Historical version 12 of Great Northern Railway Tavern, N8 7QB
- 020 8127 6632
- 67 High Street, N8 7QB
- 4pm-11pm Mon-Tue; 4pm-11:30pm Wed; 4pm-midnight Thu; 4pm-1:30am Fri; noon-1:30am Sat; noon-10pm Sun
This pub occupies a grand Victorian building overlooking the High Street. Many of the old decor features remain, including ornate ironwork at the entrance, engraved frosted-glass windows, leather-banquetted booths, tiling and mirrorwork. The swirling designs of the ironwork are echoed on ceiling and walls, and there's at least one stained-glass skylight.
The front part of the pub is broken up by steps (and a screen) into two areas, all with a mix or table sizes. At the back is a another larger open space with more tables, some large comfy leather chairs and sofas, and impressive mirrors and antique fireplace photo. There's a beer garden to the rear of this room with access to the lane alongside the pub (and which was being overhauled as of Ewan's visit in March 2012).
As of March 2012 there are two handpulls (one dispensing Purity Ubu, and the other Woodforde's Wherry), with plans for two more handpulls according to the manager. The Ubu was in good condition. Keg lagers were in the process of being changed from standard cooking lagers to more interesting choices (including Kirin and Hoegaarden).
The kitchen was also undergoing refurbishment, so on Ewan's visit only basic fare was available, and he was offered a sausage sandwich (£3.50), which was perfectly decent. A chalkboard listed other basic pub options (burgers and the like), presumably a temporary menu before their kitchen refurb is completed. (As of June 2012, their website states that food is served 5:30pm-10pm Tue-Fri and 12:30pm-9pm Sat-Sun.)
Staff are friendly and helpful (and patiently answered my questions about the pub).
Child-friendliness: The manager has stated on Harringay Online that "families and pets are welcome", but we haven't got any more details than this.
Accessibility: A step and a half up to get in at one door (on the left of the photo), and stepfree from there through to the toilets. Can't remember about the other door, but in any case there are a few steps between that side and the toilets. Two steps up and then more steps down to get to the beer garden.