I’ve been wanting to get to know Tottenham better for a while. Trips to White Hart Lane seem to coincide with torrential rain, a flood of goals, and the sense that there isn’t much there, at least till you reach Seven Sisters. Predictably, I was met at Tottenham Hale by a downpour. And a bit of ancient-looking street art.
Tottenham hasn’t had much pubby to shout about for a while; in fact the Wetherspoons is the only thing to drag me this way in two decades, and even the Gilpin’s Bell can’t get in the Guide now (and it’s been sold).
I reckon the Beavertown Tap Room is worth a trip out with Mrs RM, but even if their wonderful beer was real the Tap isn’t getting in the Beer Guide with opening hours of Saturday 2-8. Mind you Sixpenny Hadley isn’t open much longer.
I wish I could bring you exciting pictures of multicultural Tottenham High Road, but even I have my limits. Luckily, new GBG entry the Beehive is a gem.
Not just because of it’s gorgeous “Brewer’s Tudor” style, but as a genuine community local able to accommodate professional drinkers, beer tourists and mums due to its multi-roomed layout. I often comment on how difficult it is to find somewhere I want to sit; here I was spoilt for choice. Only the beermats were missing.
The overall look is unmodernised, except for a craft-friendly beer range with a decent Pale from local Redemption (NBSS 3). That apart, it could almost be a Blackpool Sam Smiths pub,which is meant as high praise.
Of course you wouldn’t hear Blondie’s Atomic in a Sam Smiths pub. Very 1980.