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The Beehive, Tottenham, N17

Stoneleigh Road
N17 9BQ
Phone: 02088083567

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Beehive

This is a fine inter-war Brewer's Tudor pub with a large, multiple-room interior, just off the busy A10 High Road. I visited in the run up to a match at nearby White Hart Lane and found the place pretty packed, which made it difficult to get round to exploring in full. Entering to the main bar area you find the servery down the left hand side with a high bar back decorated with lots of interesting old electrical devices. A good deal of standard seating was available in the dark wood panelled space opposite and a few bits of old breweriana enhanced the traditional feel. To the right there was a doorway through to another side room, but having spent the best part of 15 minutes trying to get served at the bar, I wasn't in the mood to negotiate the crowds to explore. A lot of original looking doorways with stained glass panes detailing the room's function (Luncheon Room, Self Service Room etc...) can be still be found throughout the pub. The room opens out a fair bit beyond the bar into a wide seating space with loads of standard tables and chairs and large patio style windows on the back wall. These lead you out to a fine pub garden with loads of picnic bench seating and a large TV screen showing a live football fixture. A stall to the rear was doing barbeque style food which seemed very popular with the large crowd who had drifted out here on a warm Spring afternoon.
The pub's future was up in the air a few years back, but the place was thankfully rescued by a local pub company and they have ensured that a good range of ales forms part of the pub's strategy, perhaps explaining their popularity pre-match. Options on this visit were Redemption Trinity, East Coast IPA and Hopspur, Caledonian Flying Scotsman and First Dawn, Truman's Runner and Sambrooks Scrumdown. I couldn't bring myself to order a beer called Hopspur prior to my team's fixture against Spurs, so I enjoyed a few pints of the East Coast IPA, which flew out of the (plastic) glass. My only gripe on this front was that the bar staff were pretty slow in getting through orders, causing a long wait at the bar.
This is clearly a good pub that I can't say I feel I've done full justice to, having been unable to fully explore the place. The beer was well kept and this is probably the best ale range you'll find within a pretty large radius. I liked the look and feel of this place and would be very keen to make a return visit to have a proper poke around and enjoy some more of their beer from a proper pint glass.

On 17th May 2016 - rating: 8
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hondo . left this review about The Beehive

Located not to far from the fitba. Quite a dark interior with a courtyard at the rear. 8 real ales and food served.

On 23rd March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Roger Button left this review about The Beehive

On the face of it, finding a pub of architectural interest in an area like Tottenham is a tall order and yet the Beehive is one of the select pubs to feature on the CAMRA Inventory of historic pub interiors. Set back just off the High Street, this mock Tudor pub dates from just 1927 but the interior has remained virtually intact since then and retains several interesting features. The original layout consists of a Lounge Bar with Luncheon and Self Service Rooms, Public Bar and an Off Licence with the names are all depicted in coloured glass in the doors throughout the pub.

The carpeted saloon bar is a quite spacious with beamed ceilings, fine panelling and a brick fire place above which is a flat screen TV. The rear section is the “Luncheon Room” the glazed upper part of the dividing screen being still clearly visible. The small service bar still protrudes into what would have originally been a separate room although the 2 sections are now effectively one large L-Shaped bar. Another handsome brick fireplace with a splendid brass hood is the centerpiece with a second TV above. The walls are adorned with various plates and brasses. Off to one side is the “Self Service Room” that today houses a pool table, table football, 2 dart boards and even a boxing punch bag machine. Note the numbered doors throughout the pub, a throw back to when the use of each room had to be numbered and their purpose listed separately for licensing purposes. Despite its heritage significance, the pub has suffered from some insensitive treatment with old TV brackets still stuck on walls, cheap posters and an element of overall lack of care. The spacious beer garden that could be such an asset is also quite a mess with worn grass, a few tatty benches and, these days, several smokers.

The Public Bar cannot be accessed through the pub and is of lesser interest other than some fine paneling with what looks like an in-built darts cabinet below a trophy cabinet and a less handsome fireplace than its saloon bvbar counterparts. There is also a pool table although this is covered and pushed aside on match day when the pub naturally gets busy being en-route from Seven Sisters Station to White Hart Lane. That said, you can generally get a seat in one of the bars.

The beers themselves are generally a waste of time. There are 2 ale pumps and whether they are in use is very much a lucky dip. My most recent visit saw just a reversed London Pride clip and to be honest, the ales have never been either adventurous or well kept which is shame as this is one of the more interesting of the pubs in the area and could be so much better.

On 25th March 2010 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Beehive

There were two handpumps on the bar, but neither were in use. Plus the Stella, Fosters and Carlsberg lagers were all off, leaving only John Smith's Smoothflow and Carling on offer. Not good. Although this pub is on the CAMRA inventory of London pubs with historic interiors, my stay in the Saloon Bar did not give me the impression that there was anything special about the pub. It had a dirty, uncared for look about it. The carpet was filthy and didn't look as if it had been vacuumed any time recently. Most of the stools appeared to have been inexpertly recovered with some whitish fabric. All in all it looked very tatty, but also lacking any of the character that a pub can still retain without having had a flash makeover. I can't see any reason to return.

On 2nd November 2009 - rating: 3
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