Jul 29 16

The Red Lion & Sun, North Road, Highgate, N6

Jack Cutforth

Visited: 9 May by JC


Highgate’s nice, isn’t it? It’s the part of London where you live if you want the benefits of the city along with the benefits of living in an idyllic leafy village. Oh and if you’re a millionaire. Almost forgot that, you will need to be a millionaire.

Still, they can’t stop us plebs from visiting (yet). And it is worth a visit. I popped into the Red Lion and Sun having walked along the Parkland Walk from Finsbury Park. It was a 45 minute walk, and sitting in their picturesque garden sipping an Estrella in the sun felt like the perfect reward at the end of it.

Like pretty much everything else in Highgate, the pub is lovely to look at. There are two outdoor areas – the front garden is smoking and the back garden is non-smoking. Inside it’s as traditional as you would imagine. It’s retained the old village pub feel, while also providing the quality food of the modern gastropub. The small fish and chips was only £6.50 and the perfect size for lunch. There’s a solid if slightly uninspiring selection of lagers, and a handful of ales on offer.

A traditional, picturesque pub which very much matches its surroundings. You’ll struggle to find a more enjoyable way of passing an hour than sitting outside it in the sun watching the world go by.

Beer: 3
Price: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4

Do they do food? Yes, standard gastropub menu, but the small fish and chips is excellent value.
Are they in the 21st Century? In terms of accepting card payments, yes. In other ways they’re pleasantly old fashioned.
Are there dogs? In Highgate? You bet.
I want to smoke: Two beer gardens but stick to the front if you’re smoking.