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Kind of has the vibe of a fake Wetherspoons but decent enough with plenty of seats. Very functional. They have those spicy peanuts that I like which has boosted the rating.
Richard_ReadingFC - 5 Apr 2018 12:18
Been in last few days haven't been in a while, staff behind bar are great the new couple running it are brilliant Stephen is so funny had a assortment of wigs on and had a craic with him, his wife Anna or annabells I heard a lot of people calling her is good while collecting glasses she spent time chatting to all the customers she told us about the quiz football and they seEm to want to make this pub work FINALLY SOME PEOPLE WITH PASSION they have excellent bar staff that are always polite and present .important stuff beer tastes great ales are fresh and a good choice and mix prices are excellent and cracking prices the biggest let down to this little gem in middle of Tottenham is food avoid at all cost I have been told the kitchen is separate business to the bar which you can see all the way the waitresses are rude and blaintantly rude to your face the "owner"of this franchise was walking in a track suit and doesn't care when we complained just gave us a load of bull he even laughed when my husband complained, when we went in this Sunday and the only reason we now still come in is to drink and soak up the friendly bar atmosphere the happy waitresses was slouched on a sofa and looked a effort for them to do any work. I would happily rate this pub 10 but am only giving 8 as the kitchen lets them down do wish the bar management and team all the best in the venture Linda and Richard Clark
Clarkey68 - 29 Jun 2016 11:27
Sadly gone now. Was a great boozer with a cross section of Edmonton's ethnic communities, more than can be said for a lot of other places in the area. I never visited on match days even though I'm a Spurs fan but would enjoy a stop off in the area for cheap and respectable food and beer.

Hearing it may well be reopened by the same people that run the Coach and Horses a few hundred metres south. I expect the prices to go up and beer quality to go down, but at least the option remains in the area.
R3NW5 - 23 Mar 2016 10:16
Large Wetherspoons. Home Supporters only on Tottenham match day. One of the only pubs in the area where you have a chance of a table if you plan to eat. Efficient with drinks and food in my experience. Lacks the pre-match atmosphere of some others in the area but remains a good option.
Biff10 - 28 Oct 2014 14:16
Managed to get into this Wetherspoons after a match at White Hart Lane last night. Apparently away fans are allowed in for youth games! It was fairly quiet, with a handful of seemingly Polish locals. Beers on were Adnams Ghost Ship & IPA, Ruddles Best, Greene King Abbot, Tetleys Gold Cask & Daleside Premium Gold. The 2 Westons ciders were Old Rosie and Marcle Hill. A few TVs were showing the Championship play-off semi-final. There's nothing particularly special about this 'spoons. But it's probably the only place roundabouts worth drinking in (assuming you're allowed entry).
blue_scrumpy - 14 May 2013 15:49
Tried visiting this pub on Sunday morning. Apparently it doesn't open until 10am on a Tottenham matchday. Signs up outside stated that only people in possession of a home match ticket could enter. They obviously expect trouble on matchdays. I hadn't realised Tottenham fans were that bad. 0/10 for a pub you cannot visit.
blue_scrumpy - 9 Apr 2013 19:54
Wetherspoons have scored a shocking own goal. As an official of CAMRA I arrived at the pub at 11.30am on Easter Monday for a meal and to sample the ales on offer. However, I was denied access and when I asked for directions to the nearest pub serving real ale the bouncers on the door were most unhelpful. They pointed in the direction of a pub and I asked if it definitely served real ale but got a blank expression (as expected there wasn't even a handpump in the place). I walked in the rain up down the road and down side streets in the search or a Real Ale pub but to no avail.

I will never visit the Gilpins Bell again as they quite clearly did not wish for my custom and there is nowhere else within walking distance that serves either Real Ale or food that I could find or anyone was prepared to direct me to. Never before have I been denied access to a Wetherspoons and there is absolutely nothing on their website advising that access is denied when Tottenham have a home game. Disgraceful.
Micky_P - 15 Apr 2012 13:02
A pub I only ever use when visiting White Hart Lane. Match day tickets have to be shown before admission is allowed.
Inside the place is invariably full. However despite being two, three or sometimes four deep at the bar service is good due to there always being plenty of bar staff on. No chance for any chit chat of course!
A wide selection of beers on, Abbot always seems to be available.
The pub is a vast sprawling one with lots of chairs and tables, a book lined study area in the centre of the pub and an outdoor drinking part too.
A couple of TVs show football.
I'd be interested to see what the place is like on non football days but frankly the area is not the most appealing one and I'm no great fan of W'Spoon pubs.
Fine for a chat about Spurs over a few pints before the game though!

outtamehead - 24 Jan 2010 06:00
The only place to get a proper beer within walking distance of THFC. Good choice of beers and very reasonable prices.
yellowyid - 15 Jan 2009 17:21
I love the cosy section in the middle - it's like drinking in someone's posh library. We used to stop here often for a cheap breakfast and couple of pints on our way into London, but the breakfasts took longer and longer to arrive and were colder and colder when they did finally appear. We've now decided to give it a miss in future and eat in town.
BobOs - 13 Aug 2008 17:27
You can park at the back. There is a blinding Jamaican take away about 6 doors down. You can eat it in the pub coz the staff know better that to say anything. Or you could Wetherspoons food, the true taste of Gatwick.
chucknorris - 9 Dec 2007 21:13
The Gilpin’s Bell takes its name from an 18th century poem by William Cowper about a hapless traveler whose family journey to the Bell Tavern in Edmonton becomes an escapade of Basil Fawlty style disasters. The original Bell pub dated back to 1603 and stood on the site of what is now the petrol station on the opposite side of the road to the current pub. Many pubs came and went with various corruptions of the name until Wetherspoons (who else) opened up the version we see today. The exterior is rather charmless and dull as one would expect of a former motorbike salesroom. The interior is huge and quite a rambling place and if you are meeting anyone here you will probably need to do a few circuits before finding them. The main bar area has a high ceiling with false balconies overhead. A clock and large bell dominate the bar itself and there are bell motifs in the windows and various local snippets on the walls including lots of old black and white pictures of the area. In the centre of the pub is a cosy section with a mass of bookshelves and to the left of the bar, another quite homely section with a large fire and plasma screen. There is plenty of room around the edge of the pub with various alcoves and holes to bolt yourself down. Of course when Spurs are at home you won’t be able to move and unless you have a home match ticket, you won’t get in. The best option is to make use of the patio at the rear if you can lump the weather. The pub offers all the usual choices of cheap beers and food with a couple of guest ales and all the pros and cons normally associated with the chain. Beer quality is generally good and there is, to my knowledge, nowhere else within walking distance north of White Hart Lane that does any Real Ales at all so for that reason alone, it fills a large chasm. One small point - I have recently noted on my last couple of visits that the prices seem to be raised on matchdays. Either that or someone keeps overcharging me. Must query it on my next visit! Generally trouble free and service reasonable given how busy it can get.
RogerB - 2 Oct 2007 13:32
As said below large Wetherspoon's pub with lots of small alcoves to escape the madding crowd. Is now not smokey after July 1st so you can now taste the food which is standard Wetherspoon's fair. Also has a decent size paved area out the back for good summer evenings. Beer fluctuates, but is usually more than drinkable.
Gann - 26 Sep 2007 12:43
Large Wetherspoon's with a large central bar and alcoves leading off for a quieter drink. Quite a good selection of real ales at the usual good prices. All in all quite a good pub for a Wetherspoon's.
apa - 2 Mar 2006 08:46
Large smoky Wetherspoon with big screen for football as and when. The beer range has shrunk over time and the quality isn't always the best though the friendly staff do their best. Smoke drifts into the non-smoking areas and sometimes smokers sit in there anyway and the pub staff don't move them on. The food seems to be microwaved so for example if you have a curry you might find the poppadoms uncooked where they overlap on the plate.
anonymous - 10 May 2005 23:00
Only ever used on match day at Tottenham, gets very busy, lots of Stone Island, Aquascutum, Burberry and Lacoste.
paxton - 7 Feb 2005 23:38
A good advert for Wetherspoon's pubs. All the selction of drinks you would expect at a very cheap price in a nice spacious and clean environment. The food is atypically good for the chain. The Beer patio out back is nothing to right home about but that aside a very nice pub. Best avoided on days when Spurs are at home as it's very busy then due to it's proximity to the ground and you could wait hours to be served. Other than that it is one of the best pubs in the area.
Mr.Monkfish - 10 Nov 2004 15:12

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