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The Old Wheatsheaf, Enfield

3 Windmill Hill
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Punch Taverns

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Steve of N21 left this review about The Old Wheatsheaf

The Old Wheatsheaf has now reopened after a period of closure for a makeover after being bought by the Big Smoke Brewing Co of Esther.
Fortunately the makeover has not changed the attractive exterior of the pub and there have been no changes to the still two room period interior of the pub that saw it included in the CAMRA London Inventory of pubs with historic interiors. Internally the only real changes have been to the bar in the larger room itself that now has a line of eight hand pumps to the fore and a new tiled 13 tap wall to the rear.
For my initial visit a week after its reopening alongside Big Smoke Solaris and Music Room there were Oakham Ciltra, Harvey’s Best, Roosters Highway 51 and Laine Brewing Doubloon on the pumps and ciders on the remaining two. Then the tap wall had several craft offerings from Big Smoke amongst others from Marble, Siren, Red Squirrel and Hackney Brewery.
But the biggest changes has been externally round the back and the area that used to be a fitness centre is now the pubs spanking new garden with lots of bench seating and several individual huts around two sides of the new outdoor space.
Both the ales I tried were in good condition and the makeover has catapulted the Old Wheatsheaf into the position of being the best pub for beer choice in Enfield Town, but to be honest it didn’t have a lot to beat.

On 11th August 2021 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Old Wheatsheaf

A classic glazed tiled exterior with two fine curved bay windows,the main public bar here has a traditional feel with lots of interest.The glass is all etched,with a traditional front door while there are fitted bench seats in dark wood,a Victorian fireplace with a mirror inlayed into a wooden frame.Sadly only a coal affect gas fire operates here.On the walls are a few old football photos,while the two flatscreens will show Sky Sports,thankfully mute on my trip.The guv'nor is a bit of a character,and there was a lot of good humoured banter with the locals.The three handpumps were offering CW Courage Best,Wadworth 6X and St Austell Tribute (in very good condition,£4).There is another seperate side bar at a higher level,but in a less interesting oblong room.This also had the feel of another public bar.There is a covered courtyard with substantial benches for those who like fresh air drinking.
Despite an unadventurous ale selection,I really enjoyed the boozer atmosphere .It's proper old school and well worth a visit for the historic interior,listed by CAMRA.

On 28th January 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Old Wheatsheaf

This pub is on CAMRA's London Inventory of pubs with historic interiors, because it still retains its two separate rooms. The room on the right is the more upmarket of the two, and has subsumed the old jug and bottle bar, although the door shows where it used to be. Unfortunately the right hand room was not in use when we visited on Thursday lunchtime - apparently it opens later in the dat when there is sufficient trade to warrant it. The left hand room is single storey and looks to be an addition to the pub. Nonetheless, it is a nice room with matchboard panelling on the walls and bar counter, is carpeted and traditionally furnished with banquettes, small round stools and normal tables. There are a few odds and ends on the window ledges, such as books and plants. There's a small outside seating area to the side of the pub.

There were three ales on - Hobgoblin, Courage Best and Adnam's Southwold Bitter (£3.40 a pint). There was no sign of any food - not surprising as it seems to be very quiet at lunchtime, with only four customers in there. This struck me as an honest to goodness unpretentious local, of the type that's becoming increasingly rare. It's a real pub - I liked it.

On 31st October 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Enfield Chase, 0.17 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Enfield Town, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Gordon Hill, 0.97 miles, 18 min walk (show)
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11th Aug 2021, 21:25
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11th Aug 2021, 21:25
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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