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The Kings Head, Winchmore Hill, N21

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1 The Green
N21 1BB
Phone: 02088861988
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Kings Head

A fine looking building architecturally, with a striking looking turret over the main entrance, and large bay window openings. The interior was a lot bigger than I had anticipated and the main bar was low slung and constructed from pine with some carved embellishments along the front, typical of any London pub of this era. The restaurant and snug area, had been brought up to date and both areas were quite trendy, especially the snug, which was called the Rude Room, most probably from the pictures adorning the walls. Beer wise there were four pumps, with three in use, serving Young's Bitter, Sambrooks, Doombar and the Twickenham Naked Ladies clip reading "Ale Be Back". We went for the Youngs Bitter, which was very pricey, just a pity the Twickenham wasn't put back on on our visit.

On 5th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Kings Head

A large imposing building overlooking The Green,the interior has been opened out creating a vast dining area to the left side,but a viable drinking area opposite the bar with a row of high butchers blocks tables.There is a sign at the bar advertising life drawings some evenings on the first floor,and the snug beyond the high tables is called the Rude Room and feature paintings of women in various states of undress.This snug also features a high backed chairs that looks more like a throne,besides comfy chairs.However even here it was impossible to escape overloud muzak,a negative in my book.There is a flatscreen above the corner entrance door,switched off although 6 nations matches will feature.There is a modest beer terrace to the rear of the building.
At the bar there are 4 handpumps drawing Doom Bar, C&W Youngs Bitter and thankfully Redemption Rock the Kazbek and a decent Truman Zephyr at an absorbitant £4.40.There are mainstream keg offerings but food is clearly a main driver here with lots of ladies who lunch on my afternoon visit.
A decent ale selection is a saving grace,and if in this upmarket location at least you can pitch down here just for a drink.However it has a chain vibe ,and a gastro feel so probably not somewhere to embark on a massive ale session.

On 9th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Kings Head

There were four ales on in here - Doom Bar, Young's Bitter, Young's Christmas Ale, and Twickenham Naked Ladies. The Naked Ladies was £4.40 a pint, and I reckon at the top end of what anyone should be expected to pay in Winchmore Hill. This is a food-led pub, with a large area on the left that had tables all laid for diners. But I didn't see a menu at 5.30 PM, and they were quite happy for us to sit at one of the tables there and have just drinks; I guess because the evening restaurant operation wasn't properly underway yet.

The pub is essentially unchanged since the previous reviewer's visit. It's looks quite a magnificent pub from the outside with its imposing turret on the corner. Inside, the main bar area is all tall tables/tall stools, but the smaller room on the right (which I guess must be the library section mentioned by Steve) has more traditional and comfortable furnishings. I would assess that there's a fair divide between seating for drinkers and that intended for diners. The restaurant area was furnished with what looked like re-cycled dining room furniture which seems sensible enough to me. But an enormous illuminated sign on the back said EAT HAPPY. I'm not sure exactly what it means, but I suppose that it must be some sort of encouragement to eat. All seems a bit pointless and unnecessary to me and gives it a bit of the look of a cheap diner - but maybe that's just me. The decor's all arty stuff - maybe the Eat Happy sign comes into that category as well.

This pub falls neatly into the OK category for me. The beer choice was reasonable if fairly expensive, but it had the uber modern appearance that isn't my first choice for a pub. But if doing that, with the emphasis on food, keeps it as a viable pub business then I guess that's a plus.

On 14th January 2017 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Winchmore Hill, 0.12 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Grange Park, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Palmers Green, 1.41 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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23rd Jun 2019, 20:15
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23rd Jun 2019, 18:53
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 March 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 January 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 January 2017 by Rex Rattus
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