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The Starting Gate, N22

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Station Road
N22 7SS
Phone: 02088899436
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Starting Gate

A classic Victoria London boozer,with an island bar,buttoned back leather bench seating ,traditional furniture ,a solid dark wooden floor and tiled fireplace with a wood framed mirror above,all split into different sections by wooden dividers with etched glass.It has a traditional feel and care has been taken with decorations to maintain an authentic interior.To one side there is a more modern corridor with exposed brickwork and seating booths opposite which in turn leads to a small external terrace with wicker furniture.
There were real flowers at each table,and a short menu of sandwiches and pub grub but food doesn't dominate while the muzak was well chosen and not too loud.
Although there were 5 handpumps ,only two were working on my Friday afternoon visit with an enjoyable Harviestoun Summer Legends (at a ridiculous £4.25 for a 3.5% ABV) and Doom Bar together with a few standard kegs.
With a Monday quiz,and a friendly welcome I expect this is well used by local people and I thought the interior was worth inspecting.Opposite Ally Pally station and worth using if you are going to an event.

On 11th August 2017 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Gate

Built originally as a café in the same year as the nearby Alexandra Palace, this place was converted into pub use in 1896 and despite now being a food-led enterprise, pleasingly retains a number of late Victorian features. The interior has a layout typical of former multi-roomed pubs, with a central island servery and numerous entrance points (most blocked up now), hinting at a previous compartmentalised set-up. Nowadays it is possible to walk all the way around the bar, although some sections of partitioning wall remain, breaking the place up to a degree and giving the feel of notional rooms. The bar area is bare boarded and there are numerous pleasant etched glass window panes and mirrors around the room as well as similar glasswork inserts in the partitioning screens. High tables and stools make up the majority of the seating options to the front of the pub, complimented by a couple of button backed banquettes. Over on the left hand side, a porch with smart cut-glass panes acts as a strong focal point, and there was also a TV screen showing a muted BBC programme and a series of antipasti serving paddles hung on the end wall which had been decorated to make it look like a chalkboard. The bar on this side has a section where snob screen would once have been located, but now just the empty frame remains, whilst original screens can still be viewed nearby. A large arch leads through to an area on the right hand side with some sofas in front of a lovely tiled fireplace with a rather grand mirror above set into a dark wood frame, whilst a second TV screen hangs to one side. The décor here incorporates some modern wallpaper and a couple of slot machines, neither of which enhances the look of the pub. The room extends further to the rear on this side where a conventional dining space can be found, offering formal table and chair arrangements, bare brick walls and an open kitchen with large pizza oven in the rear corner - pizza being the pub's culinary speciality.
Three handpulls lined up at the front of the bar, but two were out of action, with Black Sheep Bitter the sole option on this visit at £2.95 for a pint. Mine was in pretty good condition but I couldn't help but think that a slightly more adventurous ale might have made the visit all the more memorable.
I can't say I was expecting a great deal from this visit, so was pleasantly surprised to discover an unusual, reasonably well preserved pub that makes for a good stop off point if you're heading to or from Alexandra Palace (being situated opposite the train station of the same name).

On 29th December 2014 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Gate

Run by an outfit called Pizza Kitchen Bars, by don't be put off by the branding because it is actually quite an interesting place. The large windows and high ceiling give it an airy feel, showing off the attractive island bar to good effect. There are three glazed screens, and some decorative glass remains. Mixed furniture and several sports TVs. Large rear dining room featuring the pizza servery. Unfortunately, only one of the three handpumps was working on the day I visited. Handy for Alexandra Palace station.

On 15th March 2014 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6612 recommendations about 6612 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Alexandra Palace, 0.04 miles, 0 min walk (show)
Bowes Park, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Hornsey, 1.22 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Starting Gate, N22
15th Sep 2019, 15:46
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15th Sep 2019, 15:46
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 April 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 October 2012 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 April 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Monday night - last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 October 2012 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 10 April 2021 by Tris C
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