Visited: 7 August by JC
There has been a pub on this site since 1547. At that time, Highgate wasn’t part of London, it was just a small, separate village to the north. That’s also about the time you’d have to have started saving to buy a house in Highgate today.
The current pub is pretty much what you would expect from an old pub in Highgate, and that’s meant as a compliment. The look and feel of the pub is reassuringly old fashioned both inside and out, with comfortable old leather sofas and a real log fire. But they’ve not ignored modernity completely and have very much joined the gastropub revolution. We went on Sunday for a roast, and both the chicken and nut roast were under £10 which is excellent value compared to some pubs in this area.
They take their ales seriously, and there are new guest drinks to sample every week. A decent choice of lagers too, with the more quality pints setting you back about a fiver.
There’s a garden out back and also some tables out front, but look out if you sit in the front garden. There’s a wasp out there, a real belligerent son of a bitch. He’ll do that thing where he waits for you to pick up your pint, then use the opportunity to dive-bomb your food while your hands are full. Then when you slam your pint back down, he disappears. Only to come back: Right. Next. To. Your. Ear. It’s like he’s whispering to you: “Come at me bro. You haven’t got the stones.” Then he’ll start hovering tantalizingly above the table, you know how they do, almost landing but not quite, tempting you to try and squash him with the nearest flat surfaced object.
And then you’ll spill almost an entire pint trying to kill him. And you’ll weep with frustration. And he’ll come back again, taunting you again. And you’ll swear you can hear him laughing in your ear. Also I’m pretty sure he said something racist.
And you’ll slink home, tail between your legs, and write about it in a pub review. And tell yourself that you win. Because wasps can’t write pub reviews. They can’t even read.
Oh, anyway, the pub’s great, yeah.
Do they do food? Yep. Our roast was tasty and good value.
Are they in the 21st Century? Cards and contactless.
Are there dogs? Definitely dog friendly.
I want to smoke: Watch out for the fucking wasp.