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Oakwood Tavern, Oakwood

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A shop conversion Irish boozer, but not exclusive at all. Live bands sometimes on Saturdays - sometimes with Irish connections sometimes not. Only one ale pump: Doombar - not very strong but very reasonably priced. It's a bit like an Irish version of the old Cat & Lantern in East Barnet village, but larger. Apart from the poor ale selection I like it. Good staff - I always got served quickly. The place could be much better at using Twitter and Facebook to let people know what bands are playing though.
DarkLordOfBarnet - 10 Apr 2017 01:35
Friendly pub
They have some great bands playing here on Saturday nights.
mdillon - 19 Aug 2014 09:22
That should read "great locals"...Why npo edit button??
tottenhamsean - 27 Dec 2013 16:27
Great pub,and great loackls.Was in here Christmas day for an hour or so.
Guinness superb and quick service(and the place was rammed)
Even the loud ginger bloke with the tattoos on his neck is quite a pleasant chap when you speak to him
tottenhamsean - 27 Dec 2013 16:26
Been coming here more regularly for a little while now, the interior including the mural of famous Irish celebrities which ranges from the sublime (reasonably accurate) to the ridiculous (just plain ridiculous) which has to be seen in full to be believed, is still present and correct. But the atmosphere is pretty good these days, service is top class, there is now one real ale (Doombar, always), prices are very reasonable and the quiz on a Thursday night is always good for a laugh and a free sandwich.
Mr.Monkfish - 19 Mar 2013 22:19
Spent a couple of hours in here prior to a function at the golf course across the road.Pub was rammed with a good mix of locals ,some really really pissed and some just off there heads but all well behaved with no bad attitude.
Excellent bar staff,great pint of the black stuff clean toilets,much better than it looks !
jackbar - 15 Mar 2012 13:06
This is a shop converted Irish bar with all of the usual favourites including a jukebox, old men propping up the bar talking about all things Gaelic and many flat screens for the football and horse racing. It took a while to get served my Guinness, which was very nice, and I got the feeling that nothing ever happens in a rush here.

There was a standard draught selection available during my Friday afternoon visit and I was surprised to also see Directors available, not that I tried any.

Although this place is nothing special I found the welcome to be friendly and I would have no problem returning here for a quick pint before jumping on the tube.
Strongers - 2 Feb 2010 12:59
Haven’t bothered with this place in the past as I am usually put off by the nicotine bouncers who linger in the doorway. But noticed that they were showing the Spurs v Wolves game on a Setanta feed, so decided to venture in for a quick one and leave the wife to buy up the Tesco Express next door.
Was pleasantly surprised to find a better pub than I was expecting. Yes it is an odd layout due to the square rectangular shape of the former retail premises, and has a bit of an Irish décor theme going on, but not to the extent to make it a plastic Paddy pub, and I can imagine the drinking experience in here has improved immensely since the smoking ban.
Bar in the middle and seating along other side and at both the large ends for the satellite teles.
A mature male dominated clientele on this Saturday afternoon and it’s a long time since I felt one of the youngest people in a pub.
Only one handpump and this was Courage Best. But my pint was congenially pulled by the Irish governor referred to below, and although not brilliant, was in far better form than the performance I was watching by the Lillywhites on the big screen.

Gann - 13 Dec 2009 14:42
Funny pub...!Lots of everything.Irish builders drinking in one corner watching the racing,old men in the other and then just a nice mixture of young and old enjoying themselves with no problems.The guvenor Eddie (I think thats his name) working very hard.Typical old Irish landlord,order a drink once and he remembers for the rest of the night.This pub is packed if a big football match is on.There is a Tesco's next door,which is handy for the smokes,but the Tesco manager drinking in the pub while we have to wait in line to be served.I complained and he said that he was off duty in his uniform.
Apart from that idiot,the pub was perfect.-Rating 9
JOHNNYDORSEY - 4 Nov 2009 13:18
Was in here last night.They had a band doing Mod covers(Who,,jam,Small faces etc) bloody good they were to.
However they were over shadowed by the Drunken Ginger haired skinhead who decided to take his clothes off
Guinness was good as well
tottenhamsean - 25 Jan 2009 14:40
Only went in here as it was the only Place near Oakwood Station except that Kids Bar The Maze Inn which is always full of yobs and Lager Louts up the road. Had Good Few Pints Of Guinness and ended up staying in here a lot longer than I was intending too. Staff & other customers pleasant with good service. Will definitely recommend to others and will return when I'm in the area.
Alesonly - 14 Feb 2008 20:46
Visited last weekend — only one hand pump now, Courage Best.
Kake - 15 Jan 2008 10:07
I cant believe the below remarks. I think the bloke who was serving me the other week was both polite and good at his job(Irish fellow,bout 50) Guinness is good.Nice pub
tottenhamsean - 2 May 2006 18:43
Nice pub, top landlord, friendly staff and locals. Occasional top jazz band, if you are lucky. The Merryhills has been annexed by kids - it might recover if they start putting bands on again. But until then, it is The Oakwood Tavern for atmos and beer or The New Crown for beer.
HartleyHare - 25 Mar 2005 19:38
Nice enough boozer, the fact that it is a single shop unit conversion makes for a slightly odd layout and atmosphere and it has the potential to be a little claustrophobic when busy. Bar staff were friendly and prompt, drinks pleasant and price reasonable. Seating is comfortable. Decor was a little bit cliche in the Irish Theme Pub style, but not overly tacky. No funny looks or comments from the regulars which is always a bonus. The "entertainment" on the night I was there was pretty poor and consisted of one man attempting to sing hits of the 50/60/70s whilst playing a keyboard, but I'm sure he wont be returning and it would be harsh of me to mark this pub down for that!
Mr.Monkfish - 15 Feb 2005 11:29
went in yesterday intending to have a token half of guinness, and be in and out in literally two minutes . it was en-route to a pub in enfield that i was going to, so planned to go in just for the sake of seeing it . however was surprised to see two hand-pumps, london pride and courage best, so stayed for an whole pint instead, was only £2.20 . this is thus absolutely the only place in oakwood that sells ale, even the off-licence doesn't, as this is a new shop-conversion, untill very recently there was absolutely nowhere in oakwood . also, this has a very traditional pub look, customer-base, and feel . the nearby mr. q's pub is a bland, sterilised yoof pub, not even remotely pubby, even if you're not especially traditionalist . so this is the only pub pub . best of luck to this place .
dan - 28 May 2004 12:53
Smoky Irish boozer,very friendly local, no pretensions.
john - 29 Jan 2004 14:10
Thank goodness this place opened after they ruined the Merryhills up the road. For a new pub its not so bad. Great bar staff. Friendly atmosphere. I wouldn't normally like a new pub - but this place works really well.
Anita - 3 Jan 2004 00:22

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