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The Hop Poles, Enfield

Made my first visit in about ten years and I believe there have been countless staff and management changes since then. It's only the live music which has ever tempted me to make the trip over from Barnet, but I found quite a few other faces familiar from the Barnet scene who had also ventured to Enfield for the same reason as me - a good live band. I think the Hop Poles has only recently started putting bands on again - filling the gap left by the nearby Old Bell which now appears to have closed for good. Like the Old Bell, there doesn't seem to be much to attract the ale drinker here - I searched the long bar and it's many pumps for the real ale pumps - there were none at all in use! In desperation I had a pint of Wrongbow at £3.50. I spent the rest of the night drinking bottled Newcastle Brown - at least it didn't run out like it often did at the Old Bell - if they had any at all. At £3.80 I have no complaints about the price - happy to stay there all night. Newcastle Brown isn't the tasty and distinctive drink it used to be though - it's never been as good as when it was still brewed there. As for the pub itself: It's large and makes an excellent venue for live music with the band in a large function room with a stage at one end of the pub, and another room with two pool tables at the other end of the pub. A spacious bar area in between so there is somewhere for everyone. The usual TV screens are in place to keep the footy fans happy when there is a match on. The bar staff seemed efficient and I always got served quickly, although the place wasn't exactly full even though it was a Friday night and there was a band playing. Apart from the lack of any real ale I thought it was a good and fairly traditional pub and if I lived locally I would probably be a regular customer. It's a good place to see bands and could be a successful music venue with better promotion.

10 Jun 2017 14:46

The Oakwood Tavern, Oakwood

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.

10 Apr 2017 01:35

The White Hart, Southgate

If you are into real ales then don't bother visiting this place. They only had two ale pumps and only one of those appeared to be in use - it was labelled as London Pride. Not one of my ales of choice, but any port in a storm... When I asked for a pint of said beverage I was told it was 'off' although the pump label hadn't been turned round. I asked the barmaid if they had any other ales but she seemed confused and didn't seem to have any idea what I was asking for. The bottled selection in the chiller cabinet didn't look promising either. I decided to settle for a frothy pint of Theakstons keg IPA - and was stung for £4 - FAR too much for the area.

Although I have lived most my life with 3 or 4 miles of this pub I had never set foot in it until last night. Now I know why. I only went there to see the band as I know them. The music was good, and the building was OK as were the staff, but I could see why the place was nearly empty on a Friday night apart from a handful of locals and some familiar faces from Barnet who had come to see the band.

As an ale drinker it's not a pub I would ever choose to drink in even if I lived just round the corner. No problem with the regulars or staff, but there is no reason for me to ever set foot in there again unless they start to take the ales seriously - I don't they they get it at all.

24 Jan 2016 01:41

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