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The Old Wheatsheaf is another Enfield local, with a traditional two-room layout. Sport was being shown on a few TVs for the all-male clientele. 3 ales were being consumed - Wadworth 6X, Sharps Atlantic & Courage Best. I had the Best, which was fairly ordinary. Nothing too much to recommend.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2017 21:06
Nice boozer run by a decent Landlord who is a big supporter of the local football team Enfield Town with a well kept stock of ale as well as more mainstream fare. good to watch the football and rugby and miles better than the Witherspoon round the corner.
bicknell - 28 Feb 2014 22:03
Decent boozer, just a handy stumble from the train station.

Popped in for the first time last night, having been past many times, and was pleased to find four ales on tap. Went for the Tribute, which was £3.50 a pint and very drinkable.

Plenty of football memorabilia on the walls and TVs quietly showing football.

Both the public bar and lounge were relatively busy for 6pm on a Thursday, although how much Spurs being on TV later had to do with that, I'm not sure.

Certainly one of the better boozers I have visited in Enfield.
duchyjim - 13 Dec 2013 08:30
Best pub in the EN2 area. Nice staff, prices are a bit high but then these keeps the riff raff out. The landlord really tries to put on events to attract custom and is a good bloke.
redpower - 8 May 2012 22:45
A pleasant, unspoilt boozer. Beer well kept and usually a rotating choice of three ales. I've been coming here for a few years now and always find the early part of the evening enjoyable with the latter half disappearing into the usual haze that descends....
AubreyMontague - 30 Apr 2012 21:01
popped in with the missus for the first time as we're from out of town, seemed nice enough, beer was good and staff we're friendly and quick to serve. would recommend a visit.
alamoinvader - 6 Oct 2011 03:52
An old style pub with Public Bar and Lounge set up close to Enfield Chase station. Thye had 3 mainstream ales on, of which I went for the Adnams. Pub was okay, ale wasn't.
anonymous - 4 Sep 2011 11:29
nice enough pub just down road from enfield chase station,only prob was on our visit all lager had sold out i guess cos of the hot sunny Easter bank holiday and there was no cider on draught at all,the ale choice was sadly provided by marstons and Greene king,the two pints of Greene king "London glory"(6.40)werent too shabby but nothing special,5/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 Apr 2011 17:10
update - had a quick pint a couple of weeks ago. Pint of Doom Bar didnt come up to usual standards, tasted a bit flat and slightly off. But might have been end of the barrel.
mally_drinker - 29 Mar 2011 11:39
The Old Wheatsheaf has a reputation for being the best real-ale pub in the town area - and well deserved. The ale is excellent (regular beers inc Doom Bar, GK IPA and usually Adnams) plus a great and changing guest beer selection. The pub is particularly good for the autumn rugby internationals, and for the 6 nations after Christmas. Good crowd who like sport. Not the cheapest, but good value compared to some of the crap beer served elsewhere for not that much less money. If you want a good drink then this is the place to go.
mally_drinker - 26 Aug 2010 10:31
' I found the staff to be helpful, friendly, attentive, and in one particular case - very attractive.' - Which one? I found them all to be a pretty good looking bunch!
HopHat - 23 May 2010 03:59
seems bigger now they've shuffled the furniture about and the lower bar does feel more welcoming after the refurb. landlord runs the place well, i've never had a bad pint here. the prices are higher than others in enfield but this is a case of you get what you pay for.
BH1947 - 21 Apr 2010 10:18
The better lower bar has just reopened after a refurbishment and it must be said they have improved it by making it a bit more minimal and it now has a classice timeless pub feel rather than the slightly dated (although quite nice) ambience it used to have. They've also created more space by removing a few of the bench style seating, and the wooden floor exposed in one of the window areas is a nice touch.
Popped in for just the one whilst waiting for a train, and the atmosphere was good, the service excellent and the beer (a pint of Doombar if you're asking) was very nice indeed. The only problem is that I had to paay 3.25 for my pint which for a 4% ale in Enfield is akin to daylight robbery.
I still come down on the side of recommending the place for a few quiet drinks, but be sure to take your piggy bank as it could get expensive over the course of an evening.
Mr.Monkfish - 12 Apr 2010 08:11
My preferred venue when in Enfield Town - there's no pub nearby that can compete.

Decent range of beers - I see its re-appeared in CAMRA's good pub guide. I found the staff to be helpful, friendly, attentive, and in one particular case - very attractive.

Nice ambience, a few books around, quite old school decor. Plasma TVs may seem incongruous, but I think it works OK and is in keeping with the culture of the area - 21st century suburban London.

Usually enough space to be comfortable and I found that the other drinkers were pleasant folk.
Hotfoot - 13 Mar 2010 16:51
This is a fantastic pub that is currently utterly ruined by the damned flat screen tv's in every room. They seem to be on all day, whether there's anything worth watching or not - and often tuned to different channels as well. I appreciate tv's might have a place for certain clientele at certain times - but why can't there be at least one room WITH THEM TURNED OFF???
bigjim778 - 11 Mar 2010 09:52
A once fantastic pub with a loyal local clientele and bundles of character has been turned into an absolute disgrace by the current landlord.
The decor is stale with filthy upholstery and carpets and the toilets are so disgusting the stench travels into the bar area but instead of spending money on the items that desperately need it, the landlord spends thousands of pounds on a shelter for smokers (rumoured to be 20k) and five plasma TV's. This is a small pub and there is no place to stand or sit where you are not in full view of a TV.
The bar staff are surly. scruffy and unprofessional and now the landlord has taken it upon himself to put up the prices presumably to pay for the ridiculous amount of TV's.
For the geniuses that will say if you don't like it then drink somewhere else, i do, along with many other regulars that have been using this pub for more than twenty years. I have no desire to trash this pub just for the sake of it but hope that someone will listen to these comments and restore it to its former glory.
I can only assume that the positive reviews of this pub are from the landlord and his family as no one could seriously recommend this pub.
dozzer - 19 Feb 2010 18:45
Fantastic pub. The beer is well kept and the landlord keeps good order. If you know enfield then you will know that a pub of this standard is rare and exceptional. I really can't praise this place enough.
zapa - 13 Feb 2010 01:24
I've only been here a couple times, both times to finish off watching a sporting event (Wimbledon Final 2008, yeh that one! and a footie game). Both times I enjoyed the ales on offer. The girl serving me the second time was really polite. Nice interior and interesting selection of books that has convinced me to return again soon.

Good transport links, less than two minute walk from Enfield Chase station, five-minute walk to Enfield Town station, and next to a bus stop with connections to Southbury station and Oakwood station (Piccadilly Line on the Tube).
mcgillianaire - 1 Feb 2010 23:13
Great pub as they should be. Staff are great as is beer. try the doom bar.

sammyt - 24 Jan 2010 00:42
You can't do your karaoke in EVERY pub in the area LOLLYPOP123.. That'd saturate the market :)
BEER_in_the_evening - 15 Jan 2010 20:30
Well i have to say i love this pub, friendly, warm, welcoming, the staff are polite and friendly. The variety of beers excellant, charity themed nights, quiz nights, sports nights.....the (not so) new landlord is a credit to this pub. ok so it doesnt sell food, but honestly is that still a reason for this pub not to be visited, just for the atmosphere alonge i recommend this pub as a 'must see'

Go on pop in for a pint you know you want to ;0)
dancingkillbill - 7 Dec 2009 13:58
One of those pubs teetering on the fine dividing line between being a decent pub and being somewhere to steer clear of.
In the plus column, this place has excellent real beers and in the lower bar is quite a cosy and homely little place to hide from the weather and horrors of the world outside. It has TVs to keep you up to date with the sport and whilst not an ideal pub for watching such things in, it serves as a welcome background feature if you just happen to be in here for a drink anyway. Ditto the quiz, which is a little lacklustre, but fine as an aside if your visit coincides with it. The smoking area/beer garden is perfectly pleasant in warmer months too.
The negative column is occupied by the baffling decision to stop serving food, the sometimes glacial pace of the service and the slightly too high prices and the comparitive lack of atmosphere in the upper bar. For my sins I work nearby, and used to come in at least once a week for lunch, as well as pop in on the odd occasion after work. Since they stopped doing food this is strictly limited to the occasional quick pint after work.
A bit of a waste really, this is a nice building and the commitment to proper beer is welcome. A teeny bit more effort from the landlord and it could easily rise above the mediocre and become a good watering hole. However, the prevailing trend in my series of visits over the last three and a half years or so is regrettably towards decline rather than resurgence.
Mr.Monkfish - 15 Nov 2009 19:12
I popped in here late last Saturday night and was informed that there was a problem in the cellar and no draught products were available leaving Bombardier, Pedigree and Greene King IPA along with bottles. I was a little disappointed as I had been on Guinness all night, but the Pedigree was an ok substitute.

There are two separate bars, both of which have plasma screens and the ability to show Sky Sports. VH1 classic was playing on them during my visit and the pub has a late license until midnight at the weekend.

There is a covered outside area to the left of the pub and a beer garden to the rear.

I picked a bad time to visit here, but I still liked it and I will go back again when next in Enfield.
Strongers - 4 Oct 2009 10:18
This pub needs a touch of Jodie Stone entertainment I feel!! That'll certainly liven things up
LOLLYPOP123 - 11 Jun 2009 17:47
What a lovely pub. It maybe small but the service and beer is good. I started to call in on my way home from work, and the outside area is a godsend.

We went in last Sunday to watch the football, and the manager and staff did a stirling job. Shame about the result!

We have now decided that this is our local, and pray that it doesn't become one of the many pubs that are closing down.

CF2004 - 4 Mar 2009 11:56
It worries me about this pub that some of the alleged "patrons" spend so much time in both the male and the female toilets. The theory that "Sandgrounder" is in fact the landlord of this establishment is quite fitting, as the term pertaining to those hailing from the town of Southport, was derived from the fact that they built their dwellings on Sand. It would appear that some have the same attitute when it comes to building business plans. There is an office block directly opposite this pub which did used to provide an excellent luchtime trade. As a "proper" businessman I can absolutely agree with the decision to close the kitchen down...........not.
BadBacchus - 3 Mar 2009 16:08
thanks for cancelling the new years eve party at short notice. those few (13?)like myself that bought tickets are too late to arrange otherwise - other places are ticket only and sold out - and what about the staff that thought they would get a good night & paid? It all looks like a sad sulky idea - twiglets & m&ms aside. PS i'm going to a party instead
healysplace - 31 Dec 2008 23:21
I was there the night of the Spurs-Arsenal pub when it all kicked off. Where was the guvnor?

I felt really sorry for the young lad and the two girls behind the bar.

scouserT - 4 Nov 2008 11:41
Okay, so the latest reviews are one of three things. Outdated. Ex staff. Current staff/family/friends. So, instead of all that, im here to give a decent and honest account of the place.

It's good. Yeh i know. I was shocked too.But shit happens. It's quick service. It's friendly service. Okay so maybe some of the locals might like to play a banjo, but i can live with that, these things happen.

Oh, and one last thing. There's a blondey who works there that i love. So okay, essentially, you can probably, or possibly discount this review. But she is great.
TapsPunk - 4 Oct 2008 02:41
oh yeah, i heard the landloard is leaving, he is imigrating to Hertfordshire, on the sireous note though i wish they would start doing food again, i agree with Firewater on everything he/she said but please could we have sum food in there again so we dont have to poison our selves in the moon!!!!
porkchop - 22 Jul 2008 01:18
to all the people that are leaving bad comments about this pub ... it is the friendliest pub i have been to in years, its like a big family and it doesnt matter if it is a bit dated inside it makes it feel cosy like a proper pub and not one of those new trendy bars ... if you want upto date go to the stag ... and as for it being dirty well i think gaucho mate, its u whos blind, the staff are always cleaning and they cant hold every ones "bananas" in the toilets to make sure they piss streight, and no matter what pub you go to the blokes toilets always stink ... the ladies toilets are lovely on the other hand, always clean and smell lovely.
im loving the Kronenberg , glad the "wife beater" went!!! wish it was a bit cheaper though :-P but you do pay even more down the road.
firewater - 22 Jul 2008 00:58
I popped in over the weekend, it was empty. I am not surprised the Landlord is going. This pub needs a big cash injection to bring it up to a good standard. Lets hope the next Landlord can turn it around. Otherwise its going to be a block of flats in a couple of years. Again the staff again were polite albeit bored.
Gaucho - 16 Jul 2008 09:07
It would appear that the landlord has decided to emigrate and is leavin at the end of August, what will happen then?
sandgrounder - 11 Jul 2008 12:37
Having read some of the reviews it is clear that this pub had to be visited. So I did. I can only assume that the person who claimed it to be a clean pub is blind as a bat! The Gents toilet is disgusting. The staff although polite and courteous, are clearly doing the job as a filler, student's I don't think so as only one or two of them can remember more than 2 drinks at a time. However, on a good note the beer was good.
I will visit again to see if there are any improvements. Food would be a good idea, I understand there is a kitchen.
Gaucho - 8 Jul 2008 17:55
I too made a constructive comment about this pub some time ago which has been removed. It seems the only comments which are left are the many by Sandgrounder.

It's as if he owned the pub. Isn't "soundgrounder" the nickname of someone from Southport? Isn't the currend landlord from Southport?
scouserT - 1 Jul 2008 12:37
I agree with the " Ryko " comment regarding the gents toilets.... I hope that the landlord takes this on board and while he's at it maybe re-furbish the bottom bar now that he has done such an excellent job on the exterior. Yes it is a shame about the Stella being taken off and replaced with " firewater " as I know a few people that really enjoyed the Stella. Still as the bungalow window cleaner said " The only way is up " ...........
dogma1 - 16 Jun 2008 12:07
I think the outside area is one of the best in town, as for the toilets, the hand cream and tissues are a really nice touch in the ladies. Shame the stella has gone, but you can't have everything.
sandgrounder - 13 Jun 2008 14:00
Am disappointed that what I thought was a 'constructive comment' review a few months ago was removed from this site. Why has TapsPunk review not been taken off? It's far worse than mine. All I did was say that they don't serve small glasses of wine which seemed a little irresponsible.
Anyway, yes the smoking area is good and there is much more space outside to catch the sun which is a big improvement. The beer has been good recently but still little things like very unhygienic gents toilets (both in the top and bottom bar) let it down.
ryko - 12 Jun 2008 13:24
WOW. A great covered area outside, well plenty of light and heat. The beer is good, and for an independant remains responibly priced, well worth a visit
sandgrounder - 19 Jan 2008 18:32
a clean tidy pub, good selection of whiskeys and with the amount of work that is going on it looks like this bloke is going to be one of the few in Enfield to look after the smokers, god bless him
sandgrounder - 5 Dec 2007 11:15
what a great little pub, all staff are always very friendly and helpful, i cant help going back time and again
anonymous - 5 Nov 2007 01:22
what a great selection of beers and wine, and the staff are very helpful. I also hear their expansion plans have been approved.

This pub is a haven for those who enjoy a traditional pub.

anonymous - 5 Oct 2007 10:45
Very rare that i find bar staff even more rude than in the Stag just down the road, but in this pub they excelled themselves.

I'd stay away if i were you.
TapsPunk - 2 Oct 2007 15:21
What a great pub. Traditional, good selection of beers, and friendly staff, and the regulars talk to you.
anonymous - 26 Mar 2007 17:42
I have only recently begun visiting the Old Wheatsheaf so obviously I cannot compare it with the old management. However, after visiting once I have been back a few times and I agree with previous posts that it is a warm, friendly environment that seems to cater for everybody. I also agree that the food is excellent and well worth a try. The new owners always make me feel at welcome and I have, so far, never seen any trouble.
anonymous - 12 Feb 2007 15:30
i agree with ther previous comment i have been a regular in the old wheatsheaf for over 5 years now and yes the previous management were brilliant(as managaged house not as a tennency)and i have heard that the assistant manager has just left aswell which is a shame.but the new couple are doing a very good job and i think people should just leave them be,as in the prev comment if you dont like it then there are plenty more pubs around enfield that you can go to.
anonymous - 11 Feb 2007 20:42
I was very impressed with the changes that have been made since the new owners have taken over. The pub is clean and inviting and finally the full menu is available again. The staff are welcoming and the owners always make an effort to say hello.

Their burgers are one of the best that i have had in along time and according to my friends the real ale is back to how it should taste!

This pub offers a warm and welcoming enviroment and i would recommend it to anyone.
ECR108 - 11 Feb 2007 20:36
Having not visited Old Wheatsheaf for a while, and having read the comments with intrest, I have visited the over the last few days and i must say the staff are a pleasure, the beer is good and there is no sign of any trouble.

I spoke to the landlord (who was around most of the time) and he explained that the trouble last week end was caused by some one who is not a regular (this can happen in any pub) Saturday they accomodated those who wanted to watch rugby, horse racing and the football, with out it being intrusive. WELL DONE

Today, Sunday, what a great day; football and rugby and a great atmosphere

I think these new guys are doing a good job.
All I would say if you have a problem well drink somewhere else and let those who are enjoying this pub get on with it, there are plenty of others in the area to choose from.
anonymous - 11 Feb 2007 19:45
Lovely traditional pub that serves the most fantastic food. Food is by far the best served in Enfield Pubs and they pour a fine pint of Guinness. Clean place but a little worn. The new landlord took time out to tell us of his plans to do up the place but give him a chance he's only been there a couple of months!! These last few reviews must be from miserable arses who are far to quick to judge and set in there ways. No bloody kids allowed except in the garden and same for dogs!! Hoorah.
SCHWANTZ34 - 5 Feb 2007 21:39
I think the improvements in quality of beer as well as the way this pub is run out way the fact that the landlord and landlady are not in the bar everynight. When I have been there at lunch time, and in the evening, they seem to get around to chat to most people. There has been a change of staff, as well as management, and they seem to be keeping up the great traditions of a warm friendly welcome. Dont knock it, this is one of the last real pubs in the area.
anonymous - 31 Jan 2007 10:57
infact one of the beat pubs in enfield until they got rid of kevin and toni as management good luck to them in there new career paths and keep on drinking!!!!! love as always crazy lady xxxxxxx
crazylady - 30 Oct 2006 00:47
Superb REAL pub, good staff, good ale, has SKY sports, but it doesn't drown out the conversation
sandgrounder - 29 Sep 2006 16:56
what a great little pub and the food was spot on
the chap from behind the bar was from my home town
wolverhampton shocked lol nice pint as well
IZZYBON - 17 Aug 2006 20:04
Great little pub.

Quiz on Mondays and the friendliest staff in all of Enfield town!
Enzo - 21 Mar 2006 21:31
Nice 2 bar pub that on my last visit served me a nice pint of ale. Friendly atmosphere in lounge bar.
TheHorsesMouth - 15 Feb 2006 13:41
The bar staff have changed over the last few months and it's now a very pleasant place to drink!
Minx1979 - 31 Jan 2006 00:14
well i moved to enfield last june and this is my local now,good cheap beer,good food,nice bar staff,friendly drinkers,choice of two bars and i can take my jack russell in
anonymous - 15 Oct 2005 00:25
Still has two seperate bars. At the moment it is the only pub in Enfield Town to serve 'cold' 'fizzy' Lager & Cider. They do it on the continent - they can do it at the Wheatsheaf.
Jeff - 24 Jun 2004 15:25

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