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No wonder Lager is preferred over real ale.
Five handpumps all with pump clips showing.
A pint of Hobgoblin please. Sorry it's off. But the clip is showing. I'll turn it round.
A pint of Hobgoblin Gold then. That is also off. And the pump clip? I'll turn it round.
What beer is actually on? GK IPA. I don't like that. London pride. That's even worse.
Tribute? I suppose it will have to be.

When I left an hour later the pump clips were still showing.
As I passed a customer I heard him ask for a pint of Gold - well you can guess the rest.
fugglehops - 7 May 2018 19:06
I believe this pub is classed as within London. But it's in one of the most remote parts of the capital I've been to. In fact, it's good half an hour walk from the nearest bus route, past Tottenham's brand new training ground, through woodland and past golf courses. Beers were better than I had expected - Fullers London Pride, Greene King IPA, Oakham JHB, St Austell Tribute & Adnams Ghost Ship. There is a small, cosy bar area with a table reserved for dog owners and to the side is a separate dining area. The pub garden had a bouncy castle in operation yesterday. I'm not sure it's worth the slog from the Great Cambridge Road. But it's still a very nice pub.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2017 20:49
Hadn't been here for years and was underwhelmed last time: How things have changed: On a freezing Saturday night the pub was warm and welcoming with a good selection of beers including beautifully served hobgoblin Gold.

The pub is very dog friendly
czartank - 20 Jan 2017 21:53
Visiting on a mid-week afternoon is probably not a good time to give a fair assessment of this pub as it was very quiet. Nice location and probably dependent on food rather than bere as indicated by the large restaurant area and small bar. Nevertheless, a fair selection of ales available and the Hobgoblin Gold was OK and served by friendly barmaid.
davewat - 24 Mar 2015 13:48
Popular pub in a nice location.
I get the feeling that it could be run better.
Food is okay but can take up to an hour to be served.

Three ales to choose from.
Twaites Magic Sponge was good.
The Wainwright dispensed clear water (I think the pipes had been cleaned out and not drained off).
That left Greedy King IPA (which is also like water - and that is when the beer has been tapped and pulled through).
fugglehops - 16 Jun 2014 20:41
Has two halves - one being the lounge/main diniing area the other slightly resembling a bar. They had ales on but no one was drinking them so I went for a lager. TheCarlsberg was dire - how can you get lager wrong ? Left half of it and glad I didn't risk the ales. It's no wonder pubs are closing at the rate they are.
anonymous - 10 Jun 2012 17:34
The King and (S)tinker Public House

Zero stars out of ten for this pub!
I visited this Pub with a friend for a leisurely Saturday lunch and chat over a coffee. The pub is pleasantly located near to Whitewebbs Park, Golf Course and Guy Lodge stables. This pub is best avoided unless you enjoy eating funny tasting chicken, being served by obnoxious staff and do not enjoy visiting nice pubs. The landlord is from the Basil Fawlty school of customer service.

Unfortunately there was a problem with my friend�s meal, the chicken tasted funny and she couldn�t eat any of it other than the initial bite. When we came to pay for the meal we mentioned this to the waitress who served us (she was lovely and very friendly) unfortunately the manager of the pub was very rude and ill mannered when we spoke to him. He refused to refund anything from the cost of the meal, and then talked over us and refused to listen when we explained the issue. He said that because we�d eaten a third of the meal, (this was untrue) he would charge us the full amount. He went on to make rather childish remarks that it was my friends �taste buds that didn�t work, and that lots of other customers had eaten the chicken and not complained� Although normally the chicken is cooked with a BBQ sauce which might mask the funny taste.

We refused to pay for the food which we hadn�t eaten, just paying for the food which we ate. The manager then made some rather out of place remarks and told us not to come back, there are other pubs nearby, I'm unsure why he thought that we would want to come back, especially after the warm welcome he had given us. He then continued to make comments to us as we left the pub! I made a passing comment to customers on a nearby table about the �lovely friendly service�. I just feel sorry for the other staff and customers who had to witness his unpleasant and out of place attitude.

nutbrown_ale - 12 May 2012 17:40
much better on recent visits - beer selection is OK for this type of pub and the food was more than passable. Staff are OK and reasonably friendly. Garden much improved and quite a pleasant place to sit with a pint. Also a good winter pub after a walk in Whitewebbs/Forty Hall.
mally_drinker - 26 Aug 2010 11:07
Parts of this pub apparently date from the 16th century and its name comes from the story of King James I meeting a tinker in an alehouse and the tinker not knowing who he�s drinking with, and this is allegedly the pub where it happened.
Could be true as Stag hunting by the royals of the local forests does go back to Tudor times and this is a nice old periodic building with large stone fireplace and dark oak wooden beams internally. Its laid out in two distinct areas, one for drinking and one for eating.
The beers nothing to write home about, being GK IPA and CW Bombadier on my last visit if I remember correctly, but this is a nice out the way spot for a drink, especially if you have traipsed through WhiteWebbs from Forty Hall or Hilly Fields to get here. It benefits from a decent sized outside garden and if you are drinking or eating inside the curious medieval style porch on the front door is a good place to leave your muddy walking boots.

Gann - 28 Oct 2009 14:39
The first to comment...this is one of the more remote pubs within the M25. A good walk through Whitewebbs Park awaits you, or perhaps a drive.

This is clearly a very old pub with a certain amount of character and a good beer garden. There is a magic ingredient missing that is hard to put my finger on. It just didn't have the welcoming vibe I'd hoped for. Still its a good place to go for a refresher, before making your way back home again through the park.
tuppence - 1 Oct 2009 13:19

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