You think you’ve had a bad day. I’ve just had a row with my barber about the pointlessness of Christmas Day. While he was cutting my hair*. Just glad I didn’t tell him there’s no Father Christmas (sorry, Pauline).
Anyway, more London pubs for you in places you’ve never heard of and will never visit unless your name is Duncan, Martin or Simon.
I wouldn’t even have known what the postcode covers. New Southgate, Arnos Grove and a bit of Friern, apparently. So what’s to know about Naughty N11 ?
This is the picture of Arnos Grove on Wikipedia.
Exciting. At least I found this vaguely Art Deco swimming pool on the walk from The Prince (I really did walk it).
One of the best sources of background info on London’s postal areas is the estimable local CAMRA guide of 1995. But it struggled with N11.
The real excitement comes in those pub descriptions. Back in the day of Blur v Oasis or Pulp v Menswear, the real ales available in N11 were (drum roll);
- Draught Bass
- Worthington Best
- Courage Directors
- Theakston Best
- Younger Scotch
- John Smiths Bitter
- Tetley Bitter etc.
What a time to be alive, eh ? What went wrong, North London CAMRA ?
I was hoping my first N11 tick would be called “The Murky Milk Snatcher Micro“, but the Arnos Arms will do. Nice Bass lamp which would look great in my garden.
It was quite lively at 3pm with the sort of mixed crowd you sometimes get in rambling pubs near tube stations. Designed more in the style of Stonegate than Antic, I sensed some major recent investment.
Loads of traditional pub entertainment to go along with your “filthy chips“.
23 years ago, the Arnos had Bass and Worthington; now it was Redemption and Black Sheep. Lose some, lose some.
The Redemption was undrinkable (NBSS 1), the rectification proved the redemption.
The clip was turned round, the barman apologised, and a replacement Black Sheep proved as good as you could reasonably hope for (NBSS 3.25).
Checking my giant spreadsheet, I see I’ve never ticked in N15 (South Tottenham) or N20 (Whetstone). I live in hope.
*I only use him because he doesn’t speak.