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I wasn't expecting too much from the George. But it did marginally exceed my expectations. The interior is open-plan and fairly large. There is also an outdoor drinking area at the front, where you can get accosted by drunks and you can admire the local motor racing up Enfield's version of Talladega. Tables inside were all wet and sticky from previous incumbents. But they did have 3 ales - Sharps Doom Bar, Purity Pure Gold & Timothy Taylor Dark Mild. I don't see the latter too often in these parts and it was in fairly good condition. The price was reasonable too. So swings and roundabouts here.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2017 21:11
Dire place, cheap and tacky impersonation of a 'spoons attracting the dregs of Enfield society. Real ale tasted stale, clearly a place to drink cheap lager whilst visiting the bookies!.
Aztecgoat - 1 Jan 2017 12:08
Pleasantly surprised with how The George seems to have improved over the last year or so.

The change in food menu and more recently the addition of sports channels, both Sky and BT, have almost transformed this once dingy and last resort pub into a venue you might actually choose to frequent.

The staff, in the main, also seem to be happier in their jobs which has thankfully translated into better and friendlier service. However, they are it would seem, continually let down by management who are intent on maintaining skeleton staff levels which means the wait at the bar can often seem like a lifetime even when the pub isn’t actually that busy.

Still, credit where it’s due – it’s a decent enough pub to drink in for Enfield Town, although that perhaps says more about the ever declining number of pubs in Enfield.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 3 Sep 2014 15:50
Busy at lunchtime when I popped in for a quick pint. Could explain why there were plenty of empties and dirty dishes on the tables - although when I left, one girl was doing a sterling job clearing them away.
Five ales on tap, from EPA at 2 a pint to Black Beauty porter from the Vale brewery, at 3. Went for that one, despite being the most expensive, as it was the most local beer and also the most interesting of the selection.
Tasted okay although nothing special and wouldn't cause me to race back.
duchyjim - 27 Jul 2012 15:25
Best avoided at weekends especially if over 30. Cheap beer but clientele best described as vermin. Cheap food and lethargic bar staff. Too many wannabee kids in the evening and TOWIE types with smeared fake tan, corn beef legs and pelmet skirts. Hoop earings optional.. I keep waiting for ray winstone to smack someone with a pool ball in a sock like in 'scum'
brianbrain - 2 Mar 2012 05:26
Although realising before entering that this pub is no doubt still a hole, unfortunately I had cause to return this previous Saturday night.

And to be honest, I do like to take a moment to revisit my reviews if they no longer seem fair or relevant due to a more recent, pleasant experience of the pub. This, however, isnt one of those moments.

Before you even go into the pub you are annoyed by the doormen who make you aware that you must have your hand stamped. Why? No answer. Perhaps the question had too many syllables to elicit the required brain function to voice a response, who knows? But anyway, once youve made it past the door staff and their violation of your body, you move through to round two where it seems the aim of the game is violation of your eyes. DrewB, albeit with the help of A New Hope, described this place most aptly. The scum and villainy levels in this pub are indeed unparalleled in Enfield, but most disturbing is that those behind the bar proved to be most annoying.

We dont need bar staff to like us, respect us, want our presence nor our money, but we do want them to do their damn job in a reasonably professional manner. Of course, the fact that the pub attracts the dregs of society, the people willing to work there will also often fall into the same category. So I realise I shouldnt really be surprised to find that the aim of the game behind the bar is to only serve the resident coke heads and WAG wannabes on their arms.

0/10 still leaves me feeling like Ive been overly generous.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 28 Feb 2012 11:16
Don't even think about going here after 8pm on a Friday evening unless you are built like an All Blacks rugby player. About 12 years ago me and a retired friend of mine were thrown out by the bouncers for "not fitting in"! Went back a few months ago to meet the same friend in the afternoon, and this time found it to be much quieter. Big pub, but be prepared to stand up to drink later on.
John_Barnet - 6 Feb 2012 16:30
Shocking place. Service was slow and beer not great. I tried the EPA and the youngs but both tasted poor.
nutsaboutbeer - 8 Dec 2011 09:43
A year on and this place has somehow managed to get worse. Mainly because of the bar staff.

The building, the clientele and what food and drink is available is much the same as before. But more recently the turnover of staff has left this pub as probably the worst place to drink in Enfield.

Of course, upon entering an establishment such as this you expect certain things. The cheap food and beverages has always ensured that The George was a beacon of light for no marks and students alike. A pub fighting a weekly duel with the moon under age for the affections of fake I.D waving degenerates. That was always a given.

However, if by some virtue of your own greatness, you were willing and able to ignore that fact, you too could enjoy the delights of actually getting change from a tenner when ordering a couple of drinks. Now, with the rude, nauseatingly slow and incompetent staff they have deemed worthy to work at The George, you cant even do that anymore.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 8 Jun 2011 14:40
The comment about the bubble perms, missing teeth, and lashings of gold jewellery is spot on. The old poofta sitting at the next table had all of that. But as a whole, the pub is worth a visit during the day. The food isn't great, the service isn't great, the service isn't great, but hey, this is Enfield! If you want to live the high life, go to Barnet. Seriously, give The George a chance. Even when you first enter it's worth 4/10. The ratings improve the longer you stay.
lexsim - 15 May 2011 23:38
lots of unjustified reviews recently i believe,the ale selection today was the best so far in enfield and the pint of dark horse maypole was divine,and the prices were remarkably good too (5.50 two pints) would certainly re visit 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 Apr 2011 19:17
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, but that was another universe somewhere. The George is a bit of a paradoxical pub.

During the daylight hours the average punters are your aged downmarket Darby and Joan types, flat caps, roll ups, and a copy of the Sun for the gentlemen, bubble perms, missing teeth, and lashings of gold jewellery for the ladies. As evening descends, so does the class and age of the punters. Impossibly coloured trainers, hair gel and sports branded clothing for the men, short skirts, large hoop earrings and bright orange fake tan for the ladies, now like some kind of dystopian Logans Run distilled, there is no place here for the old and infirm.

Slightly run down dcor, not quite enough seating, but with an above average choice of ales available, and cheaper prices to match, plus the food is also of a decent standard. The bar staff are pleasant, mostly made up of very short girls for some unknown reason. Well worth a visit for a pint and pub meal on a budget.


DrewB - 29 Sep 2010 16:24
just sums up how awful Enfield Town has become for a beer, and life in general on a Friday night in Enfield. Full of young idiots, drugged and drunk out of their minds. Hopefully someone might, one day, turn this back into a friendly town-centre pub for people with more than one brain cell.
mally_drinker - 26 Aug 2010 11:12
Big pub - aping the Wetherspoons format in terms of layout and reasonably-priced food and drinks - run by an outfit called Welcome Freehouses. Very busy on a Friday evening, with a wide variety of customers. Five real ales on, but only Brains SA being something a bit different from the usual suspects. (NB - Review dates from March 2009.)
rpadam - 17 Apr 2010 15:51
Perfectly reasonable during the week, but you dont really want to go in on a Friday/Saturday night unless you know the bar staff, are willing to wait 20 minutes for a drink or you dont get freaked out by demented coke heads.

And although the serving time is long, that's not to say the staff are slow, it's just that they have a gabillion people all waiting to be served. And to their credit, they have opened up the entirety of the bar so that service can be had right the way down the pub. However, it is ludicrous to suggest the service is quicker than The Taps, since the bar is twice as big and they have around the same number of staff serving behind the bar.

The real issue is with the management. If they were a little more discerning with whom they allowed through the door, this place wouldnt be that bad at all. But filling the pub with as many demented coke heads as possible, really isnt the way forward.

Insightful stuff, i know.
EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 12 Apr 2010 15:16
This place is awful.

Just uncompromisingly and unendingly bloody awful.
RedRed - 4 Mar 2010 11:37
I am really sorry but wat are you lot saying The George is one of the best pubs in Enfield Town its not full of Chavs u only get them in Essex, Edmonton, Wood Green and so on. The George is a always busy day or night the only time it may take you to get served half n hour is if your in there on a Friday or Saturday night and you have to understand that the barmen and barmaids work really hard and do serve quicker then Bar Form, Taps, Crown and the Moon. And if there Clientele who come in every week end would like to wait in turn and get served when its there turn then it would be a happy place with the barmen deciding to stop serving you cause of your rudeness.
Relentlessm - 28 Feb 2010 23:14
This place is certainly open, but no point in informing the powers that be on this site as nothing will happen to the current closed status unless maybe the management pay for it to be changed and on my experience of this place the management couldnt care less about what the discerning pub goer thinks as this place is directed at the yoof of Enfield, the worldly wise bunch that they are.

I will say that I was served by a very friendly barmaid during my visit here and my Guinness was good, but that is as far as the praise goes.

Ill not be returning, although if I lived nearby and had no knowledge of how good life can be this would probably be my local.
Strongers - 1 Oct 2009 23:50
ahhh no this place is crap!!!
chavs always outside smoking looking effin tarty
and inside, ok yes its got music but no its full of oldies....
not friendly
but staff are quick
natz - 12 Jun 2009 12:13
BEWARE THE KIDS!!!

This is Waetherspoons by another name!

you have been warned
CF2004 - 4 Mar 2009 12:04
Righto then. The prices are attractive but that's all. Surly staff and all the so-called 'real ales' are fizzy. They must have a sparklets gromet on the pumps or something - FFS, why??? It's A-L-E. And if they think a Cask Marque medal means anything they're wrong, my dog could get Cask Marque for his saliva. Still full of wronguns.

Unfortunately, if it was ever turned back into a real pub (like it was 30 years ago) it wouldn't make nearly enough money to survive, so that's that then.
inthegutter - 20 Feb 2009 18:44
NOT CLOSED as currently (Dec 08) cited on BITE but now open, reverted back to its original name 'The George' and under the new management of 'Welcome Freehouses' - consequently the overall rating score should probably be ignored. OK for a town centre pub although nothing special in the way of atmosphere however on the plus side the rough clientele noted on my last visit was absent this time and made quite a difference. Had a pint of Rosey Nosey and Sleighbell - both of which were in very good condition. The menu is fairly extensive (for a chain), reasonably priced and the quality was quite good. All in all, a fairly good experience and we'll probably return next time we're in Enfield.
BobOs - 22 Dec 2008 19:09
Much much better than it used to be since the refurb from the new owners.
Food is good and very reasonably priced. Range of drinks is pretty good and most prices are cheaper than anywhere else in the immediate viscinity. The quality of the draft drinks is also much better now and is consistent.
The new layout is nice and there seems to be a lot more seating available and of lost of different types, so you should find somewhere you feel that you can settle into no matter what your tastes.
Service is very friendly and much quicker than before.
All in all, it's still not the best pub in the area, nor is it worth going out of your way for, but it is quite pleasant and pretty good value too. I'll be back from time to time that's for certain.
Mr.Monkfish - 21 Oct 2008 16:08
The beers are kept OK, the food is quite reasonable, the staff leave a lot to be desired. At the end of the day, the pub is OK, it's the seriously rough clientele that's the problem.
BobOs - 20 Oct 2008 23:18
I think this pub is full of complete chavs, the pub itself is OK, the refurb looks much better and can't complain about the price of drinks, it's just the clientele, and the fact you can't actually get served without half n hour of waiting!!!
pubchic - 7 Oct 2008 09:55
People who drink in this pub are all big talking idiots. BUT, the rerburb looks nice, so give them credit.

All they need now is a change of population for Enfield Town and some doormen who have got the nerve to turn away 14 year old girls.
TapsPunk - 4 Oct 2008 02:46
Only five pumps?? There's room for ten in this place.

Or maybe there'll be only four pumps, after all one is almost guaranteed to be wasted on the ubiquitous Greene King IPA... tell me it ain't so! But you're not going to are you, you're going to make me wait...
inthegutter - 30 Aug 2008 14:20
The George will be the second pub of a new brand called Welcome Freehouses. Welcome Freehouses is all about excellent food at a reasonable price in a secure and relaxed atmosphere. It will be a pub where you can meet friends, socialise, have a break from your shopping or even have a birthday night out. The launch date for The George is the 12th of September and on behalf of all of the team at The George I would like to welcome you when we re-open for fun, cocktails, great food and fantastic times. All this and 5 Real Ales.
snoopy1979 - 22 Aug 2008 17:22
I meant to say, you're correct (at time of going to press), it's a different mob taking over. M&B seem to be pulling out of boozers for now.
inthegutter - 21 Aug 2008 19:53
There's a rumour going round that it's going to be reopening on September 10 as a free house! Wednesday or not, I'll certainly be there to investigate. But if that's wrong and it's still just a lager & nasties haven, I'll be out the door before parting with any money.

Off to post a rumour about the King's Head now...
inthegutter - 21 Aug 2008 19:51
Currently closed for redevelopment by what appears to be a different pub chain, here's hoping they don't ball sit up as thoroughly as the last lot!
Mr.Monkfish - 17 Aug 2008 20:03
Better than the Goose in Wood Green, but then so is sitting on a park bench with a can of White Lightning!! OK for a quick cheap pint after work but a chav hell hole on a friday and sat night.
dalglish - 12 Jan 2008 10:25
It's over two years since I last visited this establishment. So in the art of fairness I thought I'd pop in whilst being in the Town the other evening to see if things have chaged for the better.
They haven't...
Gann - 30 Oct 2007 13:22
the pub for under 21's, you've been warned
anonymous - 5 Oct 2007 10:55
Get a bigger ice machine.

Give Mike a pay rise.

Do something about the ever increasing drug problem.


TapsPunk - 2 Oct 2007 15:20
Without doubt, this place has the best bar staff in Enfield Town.

It's just a shame about the customers.

Oh, one tip though guys, you're gonna need a bigger ice machine.


TapsPunk - 14 Jun 2007 15:08
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
red_rage - 7 Jun 2007 14:58
You will never find a more wretched of scum and villainy.
red_rage - 7 Jun 2007 14:55
i really like this pub, it has a nice atmosphere and its situated in the nicer part of enfield. The best part is that it is dirt cheap.. my only complaint is going in there for a few on a sat night and waiting nearly an hour to get served it was a joke, people were begging the bar staff to serve them! more staff required?!
jas12 - 26 May 2007 20:19
Smokey hole, everything feels dirty and sticky including the food. The drinks are cheap but thats it's only asset.
anonymous - 5 Feb 2007 21:26
It still kinda sucks, but what the hell, you're paying two pound for a double.
TapsPunk - 1 Feb 2007 15:28
I worked here when it first reopened after the refurb, there were really high standards. Dean left and it went straight down hill.

anonymous - 10 Jan 2007 01:08
The george was a great place to go at weekends and good for a quiet pint during the week.After the refurb it stayed the same for about 18 months.I met my wife there and we stopped going in for a while because neither of us were on the pull anymore.We went back one night and stayed for one drink.The place is an utter s****le now.The mens toilets were swimming in god knows what and the place was full of chavvy,burberry clad little knobheads.I wouldnt drink in there again even if i was paid to do so.
philkelby1 - 9 Jan 2007 14:50
Staff - Brilliant, really friendly, a good laugh.
Booze - Very cheap.
Food - Yummy and cheap.
Atmosphere - busy at weekends, just right during the week.

I think the goose at the george is great. Always a friendly face in there. The odd bit of trouble (but what pub doesnt!!). A brilliant place to go whether you are starting there before going on elsewhere or if you are there till they ring the bell.

anonymous - 5 Jan 2007 13:16
Prior to the Goose, the George was a really nice pub and certainly did not have the chav culture it now has. The staff are the worst in Enfield, the place sucks. The drinks are cheaper than all othes, but if your 15 you'll love it. Another example of a pub chain losing the plot in exchange for profit. Avoid, ill score it 1 just for having tv' without sound. Cheap but certainly not cheerfull. Food is ok, but i had a tuna cheese baguette that was cold and tasted odd.
clarkie10 - 15 Nov 2006 11:36
this pubs quite, well ok as it goes for enfield. Its cheaper than wetherspoons and trust me that is cheap. And the atmosphere is always quite good.
pubchic - 6 Nov 2006 22:51
I know i know!

But The taps was terrible, Bar Form wasnt much better, this is even worse, but somehow i had a good time!

Come and keep us company guys ;o)
Minx1979 - 26 Mar 2006 02:50
Dear God, please save me from chav's, chavettes, cheap wine, flat beer, wandering hands, slow barstaff (in more ways then one!) and deliver me from evil - because I think this place might just be hell on earth!
Porridge - 22 Feb 2006 14:00
Still Enfield's Chav Central. Beer is cheap and if eyeing up 16 year old girls is your type of thing then this is the place. Packed at weekends with boyband wanabees. Appalling!
TheHorsesMouth - 15 Feb 2006 13:45
Great pub for a quick cheap power drink!

Otherwise i wouldnt go in ;O)
Minx1979 - 31 Jan 2006 00:11
If there was ever a reason why the new licencing laws would not work or you wondered why we had a binge drinking problem with youths- then spend an evening here.

FISHTHEMOD - 21 Nov 2005 14:07
I you like feeling like you've been bad at some point in your life and don't deserve to be happy and that the world is an evil place full of manipulative people trying to do you harm and you struggle to get up in the morning as you're so sick of being alive; then perhaps you get close to what it's like to experience the delight of being a parton of this circus pub. If you like dirty flat beer, unclean old men, a vareity of freaks who look as though they've stepped of the set of a channel 5 documentary, girls who show too much of their over-proportioned midrifts, boys who don't know to speak proper innit, and bar staff who presumably only work there because they were expelled from school for abusing their mobile phone privilages, then this place is most certainly for you. However, the irony is not lost on me that I only know this as I frequent this establishment...it is, you see, most certainly for me.
LesLast - 15 Nov 2005 10:52
Used to frequent the George in my student days when it was a 2 bar pub. Made the mistake of popping in whist back in Enfield the other evening.
Immediately realised I was 25 years too old and my vocabulary of over 100 words was out of place.
Some benefit to this place now though, as it can be used to show every Pubco thinking of doing a pub refurbishment on how to make a once half decent pub s**t.
No reason to go here unless you enjoy passive smoking, watching Chav's make t*ts of themselves, or you are under 18.
Gann - 19 Oct 2005 21:14
well what can i say,like it during the day for a quiet pint and read of my paper,it's the only pub i know that turns into a creche at night!
nomadman - 16 Oct 2005 20:49
Perfect pub if you like drinking Smirnoff Ices and still think Aftershock is cool.

And you can't spell your own name.

And you're 17.

And think Sovereign rings are classy.

Well that or you're really really REALLY old.

Like 'it can only be a miracle that you're not dead old.'
dreake - 13 Oct 2005 16:07
Full of scary chavs and very old people. Usually packed though, even in the day, presumably because it's so cheap!
anonymous - 30 Sep 2005 14:41
Staff are quite tight on I.D of those buying the drinks.

They couldnt care less that those drinks are being taken back to ta table of 15 year old girls.
TapsPunk - 3 Sep 2005 14:48
True, there are quite a lot of chavs in there, and although most of them look new-born, 99% are over age as the staff are quite tight on ID. Very busy on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights. No Garden. Smoking and Non-smoking areas... like it makes any difference. Food served most days until 9pm (exception weekends. Prices are very low, this is why there's so many youngsters, if you don't like it, spend a little more cash, go somewhere else.
stringerdax - 27 Aug 2005 18:59
Sucks.

Full of chavs that want to fight for no apparent reason. Try and engage someone in a conversation and see them attempt to understand a word you just said.
TapsPunk - 10 Jul 2005 21:00
beerguru you are so right enfield does need a good 30something pub. but it is cheap!
babasub - 28 May 2005 08:57
I popped into the Goose after a few drinks in the City last week, mainly to use the toilet. It was packed full of 15 year old Chavs & Chavettes.

Wouldn't recommend it to anybody over 18 unless you want to pull a 15 year old Chavette - not that I condone that sort of thing!!

Enfield is crying out for a decent pub for 30-somethings, any suggestions?
BeerGuru - 14 Apr 2005 13:11
One of those pubs that has been refitted by a cheap beer chain and in the process lost most of it's character and atmosphere. It looks and smells like a new pub in the worst sense of that phrase. Attempts to add book cases and little booths acheive the rare feat of making the place seem musty and old-fashioned at the same time as reeking of fresh paint and the desperation of a place trying too hard. Drink selection is decent and prices low but quality of pint is extremely variable. Oddly, service at the bar seems better when they are busy, but my word do I mean busy! Avoid this place on weekend nights unless you wish to participate in the world's largest game of sardines and are content to put up with one half-spilled pint per two hours. Not terrible on weekdays in the afternoon or early evening post-work, but you sense that it's a compromise option of a destination for most and nobody would make it their first choice of a place to spend their evenings.
Mr.Monkfish - 18 Mar 2005 16:34
busy but young pub, im only in my early 20's and yet i feel old in there. Weekends can be very busy and can be quite a challenge to get to the bar, even if it is well staffed! You'll be lucky to get a seat in there so get in early. Ive even struggled to rest my tired legs after shopping in the afternoon! Nots that theres not enough seating just so busy.
If you like a young thriving pub - its the place to go
anonymous - 17 Mar 2005 13:02
Very cheap, very busy.
anonymous - 4 Mar 2005 15:31

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