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The Great Northern Railway Tavern, Hornsey, N8

67 High Street
N8 7QB
Phone: 02081276632
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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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Will Larter left this review about The Great Northern Railway Tavern

Now reopened under new management, with live gigs, in the function room at the back, listed on their website. The pub retains something of the original layout, but the door at the corner of the building and the door labelled "jug & bottle" are both non-functional - red leather benches provide seating where these former entrances once were. The bar has four hand pumps on the section facing the main room. There were three beers on at the time of my visit, which was on a Monday evening an hour before a music session was due to begin. I had Purity Mad Goose, the others were St Austell Tribute and Adnams IPA.

There are snob screens and other remnants of a former design, but whether they are original features of this pub or rescued from elsewhere is hard to say. The bar back has had some mirrored panels replaced by blackboards. The most impressive feature is a sort of bronze relief above the door to the rear room.

It was strange that there were piles of dirty glasses stacked on the bar in the section where I sat - perhaps the washing machine had broken down, because it wasn't at all busy. It was quite pleasant here and I'm glad I came, but I would hesitate to recommend it as a destination pub, unless there's some music on that you're keen to catch.

On 12th April 2013 - rating: 6
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19th Aug 2017, 19:32
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
12th Jul 2015, 18:11
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Mondays, 8.00 pm (Irish). - last updated 29 April 2017 by Tris C
  • 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
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10pm
Monday4pm - 11pm
Tuesday4pm - 11pm
Wednesday4pm - 11:30pm
Thursday4pm - 12noon
Friday4pm - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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