Bush Hill Park Hotel, Enfield - pub details
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|I lived in 108 St Marks Rd from 1944 to 1970.I have fond memories of the Lounge and the sing along's,the local singing talent accompanied by the piano and drums.It was a wonderful friendly atmosphere,everyone was a local .Before I was legally of age to drink alcohol I would go with my parents when they went for a few hours to drink in the public bar on the odd day during the week and wait outside with one or two of my young sisters in the pram.My parents would bring out some lemonade or Tizer for me and I would push the pram up and down the hill that went over the railway pretending it was a car,(I was quite young).When I got to drinking age I would go with my parents on Saturday or Sunday evenings to the lounge.There were some residents in St Marks Rd who did not approve of the sometimes tiddly men & women singing on their way home.There were never fights,there were xmas clubs,people would put money away for xmas & it was all above board,it was a way of saving.Then every year there would be a charabanc trip to Southend,I went on a couple of these and they were hilarious,peoples characters really came out during these,there were stops at various pubs on the way there and back. I did visit the B.H.P. Hotel a few years back & wish I had not,all the furnishings were gone and the lovely Victorian décor,"Modernised"....... but......I have the memories of how it was.|
paddyjoe1938 - 17 Aug 2013 08:18
|What a dump! This pub was never the best, but has gone steadily downhill over the last few years. Grubby, worn carpets, nasty toilets, no food, poor selection of beer. The only pub I have ever been in that only serves wine in miniature "one glass" bottles.|
At one point the back bar used to be open for functions on a Friday or Saturday evening. Those days are long gone.
The outside of the place could do with a really good clean up and coat of paint. As with a lot of other places, all the smokers gather outside but no one ever sweeps up the cigarette butts so it looks filthy.
I suspect that things have gone so far downhill for this establishment that they are at the point of no return as it needs a huge amount of investment to turn it into anything half decent. I can well see that in the not too distant future this will be either knocked down or converted into yet more flats.
Anna2210 - 20 Aug 2012 15:39
|Glad to report that despite concerns over the future of this site, the pub is still very much alive and kicking at the moment.|
Enjoyed a few pints in here yesterday while watching the football, and was pleasantly surprised that it had more atmosphere than previously and on a warm afternoon with the doors open it is a pleasant place to spend your time enjoying a few pints. The selection of drinks isn't the widest (the only real ales are a few room temperature bottles of various Adnam's beers), but the prices are reasonable and the service good. Enough screens so that everyone can get a good view of the game should they wish to. Friendly crowd and whilst it still looks a little shop-worn, it is not without its charms.
Mr.Monkfish - 11 Sep 2011 13:34
|The bar in the back function room is worth a visit just in itself as it really is quite stunning. It's a shame that it's not always open because I'd love to spend a lazy afternoon sitting at it.|
Equally, the beer garden is large and well kept and great for the summer.
As has been said before the building is lovely, but frankly the front bar is just , well, depressing.
It's a room with chairs and tables and a small bar with not particulaly much to choose from. Also, the last time I was in all the TVs - and they are large screens - were showing the National Geographic channel. Which is all very fine and worthy, but seriously, if I'm having a beer I really don't want to be surrounded by four screens showing a documentary on the giant snakes of the amazon.
As pubs go it meets my basic requirements, but I just can't for the life of me understand why more isn't being done with the place.
RedRed - 4 Mar 2010 12:15
|Where do you begin with a pub like The Bush Hill Park Hotel? I have a soft spot for the place and there is much to commend it, but it is alas far from perfect and your experience of the place on any given visit may differ radically from your previous call.|
The plus sides are that it is a lovely building, and in the lesser used back room (primarily reserved for functions and bands), this shines through and the place is nearly as visually pleasing inside as the exterior might lead you to expect. The main bar is however a little bit worn and tired looking.
The range of drinks is nothing to write home about and hardcore CAMRA members will doubtless leave disappointed and empty handed, but the lagers served are normally cold and the quality well maintained. Prices are ok. Service is generally pretty good. So far, so average.
I have been in this pub on a quiet night, and on those nights quiet is a word that barely does the sobering lack of atmosphere justice, it is at least trouble-free which distinguishes it from other Bush Hill Park boozers, but doesn't have much of a "buzz" about it.
However, I have also enjoyed nights in here (such as when they ran regular Rock nights for a while with various local bands playing live) that show what this pub can be like when more densely populated and very good it is on such occasions. In short, busy nights light this place up like a Christmas Tree and it becomes a good place to spend a night. Unless you are feeling particularly maudlin and want to keep yourself to yourself it is perhaps best avoided at other times.
Hope that it stays around an plays to its stengths (community centre of a pub, very good for live music) and doesn't join the ever-growing ranks of half-decent pubs sold off to developers!
Mr.Monkfish - 15 Nov 2009 18:57
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