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Went in this pub by chance. Waited with £ 5 in hand up bar. Barmaid finished serving customer then served someone who had just walked up to the bar, then a person further back asked for 1 drink and she served him while I''m still waiting.As she pours his pint a person behind me a man says hello to her by her name. Then she walks past me with my money still in hand to serve this person who starts to order a large round. I then realised that as I''m not a regular I might be waiting all night so I had to leave. If its busy and your not a regular don''t bother your wasting your time
brooks.c1 - 2 Sep 2017 23:12
This is not a nice pub! I was there with my children one evening when a vicious fight broke out which manager didn't seem to care about. The drinks were watered down, The toilets were un hygienic not to mention there was no toilet roll. There's also dog wondering around the pub which is also a hygiene crisis as the pub sells food.
ang1234 - 24 Aug 2015 11:18
No Real Ale - Avoid
BarStallBert - 27 May 2013 18:44
A local boozer for older folk from the vicinity. Advertised Hobgoblin on draught for £2,90 but there wasn't available on my visit so plumped for Stella. Not a brilliant place but not a complete scumhole either. Handy for a quick lager while waiting for a train (Gospel Oak station is directly opposite)
anonymous - 6 Jun 2010 21:29
Friendly bar staff and a nice pint. Overall a good place to watch sport on a Saturday/ Sunday.

I will def use it again. Landlord was a bit of a legend, came around and had a chat with everyone. I haven't see any of the trouble others have noted but only been in there a couple of times....

seanyboy666 - 30 Mar 2010 15:47
Last time I went in this place I thought it felt so unwelcoming I turned straight back round and left again. Recently I made a longer visit, and thought it better than it had first appeared. It's a fairly unreconstructed local's boozer which I would guess draws most of its custom from the large and fairly grimy council estates behind the pub. It was quiet on the lunchtime I visited although a few fairly "gor blimey" locals turned up towards the end of my visit. Posters outside advertised real ale, although there was no clip on the one handpump I saw.
grecian - 21 Aug 2009 16:58
There is a dart board by the door as you walk in and I have reason to believe there are a few professionals that play for their super league team on a Thursday night. The lager has always been very good and there is plenty of seating inside and out.

Iíve found the people there to be a little insular, but then I have not made much effort to speak to them as a few seem like old gangsters and a few of the people off the estate think that anybody they donít know are old bill.

The Old Oak is not a pub I would take the other half again after the fight between a heavily pregnant young woman and a 15 year old scum bag girl from the big estate behind the pub.

Itís a good place for a pint if you need a piss after a long train journey or you are going to watch a match, but other than that Iíd keep walking.

Strongers - 22 Mar 2007 08:47
Down-to-earth local which can get lively esp on karaoke & ladies' darts nights. I only drop in now & then, but I've never found it unfriendly. Indeed, about 20 years ago the aged pub dog of the time bit me (or rather, gummed me) on the leg, and the then landlord was so apologetic he pulled me a pint on the house. OK pint of London Pride, and a useful stop-off if you've hit one of the long gaps in the evening train service to Barking.
E17Bee - 2 Dec 2005 17:50
Not good. Not bad. Not filthy but not sparkling clean. If your getting of at Gospel Oak station and fancy a quick pint o.k. but don't go out of your way
Baron_Freddie - 6 Jul 2005 16:44
nice little local pub
drumandmonkeyfan - 23 Feb 2005 14:06
Not an Arsenal pub (landlord and daughter are THFC fans (the Arsenal plaque is a dedication), and theres no such thing as a pub being racist, although I think I've got some idea who the 60 yr old was lol ....(half Indian but she doesnt look it - Racism my foot)
One of London's proper pubs.
PS Careful of the use of 'coloured' Dave H, could be construed racist.....
WHD - 18 Oct 2004 15:47
I have lived nearby this pub for a long time. I've visited maybe 20 times and still I feel like the music stops and everyone turns around to see who has infiltrated the weekly estate meeting! I wouldn't recommend coming here unless you live, breathe and eat Arsenal!
Anonymous - 13 Jul 2004 13:03
thoroughly unpretentious to the core, a true inner london local in the traditional vein .
dan - 7 Jun 2004 13:49
I went to this pub one evening last week durin the Chelsea-Portsmouth match. Although not mentioned in Lee's comments here, the pub has a reputation for bein a bit unfriendly, and used to attract a racist element from the estate nearby. I heard a woman (about 60, sitting at the bar) talk to a coloured guy who walked in for a pint in a very condescending manner, but didn't think it was in my interests to intervene.

There is London Pride here, but I didn't even get round to askin for it as it ran out when someone else asked for a pint.

The pub is in a traditional building, but falls short of bein overtly welcoming to newcomers. I was treated courteously, but its quite clear who everyone's "friends" are.

Someone in the pub said the management has changed recently and it is slowly becoming more friendly - I'll probably review it in a few months.

Lee should pop in again. It's not quite like the other pubs he recommends


DaveHarley - 16 Feb 2004 17:37
UPDATE...

I popped may head through the door on Sunday, 13th July, and was pleasantly surprised to see a handpump at the bar albeit with London Pride. However my pleasure was short lived as the beer had run out. Still an encouraging sign though, and I am increasing my rating of the pub from a 5 to a seven in anticipation of a cask-conditioned pint in the not too distant future.
lad_newton - 14 Jul 2003 17:13
A very traditional pub, both inside and out, opposite Gospel Oak school. Very sadly, though, there is no real ale here. The Guinness, however, is very good. Look out for the seafood stall outside most weekends. The seafood is excellent. There's some outside seating. All visitors should ask why there's no real ale perhaps they might just consoder it of there's enough demand!
Lee - [email protected] - 9 Jul 2003 18:26

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