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Ferry Boat Inn, Tottenham Hale, N17

Ferry Lane
N17
N17 9NG

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Rex Rattus left this review about Ferry Boat Inn

There are five handpumps on the bar, but only two were in use on Friday afternoon, with two having clips reversed and another unclipped. The two ales on were Goddard’s Fuggle, and Hackney Brewery Broadway Blond (£3.40 a pint). A fairly extensive pubco style menu was available at fairly reasonable prices – the standard burger with the usual extras was £8.15.

It doesn’t seem to have changed much since since the previous reviewer's visit a few years ago. It's very corporate inside, with plenty of bucket armchairs around the place; staff kitted out in black; and faux chalkboards all over the place with various offers as well as an invitation to book an area for your private party. And there are enough interconnected drinking areas in this rabbit warren of a pub to be able to spare one or two for a private party. It really is a rambling old affair, and despite its corporate pubco feel it still retains the aura of a real pub. There are well worn beams on the ceilings, and although I suspect that not all are providing any structural function, they look good nonetheless. One of this pub's main attractions is the lovely garden area at the back on the banks of the Lea. It also has a car park - another sign of a country pub.

I suspect that I may have been a bit unlucky finding three of the five handpumps not in use, but I was very happy with my pint of Broadway Blond. This is a decent enough pub.

On 6th October 2014 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Ferry Boat Inn

In some ways a rather dull, food-orientated chain pub; but if you arrived there blindfolded it would be almost impossible to work out that it had a N17 postcode. The extensive beer garden out the back must be a major attraction on hot summer weekends, but was a quiet, relaxing spot for a pint when I visited. Unsurprisingly, the interior has a slightly corporate feel but this is largely due to the signage, menus, promotional material and bossy signs from "The Management" (with the building itself retaining a reasonable amount of character). Three handpumps - Greene King IPA, a good pint of Doom Bar (£3.10) plus one other with what looked like a Pride clip turned round.

On 19th June 2010 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about Ferry Boat Inn

The Tottenham area isn't noted for its quaint historic waterside hostelries so finding the Ferry Boat Inn initially comes as a bit of a pleasant shock. Originally the base for a ferry that crossed the River Lea (which was presumably a bit wider than it is now) it was made into a pub in 1738. From the outside, it has the appearance of a country dining pub but it is geared as much for comfortable drinking as it is for leisurely dining. The rambling interior has undergone fairly extensive refurbishments but does at least still retain a kind of old farmhouse style with flag stoned floors and a couple of large brick wood burning fireplaces. The central main bar is quite open with a couple of narrower but good sized areas tucked down the sides of the pub, tucked away behind the remnants of the retaining walls. The décor is of a rustic nature without being particularly interesting, a few settles and old dressers, some old pictures of the Tottenham area (including one of an 1895 Tottenham Hotspurs (sic) match) but overall it is a bit generic. Behind the pub is a pleasant and fairly large beer garden that runs alongside the River Lea with plenty of seating.

There were 3 Ales on my visit but nothing to get excited about - Green King IPA, Adnams and Bombardier (not available). The Adnams was drinkable but so cloudy it looked like it had been scooped out of the adjoining reservoir which was disappointing for a Cask Marquee accredited pub. The IPA was much better (and I don't often put that in a review). Since the area is largely a Real Ale desert, anything on offer becomes a plus point but you can't help thinking that the place should be aiming at something a little more imaginative if it really wants to step up a level. It should be noted that the wine list and food menu looked very reasonable although I have not tried either to date.

Due to the lack of any realistic competition, the Ferry Boat is certainly well above average for the area and does have a lot of appeal but it just lacks that bit of extra detail and effort that would make it a pub to go out of the way for.

On 16th September 2008 - rating: 6
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elizabeth mcgraw left this review about Ferry Boat Inn

roadside food orientated pub serving Gk IPA and Bombadier, Not worth a visit if you like a "traditional " Pub

On 5th May 2007 - rating: 4
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