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The Wrestlers, Highgate, N6

98 North Road
N6
N6 4AA
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Tris C left this review about The Wrestlers

I came here for the first time nearly 30 years ago for Sunday lunch but didn't make a return visit until 2016. It's situated in lovely Highgate, one of London's highest locations, suitably positioned opposite Berthold Lubetkin's iconic 1930s' modernist Highpoint.
The pub has a history going back to 1547 but the current brewers' Tudor structure dates from 1922 and until recently, displayed a Charrington's hanging sign.
The first thing that hits you on entering is the fine log burning kitchen range which apparently came from the pub's previous incarnation - I love the smell of woodsmoke in the evening! There's a lot of dark wood panelling and conventional furniture dotted around an L-shaped room with rear L-shaped bar. The floor is modern bare boarded but is naturally worn. Also in abundance is much leaded lights with both internal and external stained glass, giving something of a heraldic nod to the slightly baronial feel. Furniture is generally traditional with some more modern items to the rear which is more of a dining area, beyond which is a garden.
We were in for the Swearing on the Horns, a twice-yearly ceremony which has been taking place since 1623, now raising money for children with cerebral palsy. Along with the Yard of Ale drinking, it was a jolly evening with a nineteenth century fancy dress theme sported by the friendly staff and some of the customers: the barmaid was dressed as a serving wench with the barmen wearing red and white striped blazers with straw boaters, giving the appearance of ice cream vendors.
Ales: Fuller's London Pride, St. Austell's Tribute, Charnwood's Salvation and Darkstar's Hophead on great form and at £4.60 a pint, not a bad price for the area.
This is a very nice pub and is a must-visit if in the N6 area. It also makes for a great crawl with the postcode's other hostelries.
The daily midnight - 1.00am Fri/Sat - late licence is a bonus but note that this is now a cashless venue; card payments only.

On 28th February 2019 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Wrestlers

L shaped interior with the main feature a very fine inglenook with range to the right side,kicking out a good deal of heat but also imparting a rustic smell to the proceedings,maybe the chimney needs a good sweep.There is a lot of wood panelling to the left,but rather worn sofas didn't help,while on the other leg a modern makeover at the rear in pastel shades again looked out of place,although functional for dining families with children.Annoying bland muzak was chuntering away and the 4 handpumps offered Castle Rock Harvest Pale,London Pride,Ilkley Mary Jane MILD and St Austell Tribute (tired,£1.90 the half).
With some more care this could be a good pub,but I was left underwhelmed by the offering and wont rush back.

On 6th January 2018 - rating: 5
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Moby Duck left this review about The Wrestlers

It doesn't seem to have changed here since my last visit,the best part of a decade ago, I didn't particularly do it for me then, or now to be honest. An L shaped room with lots of dark wood paneling, it all comes across as a bit dingy, on the exterior all the white painted Window frames were badly cracked and chipped giving a credence to a rather tatty appearance.
Beers on were London Pride, Ilkley West Coast IPA and an average tasting Castle Rock Harvest Pale, there was possibly another beer but I fail to recall.The pricing policy may well have changed since Tris's review below, My Harvest Pale weighed in at a london sensible price of £3.90 a pint. There's nothing really wrong with this pub , its just not quite to my taste.

On 4th April 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Upper Holloway, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Crouch Hill, 1.59 miles, 30 min walk (show)
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28th Feb 2019, 20:43
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28th Feb 2019, 20:43
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • 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
  • Function Room : No last updated 28 February 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 31 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 31 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 31 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 19 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 31 March 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 31 March 2016 by Tris C
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