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The Great Northern Railway Tavern, Hornsey, N8

67 High Street
N8
N8 7QB
Phone: 02081276632
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Great Northern Railway Tavern

Good to see this Grade II Victorian pub going from strength to strength under Fuller’s ownership since its reopening in March 2017 as one of Fullers craft beer focussed pubs. There are four hand pumps on the left hand side of the bar as you enter but the main focus is on the 24 different Keg offerings from the three banks of 8 keg taps spread around the horseshoe bar.
At least 16 of these usually have interesting modern craft offerings on and for my latest visit alongside some of the usual Fullers craft beers ( Frontier Lager, Session IPA e.t.c.) there were interesting options from Verdant Brewing , Big Smoke Brew Co., Siren, Northern Monk, Pressure Drop, Stillwater, Finback and DEYA Breweries indicated on the display screen at the end of the bar.
Three of the hand pumps were in use with London Pride and Dark Star Hop Head on alongside Hazy Pale Ale from Siren, but I joined the millennials and went for 2/3rds of one of the craft stouts and took it through to the pleasant former billiard room with its dominating fireplace as well described in the previous review. A flyer on the table I sat at then indicated that I had just missed a tap take over from Northern Monk the week before when 15 of the craft taps had their beers on.
This is a fine historic pub that has been given a good internal makeover in keeping with the history of the building by Fullers and is carving out a good local reputation for providing a constantly changing interesting list of Craft beers. It was being very well utilised on the early Friday evening of my last visit and although the CAMRA purists may not be so enthused by the available ale range this didn’t seem to be an issue for the millennial audience this pub now attracts, and i certainly had no issue finding a new brew to try for my personal Tryanuary mission.

On 20th January 2020 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Great Northern Railway Tavern

A fine looking building with a Fullers pubsign and lots of interest,although various external doors to the Jug Bar,Public Bar,and at the street corner no longer function.However there is lots of etched glass to admire,with large picture windows.Internally it's L shaped with glass inlaid deviders and a raised dining area to the front,and generous banquettes down one side.Through a doorway is an impressive room with a stain glass roof light,and a large ornate fireplace.The snooker scoring frame gives away the original use,these days there is an odd mixture of seating options.Out the back is a large beer garden.
Food looks a notch up from pub grub with mains £10-14 with lighter bite options ,and the muzak was in keeping with a hipsterish vibe.
There are 4 handpumps drawing on my visit London Pride ,Crate Rye with Magic Rock Hattrick and Inhaler (drinkable,cloudy ,ludicrous short measure and ludicrous £5.10 price).However the main emphasis here is from the 16 craft keg taps delivering all manner of styles from many leading craft brewer such as Siren Craft,Howling Hops,Beavertown,Magic Rock and so on.
I was initially excited to see Magic Rock real ale,but that subsided once I had invested in a pint.My guess is that craft keg is the draw here and there were adverts for a Beer Festival of sour brews at the end of August.Good luck with that,it could be pricey !

On 19th August 2017 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Great Northern Railway Tavern

Imposing former railway hotel, with an elaborate façade and some heritage features remaining (e.g. metalwork sign above main entrance). Less sure about the authenticity of the snob screens inside, though. Reverse 'J'-shaped bar, with notably large picture windows. Rear function room with a stage reached through a double door with a decorative copper-work motive above. Initially background jazz in bar, later replaced by live music helping to enhance the enjoyable Sunday afternoon atmosphere. Three of four handpumps in operation, with Brains IPA, Woodfordes Wherry and Butcombe Rare Breed (£3.50) available. Close to the station, as you would expect, so worth a stop if passing through.

On 8th February 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Hornsey, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Alexandra Palace, 0.83 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Harringay, 1.08 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Great Northern Railway Tavern, N8
20th Jan 2020, 12:12
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21
 
20th Jan 2020, 12:09
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes - Mondays, 8.00 pm (Irish). - last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesdays, 8.30 pm. - last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes - O2 WiFi - last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
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