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Park Tavern, N4

164 Tollington Park
N4 3AJ

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Tris C left this review about Park Tavern

The Park Tavern was built in the mid-19th century for the Wenlock brewery and indeed the fine tiled brewery fascia was recently unveiled around 2020. It’s on CAMRA’s list of heritage interiors, being of Some Regional Importance.
I shan’t dwell on the front bar as it’s substantially mucked about with, with a grey laminate floor and millions of TVs, showing multiple matches to an animated younger crowd.
It’s the rear toom that warrants the inspection if deemed worthy of a visit, which is more restful, being the habitat of the older local of the species. There are TVs, but they can be counted in just double figures. Thereafter, the floor’s carpeted and there’s conventional pub furniture, conventional lighting and a white Anaglypta ceiling; lavs open directly into the pub, which isn’t a plus point. The items of interest here are the inter-war years fireplace and ornate radiator surrounds. Also of interest is the bifurcated bar parapet with backlit signage for Worthington E and Bass.
Bathed in the ethereal light of multiple illuminated fizz founts, the barmaid was friendly, custodian of just the one ale pump dispensing Doom, £4.80 being the price paid for my pint of well-poured Guinness.
A very simple pub, this isn’t a bad place and certainly one for the aficionado of the ornate radiator surround, but I doubt I can find reason for a return visit, but it’s worth a look en route to the Faltering Fullback.

On 1st October 2021 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about Park Tavern

I don't think this pub has changed much since the previous reviewer's visit, but there was one handpump now in the back bar, clipped for Doom Bar. But I went for the Guinness, at £2 a half. There was no sign of any food at Wednesday lunchtime.

This is still very much a locals' pub, just off the beaten track. There are essentially two separate rooms, but now joined by an archway behind the servery. Apparently the screening, or wall, between the two rooms, was removed about ten tears ago. According to the landlord, the pub dates back to the 1850s, but there's nothing remaining from that period. In the back room the bar back contains illuminated adverts for Bass and Worthington E, which look to be 1950s enhancements. The windows throughout have delightful stained glass panels coupled with opaque glass in the upper parts; apparently at some point Bass/Charrington decided to remove the glazing in the lower parts to be replaced by clear glass so that those passing by could see into the pub to admire the interior.

Both rooms are carpeted, are furnished with standard tables and chairs, and both still have dartboards in them. The landlord said that he is going to remove the carpet in the front bar, which should reveal the splash area that is currently concealed under the tatty carpet.

This is clearly an unpretentious and much appreciated locals' pub. The beer selection isn't great, but I appreciated the simplicity of the place.

On 12th July 2017 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about Park Tavern

I thought that this place was closed as I approached on Saturday afternoon, but thankfully the lighting was just a little dim. The pub is split in two with the front bar housing a dartboard, small TV that was showing muted horse racing and a projector screen that was showing six nations rugby. The busier back bar houses another dartboard and another plasma screen which was showing premiership football. There is also a paved yard out the back with some covered and uncovered seating.

I found the staff to be friendly, but I got a feeling that this is more of a local’s pub, not that I was made to feel unwelcome in any way though. The doors to both bars have ‘no children allowed’ signs on them, but inside there are signs saying ‘all children to leave the premises by 7pm’. There were a couple of children present during my visit so maybe the management would prefer kids not to be present, but allow the regulars to bring them in. Being an Irish pub there is live Irish music on Saturday nights and there are no hand pumps, but my Guinness was very good.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink here again.

On 16th March 2010 - rating: 6
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