 2009 13:31
14th May!
back2reality18 - 12 May 2009 16:11
This pub is re-opening on 14th after being completely refurbished
back2reality18 - 12 May 2009 16:10
This place was boarded up when I went past on the bus the other day.
grecian - 8 May 2008 10:47
Nothing really remarkable about the place but good enough for a pint when watching the football in a friendly atmosphere.
DuchyBoy - 25 Feb 2008 09:42
I've visited here occasionally for years. Its ok but they never have more than one real ale on and often dont have any on at all.
prof_plum - 15 Nov 2006 12:22
We visited last weekend to partake of the "great menu", only to find that they no longer serve food.
It's a shame as we really enjoyed the meals that used to be offered when we last visited.
flateric - 5 Jun 2006 15:47
Forgot to say the quiz is on a sunday which is good to see it has come back with cash prizes :-)
dj007 - 13 May 2005 19:31
A very relaxed atmosphere with a great menu which provide's something for everyone.Also a great special's board with a good selection of fresh fish at a very good price,would recomend it to every one.Also check out the tree in the resturant.
dj007 - 13 May 2005 19:29
The Thursday night quiz was brilliant, but I think they ditched it when they went up-market! :(
dawnage - 3 May 2005 22:45
Used to be a decent down to earth boozer Sky Sports pool tables etc but now seems to have been taken over and turned into a gastro pub for the yuppies who are pricing the folk who have lived there all their lives out of the area.The expression mutton dressed up as lamb not the best place to leave at night with the drunks and muggers who inhabit the park across the road.Doesnt really suit the area if you want a gastro pub check out Crouch End
Hamhead - 9 Dec 2004 22:14
Previously one of those pubs I'd spent a lot of time walking past without giving a second thought to. Have revised this attitude after seeing some of the comments brought on by the recent refurb and found it well worth my while, especially for someone who is prepared to walk further than the end of his road if it gets him to a real ale pump.
The_Valeyard - 3 Dec 2004 00:19
A great pub that stands out with its tasteful interior, excellent food and good selection of wine & real ales. The attention to detail is impressive, with a well balanced menu including fresh seafood, tradional game, and vegetarian dishes. Friendly service as well. If only my local was like that! Must visit again.
mwcheval - 29 Nov 2004 21:49
Excellent food, great wine and a massive selection of beer, without a doubt my new local! The new refurb looks awsome. Guaranteed an enjoyable night out - well done!
johnathan - 25 Nov 2004 17:32
Decent boozer, landlord a right cheeky-chappy - full of gags and chat who loves talking about Beckham, birds and beer. A bit of a cross between a second hand car dealer and Chris Tarrant. Worth a visit to the pub alone to check out his silver tongue.
ollydelmar - 25 Nov 2004 15:00
Sunday roasts all day, fantastic. I went at four o'clock on Sunday 21st Nov with five other friends and we all had great meals. At last a pub that can serve good roast potatoes. The wine was superb and a bargain.The music was good too.
damianpeel - 25 Nov 2004 12:34
great food, pleasant ambience. best food pub in the area without a doubt.
charlieh - 25 Nov 2004 12:19
what a great change a superb refurb with a fantastic aray of wines and beers the food is second to none great range of fresh fish this truley is a great gastro style pub in a area which desperatly needed one well done guys u have become my new eating house wow wow wow
dphelps - 25 Nov 2004 12:08

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