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Address: 243, Golders Green Rd, London, NW11 9PN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6240) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Brent Cross (0.3 miles), Golders Green (0.8 miles), Hendon Central (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations Hendon (1.4 miles), Cricklewood (1.5 miles), Finchley Road & Frognal (2.4 miles)

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Now closed down and looks like it will be demolished.
Hugh1971 - 10 Sep 2013 14:10
When visiting relations in the Golders Green area I go here because this is the only pub for miles around. This is for historical reasons - Golders Green was 'temperance' with no pubs until the early 50s, so no pubs were allowed within a mile of the clock tower. Lower Golders Green is now an orthodox Jewish ghetto, so no new pubs have opened to compete. All that said, the pub isn't too bad; it has a big beer garden somewhat gone to seed (the local history books say it was once the most beautiful beer garden in London); it has a 'locals' feel and the Hungarian cuisine is quite good and reasonably priced. It seems to cater also for the large population of transient young men from eastern Europe who live in the area. There was only one real ale when I visited, Doom Bar, which was served reasonably well. Beer a bit pricey but that's normal for London. Service was polite and friendly from an eastern European girl behind the bar. The only bad things were the loud Sky Sports and the loud dog in the beer garden!
Hugh1971 - 29 Mar 2012 09:13
This isnít the best place, but it was busy during my Saturday evening visit, although it has absolutely no competition. As the description above says, there is a mishmash of nationalities and the menu is a mix of English and Hungarian food. Staropramen is available along with a standard draught selection and out of the four hand pumps only a token offering of Pride is present, although if the quality of my Guinness was anything to go by I would give it a wide berth.

There is a pool table and a dartboard at the rear of the pub and there are plasma screens throughout for the showing of Sky Sports. There was a Championship game on whilst I was there, but it was muted in favour of some very loud music courtesy of VH1 classic Ė adverts included. I think that this place is trying to be everything to all men and I donít think that it works so maybe a refurbishment could add some kind of identity.

I canít see myself returning to this pub again.
Strongers - 22 Oct 2009 16:31
This is a tired old pub with tired decorations.

Category D loos - not enough provision. As a rule loo provision should match the number of pumps on the bar. I expect the quality of loos to match the prices I am paying for the beer. Beer was not cheap here.

The moment I entered this pub the music hit me. It was far, far too loud. Also the whole lounge bar was turned over to Sky Sports.

No visible pricelist. I paid £2-80p for London Pride. The lack of visible price list in my book means that this pub is run by drinks racketeers.

I disliked this pub intensely. I will not be returning to it. The measure of its clientele, is that it services the workers from the local building sites.

This is one of the only pubs in the Golders Green kosher ghetto. It has no real competition.

mycetes - 15 Sep 2008 19:31
This used to be a nice pub. The grounds are still nice, and the food is acceptable, but the staffing has worsened to an unacceptable level.

On my most recent visit, my friends were told off quite rudely for not bringing their empty glasses to the bar (despite the pub being at most a quarter full, and a member of staff collecting glasses - maybe they should buy some?)

Later while playing pool we were accosted by a man claiming to be the manager, whose English was incomprehensible, but who appeared to be accusing us of stealing his cue, of which he only had one.

On suggesting that we were doing no such thing, that he was being very rude, and that at a pricey £1.40 a game the owners could probably invest in a second cue, we were asked to leave.

We did this only too happily, and will, sadly, not be back.
johndc - 5 May 2008 23:40

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