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Nice place for a quiet pint or two on a weeknight. Not the widest selection of beers, but what they have is very drinkable. Staff are friendly and attentive. Probably best avoided on late nights at weekends as it gets uncomfortably crowded at times and seems to be an "end of the night" last port of call for many Enfield drinkers. Prices are slightly above average for the area, but for good quality drinks and nice service in a relaxed environment, they are worth paying. The Quiz Night on Tuesdays is always good fun here.
Monkfish2 - 16 Dec 2021 10:56
this used to be a nice local with a fine restaurant above it: It has just been refurbished into a beerless hole for pretentious twats.

The owners clearly want to run a wine bar, not a pub.
If you want real ale, the Old Wheatsheaf and Crown and Horseshoes are close by and offer a much pleasanter environment.
czartank - 29 Oct 2015 15:23
pretentious and expensive. Only one real ale (green king ipa), cheaper alternatives within easy reach.

noisy and intrusive music
czartank - 20 Dec 2011 20:29
having had our first afternoon off in quite a while, I headed to the stag with my wife for al eisurely lunch. We quickly placed our order and took our seats. The food on arrival was poorly presented and very slapdash. My wife did not like her jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn and requested an alternate dish. It was then that we were accosted by a 6 foot larger lout, (no introduction made), who began to berate my wife for sending the food back and became very hostile and threatening to her. deciding that this was not acceptable I then had a heated argument with said larger lout (the owner one might presume) and he threw us out!! Needless to say I advise giving this pub a miss..poor food, poor service,no respect for customers..ruined what was a very good day!
stormcrow1211 - 9 Oct 2011 22:32
Went to the room upstairs for a meal for a hen party. I was stacked with notes and happy to spend them. However, the two waitresses refused to bring us drinks to our tables (they told us to go downstairs to get them) they wouldn't even bring us a bottle of wine! The terrible service didn't end there, the food came out at different times, one dish nearly an hour after the others. The waitress argued with one of the party about a steak which was nearly burnt, she'd asked for it rare. The waitress actually said, " No, that is rare!" We were shocked at the terrible service! The food was average, mostly lukewarm too. It all came out in dribs and drabs. When we ordered dessert, she kept tutting when people ordered the profiteroles, and kept saying " why do you all want this? We don't have enough!" I am still in shock at the rudeness of them! They ignored our request for jugs of water. The chocolate sauce on the profiteroles was just melted chocolate ice cream! Plus we only got two of them each, I would expect at least three. I will never go there again or recommend it to anyone. We didn't finish our meal until 11pm, despite siting down at 8pm. The food took over 2 hours to arrive.

The barmaid that served us downstairs, a tall, slim blond lady was very good and friendly, but this is the only thing to recommend the pub. We left early, despite it's late licence, desperate to go somewhere that actually would give us drinks!

They even accused us of stealing a plate of food, which is disgusting. I don't know how the manager can accept service like this. No wonder the place was empty. Downstairs was pretty empty too as we left.

AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!
lizzyausten - 3 Jul 2011 15:54
looks rather pretentious from the exterior however i think the previous reviews have not done the place justice,only Greene king ipa and London pride on cask but the pride was totally spot on(£3.40),service was fast and friendly and the place was nicely decked out,good value food menu aswell 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 Apr 2011 17:57
Beer is served well and no complaints about the quality - however, very very expensive and music so loud you can hardly hear to place an order at the bar. but an OK option for a post 11pm beer, just try and avoid stopping later than 12 when the morons from the rest of the town try and get in...to the pubs credit, very little trouble occurs and most of the clientle are actually OK.
mally_drinker - 26 Aug 2010 11:16
This place is kinda terrible.

If, however, you like being over charged for a limited selection by pretentious and rude bar staff, this is definitely the place for you.

If not, you're more likely gonna choose a different venue. The Cricketers isnt too far away and offers a similar alternative but with friendly staff and nice interior.
EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 12 Apr 2010 16:07
More expensive than West End prices in a nondescript bar behind Enfield bus garage.

Rude manager who possibly views his stint behind the counter as a purgatory pursuit before he finally hits the big time, spraying unsuspecting passers by with cheap perfume in Pearsons make up department.

Shite!
Mr_Local - 15 Jan 2010 12:30
The ales are okay, but seriously it's not a pub, I feel like I should be hot-desking. To be generous, it's a bar, too expensive and incredibly boring.
inthegutter - 5 Jan 2010 13:34
The sign on the window states that this is a gastro pub, but I donít really agree, although there is a restaurant out of sight upstairs. There are a couple of plasma screens, but I didnít see any ads for Sky Sports and they were both playing music videos on my visit last Saturday night. Itís not the biggest place and all of the tables were taken meaning that I had to stand at the bar, but I found the barman to be friendly enough.

Greene King IPA, Broadside and Courage Best were all available alongside a selection of standard and premium lagers and my Guinness was good, although very expensive for the area.

It does shut at 2am on Friday and Saturday nights which is handy to know and I wouldnít have a problem in returning.
Strongers - 3 Oct 2009 22:58
Actually, this pub now has another use. The Monday Night quiz is pretty entertaining and competitive and they even bring out free nibbles during the interval.
So now, late nights when everywhere else is shut and you fancy a couple more OR quiet monday nights when you fancy a bit of a laugh are the times to head here. Still probably best steered clear of at all other times.
Oh, and what is that smell in the Gents toilets? I can't identify on it but it make me want to spew everytime I go in there.
Mr.Monkfish - 22 Mar 2009 21:22
It's a busy place and yes the service can be poor, nice decor and comfortable, if you can get a seat.

Expensive? yes. not the place for a session!

Was confused as they had music playing over the football, so no one was really happy.
CF2004 - 4 Mar 2009 12:11
This place is only worth visiting now late on a Friday or Saturday night when they have a licence which allows them to stay open until 2am and the place gets a bit of atmosphere about it, even if this does come at the expense of comfortable personal space. Apart from the obvious advantage it has of being open later than 99% of pubs in the area on those nights is the fact that by the time you get there you'll probably be too drunk to notice the indifferent quality of the draft beers and the service. You'll miss out on the food, which is one of the pub's stronger points, but frankly over recent months the size of portion seems to have decreased somewhat noticably, the choice is no longer as varied as it once was and the prices (already far from cheap) seem to have been hiked a little. Although the decor is still nice, smart and the place is nice and light and airy during the day, it badly lacks atmosphere at these times and in the cold sober light of day the prices (over £3 for a bottle of Beck's in Enfield!) are a major deterrant.

Mr.Monkfish - 17 Aug 2008 20:12
not a bad pub shame about the manager
firewater - 23 Jul 2008 12:28
£3 for carlgberg r u havin a lath its enfield not in the city
porkchop - 23 Jul 2008 12:04
I have just moved to Enfield and have naturally been trying out the local pubs.This place is a rip off, £3.70 for a pint of Stella, do they think this is Covent Garden? Also, blaring banal MTV music and overall atmosphere very souless.
dalglish - 12 Jan 2008 10:20
I waited nearly a hour for food here- and when we asked politely when it would be coming as our lunch hour was nearing its end -someone had lost or order ????how i dont no but instead of an apology we were told we should of asked sooner!!! now the cricketers up the road is our lunch time spot n ome time the crown an horses if there a little to busy
hickup86 - 19 May 2007 14:13
After hearing from younger brother how much this place had improved, i went along with some alcohol swigging chums on a sunday evening as our usual haunt was closed due to a local chav trying to burn it down. The stag has always been a pub that provided a warm welcome, and sadly this has changed. It does not fare well when even though there are no customers bombarding the barstaff for drinks, and you stand for 10 minutes waiting top get served. The staff were rude and got our order wrong, my fault as i couldnt speak moron. We sat and felt like i had walked into the twighlight zone, i dont even think we finished our drinks and headed for the door. The prices had shot up and were actualy dearer than the cricketers.
clarkie10 - 16 Apr 2007 15:48
Nice pub/bar to visit for a drink is a little pricey -Its in a great location on the main road but since the refurb seems there trying to aiming for a up market customer the food poorly hits either continental or traditional pub grub (esp when for a little more money there are better food restraunts around) Later opening times are a big plus as theres not much else around late at night but on a day to day basis it dosent do it for me
hickup86 - 15 Apr 2007 23:42
I went to this pub for my birthday on Saturday night with 20 friends and feel that everyone should know how good the food is! The portions are massive and selection great.
We all decided to go for the three courses at £11.95 but owing to the fact that there was so much food (which was to a fab standard) no one could manage the third course - so we actually saved money on the very reasonably priced menu as it was only £9.95 for two courses!! The set up is very small/friendly and the decor is very nice. The late licence meant we could stay as late as we wanted. Would recommend to others and will be going back soon.
laura4206 - 9 Apr 2007 08:28
i concur, i dont think anyone who doesnt work there would suggest it was anything like a westend bar...

It would probably gain from employing staff who didnt think they were too good to be standing behind the bar serving aswell.

Just a thought.

TapsPunk - 6 Feb 2007 15:24
A cool funky bar in Enfield town and its about time! its got to be the best bar in the town by far. Friendly staff, fantastic food lovely restaurant above and soon to have a late licence. just what enfied needs.
glen2275 - 2 Feb 2007 19:07
Went in again to try and give it a chance and what do i find, it's even more of a wannabe 'bar' than before.

Bad service, bad beer and bad atmosphere. But at least they relieve you of the entire contents of your wallet before leaving. How considerate.
TapsPunk - 1 Feb 2007 15:25
I like it before the refurb - real character and great service.

Now its a rather predictable semi-stripped out pub. If it aoint broke dont fix it, but this is a small taste of what will happen to small local 'real' pubs with the introduction of the smoking ban.
Planner_21 - 17 Jan 2007 16:01
this pub was a gay pub about 20 years ago. it seems to me that if two well dressed men go out to a pub these days, not only are they perceived as gay, but the pub they are in must also be gay.what a sad state of affairs.
hunchback - 8 Jan 2007 21:30
Wow this is such a wannabe pub.


TapsPunk - 25 Jul 2006 19:47
Coffee and Crossaints??? Rumour is its a once old mans now gay pub that is too shy to come out. Dont try so hard to be a modern pub/bar/restuarnt/cafe. Stick to one.The ads in the local paper make it look like a carbon copy of the Ridgeway. Its location is perfect tho,end of the high street, away from the george, has the potentially to be a good pub.
anonymous - 16 Jul 2006 00:05
Revisited this pub post-refit and regime change and was pleasantly surprised.
What was once dingy and musty is now light and airy and seems more spacious. Seating is more comfortable, choice of drink has improved along with quality. Prices seem unchanged but the improvements make tham much more palatable. Barstaff were friendly and urgent. Video jukebox is a nice touch and an improvement on the barely audible old-fashioned model it replaces.
The only downside is that it seems to be trying a little too hard to be modern and exclusive and there are still superior pubs in the vicinity (although in fairness post-upgrade there are also far worse).
The food remains the pub's biggest selling point and seems to be of a similar standard as it was previously, namely exceptional.
Mr.Monkfish - 12 Jul 2006 10:15
Just been re-vamped, 2 decent plasma screens, jukebox a few sofas and some other seating. Beer was good, now a restaurant upstairs. Good vibe about the place now. Didn't see any Enfield 'chav'ness the night I was here but.....
graydix - 30 Jun 2006 14:04
The pub is small but that I think that's why it works - it is like someones living room. Because its selective regarding customers, the high prices relect this. The Aussies would say its a FIFO pub, fit in or f... off)
The staff are friendly and though the juke box takes up half the pub, you have to press your ear up againt it to hear anything.The food is the best, the prices are resonable and the portions are massive. Go upstairs for a the best kept secret in dining - book first. Once known as a Gay pub, I think that no longer is the case ( so my boyfiend informs me)
Worth a visit
FISHTHEMOD - 21 Nov 2005 14:00
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Where do you begin when it comes to explaining how poor this pub is? Cramped, dusty and looking not so much lived-in as died-in, the environment is not good for starters. Add in poorly kept beers and a not particularly wonderful selection of drinks and some not terribly friendly regulars who at their age are too old to indulge in the infantile "banter" that they perpetuate much to any passing drinkers' chagrin and combine with ridiculously inflated prices and add a lack of decent entertainment to taste. Appaling as a boozer and best avoided unless you are massochist with deep pockets. Bar staff are at least reasonably friendly on the plus side and it would be churlish to mention this establishment without drawing attention to the excellent restaurant located upstairs which is well worth a visit...just don't arrive early for drinks or risk an after dinner tipple downstairs afterwards.
Mr.Monkfish - 18 Mar 2005 16:43
Good friendly local. Shame one of the girls behind the bar insists on putting on the crappest music known to man, despite an OK jukebox.
tuppence - 10 Mar 2005 10:00
Smallish local pub, a bit more friendly looking that others in Enfield town centre. Had a selection of real ales, and interesting menu (although suffering a bit from spelling mistakes). Sky sports on TV, strangely bright sofa arrangement in the corners, jukebox playing loud pop music.
jaq - 28 Feb 2005 11:11

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