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Popped in here before a recent Spurs match as the Gilpins Bell which I used to use has now closed.
Don't know what it's like on non match days but when I went it was packed, very laddish, there were no seats, and no real ale.
Pole dancers writhed around on the bar.
There's lots of Tottenham Hotspur memorabilia on the walls but it was difficult to see it as the place was so full.
There were plenty of bar staff on so getting served wasn't too bad though more and more people arrived whilst I was there so that might have changed.
I didn't use the toilets so can't comment on their condition- but I could hazard a guess!
Fine if you're a lager drinker who doesn't mind standing up swilling pre match pints with your mates in a packed room.
I think I'll go elsewhere before the next match!
outtamehead - 27 Apr 2016 18:07
One of the better matchday pubs in Tottenham. Home supporters only.

Filled with memorabilia from various bygone times at White Hart Lane. Will get crowded in the few hours before kick off so worth getting their a little earlier and buying a pitcher.

Not much in the way of ales but if you're ok with the generic lagers you can have a great time here.

Shot girls and occassional dancers.
Biff10 - 14 May 2014 16:06
The pub to be in on matchday
stokes1982 - 7 Jun 2011 15:55
To all the people slagging off the shot girls, heres my thoughts
pubs in London are closing at a rate of knots,nowhere is this more evident than Tottenham.Football is the local pubs around here's lifeline,hence why they are having to do things slightly differently to bring in Punters
I presume the shot girls are on a deal where they get paid more,the more they sell, just a thought.
I like the bill Nick.If it hadn't adopted these match day changes, theres a fair chance it would flats or a costcutter now.So give it a break
tottenhamsean - 1 Dec 2009 14:51
Have since changed my view on this pub. After my 1st visit I thought it was great place and looked forward to revisiting. I WISHED I NEVER BOTHERED.

I now realise just how plastic, put-on and forced this place actually is. Here are my observations;

- Couldn't have a drink without some s.l.u.t. trying to mug you out of a mortgage paymant in exchange for a shot!
- Toilet situation a disgrace. you have 3 choices;
1. walk out of the front of the pub and right round the back, then force your way through the crowd to get in. then risk not being allowed back in the front of the pub as its too full. This happened to one bloke. This also takes an age.
2. fight your way through the crowd to the toilets. this can take even longer!
3. Use the female toilet which many men do. This is one of the worst I have ever encountered. I have been to slums in Africa that I believe to be cleaner. I am glad that my wife was not with me as I could not have allowed her to enter these.
- Many staff are dressed very much younger than their years would sugeest and think that wearing almost zero clothes will make them attractive. Would rather they employ staff who can actually serve a decent pint.
- Wanting 5 for entry to an after game party. What do you get for a fiver? A DISCO! This place is full with hundreds of fans spending a lot of money, these sort of things should be paid for out of their profits! The place was jam packed and they feel they don't make enough money to cover the cost of a disco? about 200 max. Get real!

As you can tell I will NOT be in rush to revisit and would rather visit a proper pub on the High Road i.e. The Beehive. The only good thing was when they played madness, but as they played this album on both of my visits it gives me the impression that they don't have too many ideas.
Kentbeerboys - 19 May 2009 13:33
No real ale but wrth a visit
L.M - 18 May 2009 01:01
This pub is JOKE , the barstaff take drinks away that are half full , they also short change punters something dreadful , then the landlord calls you over for a " friendly chat " lulling you into a false sense of security and asks if there is a problem , then as you try to explain , 2 off his "FRIENDS" smash you in the face unexpectedly then the "friendly landlord " smacks you as well , bill would be turning in his grave , lets hope the landlord will be in his soon.
bullyhater - 14 Apr 2009 19:32
Kentbeerboys - 29 May 2008 20:26
I visited on a matchday; pretty good atmosphere inside but the beers on offer are standard tap lagers / keg bitters and overpriced. Worth a visit if you're a Tottenham fan to take a look at the memorabilia, but there are better places to drink around WHL.
pubcollector - 22 Feb 2008 22:05
In 2005, the old Northumberland Arms underwent a major 150k image change that transformed it from a traditional Victorian boozer that struggled to cope with the match day hordes to a trendy Spurs themed bar that still struggles to cope with the matchday hordes. The Spurs connections with the pub are more intrinsic than a brush of paint the pub was originally where the players changed in the days of taped crossbars and pipe smoking goalkeeprs. The old pub dcor and dated furnishings have now made way for a navy and white colour scheme and 25k worth of programmes, autographed shirts, boots, tickets and other Spurs memorabilia. A mass of old programmes run the entire length of one wall, lovingly organized like a keen philatelist with a prized stamp collection. Multiple screens show Spurs DVDs and keep the pre-match crowds updated on the latest sports news. The bar staff wear matching matchday Spurs T-Shirts (Arse fans need not apply for vacancies here) and the only surprise is that neither of the teams on the table football game are in Spurs colours. Sadly the beers are pedestrian and mainstream with no Real Ales; mass product beer for the mass crowds seems to be the motto. The old bar frame has been removed making the pub appear a lot more spacious even though it is still impossible to negotiate your way round the pub on match day. A marquee in the now cheaply tarmaced beer garden copes with the overflows as best as it can and a BBQ is usually sizzling away on the front terrace. Aside form a bit of football nostalgia, this pub will not appeal to many people beyond non Ale drinking Spurs fans. They do have the occasional guest evening (speaker that is, not beer) hosted by former Spurs players. Bill Nick himself lived locally for virtually all of his life and I dare say he would have popped into the old Northumberland on one or two occasions. Being such a humble and self effacing man, he would probably be quite embarrassed at all the attention he is afforded in having a pub named after him.
RogerB - 21 Feb 2008 15:19

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