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Address: 156 Colney Hatch Lane, Barnet, London, N10 1ER [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32512) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations New Southgate (1.2 miles), Alexandra Palace (1.3 miles), Bowes Park (1.3 miles)

Brewery: Greene King

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> Current user rating: 4.5/10 (rated by 6 users)
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Had the misfortune to go in here a few times lately with friends for a few pints it don't seem too bad but but I would not chose to go here out of choice its a typical estate type pub bit rowdy & loud with non stop swearing. The staff seem to have worse manners than most of the customers No please or thank you when serving at the bar and just bung your food on the table and say there you go?.. There is still a few large screen TVs for showing football & sport when there's sport on and free Wi-Fi that's about the only saving grace I could find. There is also Three hand Pumps available with Green King IPA on Two And the famous no named bitter on the third I've tried the Ales on a few occasions but never found it in good condition as it seems to be more of a lager drinkers Pub. Prices are reasonable for Ales & Food typical G K selection on the Menu.
Alesonly - 7 Oct 2013 11:38
An ok pub now the football is back being shown. Food average at best. No trouble but little atmosphere. Alright for a quick one before heading to Muswell hill or over the road. Some bright spark decided way back not to screen any live sport hence driving 80% of the drinkers across the road to Keenans (a good pub). so a lot of good spending customers haven't returned Also employing bar staff who are unable to understand english is not very intelligent. Who don't understand what 'a large one' is etc etc. Bizarre. Its as if whoever is now in charge wants to have no customers.
brianbrain - 15 Mar 2013 15:20
This pub was always the bad boy of N10 and altercations and bar-wide punch-ups were not uncommon. Part of the responsibility for this lies with Greene King who have used this pub as a training ground rather than install a manager with a vested interest in the pub.

Rather than tackle the anti-social elements, the pub has removed the pool table and does not show Sky Sports in the hope that the unsavoury element will go elsewhere. It has worked - the unruly crowd has left - but one wonders how long this relatively large premises will survive on the very small number of punters left.

They've tried to go upmarket - low level lighting - a chips with everything menu - but they have a bad reputation to live down and that takes some time. I'm not sure Greene King will have the patience.

Ale wise they haven't got the foresight to install more than IPA which is served through some fancy sort of pump designed to make it look more akin to the tasteless lagers. Staff wise it is all eastern european - unfriendly, ill-informed and just damn cold.

If Greene King had the nous they'd relaunch this pub as the foremost pub for decent beer at the arse end of Muswell Hill - and they would follow that up with some serious local marketing (how much would it cost to leaflet the surrounding neighbourhood ?). As it is - they've made a half-hearted effort and the majority of the locale still know if as a pub for a punch-up.
StatusBaby - 29 Mar 2012 22:39
This Pub was closed for much needed refurbishment over the last few weeks but has now been redecorated & reopened. I Had a few pints in here on Saturday evening and it seems much better than before by 100%. Gone are the Pool Table & Dart board on the left hand side as you walk in which has been made into a much better quieter Seating Drinking & eating area making the place feel much more friendly and less rough. I found the staff and other customers very welcoming & polite. Theres still a few large screen TVs for football Etc so its best avoided when theres sport on if your going in for a meal or quite group meeting. Theres Three hand Pumps available with Green King IPA on Two And Old Speckled Hen on the other Prices are very reasonable for Ales & Food with a good selection on the Menu.
I would say its definitely worth a visit if passing and I will call in again when I'm passing
Alesonly - 27 Feb 2011 10:28
The good news is this place is now closed down for a much needed refurbishment & rebuild. The insides have completely been removed and rebuilding & remodelling is now in progress its due too reopen next month.
Alesonly - 9 Feb 2011 19:56

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