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Bald Faced Stag, East Finchley, N2

69 High Road
N2
N2 8AB
Phone: 02084421201
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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Tris C left this review about Bald Faced Stag

I can't add much to that below following my early evening visit yesterday, having passed the place on many an occasion over the decades.

Originally dating from the early 18th century and rebuilt in the 19th, this is essentially something of a compromise between a gastropub and fairly upmarket drinkery; no original Victorian features remain. As such, with its part t 'n' g panelling, pale wood bar top, bare brick walls, modern lighting and two-tone pastel colour scheme it is a little bit like a hotel bar, but at the better end of the scale; it's not like the awful Freemasons' Arms or Old Bull & Bush, both NW3. Furniture is standard enough, and there was a muted jazz-funk track playing. I spotted a TV which mercifully was turned off; I can't imagine sports being big here and indeed aren't mentioned on the pub's website. To the pub's rear, there's a separate restaurant area and nook which was quite pleasant. Lavatories offer extensive amenities and were clean and very modern.

My half of Triple FFF Brewery's Pressed Rat & Warthog (a 3.8% ABV dark mild) was interesting and well kept, though at £1.95 a half is a bit steep, especially for east Finchley. I counted around four other cask ales as well as keg offerings and premium lagers.

Despite the fact that this early in the evening the pub was almost empty, staff were a little too 'relaxed' for my liking. In all this is a decent civilised pub and I'd come here again if in the area, though there's virtually nothing else in N2 apart from the Old White Lion down the road, thereafter it's tired Oirish-themed bars.

On 19th June 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Bald Faced Stag

The Bald Faced Stag is a large, street corner gastro pub just a short walk uphill from East Finchley station. The main bar area is a fairly open space with smart wooden flooring, a two tone colour scheme plus one bare brick wall. The servery is opposite the front door and has a rather bland bar back and a modern counter with a chunky wooden top. Padded banquettes run around the front right corner of the room with high tables and stools over to the left. Various pictures of stags and of the pub line the walls and a large set of antlers has pride of place behind the abr. To the rear right there is a comfier looking space that is partly screened from the rest of the room. Here you will find banquette and standard chair seating options under pictures of rural scenes and some more antlers. To the rear left is what appears to be a more formal, restaurant style space with set tables, but I didn't bother to explore, as I was only here for a quick pint. The menus were available from clipboards kept in holders on the walls and a quick look showed that the options were relatively upmarket and probably a bit pricier than in your average pub. A patio garden area can be found to the left of the pub with some sheltered areas for smokers. I didn't notice any TV screens but there was a jazz-centric soundtrack playing quietly throughout my visit.
The ale line up was refreshingly interesting, with house beer Bald Faced Stag brewed by Greene King alongside guests in the shape of Growler Bitter, Sambrooks Battersea Rye and something from the Twickenham Brewery. The chatty barman recommended the house ale, saying that he preferred it to any of the current guests, so I gave it a try and thought it was in very good shape, if not much to write home about taste wise.
There are plenty of gastro style pubs around North London, but this one at least works well as a drinker's pub as well. It was surprisingly easy to settle down in the comfortable front bar area and I enjoyed the good beer and friendly service. Well worth a look if you find yourself in the area.

On 19th October 2014 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about Bald Faced Stag

An interesting selection of ales on my recent visit: Thwaites Wainwright, Dark Star Hophead, Nethergate Lemonhead and Old Dairy Silver Top stout. With the other ales being on the light and hoppy end of the spectrum, I had the Silver Top, which was in good condition and very drinkable. I went into a small side room just away from the bar, which was pleasant and comfortable, with some well-reproduced photos of the local area in the 19th century on the walls. If I'm in the area again I think I'd prefer this to the Old White Lion or the Alexandra.

On 21st May 2012 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Alexandra Palace, 2.12 miles, 40 min walk (show)
New Southgate, 2.66 miles, 51 min walk (show)
Bowes Park, 2.81 miles, 54 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bald Faced Stag, N2
19th Jun 2015, 18:49
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
19th Jun 2015, 18:47
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - 2 per year - last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sundays from 7.30. - last updated 19 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 19 June 2015 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 June 2011 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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Last inspected: October 4th 2018
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