Kings Head, N8 8AA
- 020 8340 1028
- 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA
- noon-midnight Sun-Wed; noon-1am Thu-Sat
There are plenty of places to drink in this up-market area of town, and the Kings Head is certainly popular enough with the locals. At 8pm on a weekday evening most of the tables are taken and the place resounds loudly, though some people head off downstairs when the comedy gets going. It's nicely appointed inside, with a number of different areas to sit, such as a red velvet banquette area with subdued lighting, or another near the windows at the back, surrounded by chain curtains.
The bar itself features a wide range of draught beers. There are four handpumps, and on an August 2008 visit one was off and the others had London Pride, Hydes Bells & Whistles, and Old Rosie cider. Lagers include Staropramen, Amstel, Peroni, Budvar, Grolsch, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Fruli, Aspall's and Addlestones.
Food is served noon-10pm daily. The menu is the same as at other Metro Professionals pubs, with sharing dishes as well as larger plates. In August 2008, Ewan's 'veggie nicoise' salad had nice hummous with plenty of pitta, fresh leaf salad and marinated peppers, though the aubergines were a bit tough and tasteless photo. Nothing particularly spectacular.
Downstairs is a popular comedy club (with occasional live acoustic and jazz music). Listings can be found online.
There's a pub quiz advertised every Wednesday at 8pm.