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Faltering Fullback, N4

19 Perth Road
N4
N4 3HB
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Tris C left this review about Faltering Fullback

Built in the mid-19th century as the Sir Walter Scott, the exterior sports a good surviving example of a red and gold illuminated Courage box sign, just visible projecting from the foliage.
Inside, and it’s clearly an Irish pub with a rugby theme, hence the name. The interior is well described and photographed on CAMRA’s heritage website (likewise the pub’s own), for this has an interior of Regional Importance. There’s a fantastic field panelled ceiling from which a multitude of knickknacks dangle, a bit like the interior of the Hemingford; Daniel Radcliffe has filmed here too. There are framed prints to the walls, as well as framed rugby shirts.
The front bar is essentially a very attractive place to drink or should be. The problem here is that, as mentioned, it’s very dark in here with light mainly coming from the TV as well as the illuminated fisheyes affixed to the forest of unattractive drinks’ founts, like giant chrome stalagmites rising from the bar, partially obscuring the view of the barman. Further light comes from candles stuck into JD bottles on each of the exclusively high tables.
The next room has furniture of conventional height, where lighting is less dazzling due to the lack of a TV and fewer fisheyes. Beyond, is a very large room, a bit like a canteen or refectory with open kitchen but otherwise quite plain, where live music is played.
What I really wanted to explore though, was the garden, which is one of London’s most famous, having the nickname of the ‘Ewok Village’ – it’s a bit like a sketch by M. C. Escher: you walk up to one level, walk down to another, then up two and so on; it’s real maze but worth the effort; waiters navigated it with aplomb, despite carrying trays of Thai food.
A rather ordinary ale range though at least three, with Sharp’s Atlantic, Pride and Landlord, on good form but at a painful £5.50.
This is certainly worth a visit if only to admire the garden, but the lighting in the otherwise lovely front bar makes it a place where I wouldn’t want to linger; one for the summer months, perhaps.

On 6th September 2021 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about Faltering Fullback

The Faltering Fullback is also my favourite pub close to Finsbury Park train station and I have utilised it several times for the rugby and especially for watching the Saracens when they have a televised game that I don’t have tickets for.
The front bar areas and the “Sin Bin” have been well described by previous reviewers but the wonderful courtyard outback needs additional praise. As Steve says below it is indeed a triumph of terraced design in how to fit the most outside garden seating into the smallest available space and when I staggered post game into it blinking from the internal darkness of the no natural light Sin Bin, every nook and cranny, ledge table and chair was being utilised on this post Saturday lunchtime.
The three available beers on for my last visit were the usual London Pride, then Sharps Atlantic and a very quaffable Trumans Swift.
The Faltering Fallback is a good pub for the Rugby and it’s a good pub for when the suns out in Finsbury Park. And when the two collide, it’s a really good pub.

On 31st May 2018 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Faltering Fullback

A decent looking pub with a front door at it's apex,the name refers to rugby rather than football.The front door leads to the tap room full of ephemera with a horseshoe shaped bar and a few tables and chairs,it can get cramped around the bar when busy due to regulars blocking on bar stools.The three handpumps here were serving London Pride,Sharp's Atlantic and Truman's Swift (fair condition) .There were a few keg taps,but not much out of the ordinary.
There are two wings ,the left side with some wood panelling but no windows,while to the right through a door way is a back bar with it's own servery and an ornate bar back.A lot of original features remain,and I enjoyed the authentic feel.At the rear on this side is a vast back room called The Sin Bin and this is where televised sport will be shown on a drop down screen,while a pool table operates when the sport isn't on.There is also a small flatscreen in the tap room,screening the same event.The Sin Bin has a high ceiling,very basic and extremely noisy when busy.
The pub is popular with young drinkers and bouncers were searching bags and making sure of good behaviour on my Saturday evening visit.Go at a quieter time if you want to enjoy the decent interior .Although the ale range was pedestrian it's a lot better than many pubs this close to Finsbury Park.This is my favourite in the area.

On 15th April 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Finsbury Park, 0.38 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Crouch Hill, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Harringay, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Faltering Fullback, N4
6th Sep 2021, 19:31
Review submitted by Tris C
 
28th Aug 2021, 20:46
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 September 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 September 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 February 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 11 February 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Darts : No last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Thai. Evenings only. - last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Sundays and Thursdays, 9.00 pm. - last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays, 8.45 pm. - last updated 06 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 February 2021 by ROB Camra
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