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The Five Bells, East Finchley, N2

167 East End Road
N2
N2 0LZ
Phone: 02088831714
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Flaming Grill (Spirit Pubs)

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Will Larter left this review about The Five Bells

I imagine this pub has changed quite a bit since the two previous reviews. It now looks like any one of similar pubs in this chain and others like it, being food oriented with a large car park. As I was here with a large group for a post-funeral party, there are no complaints on that score. There were four real ales available: Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale, Morland Old Speckled Hen and H&H Rocking Rudolf (is it Christmas?). My GK IPA was as good as it gets. The party food was generous with some pretty decent vegetarian options. So I suppose I can recommend the pub in that it does what it sets out to do pretty well, but I wouldn't make a point of coming here again (until the next funeral).

On 15th January 2020 - rating: 5
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Alesonly . left this review about The Five Bells

This used too be a very good Pub just a few years Ago but the current Management seem too be running it into the ground. Staffing levels always seems too be very bad with arrogant staff that just don't seem too care and have no manners what so ever not even a Please or Thank you and ofter just serve there own Friends first whilst other customers are left waiting I suppose thats what you get using cheap labour. The Ale quality is not as good as it used to be either its normally far too warm & cloudy When I mentioned this too the staff I got the cop out reply its meant too be like that (NO its not). Also as the last poster says it feels very Clicky like your in someones Private club with all the lager drinkers.
I would not bother with the long walk up from the high road again.

On 24th May 2010 - rating: 3
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Steve C left this review about The Five Bells

The grounds of the Five Bells are pretty big; they actually make the pub look small. Lots of no smoking areas, hence no seating in the smoking area even though half the pub was empty.

I found it to be very much a local's pub, to the point where I thought that I was trespassing. There was no unpleasantness, but there was no pleasantness either. Maybe it was just that time of the day when all the Friday afternoon drinkers were getting ready to go home and have some tea.

I wouldn't make a conscious decision to walk there from the high street again.

On 8th May 2007 - rating: 3
[User has posted 3587 recommendations about 3566 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Steve C
Alexandra Palace, 2.74 miles, 52 min walk (show)
New Southgate, 2.91 miles, 56 min walk (show)
Hampstead Heath, 2.92 miles, 56 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Five Bells, N2
15th Jan 2020, 16:57
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15th Jan 2020, 16:57
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 July 2014 by Tris C
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 25 July 2014 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 20 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky Sports/BT. - last updated 20 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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