One more London pub for Mrs RM to endure before we met the lads back at Ally Pally, and yet another “attractive but dull” North London middle class semi-gastro, an Islington speciality spreading to the ‘burbs. Not that the Muswell-Finchley run is pub central;

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Better on the outside

I know I’ve done the Bald Faced Stag because I’ve given it a little tick on my master spreadsheet, indicating decent beer.

Well you can’t go wrong with Greene King IPA, can you ?

More craft !

Only joking.  It was the Sambrooks Junction, of course.  Always go for the local one (can’t believe I just wrote that).  It was decent, GBG standard (NBSS 3) even, but frankly it could have been Doom Bar. Only pint pulled while we were there, but you guessed that.

Oh joy

Lots of folk in their 30s enjoying the ambiance of an open plan pub with an open plan kitchen, the silence only disturbed by “Don’t You Want Me“* and the arrival back from the Emirates of two Arsenal “fans”.

Back from the library

As this was less than an hour after the final whistle, I can only surmise they left on 76 minutes, which to be fair is the Etihad average as well.

With the benefit of hindsight, there is something deeply pleasurable about watching an Arsenal fan fold up their newly ironed red and white scarves, their New Found Hope about to be dashed on the rocks at Wembley a week later.

A bit of breweriana for folks who like old stuff.

Proper pub sign

The walk back to Ally Pally passed one attractive sight,

The Phoenix

and Mrs RM stopped at the Mossy Well for a nightcap.

And she kept up with my walking

The Mossy Well had lost the metalcore custom, but for a 3rd time was heaving. The custom had switched from cask and cider to shots.

Shots ! Balloons ! Lumberjacks !


Makes you wonder why Tim sold his first Spoons here all those years back.


The First Spoons, looking very ’90s Spoons-like


*Note to Mark Crilley:  Any pub playing “Don’t You Want Me” on a Saturday night in 2018 is beyond hope. What’s wrong with Dire Straits ?


  1. “And she kept up with my walking”

    Well done her! If all of those bottles, cans and glasses on the table were hers. 😉

    “Proper pub sign”

    Back before Foster’s became the ‘in’ Aussie drink I take it.

    “Shots ! Balloons ! Lumberjacks !”

    That sir, is no lumberjack. Where’s his toque and axe? 🙂

    And yep, looked better on the outside. (heh)


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  2. The delights of spending extended periods in the Borders are obviously aiding Mrs. RM’s stamina.

    I imagine you’re looking for a 2 minute metalcore version of “Telegraph Road”. You can frighten your son by letting him know I’ve seen Architects. Admittedly 11 years ago and I can remember absolutely nothing about them


      1. They were headlining, and generally I stay pretty sober for music. Muse on their first tour in front of the archetypal 3 men & a dog bored me senseless.
        I did once have an afternoon pub crawl in Manchester and then go into the wrong club for a gig, but that actually turned out OK.

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