Feb 15 16

The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill, N4

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Monday 25 January by JC


Don’t be fooled: this place wasn’t actually a dairy in a previous life. According to the website it was in fact a ‘creamery’ which as far as I can tell is very similar to a dairy but with a far more hilarious name. This pub should definitely be called The Old Creamery, even if it meant people were slightly uneasy about searching for it on the internet with ‘safe search’ turned off. The most important thing, though, is that either way we feel like we have license to fill this review with as many dairy puns as possible.

Butternough about the name, is the pub itself any gouda? Well, it’s definitely an imposing and impressive building: very large, with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams. This is all complemented with all sorts of old trinkets and decorations, not to mention plenty of little nooks in which to sit. Our favourite is the little alcove by the door where you can sit out of the whey, facing the street and watching the people of Crouch Hill walk pasteurize. The pub makes the most of its size, and is split into a few distinct areas – or daireas, if you will: one part can be showing the football on the big screen while another will feel entirely like a restaurant. Many of these areas can be hired if you want to throw emmental party.

The food is udderly delicious, particularly the Sunday roasts. It’s not the cheapest pub in the area for food though so you’ll have to order Caerphilly if you want to avoid racking up a large bill. But to be honest, you’re sitting in a great venue, in a nice location, eating good food so we think it’s worth it.

The drinks can brie on the pricey side as well: Boozehound favourite Goose Island IPA was £5.80, and skimming through the wine list we couldn’t see many small glasses of wine for less than a fiver. There’s a good selection of both wine and beer to choose from though.

The pub is popular and rarely empty: when we visited on a Monday it was edam sight busier than any of the other pubs around Crouch Hill. But thanks to its size, it rarely feels too crowded unless the rugby is on, when it really gets busy: if you want a good view of a Six Nations game then make sure you don’t get there lait.

This is definitely a pub worth visiting. Come for a couple of mid-afternoon drinks on a Saturday or for a roast on Sunday, or if you want somewhere to watch the sport but the nearby Faltering Fullback is more busy than you camembert. Whatever your reason, a good time will be on the curds.

Beer: 4
Price: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5

Do they do food? Yes and it’s delicious, but not cheap.
Are they in the 21st Century? Yes.
Are there dogs? Frequently.
I’m hungover, do they do a Bloody Mary? Yes.
I want to smoke: Then you’d feta do it on the street outside.