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The Prince, Wood Green, N22

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1 Finsbury Road
N22 8PA
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Prince

It’s also only about a five minute walk from Alexandra Palace station on the Moorgate rail line and a couple of months ago I decided to walk past The Starting Gate ( limited ale choice on this occasion) and try this one out and very glad I did.
Somehow I missed that in recent years this formerly best avoided boozer has morphed into a cask and craft beer led pub. Well described by PubSignMan below I can’t really add anything except to say that the table candles referred to below have currently been replaced by bottles of hand sanitizer for obviously reasons.
The KSP of the Prince is now it’s regular changing beer range, and in this respect the bar top supports six ale hand pumps positioned between two banks of five craft beer taps and then a further small tap wall with five taps for ciders on the bar back.
For my most recent visit last month I had the pleasure of choosing between Burning Sky Plateau Pall Ale, Tapstone Brewing Hop Wire, Marble Brewery Pint, Two By Two Brewery Strata Talus Eleanor, Five Points Railway Porter and Wood Green Brewery Hopping City on the cask ale pumps. And those more inclined to modern craft ales could choose between offerings from Howling Hops, Two Tribes, Vibrant Forest, Twisted Wheel, Two By Two, Goodness and the fairy local Bohem Brewery.
Tried the Five Points Porter and the Wood Green brew ( well it would have been rude not to) and both were in good condition.
I have chosen to eat lunch here on the couple of occasions I have visited over the last months but the food is provided by what can be best described as street food pop up vendors who tend to change and not have extensive menus. The times I’ve tried them the food has been good but not what you would describe as standard pub fare. If you stick to the wet stuff the service levels have always been good in my experience.

On 4th January 2022 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Prince

Just a five minute or so walk from Wood Green station, this is a decent sized brew pub that has been given a bit of a modern spruce up to appeal more towards the craft beer market. There is a large L-shaped main bar which is bare boarded and has a smart dark wood servery along the rear wall. The counter has some nice carved details, including the series of pillars supporting the pint pot shelf above whilst the bar back has been modernised with some plain mirrors, white tiles and inexplicable fish-themed wallpaper. An open space to the right of the bar sees some high stools line a drinking ledge under the side windows, but the rest of the room offers more conventional forms of seating including fixed benches around the perimeter and smart chairs elsewhere. Each table had a bottle with fresh flowers inside and to the left there is a large alcove with a huge potted plant inside. The whole pub has that gastro-style paint scheme that is normally a big turn off, but whilst the pub does do food - a reasonably priced BBQ-based menu graced my table - the beer still seems to be the star here and the decor is offset to a degree with contemporary photography and some particularly striking pieces of modern art. An arch to the left of the bar leads through to a smaller side room with exposed brick walls, a skylit ceiling and what appeared to be slightly more formal seating arrangements. To the rear of the room, the pub's brewing kit can be seen through a glass partitioning wall. Reggae and swing music played quietly throughout my visit and I got the impression that the side room was being set up for a private function, but I may have got that wrong.
On the bar, a selection of ten craft keg beers from the like of Brew By Numbers, Anspach and Hobday, Magic Rock and Five Points were supplemented by a strong cask ale range, comprising Marble Lagonda IPA and Pale, Hammerton N1, Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout, Moor So'Hop and their own House Brewery House Pale (imaginative name guys!). Two ciders were also being dispensed from the four taps on the bar back. I had a pint of the Lagonda IPA which cost £4.20, but it was in great condition and slipped down very nicely.
I quite liked this place despite its rather uninspiring interior which left me a bit cold with just a handful of customers in early on a Saturday afternoon. i imagine the pub comes more into its own with a decent crowd in and if you're here for a session, you are certainly blessed with a good selection of top quality ales to go at. Definitely one to remember when in this part of town, but for me, not quite a destination pub as things stand.

On 15th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Prince

What a find ! The exterior dark paintwork is common to so many refurbed traditional Victorian London pubs that I wondered what I might be letting myself in for.The interior is quite stark,wooden floor,open plan with fitted bench seating in dark fabric around the periphery,wooden furniture ,a drinking shelf along one wall,and a side area with exposed brickwork and a rank of wooden benches.However inspecting the six handpumps revealed one of the best ale line ups I've seen in a long time namely Marble Lagonda IPA (out of this world,£4.20),Marble Manchester Bitter,Five Points Railway Porter,Hammerton N1 and Moor Confidence and So' Hop.There are also 10 keg taps with offerings from Brew by Numbers,Hammerton,Affinity,Five Points and other London brewers.There are 4 wall mounted taps with just one operational.In the side room work is going on installing brewing kit so watch out for developments.
For the next 6 months food is available Thursday - Sunday from Prairie Fire BBQ which looked interesting.Externally one of the entrance doors is surrounded by glazed tiling depicting symbols of The Prince of Wales which is a good feature.The blues soundtrack was equally pleasing.
The beer menu states "no mainstream bullshit" and I was happy to see this applied to the real ale selection,it is clear the folk here know which small scale brewers to trust and I will most certainly be back for their excellent ale.The present team have been here for a year,and this is an unmissable treat if searching for good ale in this part of London.A shoe in for the GBG,a splendid pub very close to a 10.

On 11th August 2017 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Alexandra Palace, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Bowes Park, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Hornsey, 1.34 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Prince, N22
4th Jan 2022, 11:11
Review submitted by Steve of N21
31st Aug 2021, 22:29
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes - Thur -Sun - last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 15 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
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