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Address: 665 Holloway Road, London, N19 5SE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14935) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Archway (0.1 miles), Tuffnell Park (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations Upper Holloway (0.2 miles), Crouch Hill (0.9 miles), Gospel Oak (1.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.4/10 (rated by 27 users)
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I love this boozer and it's always on my list when I'm in London
Every post on here is true, it's what you see is what you get.I popped in during the Republic of Ireland match and the clientele consisted of three friendly barmaids,three old time Londoners,a couple of passers by stopping to watch the football, a dozen hardcore Irish drinkers, a couple getting drunk while they're poor son begged for his tea, a nutty woman arguing with herself and another lunatic who stuck his head round the door to inform us all Paul Mcgrath was the best centre back Northern Ireland ever had.He was politely thanked by most of the customers and reminded Mr Mcgrath played for the Republic.
A great pub which always leaves you reluctant to leave and wanting to return.
wurzel - 25 Mar 2019 20:04
An Irish navvy pub frequented by guys who look like villians from an episode of Minder. No ale, just lager and Guinness as would be expected. Lovely tiles and Victorian decor though. Friendly long suffering barmaid.
Richard_ReadingFC - 21 Mar 2014 11:48
Rough round the edges pub frequented during the day by heavy drinking Irish pensioners watching the Horse racing. Busy at the weekends when a monumental piss up takes place to the sound of the Pogues. You will always find oddballs in these kinds of pubs too but they are mainly harmless.

Fine to pop in to watch the footie or pass the time of day with the regulars over a cheap pint
QueensParker - 6 Oct 2013 03:38
I prejudged this place about six years ago and decided impose a lifetime veto; however, I had a bit of time to kill while in the area, so went in for a quick pint. Sometimes it's best to go with one's hunches; zero atmosphere, poor selection of drinks, some weirdo tried to talk to me at the bar and it wasn't even cheap.

Foghorn1 - 18 Apr 2013 19:39
I'm not sure why some of the other reviews have written obvious racist remarks about the Irish, I have never had a problem as a very proud Englishman in this pub.
However, I want to leave a comment on how this pub has changed over the last couple of years for the worse. The family who run this pub have done so for the whole time that I have been drinking there for the past 6 years. They are really nice people all off them and they have always run a really tight ship so to speak but over the last few years the pub has gone down hill rapidly and none of the family seem to care.
The mens toilets are a disgrace and I'm not really sure how Health and Safety have not closed the pub down because of the state of them; the cistern looks like it is alive and in the summer time there are hundreds of flies to be found in there. The windows in the toilets look like they have never been washed in years, I don't know who does there cleaning but I would sack them instantly if it was my pub and scrub the place from top to toe before it is closed down for real.
More importantly, the beer used to be the best in the area bar none but in the past number of years this has also suffered to such an extent that I now only drink bottled beer when I go in.
Recently, people seem to bring their own alcohol into the pub as I have seen empty vodka bottles in the toilets but again there never seems to be any of the family around to deal with the problem and the staff probably just turn a blind eye for a quiet life.
I wish that this family would sort this pub out as it really was one of the best in the area. There is nothing that I would like more than to be able to go in and have a pint of Guinness that resembles a pint that you would get in Dublin. Having said all of that I still enjoy going in for the atmosphere but it has been noticable how many of the old Irish men no longer drink there and they are the best judge of beer than anyone I know.
tisme123 - 11 May 2011 13:37

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