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Clissold Arms, N2

105 Fortis Green
N2 9HR
Phone: 02084444224

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Will Larter left this review about Clissold Arms

When I called in here I was perplexed to find both the front doors shut, but I'd seen some people smoking in the garden so I walked in through the side door, which is where the bar is situated. There was the apparent aftermath of a wedding party going on here, but as there was no sign saying "private function" or "sorry, we are closed to the public", I just went to the bar and waited to be served. After a few minutes a very polite young man asked me if I was with the wedding party, to which I gave the obvious negative reply. He apologised and said it was a private party, and apologised again when I pointed out the lack of a sign outside to indicate this fairly important detail of the evening's arrangements. Perhaps someone took it home as a souvenir.

There were four hand pumps, including one selling the local Sambrooks Wandle, but as I didn't get a drink I can't review the beers. It does seem strange that the front part of the pub has no bar, and that the pub's own website makes no mention whatsoever of drink. Perhaps there's a hint to be found in that omission...

On 21st May 2012 - no rating submitted
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Alesonly . left this review about Clissold Arms

I went in here on the way home recently as the Pub I usually go in was closed being early afternoon so I though I would give it another try and see if its improved but no such luck since this Pub was taken over Its now just a licenced Restaurant not a Public House in my opinion. For someone too wreak a good Kinks heritage Pub like this was such a shame. As a long term resident of Muswell Hill since the early 1970s this Pub was always a local landmark that I used very regularly until it was changed we used too go play Darts matches watch football Etc now its just been turned it into another a gastro Restaurant offering nothing special. Theres now No bar down in the lower end this has been removed so now and if you want a drink you have to go up the top end which is more of a restaurant plus Its mainly table service only. When I visited I got the feeling they don't like just drinkers preferring foodies only. I found the Place very bland it felt more like drinking in a hotel Bar it had no atmosphere whatsoever only saving grace I could find is they serve a few good Real Ales.
I would not bother returning as I prefer a more traditional Pub like the Alex just opposite.

On 12th September 2010 - rating: 3
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john mcgraw left this review about Clissold Arms

Strange in that it has a grocers shop in the beer garden

On 6th April 2009 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Clissold Arms

Friday afternoon was my first time in the Clissold and as I walked in I thought that I could have just entered any Slug and Lettuce in the country.

A few premium lagers were on offer along with Landlord, Ruddles County, Pride and a Sussex ale. The barmaid was very friendly and thankfully my change was put straight into my hand rather than onto a silver tray. The inside is quite large and split level with the bar up a few steps to the rear just before the doors leading to the covered patio area. There are plenty of dining tables and a few sofas scattered around the pub.

If you're ever in the mood for a little chocolate with pistachio mousse this is the place to go, but I think I'll stick to more traditional pubs!

On 7th May 2008 - rating: 5
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