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Occasional Half, Palmers Green

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Decent enough pub that has manged to keep prices reasonable,£2.70 for a London Pride or Doombar.(the Nelson in Wood green ,take note).They also have a Monday club where certain pints are even cheaper (£2).It can be done.
tottenhamsean - 7 Aug 2017 12:33
Been coming here on the (very) odd occasion for many years.Get the feeling after the dreadful homogenisation and excessive price hike at the Springfield that I'll be coming here a lot more often.Only 1 ale on but it is a well kept pint of Courage Best at the mega cheap price of £1-95 a pint.It is a very traditional working mans pub with a dartboard and a pool table,as well as racing on the TV.Sadly they got rid of Sky Sports but with the ludicrous prices Sky charge pubs I can't criticise the owners for this.Staff always seem nice and the regulars seem ok,if maybe a bit rough around the edges in some cases.I was also impressed they had free wi-fi.
boundsgreenboy - 17 Oct 2013 14:23
Not a bad pub, and the quiz on a Sunday evening is a good un,if thats what your into.
Proabbaly my second favourite pub in the area(number 1 being The Springfield park tavern..Home sweet home :) )
Guinness is well kept and not too taxing on the wages(compared with some places i could mention). havn't eaten in here so i wont comment on the food(it is a pub after all, not a cafe).One thing i have noticed isa that there is a good mix of youngsters and older folk, and they seem to get on well enough,which is a very good thing.
Decent friendly barstaff and manager.
A good pub with a apprecitive bunch of locals
tottenhamsean - 14 Oct 2012 09:31
I remember this one when it was a plumbing shop. Very disappointed when it turned into a pub but I got over it. I mean, why did we need another pub around here! Haven't times changed!
Great staff who have for the most part been working there for several years and know how to do the job. In the last few weeks the relief manager has been better than most perminate landlords of other pubs. As for landlord of this pub, the Occasional Half, he is definitely OK. Usually one real ale on, sometimes two, and mostly well kept, with no problem in taking back a dodgy pint. I find this a friendly pub that is welcoming and receptive to all. Easy disabled access with a disabled toilet that is clean, although the standard toilets need a bit of a makeover, and I am told that the womens side is a total load of whatever. On this basis I have to mark them down more than I would like to.

andys_beer - 7 Sep 2010 17:23
Good pub. Usually not too crowded except when the dreaded karaoke is on. The real ale is often OK and it rings the changes from time to time. The bog standard ale is Bombardier.
PeteRains - 13 Jul 2010 23:03
also well done to the staff for their no nonsense approach to the same people. and the celebrations of the lewis hamilton victory
spurskit - 26 Jul 2009 21:48
was in today and my congratulations to the staff especially the way they handled the people from Glasgow fully deserved lads well done to all
spurskit - 26 Jul 2009 21:18
This is a Barracuda chain pub complete with Sky and Setanta shown on a multitude of plasma screens and a pool table. There are a couple of hand pumps and Bombardier was available on my visit with the other pump not being used. There is also a standard draught selection available at very reasonable prices as is to be expected in a Barracuda owned pub.

I didnt spot this manager talked about previously, but I didnt find the crowd to be the nicest lot in the world.

I dont think that Ill be returning here in a hurry.
Strongers - 27 May 2009 06:39
Not a bad pub but not really my scene
altmann - 4 Feb 2009 13:17
This place is busier at the weekends but they've noticeably lost many of the previous regulars. I'm no shrinking violet but some of the new regulars are a bit loud and lary and swagger around as if they own it. There's more of a thuggish air to it which is a shame. The stench of ammonia from the men's loos is rank - and the "ladies" should be re-named! Hopefully it will improve..... Bar staff are really nice.
elllie - 21 Nov 2008 16:00
I agree with you London 28 regarding the landlord. He greeted us at the door last Saturday evening, chatted with a few guys outside, came in, stood drinking at the bar on his own and when it got busy, he buggered off upstairs and left the barmaid completely on her own. It was really busy but hats off to her, she was a little gem working so hard to clear the tables once she'd served all the guys standing round the bar. it's a lot busier these days but I don't reckon it's down to the guvnor's poeple skills by any means.


elllie - 28 Jun 2008 00:15
Sadly the lovely landlady has gone to pastures new in Edmonton. Even more sadly the bloke from the Faltering Fallback has taken over. I can't be bothered to go into it but the other night he was a complete arrogant bastard. There was hardly anyone in there so news of his people's skills have obviously spread. Watch this place go under now!
London28 - 13 Jun 2008 12:14
Like it in here Been going in on and off for the past three months. Friendly staff and the beer is cheap! Got a pool table too which is a bonus and plenty of TV's to watch the sport on. A locals pub and is welcome to the occasional visitor!
jonnylong1960 - 29 Apr 2008 18:48
Great little pub, never really used to go in there, but have been frequenting quiet alot in the last year or so. Very freindly staff and the mix of punters, strangly works well and creates a good atmosphere.

You have to worry about the future of this place with no real smoking area.
London28 - 29 Jan 2008 21:50
Was in here last night, Guinness still superb.Service good and with a smile.
Shame about the loud Northern chap who runs a pub up the road,who was up at the Bar;-)
tottenhamsean - 29 Jan 2008 09:37
I was in here friday night.
I normally only use it on a Monday.
Good night as it goes, and only 2.40 a pint.Thats good for the area.
A great little pub
tottenhamsean - 25 Sep 2007 09:47
I only went into this place for a Quick Pint on my way to the Springfield Tavern and I ended up stayed for three very nice staff friendly & polite good local bar.
Alesonly - 15 Sep 2007 09:14
I've been back again, and its still as good,and still half price on a monday ;)!!!
I like this pub
Other places,look and learn! Cheaper beer doesn't have to mean a crap pint!
tottenhamsean - 5 Feb 2007 17:40
not a bad wee pub - barstaff friendly, customers okay too :o)
elllie - 25 Nov 2006 22:27
i expected to be writing that the Guinness was awful,because its only 1.40 a pint on a monday.
But i'm not!! Guinness was superb, service good and friendly.Normal local crowd.
All in all a good pub.
An the half price Monday lasts all day&night, not just for couple of hours!!
tottenhamsean - 7 Nov 2006 09:31
Half price beer on a monday?!!!! mmmmm
Migh thave to give this a go
tottenhamsean - 4 Nov 2006 18:34
Small pub and although part of the Barracuda chain has a local feel to it. Friendly bar staff and good atmosphere. Usually has a couple of real ales on and its half price beer on a monday - what more could you want!
stripytiger - 20 May 2006 17:06

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