May 10 16

Bedford Tavern, Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, N7

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Friday 4 March by JB & JC

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The sight of this pub managed to tempt us off the bus to Finsbury Park a few stops early, which might lead you to believe that it’s incredibly enticing, but to be honest is more of a testament to our inability to go more than 15 minutes without a drink.

It’s a nice pub though, and a little different from anything nearby. It’s one of those pubs which is basically just one big room. Sometimes that can be detrimental to an atmosphere, particularly if a place is empty, but in the Bedford Tavern there’s a friendly vibe and no question of bad atmosphere.

They describe themselves as a craft beer pub so unsurprisingly there are plenty of craft beers on offer, particularly the London based offerings. You can also get a couple of quality pints for under a tenner, so the price is right.

Although this place has been recently renovated they’ve put a lot of effort into creating a community, local-pub vibe rather than just doubling the prices of everything so that the previous locals are forced to find somewhere else. There are plenty of events on including a quiz and an open-mic night with a friendly crowd (but be warned: if you’re not in the mood to hear open-mic music, well, it’s just one big room so you’re out of luck).

If we were feeling charitable we would describe Seven Sisters Road as ‘grim as balls’, so the Bedford Tavern feels like a well-deserved reward awaiting you at the end of it.

Beer: 4
Price: 4
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4

Do they do food? Some days the kitchen is open, others you can bring your own.
Are they in the 21st Century? Yep, contactless, no minimum.
Are there dogs? Would be dog friendly.
I want to smoke: On the street outside.