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Address: 165-167, East End Rd, East Finchley, London, N2 0LZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4126) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube station East Finchley (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations New Southgate (2.3 miles), Alexandra Palace (2.5 miles), Hampstead Heath (2.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.4/10 (rated by 26 users)
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user reviews of the Five Bells, East Finchley

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A nice relaxing local, particularly during the week when its a littlemore tranquil. Beer always well kept and I doubt if you'll find cheaper prices anywhere in London. Young and (mostly) cheerful bar staff. THe less said about the food however, the better.

The Strange Torpor.
strangetorpor - 9 Jan 2013 17:57
Indeed it has been refurbished and has reopened as a "Flaming Grill" steak-house pub.

It's still a Punch Tavern, just switched from a John Barras to their new Flaming Grill brand. One assumes the new brand is a post-smoking-ban response, designed to bring customers in for the food. Indeed, their strapline is "flaming good food". So they do good food, right?

Let me start by saying I've lived around the corner from the Five Bells for nearly five years. It's my local and I've spent a fortune in their over the years. Previously their food was average, to be generous. If was dirt cheap and filled a hole. Otherwise, you go there for the booze, the quiz night and maybe the karaoke.

Now where does it stand, this new steak-house pub? The food is neither flaming, nor good. And, to run salt in the wound, it's more expensive. Yep, they charge more, for worse food.

Questions should be asked about whether their branding is applicable. "Flaming" good food; images of flames rising up through a grill; the black and orange brand colours... how does this relate to the piece of microwaved/oven-baked chicken I was served? My piece of meet was cooked and THEN placed onto a hot skillet. Hardly flame-grilled. What about my partner's beef? She ordered a medium rare steak. She's have been better off eating her shoe. This is, supposedly, a steak house pub... and they can't cook a steak?! My partner said "this is the worst piece of meat I've ever been served"... and it cost more than the old John Barras steak.

God knows how much the refurbishment cost, but it was most certainly not a wise decision. I hear Punch are struggling with lower profits and increasing debt... I suppose this "give 'em shit and charge 'em double" strategy is a response to that.

The old place was cheap and tacky, but met (low) expectations. The new place sells itself on "flaming good food" but delivers outrageously poor dishes for higher prices.

Maybe stop in for a drink... but eat at KFC for a tastier meal.

In other worse, Punch should have left alone.
ljb123 - 25 Apr 2011 19:05
Closes on the 28th. of March. It will be refurbished, and will open as a steak-house pub.
suggestion_tryAnewBEER - 2 Mar 2011 21:56
A big house with a conservatory 'restaurant' tacked on to the side of it set off the road from East Finchley to Finchley. It's a Barras house you can be sure... as the signs and etched glass windows attest to. Pretty much your bog standard open plan pub though they did have three ales on (Abbot, Young's and Hydes Splash & Dash). Plumped for the Hyde's brew which weren't up to a lot but more than one would expect in the vicinity.
anonymous - 12 Feb 2011 00:00
Visited here yesterday afternoon. This very much has the feel of a chain pub. There are plenty of tables and seating, with menus on many tables. The bar was bedecked in different flags in preparation for the World Cup. Sure enough, the music playing when I entered was switched off as the Eng-er-land fans arrived to watch a friendly on several screens. The arriving fans switched the TVs to full volume and started shouting 'Who are yer' to the screens. So this is probably a pub to avoid when the World Cup is on. Beer served were Greene King Abbot Ale, Wells Bombardier, Thwaites Nutty Slack and Adnams Broadside. A large tree-lined beer garden at the front is surrounded by an equally large car park. Service was fine. I don't think I'll particularly want to return here. Although it could be fairly pleasant during the week.
blue_scrumpy - 31 May 2010 13:37

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